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Dale Edginton from Manchester, UK writes:

I did the hike yesterday (22nd October 2017) from Lynn Canyon to Deep Cove. I agree with previous comments that there is more downhill sections but there was a steep section just before Mt Seymour Rd which would be quite precarious (very slippy) if attempting this section downhill with slippy conditions.

Overall a great hike, The Lynn Canyon was relatively quiet (I did start at 8am) but Quarry Rock was its usual busy self. The bit inbetween was completely deserted which made for great hiking conditions.

I prefer this way because the view from Quarry Rock is a real treat towards the end of the hike! As is 1 or 2 (or 6) doughnuts from Honeys in Deep Cove village.

  • Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon photo
  • Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon photo
  • Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon photo

    Posted: October 23, 2017 12:16:11 PM PST


    Jane from North Vancouver writes:

    Still hurting from this 6 hour hike. I'm in fair shape but had to carry a 3 year old on my back for half of it. We started at the Lynn Canyon side and had dropped of our car at Deep Cove so we would have an easy ride home. Had 3, 7 and 9 year old with us and kids complained but did a great job with this long hike. Do not expect any great viewpoints along the way, the pleasure in this hike is just experiencing the cool quietness of the north shore mountains on a hot day. The trail is well marked and quite wide in places, there is a somewhat rough trek up Seymour but totally manageable for anyone is reasonable shape. We ran into a few moutain bikers along the way so watch out for them on Seymour. We were mostly alone for the majority of the trail but it is busy at ths Canyon and the Quarry rock side. All in all I enjoyed my walk in the woods, I'm glad I can cross this one off the list but it isn't worth doing again any time soon.

      Posted: August 20, 2017 09:06:28 PM PST


      Mike from St. Louis writes:

      I did this hike on 6/24/2017 from Lynn Canyon to Deep Cove. I enjoyed the canyons and waterfalls near the Lynn Canyon section, and the middle was very peaceful and serene (very few people), but I found the last 60-90 minutes rather monotonous (more of the same). In particular, I got the impression from someone at Lynn Canyon that the final section to Deep Cove involved continuous nice views of the water, and the trail name for that section -- Quarry Rock -- reinforced that impression. I thought that I'd be hiking along a rock face with views of the inlet for a good portion of my final trek to Deep Cove. But Quarry Rock is really just one clearing in the trail, and then you are right back into a densely wooded area. Once I realized that was the nature of the rest of the hike to Deep Cove, I just wanted to be done.

        Posted: July 2, 2017 06:50:39 PM PST


        Niomay from Vancouver writes:

        Did the hike today, from deep cove to Lynn Canyon.

        Between twin falls and the south of Lynn Creek has some sections with trees fallen over wooden walkways, some are unusable but can be walked around easily.

        Signs said trail was closed on june 20th for repairs, only on the Twin Falls side downwards. Repairs are still ongoing on june 22nd. There was no visible closed sign going north from Lynn Creek. We were able to pass over the turned bit, then right of the tree (as in the picture). Just look out for mashy areas right of the overturned walkway.

        • Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon photo

          Posted: June 22, 2017 10:20:34 PM PST


          James from Vancouver writes:

          Hiked in reverse (Lynn Canyon to Deep Cove) today. No evidence of any bridge closures, so it looks like that's all been cleared up now. There were a few downed trees lying across the path in various locations, but nothing difficult to navigate.

          Only 3 stars from me, not because there's anything wrong with this hike (I quite enjoy it, actually), but there's nothing overly special about it either. The falls near Lynn are nice but too crowded with people, the view from Quarry Rock is of course nice (but again, crowded). Everything in between is much quieter (though there were a lot of mountain bikers out on Seymour today), and a solid beginner to intermediate hike through the trees.

          Completed in almost 3 hours on the dot, including a 10 minute snack break, moving faster than most everyone who stay near the falls/Quarry Rock, but not trail running. As others have mentioned, expect it to take longer (maybe another 30 minutes) in the other direction (Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon) with more uphill than down this way.

            Posted: June 4, 2017 08:42:15 PM PST


            Brett McLaren from North Vancouver writes:

            There is a point where the bridge is out, so for about 15 metres, you will need to offroad it. It's really not that bad.

            The hiking trail itself was good, went from Lynn Canyon to Deep Cove, took about 3.5 hours. Would probably take 5 hours going in the other direction.

              Posted: May 28, 2017 02:19:51 PM PST


              Yusuf from Burnaby writes:

              Did anyone else have difficulty doing the baden powell trail recently due to closure?

                Posted: May 24, 2017 01:44:36 PM PST


                Raza from Vancouver writes:

                Tried to do this trail yesterday starting from Lynn valley but came across a large closed section about 40 mins in. One of the bridges over a river was apparently not useable and is the only way to cross. Quite a let down.

                  Posted: May 19, 2017 01:20:47 PM PST


                  Grace from Vancouver writes:

                  My mom and I went from Lynn canyon to deep cove. I would highly recommend going this direction, as the paths are mainly downhill or flat, and you get some excellent views of Howe sound at Quarry rock near the end of your hike. Plus, it was nice taking a stroll after our hike in the quaint little town of deep cove while rewarding ourselves with some delicious gelato. The trail was pretty much flat and very easy (good for running) and not very technical. This could be perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities. The trail was groomed terrifically, so its a shame there's not many people on the trail that day. The majority of the trail you get to see the good old temperate rainforest and the thousands of coniferous trees, nothing too special if you live in the pacific northwest. There was also a section where we passed some friendly mountain bikers in which we exchanged a quick hello. (but be careful! let them have the right of way, you don't want to be involved in a collision!) Overall, this was a mediocore hike, and personally, I would rather choose a hike that has killer views instead of one that consists of hours trekking in the midst of evergreens.

                    Posted: September 1, 2016 03:43:08 PM PST


                    Kyle from Nvan writes:

                    Wasps nest on the Baden Powell just east of the Severed Dick Cossing

                      Posted: August 21, 2016 04:43:57 PM PST


                      Lisa Thorson from Vancouver writes:

                      Beautiful trail the entire way. Just make very sure you watch for the orange diamonds marked "BP" sporadically located on trees along the trail. It's easy to head down the wrong trail, so if you stop seeing any orange markers, or only see the square unlabeled ones, it's best to backtrack until you're sure you're back on the right trail.

                        Posted: July 17, 2016 09:26:14 PM PST


                        Andreas from Karlsruhe writes:

                        Trail is wonderfully maintained and leads through very nice forest and vegetation. At late afternoon hiking westwards the summer light was finding its way through the trees perfectly.

                        I got lost for a couple of meters around http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=49.33858&mlon=-122.98403#map=18/49.33858/-122.98403, taking a right turn towards the powerlines trail.

                          Posted: July 5, 2016 01:10:28 AM PST


                          Monami from Vancouver writes:

                          Nice forest trail, but poorly signed at times (got lost a lot) + crosses a few car streets which i found annoying. Took me 4.5h with quick walking, probably much much more if you take a relaxed pace. Super busy beginning, super busy at the end. But great for a long extended walk.

                            Posted: May 21, 2016 08:26:00 PM PST


                            Andrej from Münster - Germany writes:

                            Very nice trail, walked it on the Dec 12th a Monday with light rain at 7 °C. A wonderful experience as I met only 20 ppl along all 12 km. Mostly at beginning and end. A clear recommendation for all who seek solitude with nature. I will always remember the mystical forests, creeks and waterfalls. Good rainproof shoes, an umbrella and rain gear helped to make this nice.

                            I lost my track in the second half, cause the signs were not visible. Found it back after some detour. That would make one star less, but the very helpful Canadians I met, helped me on the way again, so thats an extra star - making it a great tour even in very modest weather.

                            It took me 5 hours though and I was back just before dark. Its advisable to start no later than 11 am at Deep Cove in Winter.

                              Posted: December 10, 2015 10:20:42 PM PST


                              Hans Koch from North Vancouver writes:

                              A good hike that isn't too technical. Fairly well marked - Trees are marked with an orange/yellow 'BP' marker, 6ft up, along the entire trail. If you just follow the signs on the posts at the different trail heads and train intersections, it might be a little confusing but looking for the 'BP' markers makes it easy.
                              Did the hike during a bit of rain, just after a very dry period. This made a lot of the rocks and tree roots very slippery, so watch your step.
                              The beginning of the trail (at Deep Cove) was packed with tourists trying to get up to the lookout at Quarry Rock, which makes the first park feel like you are stuck on traffic.
                              Last part, between Twin Falls and Lynn Canyon Susp. bridge, was also packed with tourists who seem to ignore how narrow the suspension bridge is and that other people are just trying to use it to cross the canyon.
                              Everything in between is nice and very well kept. Only met a handful of dog-walkers and trail runners, but that might have been because of the rain.
                              All in all an enjoyable hike!

                                Posted: July 13, 2015 09:24:30 AM PST


                                Jenn G. from Burnaby writes:

                                Hiked from the start of the Baden Powell marked at the intersection of Dempsey Road and Lynn Valley Road to Deep Cove. Took us just under 3 1/2 hours at a decent clip with a couple of pit stops for water and refuelling. A decent trail with a little mud, which is to be expected in early April, but was definitely an enjoyable hike. The only thing I didn't like was the throng of people at Lynn Canyon, and at the end at Deep Cove between Quarry Rock and Deep Cove, but my choice of days could have been better to avoid that problem. All in all a great hike, however people using the trail should be familiar with trail etiquette, and move over if someone is coming up behind them. It is a common courtesy in hiking and mountain biking, and not all people are aware. Perhaps now some readers are :-)

                                  Posted: April 10, 2015 02:00:13 AM PST


                                  ChesterKat from Vancouver writes:

                                  Great hike. Very well marked trail. There was one marker that was on the other side of the trail that was opposite to where you are walking. This marker is located right junction of BP and PowerLine(?). BP turns down the mountain sharply towards Hyannis Point. I would say that same portion of trail is the most difficult as well since you are heading right down the mountain on uneven ground with loose soil and rocks, and exposed roots everywhere. I found this section a bit punishing on the knees.

                                  Otherwise, great trail. I did this on the shoulder season in the spring in 3hrs. 45mins. Took lots of photos, and stopped to talk to a friend briefly at Hyannis Point.

                                  Bring lots of water, since there aren't places to fill up on the trail, and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots/ trail runners since the even the stairs on the trail can get slippery, and in some places the trail was muddy and flooded. These can be easily avoided as well.

                                  There aren't many place to stop if you need a washroom break so prepare yourself.

                                    Posted: April 8, 2015 11:31:45 AM PST


                                    Larissa from Vancouver writes:

                                    I've done the trail twice now: once with a group of 5 friends, and again alone as a time trial. As a 21yo female who regularly goes to the gym and kickboxes, I would rate this trail an easy-intermediate. Definitely my new favorite for a time-trial though: on a good day, you can continue the extra 8km to Grouse Mountain for an extended workout.


                                    DURATION:
                                    With friends, we took approximately 5h including a break at the top of Quarry Rock and a lunch break.

                                    When I went alone as a time trial (hiking as fast as I could and jogging where I could), I finished in 2h38m including a lunch break. If you are in relatively good shape and push yourself, you will easily finish under 3 hours.


                                    TRAIL:
                                    The first third of the trail is mostly uphill. You'll see lots of people for the first 20-40minutes, but after you pass Quarry Rock, you'll enter into the trees and get a lot of the trail to yourself.

                                    About a third of the way, there will be a 20-35minute period where you will be making a descent. This part is the only part of the trail that I dislike: the rocks are loose, and it's extremely easy to slip and fall on your butt. It's not dangerous by any means, but if you have an irrational fear of falling down small hills like I do, it'll slow you down considerably.

                                    Shortly after the descent, you'll reach the section of the trail that's perfect for running: slight slopes, firm ground, lots of wooden bridges. Makes for a really great 20 minute jog, and you're likely to see other joggers too.

                                    The ending is a climb up to the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. Great way to finish a workout!


                                    VIEWS:
                                    Most of the trail is just going to be forest. However,
                                    - After about 40 minutes, you'll hit Quarry Rock overlooking the water of Deep Cove
                                    - Once you get to Lynn Canyon, you'll see Twin Falls and the Suspension Bridge

                                    RATING:
                                    4/5, with one star off for the slippery down-hill.

                                      Posted: August 29, 2014 01:08:03 PM PST


                                      Lynda Jao from New York writes:

                                      I just hiked this yesterday from Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon. Midway through you really hit a zen moment in all the forest and green - quite beautiful. VERY IMPORTANT, the point where you turn down is just a few meters from the Power Line trail (you'll know you're on it if you come out onto a clear logging road with the power line in view). If you are on it, you'll have passed the turn off that was supposed to be left. Go back into the forest and look for the a BP trail marker, which is on the OTHER side of a tree, facing down to people coming in the other direction. Check around trees to find this marker. Everyone else that I was hiking with managed to get lost (I could not find them again). Other than this turn off point, the rest of the trail is well-marked.

                                        Posted: June 23, 2014 11:14:14 AM PST


                                        Anne from North Van writes:

                                        Nice trail but the sings are hopeless. Maps on the posts that don't even show where you are.
                                        At the big turn off of the Baden Powell down the hill, the sign for that is on the uphill side of the post...
                                        Baden Powell signs on trails that have nothing to do with the Baden Powell... very confusing.
                                        Hugh signs for bikers, nothing much for hikers.
                                        We missed the turn down hill and ended up much too high, had to turn around. Frustrating!

                                          Posted: June 19, 2014 06:07:01 PM PST


                                          James from Richmond writes:

                                          Did this trail today in nine hours. Check out my video!

                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8eFKyLQ6x8

                                            Posted: September 29, 2013 08:24:53 PM PST


                                            Natasha from Vancouver writes:

                                            Hiked this trail today and I thought it was very well marked. No complaints but my advice to other hikers is to pack snacks and water and make sure you watch your footing! Beautiful lookout at Quarry Rock and the rest of the trail is honestly just fun to hike! We finished in about 3 hours then turned back to grab some donuts and coffee down by the cove!

                                              Posted: July 11, 2013 08:19:58 PM PST


                                              Liam and papa from calgary writes:

                                              Hiked from Deep Cove to Lynn Valley and it took a lot longer than planned because of the lack of markings at Quarry Rock. There should be a sign pointing to the northern most trail because if you start at the marina (using the rope) you have no idea that going West on the trail just leads you back to Deep Cove. Had to make a call re: retracing steps so we do what all hikers do. Caught a cab to Mt Seymour trail head!

                                                Posted: July 2, 2013 05:18:34 PM PST


                                                Molly from Vancouver writes:

                                                Did this route today (Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon). Took 5 hrs including getting lost about 3 times - went way down the Bridal Trail without realising and back up, and then a couple of other spots e.g. at Twin Falls, went over the bridge and up those stairs instead of staying to the right! Must pay attention all the time if it's your first time! Would have taken me about 4hrs otherwise.
                                                Very enjoyable hike, hard on the knees going down the very rocky part, guess those that do it regular or live close by have no problem, practically running down it!
                                                Muddy in a few spots but no complaints. Good for endurance, and good balance of up and down.

                                                  Posted: March 26, 2013 05:35:25 PM PST


                                                  Molly Huber from North Vancouver writes:

                                                  Hiked through today from Deep Cove to Lynn Valley. The trail is in pretty good shape, and while there were a couple of muddy spots, it was pretty clean sailing.

                                                    Posted: December 10, 2012 06:00:45 PM PST


                                                    sean harvey from Vancouver writes:

                                                    Hiked from Lynn to DC but somehow lost the trail right off the bat and ended up at out 4 hrs Cap College! Made it to DP in ab Nice walk:)

                                                      Posted: November 3, 2012 12:56:13 PM PST


                                                      elinor and neil allison from aurora on writes:

                                                      we actually hiked from base of Grouse through Lynn Valley 3 1/2 hours, stopped for 1/2 hour lunch at LV then continued another 4 hours to Deep Cove.
                                                      toughest parts of the trail were starting from Grouse and ascending from Mount Seymour Valley to MS middle road.
                                                      our big toes were sore from the ups and downs but other than that a spectacular
                                                      experience, trail well marked.
                                                      this was 3 days after completing the Grouse Grind, we are in our early seventies so you can do it (aug/2012)

                                                        Posted: September 24, 2012 01:05:07 PM PST


                                                        Lucy from Vancouver writes:

                                                        While the actual hike today was good, it was a crush of people at the beginning and end of the trail. Very rarely have I overtaken a toddler in a tutu on a hike :-) but this starts in "the cove" where it seems everyone is out for a hike to Quarry rock on Sunday morning. At the other end, near the suspension bridge, there were so many tourists. Still it was a great day to be out on the trails! We were five hours in total, with one wrong turn down a biking trail and back up to BP included. Plus we followed Varney trail right back to the parking lot at Lynn Headwaters, so maybe that took a little longer too!

                                                          Posted: July 22, 2012 10:34:49 PM PST


                                                          Dale from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Did this hike today for the very first time. It was exactly challenging and enjoyable for my needs and wants. It took me 3 1/2 hours and was temporarily confused only a couple of times. The rocky descent section referred to in the overview was quite challenging and potentially treacherous. If you're not employing slow, deliberate foot placements you're asking for disaster.

                                                          All in all a fantastic hike and well worthwhile.

                                                            Posted: June 28, 2012 06:49:10 PM PST


                                                            maul from bearland writes:

                                                            hate this trail>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                                                              Posted: December 17, 2011 01:45:38 PM PST


                                                              Jared from Vancouver writes:

                                                              Did this hike on Sept. 11/11 and had a great time. We took transit from downtown there and back, which I'm convinced is the best way to go.

                                                              More details about our experience can be found here:
                                                              http://jaredhunt.ca/2011/09/21/baden-powell-from-deep-cove-to-lynn-canyon/

                                                                Posted: September 21, 2011 09:31:54 PM PST


                                                                Sarah from Ottawa writes:

                                                                We did the Lynn Canyon to Deep Cove route today. For some reason there are 'trail closed' signs just past Hyannis Drive, although the trail didn't seem closed. A great hike.

                                                                  Posted: August 20, 2011 09:57:19 PM PST


                                                                  Chris Buxton from Hong Kong writes:

                                                                  I think it would be helpful to add

                                                                  Not long after leaving the gravel road, the trail reaches a paved road called Indian River Drive. The Baden Powell Trail continues west along this road, so go left and walk alongside the road FOR ABOUT 500m, carefully watching for cars passing alongside the narrow road. The start of the Baden Powell trail is next to a large water tower on the opposite side of the road.

                                                                  the suggested changes are in caps and do not suggest anger or volume. I enjoyed the hike today immensely and would recommend it to anyone. We live in a beautiful place!

                                                                    Posted: July 4, 2011 11:04:34 PM PST


                                                                    cindy from vancouver writes:

                                                                    did this trail today good not as hard as It said it would be did it under 2.5 hours ran where we could ,enjoyed it

                                                                      Posted: May 22, 2011 05:31:31 PM PST


                                                                      Tina from Richmond writes:

                                                                      Did this trail with a group of friends yesterday! Hiked up to Quarry Rock then crossed over to Lynn Valley. Took right under 5 hours! Gorgeous hike at the beginning (top of Quarry Rock) and end (Suspension Bridge).

                                                                      Easily accessible by public transit. Trails not too muddy at any part, watch out for the bikers!

                                                                        Posted: May 15, 2011 10:49:58 PM PST


                                                                        Doc E from Vienna, Austria writes:

                                                                        very well-marked and nicely maintained trail indeed. Some of the downhll sections (if you start at Deep Cove) are, however, indeed "rugged," to say the least.
                                                                        So bring good shoes (if it's raining, you will have to go through one of the puddles or patches of mud in any case)

                                                                          Posted: May 15, 2011 07:41:04 PM PST


                                                                          Kaarina from New Westminster writes:

                                                                          Some friends and I hiked from Mount Seymour to Deep Cove on Easter long weekend and it was beautiful! It took about 3 hrs, there and back, and was a pretty good workout.

                                                                            Posted: May 4, 2011 08:55:11 AM PST


                                                                            Nemo from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Great hike, mix of easier sections and some rugged climbs/descents. Very peaceful.

                                                                              Posted: February 9, 2011 05:00:37 PM PST


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