Although technically currently shut for the season, this trail head starts on the Baden Powell trail from Lynn Valley which I completed in the morning, so I took the chance.
This trail is very challenging. Like, I could probably do the Grouse Grind in my sleep now! The climb is very steep, and even though the trail is only 3km, there’s almost 1km of elevation gain, which is a lot for a short length. I followed the instructions on the Vancouver Trails site, but after you’ve found the trail head, it’s a very straightforward, well-marked path.
It is mostly made up of steps, with natural steps built into the forest’s stones and tree roots making it an excellent workout. Because I kept stopping to take photos and water breaks, and the top 1/3 was covered in snow and I wasn’t wearing appropriate snow footwear, this trail took me 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The view from the top covered in glistening springtime snow was absolutely worth it. I took the gondola back down for $10 one-way, as the trek back down through the snow was not going to be a safe one.