The Baden Powell trail is a 48km hike stretching from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay across Vancouver's North Shore. The trail is divided into four sections: Deep Cove to Lynn Valley, Lynn Valley to Grouse Mountain, Grouse Mountain to Cypress Mountain and then Cypress Mountain to Horseshoe Bay. The trails can be hiked in either direction.
Today, I hiked the 12km section from Deep Cove which begins with the Quarry Rock hike and then traverses through lush rainforest and the occasional view of the ocean. The trail is a fun one, involving ascents and descents and tree clambering. After the rain this trail gets very muddy; sturdy waterproof hiking boots are a must! This trail is very popular with mountain bikers, too. The end of the trail is at Lynn Valley, one of my favourite spots in the city to explore.
BADEN POWELL TRAIL DETAILS
Where: Deep Cove to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver
Length: 4.5 hours for 14km one-way
Directions: Vancouver Trails
Bathrooms: yes, at both ends
Public Transit: yes, see full list here