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Quarry Rock via Baden Powell from Deep Cove [CLOSED]

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Cove Forest

Quarry Rock via Baden Powell from Deep Cove [CLOSED] is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 636 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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This trail has been closed due to COVID 19. There are many very popular, well known trails in the parks stretching across the North Shore and this section of the Baden Powell to the Quarry Rock Lookout is consistently one of the most heavily trafficked of them all. Regardless of the season or even the weather, this trail is always extremely busy and you will almost be certain to meet with a large group of fellow hikers at the lookout at the end. The hike begins at the Baden Powell trailhead in Deep Cove and winds it way through Cove Forest. These woodlands are green with lichens and home to many heritage trees, some over 600 years old. The trail also crosses six, often rushing creeks with bridges over each. Despite the park signs noting moderate difficulty, the out and back length of 4km and elevation high point of 120 metres make this a relatively easy trail. The Quarry Rock Lookout is quite impressive considering it sits at an elevation of only 80 metres and on a clear day, it offers beautiful views of Indian Arm. However, due to the crowds, it can be quite challenging to take pictures while excluding people, a dilemma that also extends to pictures on the trail as well. To compensate for so many visitors, the trail has been upgraded with several long boardwalks, handrails, and staircases up and down almost every incline. Casual hikers will probably appreciate this structured safety but experienced hikers may actually prefer more of a natural, unaltered path. If you choose this hike on the weekend or even a sunny weekday, you may find convenient parking to be an issue. There is a relatively large lot near the trailhead but as it serves the parks and beaches in Deep Cove as well, it will often be full. If you prefer to avoid this obstacle, another option is to simply take a different trail to Quarry Rock. Alternative hikes begin from both Indian River Drive and Mount Seymour Road and both will usually have parking available at their respective trailheads.

Arrive earlier in the day to find parking before the trail gets busy.

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Joshua Roy
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Hiking

Great running trail. Perfect for endurance training running up and down hills. Get cardio pumping for sure and a fantastic view at the top

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Joshua Roy
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Hiking

Nice short hike with a great view

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Cassie and Eric
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HikingClosed

With this trail now closed, this is a great opportunity to check out other nearby trails that are better in any case. We recommend the Cove Runner / Rain Dancer Trail and Francis Creek Falls. You can find this on AllTrails under Cove Forest Park so a literal stone's throw from this trail. Parking is better too as it starts from Indian River Drive. This trail is beautiful and very lightly travelled (until we mentioned it ;) So keeping social distance won't be a problem.

Ashley Haidish
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Way to busy. Unless you go early a week day morning this hike is way too crowded and it ruins the goal of hiking. Great for kids, avoid right now with this virus-way too many people. Glad they shut it down for now.

Joe Trimarco
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Walking

Just moved here from the rugged part of the Rockies and have not been able to check much out yet, but this is not social isolating. This trail was insanely packed. Nice scenery, neat view. A guy drinking water from the stream next to a sign that reads “Treated Sewage Outlet Above”, also neat. Attempted to trail run it but had to continually wait behind groups, 21 minutes to the rock, 18 back. Not a peaceful walk through the woods as every second group was blasting music from a phone as they walked, one guy was playing a ukulele as he walked up, kudos to that man. All super nice people along the way. Still beautiful, and all in all, better than watching a 45 minute TV show.

laura pak
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great for kids and dogs but busy, even for march (i would not come here in the summer).

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Jamie Christopher
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What used to be a conveniently located and an easy ascend for a beautiful view of the deep cove has now been invaded by an overflow of randoms who are not there to enjoy nature. Young individuals with loud speakers on and large families with screaming kids etc. Not to mention the 30+ discarded tissue and litter along the trail. Simply heartbreaking.

Gayatri Ashta
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Super easy route, lots of kids and groups out to do this easy hike. Takes about 45 mins to an hour one way, to get to the top and the awesome view. If it's a sunny day, you'll definitely enjoy basking in the sun out on top.

Bera A.
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Hiking

Quite busy and crowded but the view from the top was beautiful indeed.

Marc Julian
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HikingRocky

Nice little hike with a great view. however, not sure why this trail is so overrun. no longer worth it. Too many folks on the trail and difficult trail / parking situation.

Alicia Broswick
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Finding parking is very difficult on a weekend. The trail itself is very busy - lots of people! But, the hike up is really nice. The beginning of the hike is mostly stairs, though it makes for a good workout that's for sure. Beautiful view at the top, but once again very busy and crowed.

Julie Janes
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Hiking

Great hike with our 2 kids 8 and 4. nice view at the end

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Shalaine Watson
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Great little trail! Very busy for both parking and the walk up, but was to be expected on Family Day. Lots of stairs and boardwalks, nice creek crossings, and the view is nice for such a minimal amount of effort. An easy trail to enjoy with kids although expect to be in a line up ;)

adri hg
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Love this trail, i do it weekly before work with the pup. It is an off leash dog trail although some people are un aware of it and will have non friendly dogs on leash. Wish the signage was better! First sign stating on leash is for the first set of stairs then second sign shows the rest of trail is off leash. Just a heads up!

Kaitlin Troy
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Hiking

Great trial- most of the trail is on a boardwalk of stairs.

Harry John
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Hiking

A very crowded trail. The view from the top of Quarry rock was great. Sadly you can't enjoy it because of all the 'selfie-addicts'.

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Richard Lamarche
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HikingMuddy

Very few people. Good opportunity to enjoy without the hoards of tourists.

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Alyse Penton
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HikingScramble

Sadly this trial is way too popular and over crowded now. Parking is always an issue and it always blows my mind seeing people doing the trail in sandles / non appropriate gear. Tons of stairs but a great little workout and of course the view at the top is spectacular. After we are we usually stop for a honeys doughnut and snacks in the town

Emilie Mazurek
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with lots of bridges and stairs, well maintained. Leads to a beautiful view point. Lovely

Cassie and Eric
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Hiking

Busiest trail on the North Shore. Built for casual hikers with endless staircases, boardwalks, and handrails. Beautiful creeks, nice views from Quarry Rock.

Kai Petrich
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Fun scrambles if you leave the trail. Way too crowded on a weekend

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An Out Of Shape Hiker
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Beautiful trail, leash optional for dogs, super busy though! Be prepared for A LOT of stairs- it’s not a “wear sandals” trail as I saw a few people doing

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Irena Cima
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Hiking

Very busy trail, avoid going during rain and after floods as the beginning of the trail will be flooded too and very slippery. Nice views at the top if its sunny day. We did twice and while we got to the top, clouds overtook the sky and the view wasn’t so good anymore.

Hyun Kim
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HikingMuddy

It was a nice trail with an amazing view at the top, however, this trail is a dog off-leash trail. It is essentially a dog park and should be advertised as such. I love dogs, I have two and I took both on this hike. I didn’t really pay attention to the signage at the front that indicated it was an off-leash trail because that was something that I didn’t even know existed. I just assumed dogs needed to be on leash. Unfortunately for me, I have two small dogs and one who is so nervous around other dogs she gets bouts of IBS when other dogs get too close to her. There were dogs running loose everywhere, with owners nowhere in sight. So for me, it wasn’t the best time... otherwise nice trail but very busy.

Zachary Gulka
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Easy hike for those looking to get into the activity. More of a nature walk than anything else. Very crowded on the weekends and during peak season.

Justin Brandt
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Hiking

Found this trail on a recommendation by a few people. Was such an amazing trail! Not too challenging....some uphill but not too bad. Plenty of picturesque spots to stop and enjoy. So many waterfalls along the way.

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Rachel Kelsey
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Love this trail! Somewhat challenging with an uphill climb but can be completed in a couple hours; I did it one evening after work. The hike is pleasant and the view overlooking the marina is beautiful! We had to park down the street a bit in the main parking lot and then walk 5-10 minutes to the trail head. The parking lot is smallish and can get crowded so I recommend going early on weekends or later on a weekday to avoid not finding a spot. After we grabbed a bite to eat in Deep Cove!!

Gustavo B.
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HikingMuddyRocky

Small part of the wooden stairs was down because of a fallen tree, right after the sewage bridge.

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