Snow Free Trails

June 21, 2019

Written by: Michael Chang

The following is a list of trails that are currently known to be snow-free. Note that conditions can change quite quickly and we will try to update this list as soon as we hear otherwise. Always check the weather conditions before you go and other sources, such as the trail comments on Vancouver Trails.

Buntzen Lake

The trail around Buntzen Lake is about 10km and crosses the suspension bridge at the north end, passes the quieter north beach area before looping back through the scenic forest. Read more

Capilano Canyon

A hike through one of the Vancouver area’s most scenic rainforest, the trails in Capilano Canyon pass the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, Cleveland Dam, and several ancient Douglas Fir trees that are some of the largest trees in the area. Read more

Crooked Falls

A great hike in the Squamish Valley to a scenic waterfall that passes several viewpoints over looking the valley. Read more

Elk Mountain

A steep hike in the Chilliwack area that offers a great workout and the reward of an incredible view of the Fraser Valley. Read more

Grouse Grind

While there is still some snow near the top of the trail, the Grind is currently open. Known as Vancouver’s StairMaster, this hike provides one solid workout. Read more

Killarney Lake

Enjoy a day trip to Bowen Island and hike from the ferry terminal through Crippen Regional Park, looping around Killarney Lake before returning. Read more

Jug Island Beach

Located near the community of Belcarra, the hike to Jug Island is a good workout as it climbs through the forest before eventually descending down to the beach area along the shores of Indian Arm. Read more

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver has some of the best coastal views as you hike to different viewpoints that lookout across the inlet towards UBC and downtown Vancouver. Read more

Lightning Lake Chain Trail

A great hike in Manning Provincial Park that starts at Lightning Lake and passes several lakes on its way out to Thunder Lake. Read more

Lindeman Lake

The trail to Lindeman Lake is a long drive but a quick hike up to a beautiful lake in Chilliwack. Read more

Mount Gardner

A day trip to Bowen Island and a hike to the top of Mount Gardner will reward you with views of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet. Read more

Minnekhada Regional Park

There are several trails that loop around Minnekhada Regional Park and include the steep trail up to the High Knoll that provides a beautiful view of the park area. Read more

Norvan Falls

The trail to Norvan Falls passes through Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver, following Lynn Creek, until it reaches the waterfall. Read more

Pitt Lake Wildlife Loop

The trails along Pitt Lake follow the dikes from Grant Narrows as you make your way out into the open, then loop through some of the overgrown trails while checking out several viewpoints. Read more

Quarry Rock

One of the North Shore’s most popular trail, the heart pumping hike leaves Deep Cove and climbs steeply, making its way through the forest, across several beautiful streams, before reaching the rocky outcrop with a view of Indian Arm. Read more

Sea To Summit Trail

The steep hike takes you from the bottom of Shannon Falls to the top of the Gondola in Squamish, providing several incredible views of Howe Sound along the route. Read more

Sendero Diez Vistas

A challenging hike that climbs steeply and has several views looking out towards Indian Arm before you descend to the far end of Buntzen Lake and then return along the lake side trail. Read more

The Stawamus Chief (1st Peak Only)

Squamish’s most recognizable mountain, the hike to the top of The Chief is steep but rewarding with incredible views of Howe Sound. Note: Only the 1st Peak currently is snow-free. Snow on the 2nd and 3rd peaks tend to linger well into spring. Read more

Tunnel Bluffs

The steep hike along the Sea To Sky Highway ends at a rocky outcrop with an incredible view looking out over Howe Sound. Read more

Whippoorwill Point Trail

A scenic 4km roundtrip hike from the town of Harrison that passes a secluded beach before looping around the Whippoorwill Point area and offering occasional views of the Harrison River. Read more

Whyte Lake

A beautiful hike that pass through a scenic forest as it climbs towards Whyte Lake in West Vancouver. Read more

3 responses to “Snow Free Trails”

  1. Avatar Ron says:

    Your link isn’t correct for Whippoorwill Point Trail. The link of “read more” takes us to a completely different hike and nowhere near Harrison town.

  2. The trail along Pitt Lake is a relaxing area and a great place to do some bird watching. Me and my family watched a couple of Osprey dive into the marsh several times, trying to catch a meal. Eventually, they were successful which was sad but it was an amazing sight to be able to see nature so closely.

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