- Difficulty Intermediate
- Time 5 hours
- One-Way 10km
- Elevation Gain 200 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 40 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly Yes
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.