• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 3 hours
  • Round-Trip 7.5km
  • Elevation Gain 300 meters
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 35 minutes
  • Public Transit Yes
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

Located east of downtown Vancouver and home to Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain has several trails that are popular with hikers and mountain bikers. The majority of the trails are on the east side of the mountain, just off of North Road near the Coquitlam boundary and they have different ratings according to their difficulty.

There are many trails on Burnaby Mountain and one should plan their own route based on how long they want to spend outside. We have chosen a description below where the hike starts from the eastern edge of the Pipeline Trail along North Road and goes to the top of the mountain and back down, looping through several trails along the way.

From the parking area, walk past the signboard with a map of the area and look for the North Road Trail that starts just 50 meters on your right. Take this trail and walk uphill, being careful for any mountain bikers riding downhill. Continue walking along this route as it cross several connecting paths that go from North Road to the Powerline Trail. Eventually, you will reach a crossing trail where there are several wooden ramps for bikers to ride across and do tricks. Go right and walk towards the fence. Make a left and walk alongside the fence and at the immediate junction, go left and follow the Dead Moped Trail as it winds its way through the forest of Burnaby Mountain.

The Dead Moped Trail eventually reaches a 4-way crossing. Go straight for the longer version or go left for a shorter walk. Both will take you to the Trans Canada Trail, where you will go left and walk back up the hill towards the main map and signboard. Catch your breath at the signboard before following the Trans Canada Trail up the steep slope.

The first junction up the steep hill is with Mel's Trail. At this point, you have to decide whether you want to hike up to the SFU Campus or just loop through the trails on Burnaby Mountain. We'll continue up the Trans Canada Trail towards SFU and take Mel's Trail on the way back down. The next junction is with Cardiac Hill, appropriately named for it's very steep slope. Go left at this junction and follow Cardiac Hill as it makes its way up to University Drive. Once at the top, go right and walk alongside the road towards the bus loop area where there are coffee shops and cafes.

After your break, return to the trails by walking back along University Drive and down Cardiac Hill to the junction with the Trans Canada Trail. Go right and continue downhill to the junction with Mel's Trail. Go right onto Mel's Trail and up the steps as it climbs quickly before gradually levelling out and weaving through the forest. Cross the junction with the Gear Jammer Trail and continue heading west until you reach a junction with Nicole's Trail (also Poplar Trail to the right). Go left and walk down Nicole's Trail until you reach the bottom where it joins with the Pipeline Trail.

Now you are at the bottom of the Pipeline Trail near where it meets Gaglardi Way. Go left and walk along the wide trail, crossing the wooden bridge before walking up the steep hill. Cross under the power lines and continue straight as it's a short distance back to North Road where you started your hike.


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How to get to Burnaby Mountain

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
35 minutes

Burnaby Mountain is located east of Vancouver in the community of Burnaby. There are several places to park around and on top of the mountain, however for the description on this page, we will park at the edge of the Pipeline Trail off of North Road.

From Vancouver, drive east towards Highway #1 and enter the highway heading Eastbound. Turn off at Exit 37 Gaglardi Way. Cross over the overpass and continue straight through the lights, following Gaglardi Way past Lougheed Highway. After a long straight stretch, turn right at a set of lights onto Broadway and drive up the hill, getting into the left lane. At the next set of traffic lights, turn left onto North Road and drive down the hill, passing a park, before heading back up again. Look for a parking area on your left. This is where you will start your hike on Burnaby Mountain.

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Transit Access to Burnaby Mountain

There are several ways to bus to Burnaby Mountain from Vancouver, including taken transit right to Simon Fraser University on top of the mountain. Here are two options for taking transit:

Bus to SFU from Downtown Vancouver

This is not the starting point on the map above, however this is definitely the easiest transit route from Vancouver and you can still still hike Burnaby Mountain.

From Downtown Vancouver, walk to Hastings Street east of Howe Street and look for a bus stop for the 135 Bus SFU heading east. This bus takes you directly to SFU and will drop you off first at the centre of the campus or second, near a bus loop and coffee shops. Plan your trip ahead of time to see which stop works best for you.

Bus from Vancouver to North Road

To get to the starting point on the map above, take the Skytrain Eastbound to Broadway Station. Get off the train at Broadway and transfer onto the Millennium Line Skytrain below heading Eastbound. Take the train to Lougheed Station and when you get off the train, walk to the right, down the stairs and out to the bus exchange. Take Bus C24 Port Moody Station.

It's only a short distance to where you have to exit the bus but it's tricky to know when that is. You have to get off at Clarke Road and Robinson Street. Ask the bus driver if you are unsure. Once you have exited the bus, walk to the nearest traffic light and cross the street. Continue walking along Chapman Avenue through the residential area for about 15 minutes until you reach the end at North Road. Go right up the hill and on your left, you will see a parking area and a map of the trails on Burnaby Mountain where you can start your hike.

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Additional Info

Camping at Burnaby Mountain

Camping is not permitted at Burnaby Mountain.

Dogs at Burnaby Mountain

Dogs are allowed on the trails on Burnaby Mountain but must be kept on a leash at all times. A reminder that the trails are multi-use trails and are frequently used by mountain bikers. Therefore, keep your dog leashed at all times and close to you as mountain bikers pass.

Toilets at Burnaby Mountain

There is an outhouse located under the main powerline trail, about halfway to the top of the trail. There are also public toilets at the top of the mountain at Simon Fraser University and on the west side behind Horizons Restaurant.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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