The section of the Baden Powell from Lynn Canyon to Grouse Mountain crosses North Vancouver, passing through scenic forests, over numerous creeks, while closely hugging the steep mountain slopes. Note that this hike has a different starting and ending point, so you will need to arrange transportation either back to your car at the starting point or through public transit.
The trail starts from a steep set of wooden stairs between the main and overflow parking area in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. On the left side of the road, climb up the set of stairs, pacing yourself as you occasionally stop to catch your breath. At the top, the trail continues into the forest before steadily climbing again. The trail eventually reaches the Old Grouse Mountain Road which starts from the top of Mountain Highway. This route is still used to take large supplies up to Grouse Mountain and is also popular with mountain bikers accessing various trails in the region.
Cross the dirt road and continue as the trail heads up a steep embankment. This section of the Baden Powell is shared with mountain bikers, noticeable by the well worn trail and careful placement of rocks along the route. The uphill section lasts awhile as you make your way just above the residential areas of North Vancouver. As the trail levels out, you pass a series of junctions that lead to local neighbourhoods, including the Quarry Court, Dempsey, and Braemar Road.
Continue along the Baden Powell trail, crossing several bridges before reaching a wooden bench with a view of the city that is barely noticeable through the tree line. Not far from this point, you reach another view between the trees just above Prospect. Continue around the corner, passing the water towers, the junction with the Old Grouse Trail, and make your way down to the bridge crossing Mosquito Creek.
On the other side of Mosquito Creek, go right and walk uphill as the trail bends to the left and passes just above a house before going right and becoming very steep. Once at the top of the steep section, the trail joins with an old road and parking area at the top of Skyline. Go right and follow the trail as it wraps around to the left and then continues towards the base of Grouse Mountain.
Once again, the trail climbs through the forest alongside the mountain before making two crossings at East MacKay Creek. Continue along the trail to West MacKay Creek, at which point the trail becomes more level. After crossing over a small log, the trail begins to descend and this is a sign of the final section to Grouse. Cross a wooden bridge and carefully walk over the the tree roots before reaching the junction with the Grouse Grind trail. Continue straight for another couple hundred meters to the parking area at the base of Grouse Mountain.
How to get to Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 40 minutes
The start of this section of the Baden Powell trail is located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. To reach the start of the trail, take Highway #1 to the Lynn Valley Exit and follow Lynn Valley Road northbound. Continue past the shopping center and past the turnoff to Lynn Canyon Park. Where the road turns left, continue going straight along the narrow road to the last parking lot. If there is no parking here, backtrack about 500m to the overflow lot. The trail begins between the overflow parking area and the parking area near the gate on the left side of the road.
Note: This trail is not a loop and ends in a different location than it starts. Make sure to plan and make arrangements for transportation at the end of the trail.
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Transit Access to Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
This trail is not a loop and the start and finish for this trail are located in different areas of North Vancouver, so it's important to plan your day if you are taking transit.
To get to the start of the Baden Powell in Lynn Canyon from downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #228 to Lynn Valley. Get off of the bus near the end of the route at Dempsey and Lynn Valley Road. After getting off the bus, walk down the paved road into the forest towards the parking area. Just beyond the first gravel parking lot, but before the last parking lot with the metal gate, the start of the trail heads up a steep set of stairs on the left.
From Grouse Mountain, take bus #236 to the Seabus terminal at Lonsdale Quay.
Note: These bus routes can be reversed if you plan to hike this section of the Baden Powell from Grouse Mountain to Lynn Canyon.
Dogs at Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
Dogs are allowed on this section of the Baden Powell trail but must be kept under control at all times. Please ensure to pick up after your dog.
Toilets at Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
There are toilet facilities just beyond the start of the Baden Powell in Lynn Canyon, near the last parking area before crossing Lynn Creek. There are also toilets located at the base of Grouse Mountain near the Gondola. There are not facilities or outhouses along this section of the Baden Powell.
Other trails located in the The North Shore region:
Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls Trail
Brothers Creek Loop
Capilano Pacific Trail
Hanes Valley Trail
Little Goat Mountain
St Mark's Summit
Two Canyon Loop