The Baden Powell Trail is a world-class hiking trail that stretches from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cove in North Vancouver.
QUARRY ROCK HAS REOPENED!
As of mid-March, 2023, the Quarry Rock Trail has reopened! It was closed during the first couple of years of COVID-19, and then continued to be closed after suffering from storm damage in 2021. Finally, after being closed for about three years, hikers can once again make their way to the lookout! A portion of the Baden Powell Trail leads through Lynn Canyon Park and up Quarry Rock.
Baden Powell Trail
Nearly 50 kilometres of maintained trails make up the Baden Powell Trail. They go past the entrance to Grouse Grind‘s grueling trail of steps up to Grouse Mountain, through magnificent Capilano River Regional Park and past the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge in Lynn Canyon Park.
The Baden Powell Trail also cuts through part of Mt. Seymour Provincial Park, over the Seymour River and up to Quarry Rock overlooking Deep Cove and the waters of Indian Arm. It’s trails like the Baden Powell Trail that make the North Shore renowned for its natural splendour and outdoor recreation.
The Baden Powell Trail is not a loop, meaning that you need to arrange transportation differently for the start and end of your hike unless you simply retrace your steps. The trail also has numerous entrance points so you can break the hike up over different days and trips.
Sections of the Baden Powell Trail
The trail is divided into four sections – Deep Cove to Lynn Valley; Lynn Valley to Grouse Mountain; Grouse Mountain to Cypress Mountain; and Cypress Mountain to Horseshoe Bay.
For the most part, the trails aren’t overly difficult, but they do run through multiple types of terrain. They also involve a fair bit of up and down, on uneven ground and staircases.
Each section runs close to suburban areas in parts and they are all very well used. Each of the four sections takes about four or five hours to complete and makes for a great weekend hike. Shorter stretches, such as from Deep Cove to Quarry Rock (the latter when open), take only about an hour one way.
The section of the Baden Powell Trail from just above Panorama Park in Deep Cove to Quarry Rock is about a one hour hike. It’s a beautiful trail through the trees and not overly strenuous, though it does have a decent amount of stairs. The view from the top on a sunny day is absolutely spectacular, and makes for a great resting spot before returning back down the hill.
Baden Powell Trail Video
To give you an idea of what to expect regarding the Baden Powell Trail, check out the following video. It features a short section between near Quarry Rock north of Deep Cove and a part of the trail that goes through Mt. Seymour Provincial Park. The terrain is similar to what you’ll find in other non-urban forested parkland on the North Shore.
As you can see from the video, the trail goes through a wonderfully natural forested area along the edge of the mountains in North Vancouver. Along the way there are stairs, the occasional bridge and various ups and downs. It’s an enjoyable hike and not difficult.
To watch a similar video of the same area see our article about Mt. Seymour Provincial Park.
For more information about the approximately 5 hour/12-kilometre eastern start of the route, click on the Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon Section of the trail.
For information on the roughly 5 hour/10-kilometre central portion of the trail, check out the Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse Section.
To learn more about the region click Deep Cove, North Vancouver or North Shore.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Parks & Places in Nature
- Outdoor Recreation in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver Hiking Trails