The trail to Lynn Peak is a challenging hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park but the view from the top makes the climb worth the hard work. Lynn Peak is sometimes compared to the Grouse Grind as it offers a great cardio workout but is much less crowded.
From the parking area, walk towards and cross Lynn Creek to where a signboard is on the other side with a map of the area. Go right and follow the wide gravel road for less than 10 minutes until you reach a sign marking the start of Lynn Loop on your left. The trail to Lynn Peak starts on the Lynn Loop route, so walk past the sign and follow the trail as it quickly heads uphill.
Shortly after the trail levels and crosses a wooden boardwalk, a sign marking the junction to Lynn Peak appears. Go right and begin climbing uphill to Lynn Peak. The trail is quite rocky in sections, so watch your step as many of the rocks can easily be knocked loose causing an injury.
The trail makes its way through the second-generation growth forest, ascending quickly. After walking for about 40 minutes, a small view of Seymour Mountain appears on the right, much of which has grown over. Continue hiking uphill as the trail begins to level and heads through some sections with flatter grades.
Another 30-40 minutes later, you reach a viewpoint with a much clearer view of Seymour Mountain and the red radio towers that broadcast to Vancouver. Enjoy the view before continuing up the rocky trail as the grade steepens once again. About 20 minutes further, there is a viewpoint on the left that is sometimes easy to miss. It looks over to the west towards Grouse Mountain and on a clear day, out into the Georgia Strait. From this point, it is just a short uphill section and a final short, steep climb that brings you to the most spectacular view of the day at Lynn Peak. The viewpoint looks out towards Seymour. The city and as far away as the USA can been seen on a sunny, clear day. Find a place along the rocks to sit and soak in the view before heading back.
There is a trail that continues from this point to the summit, however there are no views at the summit and most people only make it to the last viewpoint, which is known as Lynn Peak. For those wanting a slightly longer hike, follow the less-used trail for another 20 minutes where pink ribbons mark this section instead of the yellow markers that lead to the peak.
Once you've enjoyed the views, hike back downhill eventually meeting up with the Lynn Loop Trail. Go left onto the trail and then right onto the gravel road as you retrace your steps back to the Lynn Creek crossing and parking lot area.
How to get to Lynn Peak
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 40 minutes
Lynn Loop is located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. To reach the start of the trail, take Highway #1 to the Lynn Canyon 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 and walk back towards the overflow parking lot.
View a map of Driving directions to Lynn Peak.
Transit Access to Lynn Peak
From downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #228 to Lynn Valley. You will want to get off of the bus near the end of the route at Dempsey and Lynn Valley Road. Let the bus driver know where you are going and they can stop at the location.
After getting off the bus, walk down the paved road into the forest towards the parking area and the start of the trail.
Dogs at Lynn Peak
Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Please ensure that you pick up after your dog to prevent wild animals being attracted to the area.
Toilets at Lynn Peak
Washroom facilities are located near the parking area before crossing the bridge over Lynn Creek. There are no facilities along the trail to Lynn Peak.
Other trails located in the The North Shore region:
Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
Brothers Creek Loop
Capilano Pacific Trail
St Mark's Summit
Two Canyon Loop