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North Shore Baden Powell Trail

Looking down at Deep Cove from Quarry Rock

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 IS CLOSED

As of late March, 2020, the portion of the Baden Powell Trail that leads through Lynn Canyon Park and up Quarry Rock is closed. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as many people were not keeping a physical distance of at least 2 metres between them and other hikers on the trails.

As of the end of July, 2020, both these venues appear to remain closed. Hopefully they will reopen soon!

For more information click North Vancouver Closures.


 

North Vancouver's Baden Powell Trail

 

Baden Powell Trail

Close to 50 kilometres of maintained trails make up the Baden Powell Trail. They go past the entrance to the 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 goes 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 world-famous for nature 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.

 

Bridge on Baden Powell Trail
A bridge on the trail in North Vancouver

 

Sections of the Baden Powell Trail

The trail is broken up into 4 parts. The different sections are from Deep Cove to Lynn Valley, Lynn Valley to Grouse Mountain, Grouse Mountain to Cypress Mountain, and Cypress to Horseshoe Bay.

For the most part, the trails aren’t overly difficult, but they do run through multiple different types of terrain. They also involve a fair bit of up and down, and both 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 4 or 5 hours to do and makes for a great weekend hike. Shorter stretches, like from Deep Cove to Quarry Rock, 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 1-hour hike. It’s a beautiful trail through the trees with a fair number of stairs that’s suitable for most people. 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.

 

Top of Quarry Rock
Quarry Rock in Deep Cove

 

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’ll 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.

 

 

Other Information

For more information about the approximately 5 hour/12 km eastern start of the route, click on the Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon Section of the trail.

For information on the ~5 hour/10 km 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.

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