A road less travelled: The best North Van hiking trails, for beginners and big winter hikers!

A road less travelled: The best North Van hiking trails, for beginners and big winter hikers!

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A fan of local North Van hiking trails? It may be January, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and enjoy one of North Van’s greatest attractions. All times and distances are round-trippers, and there are several absolutely surreal and stunning hikes for beginning and intermediate hikers in the North Shore.

Beginner Walks / Hikes

QUARRY ROCK

Undoubtedly one of the most popular hikes in the lower mainland, Quarry Rock offers lovely views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm all year round.
Distance: 3.8 km
Time: 0.5 – 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 100 meters
Season: Year-round

LIGHTHOUSE PARK

Lighthouse Park is your match if you want a short trail that leads to beautiful views. You can marvel at the lighthouse, the majestic Pacific ocean and cliffs, and large Douglas Firs.
Distance: up to 6 km
Time: 0.5 – 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Season: Year-round

Intermediate Hikes

DOG MOUNTAIN

Located in Seymour Provincial Park, Dog Mountain is a shorter, easier journey, but as stunning as can be. You’ll also pass by the crystal-clear First Lake on this trail.
Distance: 5 km
Time: 1 – 2 hours
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Season: Snowshoeing open during winter months, Spring/Summer rail open May to October.

EAGLE BLUFFS

There is simply no bluffing about how beautiful this hike is. Eagle Bluffs offers a spectacular view of West Vancouver. The hike also passes by the post-card perfect Cabin Lake and Black Mountain.
Distance: 8 km
Time: 3 – 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 350 meters
Season: Snowshoeing open during winter months. All trails open June – October

ST. MARK’S SUMMIT

This hike has one of the best views of the Sea to Sky in the Lower Mainland. The hike is definitely doable by seasoned and non-seasoned hikers alike. St. Mark’s Summit is part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail and the base is located in Cypress Provincial Park.
Distance: 11 km
Time: 3 – 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 460 meters
Season: Snowshoeing open during winter months. All trails open June – October

Photo by Derrick Cooper

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