The Baden Powell Trail stretches 48km from Deep Cove in North Vancouver all the way to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Typically, the trail is divided up into four sections, the first of which I tackled in the summer with Nelli from Horseshoe Bay to Cypress.
The other end starts from Deep Cove beginning with the Quarry Rock hike and travels 12km through lush rainforest accompanied by the occasional view over the water.
It’s a challenging trail, involving a wide range of ascents and descents but is good fun as you clamber over trees and down rocky slides. After a rainfall, the trail is very muddy, and a number of the routes turned into mini-streams, so waterproof hiking boots are a must.
I saw many more mountain bikers on the trail than I did hikers, as the Seymour Park area has a number of popular mountain biking trails. The whole trip took me around 5 hours (including an extra loop where I turned wrong and ended up exactly where I started…) and it was damp and drizzly – just how I like it. The ground is unclear in parts, but so long as you follow the bright orange markers in the trees, the route is manageable.
This section ends up in Lynn Valley, which is one of my all-time favourite spots in the city featuring the stunning Twin Falls and Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, all free of charge (a much better deal than it’s expensive neighbour at Capilano)! There’s public transit on both ends which is rad, given that it’s a one-way hike.
Below is where I took a wrong turn and went right. Go left to stay on the Baden Powell trail, or else you’ll just loop back right here again.