Hiking Trails in North Vancouver

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Hiking Trails in North Vancouver

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  • WorldTravelSince1995
    104 contributions
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    Fantastic nature trail composed of stones and log stairs for 800m elevation over 3 kilometres. One hour is doable with no breaks if you are ok-conditioned. Sneakers are good at least if no rain. Fun fact: Canucks hockey player Daniel Sedin did this 11 times a day with average 1h/round.
    Written August 27, 2023
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  • deepakgupta5
    Vancouver, Canada585 contributions
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    This is an intermediate hike with lots of climbing. It’s not a very long hike and will take roughly 45 minutes to climb up. The views from the top is very beautiful
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • Kauser A
    Harrow, UK61 contributions
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    Oh what an utterly amazing location a little off the main tourist market route , but near capilano bridge, north Vancouver . Worth taking the the time out to visit lynn falls if your in downtown Vancouver , little bit of trek on multiple transport methods starting at Chinatown stadium tubes, seabus and then bus upto bottom of the entrance to lynn falls . We did the twin falls, quite a quick steep hike but worth every step , good leg workout day for sure either exceptional waterfalls ! Do it again any time .
    Written July 18, 2022
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  • Bruce_reviews
    Vernon, Canada100 contributions
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    This is a lovely park tucked into the urban lands a cape of North Van. We went for a hike along the trails and loved it. There is a dog friendly part of the park that was wonderful. The park is rain forest type environment and the walking trails are well maintained. It is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
    Written August 29, 2021
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  • Jussi P
    Helsinki, Finland779 contributions
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    Although not as steep as Grouse Grind, this is not an easy trail with a lot of steps and steep points. Bottom part is almost all stairs and the upper part is more of a path with a lot of roots and rocks.
    Written August 20, 2023
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  • Tatjana P
    North Vancouver, Canada9 contributions
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    Weather you are walking on your own, in a group or with your favourite pet this is such a relaxing walk through the forest along the river. The paths have been well maintained with lots of spots to rest.
    Written July 2, 2019
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  • Keith Rispin
    North Vancouver, Canada89 contributions
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    This is a great hike even though it is a little more challenging than I expected. It is rated on All Trails at a moderate difficulty, but it is definitely a moderate + especially on bad weather days.

    You need to be in decent shape to complete this trail in <3.5 hours. Some sites will tell you not to do it if you have knee or ankle problems and I agree with them, BUT... I completed it on a knee that has had two surgeries and an ankle that had one surgery. I am going to pay for it the next few days but it can be done, IF you have done a good job of rehabbing you broken joint.

    Leave a trip plan with somone before you go, take lots of water, pack snacks or a lunch and go for it.
    Written July 31, 2020
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  • William C
    Vancouver, Canada112 contributions
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    One of Vancouver's best secrets.

    The trail starts at the top of Riverside drive, if you're lucky you can find a parking spot somewhere along that drive but it's highly restricted so be prepared for a long hike to the trailhead.

    Or you can go in at the entrance to the Demonstration Forest ( where there's a huge car park) and walk your way down to the river's edge. (I think they now call it the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.)
    From either trail head you are immediately in the thick west coast forest, with towering Hemlocks and Cedars.

    It's usually damp and cool in there even if there's been no rain for a while and the air has that musty quality that you can only get when you're out on the trail.

    This trail itself is fairly flat and benign and there's lots of interesting riverside sights that are worth a stop.

    Not too far up you'll see where there was a massive slide a couple of years ago, a slide that caused all sorts of problems for the trail managers but it's been fixed up better than before now.

    Further up you come to the new suspension bridge which is where you pick up the trail if you go in at the upper entrance I was talking about.

    After that you're on the trail proper and it's a wonderful walk, you get to see the remnants of the old wooden waterpipe which took water from the lake up above and across to Vancouver itself ( I don't know if they had built a tunnel across the First Narrows to do it back in those times but I know there's a tunnel for the job these days).
    Remember there was no Lions Gate Bridge yet!

    Believe it or not there was a farm of some sort on the riverbank a bit further up, how these farmers and homesteaders made a life for themselves is beyond our ken as we're sending cellphone pix back to our friends .

    Don't know what they grew or what animals they raised but it must have been an easy enough life with the abundance of salmon and wild life to supplement your diet.

    Soon enough you come to a wonderful boardwalk which has been constructed over the swampy part of the river flow. It is just the most wonderful experience to stumble upon some little swimming holes or little sandy picnic areas.
    You'll see kayakers in the river itself but these guys ain't no tyros, you've really got to know what you're doing in these sometimes treacherous waters.

    Eventually you come out at the fish hatchery, a strangely quiet group of cabins and pens with hardly anyone around. That's because little fingerlings don't need constant attention.
    All you have to do is feed them and make sure no diseases break out , once they're big enough you kick 'em out and after they habituate in the river itself they go on a vacation to the ocean.
    When they have had enough ocean they come back to the very same spot they were released, spawn and die . Sad but amazing!

    If you want you can carry on right up to the dam itself but to be honest there's not much to see. The dam itself is no Hoover Dam but it's worth it just to be able to say you've seen it.

    Lots of different trails you can use to get back , every one of them mystifyingly beautiful. There's bears around so always be aware and keep your eyes peeled. Take water and food and make sure you have back up warm clothing and the basic survival equipment.

    Have fun , it's an experience you'll re-live many times as you put your head on the pillow.
    Written June 12, 2020
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