What are the best hiking trails in Vancouver?

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Stéphane Mouttet
  • Stéphane Mouttet

  • Chef Concierge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hiking is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery and enjoy the nature that surrounds Vancouver.  There are many trails throughout Vancouver rated from easy to difficult and half day to full day hikes.

Below are just three examples for excellent trails within the area:

Lighthouse Park - 5 km (3 Miles)
Elevation Gain: Small
Time: 1.5 to 2 Hours
Rating: Easy

There are a number of trails through the park that take you past old growth Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees. The trails are all fairly easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. To make your way down to the shore, follow the main trail down to the rock bluff. Climb on the bluff and you can see the lighthouse, near the fence is a small trail that will take you to the rocks. Windy days in the fall are great at this spot. Find a sheltered spot in the rocks, sit back and watch the ferries.

Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain - 3 km (1.8 Miles)
Elevation Gain: 842 Metres (2,760 Feet)
Time: 1 to 2 Hours
Rating: Moderate to Hard

The Grouse Grind, billed as the world's biggest stair-climb, is Vancouver’s most used trail and is known for the physical strength that is required to make it to the top.  The trail will take you over rocks, roots and wooden stairs as you maneuver along the east side of Grouse Mountain.  Once at the top, you have earned bragging rights by saying you have completed 'The Grind'.  Inside the Chalet at the top of the Grouse mountain, you can purchase the skyride ticket for $10.00 to download off the mountain.  www.grousemountain.com/Winter/vancouver-bc-hiking-trails-trips/

Stawamus Chief (Squamish) - 6 km (3.5 Miles)
Elevation Gain: 500 Metres - (1650 Feet)
High Point: 560 Metres (1850 Feet)
Time: 6 Hours
Rating: Moderate to Hard

A local favorite. The “Chief” is a popular hiking destination that offers scenic views of Howe Sound and several mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. This trail can get busy on a weekend, so arrive early or try it on a week day. Be ready for a steady climb and pay attention to the sign at the trail head.  This is not a trail to hike on in the rain due to the large number of roots and rocks on the trail.  www.stawamuschiefpark.ca

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