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Henry from Richmond writes:

Just got back to the chalet about 30 min ago. Did grouse grind up, signed in at trailhead at 12:30, got to peak at 3:15, started descending at 4, and got back at 6:15. So whole hike starting from trailhead took approx 6hrs. (For reference I do grouse grind in 1hr and goat mountain in 2ish hours)

Today wasn't a great day for hiking because of the smog but I had already planned the day out so I went with it. Very very technical hike. Once you hit the split trail between crown pass and goat trail, you are descending very steep rocks down to Hanes valley. From there you're climbing back up, crossing boulder fields and literally scaling the walls of the mountain with your bare hands. Once you hit Hanes valley, the trail up is 90% technical, no joke. It makes for a very exciting experience though. It gets even more dangerous at the top with exposed cliffs and very narrow path. If you ever get stuck on the rock climbing section, look for rocks marked with yellow paint or a bullseye symbol. The peak is quite narrow with lots of mosquitos and strong winds so be careful.

Didn't see any bears myself but met hikers who passed a mother and cub about 20 minutes into Alpine trail. Went through 2.5L of water but I'd recommend bringing 3L. Definitely wear shoes with good grip (Ie. Not your Nike/Adidas runners)

Would do again on a better day.

    Posted: September 5, 2017 06:51:27 PM PST


    Jordan from New York City writes:

    Incredible hike today up to crown mountain. Started by taking gondola up to Grouse Mountain and headed out from there. We did pass some people who did the Grind before starting their Crown ascent, which is amazing but most likely beyond my physical prowess. I am an active guy with a couple intermediate hikes in my past, but this is a 6-7 hour stamina test. Don't be fooled by the 385m elevation change, you have to do it twice. Two large ascents, two large descents. I over exerted the first half of the hike, and struggled to have any momentum during the return to Grouse.That all being said, Crown mountain is a challenging hike with diverse obstacles such as boulder fields (3 of them), vertical sections requiring chains, sheer dropoffs, and flies (non-biting) that can be very bothersome at times. The view at the end is remarkable and when you look back up at the peak from the valley below you realize what an achievement it was! Trail is well marked, and the directions on this site are great. There is a map at the trailhead you can take a photo of. Only lost the trail once for a few minutes.

    If you have a few intermediate hikes from this website, and want something challenging, this is a great hike. If you are still novice but active/fit, maybe try goat mountain first (access from Grouse) which can be challenging at times. If you are new to hiking or out of shape, start with Dam Mountain (on Grouse as well). Also leave yourself at least 7 hours of sunlight when you start, saw some hikers who were really pressing their luck with the sunset. Wear hiking shoes, bring PLENTY of water, and enjoy.

    • Crown Mountain photo
    • Crown Mountain photo

      Posted: August 23, 2017 01:19:03 AM PST


      Kevin from Vancouver writes:

      Hiked on August 10, 2017

      Smoke puts a bit of a damper on the view but still an incredible hike every time.

      Bring more water than you think you need as there is very little to take from streams etc.

      No snow

      Lots of flies and bugs. Some bite. Bug mask highly recommended.

      One of my favourite local hikes but if it's your first time doing it wait for the smoke to clear so you can benefit from the views.

        Posted: August 10, 2017 03:57:44 PM PST


        Lukas from Squamish writes:

        Adding on to my comment below, it was a little hard finding the part where to descend into the valley, and we almost ended up hiking to goat mountain by accident. While you are hiking towards goat, make sure to look on your left for tracks descending down. If you reach a wood pad beside a search and rescue storage container, you have gone too far.

          Posted: July 27, 2017 04:23:42 PM PST


          Lukas from Squamish writes:

          Hiked up July 26th. Some snowy parts, but for the most part it was solid and there was footprints. Sunk through around knee level a couple times though. You go through a U shaped valley, where you have to hike down and up, and even though there is not that much elevation gained, you hike ALOT of elevation. Took us 7 hours with a 40 min break at the top. Flies were moderate, and they do bite. Overall, a fun challenging hike with spectacular views.

            Posted: July 27, 2017 04:16:50 PM PST


            Tyler from Burnaby writes:

            Finished this hike today, as mentioned below after dam mountain theres some snow but its manageable with some care. Still 4-10 feet deep in places but theres tracks to follow.
            After 100 or sp metters the trail reemerges and is mostly clear from there. Saw a few ppl on the way to the summit including a tourist group.
            Spectacular views from the top and if you can handle the up and down nature of the trail its worthwhile.

            • Crown Mountain photo

              Posted: July 23, 2017 11:07:58 PM PST


              Connor from Vancouver writes:

              Attemped last night. Turned around descending into the col. Too much snow. If it had been earlier in the day and I hadn't been alone it would have been fairly manageable with an ice axe. Go prepared or wait for it to melt out. Should be good to go in two or so weeks.

                Posted: July 19, 2017 09:26:39 AM PST


                Bobby from Burnaby writes:

                I tried to hike this yesterday. We stopped and turned back a few hundred meters after dam mountain (right before the first decent towards crown mountain). The trail is still covered in snow and it looks like it's going to stick around for a while.

                  Posted: July 13, 2017 01:49:59 PM PST


                  J from North Vancouver writes:

                  The trail to the top of crown is not accessible at the moment, the whole trail is still 3-4 deep under snow. Still an amazing snow hike and we went as far as we could. Would love an update for when it is all clear!

                    Posted: July 8, 2017 12:58:53 PM PST


                    Cameron from Coquitlam writes:

                    Attempted yesterday. Lots of melty snow. Hard to find trail at times. Got to the final ascent where I could either climb the rock or follow the narrow ledge... had to turn around. Too much melty snow on ledge to make it safe... I'd recommend another 2 weeks before trying again

                      Posted: July 7, 2017 08:04:13 AM PST


                      Frank from Port Coquitlam writes:

                      Reading all of these comments makes me yearn to return to Crown. Too bad there is still too much snow but hopefully the route will open in July. Anyway, I have climbed Crown several times, via Grouse as well as Hanes Valley, the latter being more challenging.

                      This hike often gets bad rap for treacherous terrain, hikers getting lost, and search and rescue operations. This is all very true as each time I have done this hike I ran into a lost hiker or saw a rescue taking place. But I did this hike solo twice and can say if you follow the signs and markers you should not get lost as the route is easy to follow. There is some tricky, steep terrain that requires use of both hands and feet. This hike is a full-body workout. There is a slippery section with chains to assist with the ascent and descent. There is also an exposed cliff face with down-sloping surfaces and ledges you must traverse. Remain calm and just follow the yellow painted markers and watch your footing. Just several meters from the top while returning, my friend and I took the wrong way and almost bailed off a cliff. This seems to be the most dangerous part of the hike. Be very careful when descending and if in doubt as to which way to go, stay left as going right could spell disaster. Make sure to hydrate before the hike and bring enough water, energy bars, and bug repellant.

                      This is one amazing hike and will continue to do it year after year, but use common sense. There is great opportunity for injury or even death along this route, and far too many rescues happening here. Be safe and happy hiking!

                        Posted: June 7, 2017 12:05:36 AM PST


                        Chris from Surrey writes:

                        Wondering if its possible to do this as an overnight? I wanted to hike up in the day, stay at the peak and hike down at dawn.
                        Ive read that leaving a vehicle in the parking lot will issue a call for a lost hiker so id obviously need a drop off instead of driving it myself.
                        Just curious if anyone thinks this is possible.

                          Posted: May 24, 2017 07:19:52 PM PST


                          dan from melenka writes:

                          Did this hike on 28 th of September conditions were good trail in my opinion was well marked. It is a difficult hike because of the long up and down very steep in places you must be very aware of your footing at all times slip here and you will get hurt . Many great views along the way and the top of Crown is fantastic . I was a little out of shape for this hike but if you are fit and careful it is one of the most rewarding on the North Shore.

                            Posted: October 2, 2016 10:38:43 AM PST


                            Steve Ressler from Vancouver writes:

                            Definitely one of the most challenging hikes I've done from pretty much the moment you leave the Alpine trail and all the way to the top. Uneven, lots of rocks and boulders and roots, wet and muddy in many places, slippery and practically a (small) waterfall in several spots. You will need to watch the ground for virtually every step all the way there and are very, very often using all four limbs to move yourself forward. A good indicator of this is the fact it took us the same amount of time down Crown mountain to Crown Pass as it did to go up. Typically I find the way down most trails is a quarter to a third faster than going up, but not on this trail!

                            The first 'boulder field' that this site discusses is very steep and most of the rocks were wet. In fact, it is not so much a boulder field in my opinion as it is just a very steep, wet, section of rock with some orange markers marking out a 'path' across it. This was actually the most frightening part for me as it was difficult to find a flat, dry spot to put my foot down anywhere and if you slip here, it is a long way down and you will probably die. Honestly, a slightly frightening point where I considered turning back (and where at least one group before us turned around and left, not feeling safe). We moved very slowly, pressed ourselves against the rock and kept our center of gravity very low, often even keeping our butts completely on the ground. We even paused in the middle as we considered turning around. However we did persevere and kept going. The second boulder field is a true boulder field and not so difficult.

                            Keep going from there and you will eventually reach the top. I actually stopped just shy of the very tip of the top as it does involve clamouring over steep rocks and if you slip there, you will once again die, but many people did go on the way, including my hiking partner.

                            The views are spectacular. Even on a cloudy day like today, the clouds would break now and again and open up these impressive views in all directions. You truly feel perched on the tip of a needle as opposed to the Lions, for instance, where the top is relatively wide and feels relatively safe.

                            For timing, this is how it went for us:

                            - one hour from the top of the gondola on Grouse to the trail head
                            - half an hour down from there to Crown pass. One section here is steep with a length of chain tethered to the rocks in no less than 5 spots so..... 50 meters down over slippery rocks, perhaps
                            -15 minutes to cross Crown pass (which is very picturesque - you can get some iconic forest pics in this section)
                            - an hour up Crown Mountain to the peak

                            Total time about 2 hrs, 45 minutes

                            The way back takes exactly the same amount of time given how challenging the path is

                            Overall I would say it is an excellent hike, just be prepared to earn it. And be prepared for the first 'boulder field' to possibly scare the hell out of you (plus possibly the very top of the Crown and in particular the last 20 meters)

                            If being on precarious sections where a slip could cause your death doesn't scare you or you are willing to overcome those fears, you will love it :) It is very beautiful almost the whole way.

                              Posted: September 24, 2016 07:38:15 PM PST


                              Richard Nicolas from Vancouver writes:

                              ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! SO WORTH DOING THIS HIKE FOR THE VIEW!!! Okay the view on the top you can see Vancouver and the all the surrounding cities. It was beautiful. Looking up North, you see Goat mountain from there and the surrounding mountains up North pointing towards Squamish.
                              As a average high school hiker that is experienced, this is not a hike for everyone. In order to get through, you must either do the grouse grind, BCMC trail or if you're rich enough, to take the gondola up and back down. In order to get to crown itself, you must pass through the Hanes jurisdiction. In order to get there, you must descend down and than go back up (That's only one way). After, the last 1.3km to the top is one of the most painful experience you will go through. It'll be a never ending ascend up with chains and 2 boulders just like the description. Please follow the trail markers cause it is VERY EASY to go off trail. At the same time, do not slip and maintain good grip cause it is a long way down.
                              The last thing I would recommend is to bring TONS OF WATER!!! I've looked at the other comments and saw a lot of rescuing because of not being prepared well. I've drank through 6 bottles of water today.
                              Be prepared for this hike and turn back if you have a feeling of not making it back on time or low of food/water. Make sure you sign in at the beginning in order for North shore rescue to find you if you become loss or stranded. Just don't forget to return the slip back.
                              Made some awesome friends on the top! The latest I would recommend you leaving at Crown mountain is at 6:00pm in order to make it back right before dark. Made it with about 15 minutes of daylight remaining because when we left the lodging area, it was already sunset/ dark. If you go on a fast pace, you'll be back at around just before 9pm.
                              This trail is very nice and would do this again! Would recommend you to mentally prepare for this hike as I told myself. this hike is really not for everyone if your fitness level isn't to the top. Good luck for you hikers attempting this trail for the next few hot days!!! Bring tons of water!!!!

                                Posted: August 20, 2016 01:50:09 AM PST


                                Cam from Burnaby writes:

                                Trail Report: With the exception of a few slippery sections on the Grouse side of Crown Pass, this trail is in good shape.

                                My buddy and I did this hike in about five hours today. I've noticed in comments that many people have gotten lost on the approach to this hike and on crown mountain itself. I think that the Grouse Mountain company may have taken notice, because we had no trouble whatsoever finding our way over to the crown mountain trail head or getting up and back down the mountain itself. There are plenty of trail markers and several new strands of ribbon blocking off false trails. All of this makes me suspect that the trail markings have been updated recently. I would recommend printing off the trail directions from this site and reading them carefully but if you're cautious and take note of where you've been, you should be fine.

                                  Posted: August 17, 2016 11:32:03 PM PST


                                  Jonathan from Coquitlam writes:

                                  Hello Reema!

                                  Just wanted to say thank you again to you and your partner for lending a hand. I'm sorry I didn't thank you below by name but truth be told i was a bit out of it and couldn't recall. THANK YOU!

                                    Posted: August 16, 2016 08:14:01 AM PST


                                    Reema from Vancouver writes:

                                    Got to the summit on August 14!

                                    This is a tough hike. The first part (up to and including the boulder field) isn't that bad - about as tough as the lions. However, the last 2km up to the summit are BRUTAL. There are several steep, exposed sections that require scrambling and concentration. One wrong move and you could easily be a goner. Take LOTS of water. I started from Lynn Headwaters, hiked through Hanes Valley, reached the summit of Crown and then ended at Grouse. 3L of water wasn't enough. I probably could've easily had another 0.5L. Also, take lots of food and beware of the mosquitoes. They're vicious! This was easily the most challenging hike I've ever done and but it definitely was worth it.

                                    Also, please be prepared when you're going into the backcountry. Take the 10 essentials with you, and then some. You'll lose cell service as soon as you enter Lynn Headwaters and won't get any until you get to the top of Crown or close to Grouse. I was one of the hikers that stopped to help Jonathan below and I think I was able to flag the search and rescue helicopter because I had a neon orange emergency blanket with me which I used to catch their attention.

                                    The hike is tough and if you go through Hanes Valley, you'll feel like your body is going to fall apart but it's worth it!

                                      Posted: August 15, 2016 09:48:13 PM PST


                                      Jonathan from Coquitlam writes:

                                      Summited Crown yesterday 8/14/16.

                                      Hiked in from Lynn, crossed through Haynes Valley and made my way to the top of Crown. This was one of the most difficult and physically demanding hikes I have ever done but to just say it was worth it would be an understatement. The views from atop Crown are incredible and certainly worth the effort it took to get there. That being said, I don't recommend hiking in from Lynn like I did unless you have a good amount of experience.

                                      I tweaked my back really badly during the Crown descent and ended up stuck/immobile at the base of Little Goat Mountain for quite awhile. Luckily there were people all around that continued to offer help as they passed, until S&R arrived on the scene and helicoptered me out. It was certainly embarrassing and NOT how I envisioned the day ending (I intended to head up to the top of Grouse from Crown, for a brew and then take the Gondola down) but even after all of that, it was worth it. I'd like to say THANK YOU to the first group of people that passed, spared some water and contacted NSR. THANK you to Staniel, the Brazilian kid who carried my pack down Crown and stuck around with me for the majority of the time I was injured. THANK YOU to the couple from Montreal that helped signal NSR once they arrived on the scene. And finally THANK YOU to NSR for doing one hell of a job with the rescue.... and not busting my balls TOO hard for getting myself in that predicament. Sorry you guys missed the 100m final.

                                        Posted: August 15, 2016 08:12:35 AM PST


                                        Lawrence from Richmond writes:

                                        Hiked the BCMC trail and to Crown Mountain during the past long weekend. Was totally spent afterwards and had to take the gondola down.

                                        Remember to be very careful, and always have 3-point contact when climbing up and down the steeper rock sections on this hike... You could get seriously hurt or killed if you accidentally fall off some of the steeper sections...

                                        There has been several recent instances of North Shore Rescue having to Helicopter Evac. hikers who get lost on this hike... It is a bit confusing, so please do some research into the trail before heading out.

                                          Posted: August 2, 2016 09:29:18 PM PST


                                          Mohamed W. from Vancouver writes:

                                          On July 28th, I combined both the Grouse Grind and the Crown Mountain hike. I must confess it was very strenuous (Did the GG in 55:57 minutes!). It was my first time doing the CM hike and I did not loose my way. I think that if you remain alert you will find your way through without problem. In my opinion, the trail was sufficiently marked and , because I was on my own, did not have any major distraction.

                                          One challenge was the blazing sun as I started the hike to the CM at 11:30. Also, I neither brought a cup nor a sunblock which was a big mistake. Another problem was the huge number of insects that feasted on my skinny body voraciously each time I made a stop to recover my breath. So that kept pushing me mercilessly till the end. Another important thing is to wear proper hiking shoes (I wore my running shoes fr the Grouse Grind!!). The terrain is slippery at many places.

                                          Though the hike was difficult, the amazing beauties of the landscape, coupled with the personal accomplishments, were truly a great reward.

                                            Posted: July 31, 2016 05:49:49 AM PST


                                            Elena Generalova from Burnaby writes:

                                            We hiked Crown mountain trail on July 10, 2016 with our three kids nine and ten years old. We hiked a BCMC trail up or rode gondola down. We completed the trail in 7 hours as expected (plus an extra 1 1/2 hours for BCMC trail). The biggest challenge was to stay on the right track all the time, as there are multiple trails and intersections, which are not clearly marked. We missed an unmarked turn to the Crown Mountain and had to ask other hikers for directions and go back a few hundred meters. We met hikers who ended up going to Dam mountain instead of Little Goat Mountain on the same day in that area. The second half of the trail involves a chained steep descent into the Crown pass and a grueling steep ascent to the Crown summit. There were a couple of non-technical scramble traverses. The final scramble to the summit was actually easier expected. The summit offers great views which were unfortunately dimmed by foggy conditions. This is great day hike for prepared fit hikers.

                                              Posted: July 15, 2016 06:58:34 PM PST


                                              Abdul from Surrey writes:

                                              I successfully climbed to the peak of crown mountain yesterday JULY 10, 2016. Ono my way back, lost the trail and ended up being rescued by the NORTH SHORE RESCUE through the helicopter. My experience is very important for the readers to learn as it could had been very damaging situation for my safety.

                                              I went by myself and at the peak, joined three young men so I should not get lost. However, those guys were too quick. I lost them in 5 minutes and lost the trail in another five minutes. People usually go in groups but that doesn't imply that they will stay together. Be part of a responsible group.

                                              There are 2 significant patches of snow with big slope. They are a bit tricky to negotiate. I slipped at the first and hurt my right shoulder. That made my right arm of little use. If you don't have prior experience of hiking in snow, better have most appropriate equipment.

                                              When I lost trail on my way back 50 yards off the peak, I took a wrong turn. I descended in a dead end. Climbing back was almost impossible as it was almost 90 degree climb.There was no way forward. At that point, I had to seek help.

                                              I had a whistle which I used to grab attention of fellow hikers. I got noticed but no one could actually come and rescue then I called rescue. I assume that if I had no possibility to call rescue, I would had been successful to get some attention.

                                              Here is what helped me:

                                              1. My cell phone was fully charged and I was also able to use Internet and convey my exact location.

                                              2. Whistle is a must have to get the attention of anyone around.

                                              3. Led light was used by rescue to direct the helicopter of location. Never go hiking without torch.

                                              4. I had a trouser and jacket to put on top of my shorts and t-shirt. It would had protected me from weather at night but it saved me from a million flies/ mosquitoes. It is recommended. It can save your life in case you have to stay overnight.

                                              5. I had a pack of energy bars, tin food and few bottles of water. They help you survive for another day.

                                              6. A lighter or even 2 are must to lit fire in order to grab attention. Also a knife to cut branches of tree to put on fire.

                                              7. Paper map and compass really help to find your location.

                                              8. Must inform a friend or family about your plan. Keep texting them about your latest position.

                                              9. Read 10 ESSANTIALS on the NORTH SHORE RESCUE website and carry all of them.

                                              Please don't ignore. Having trouble during a difficult hike like this is very normal and everyday event. Do not go without these important items.

                                              Finally, Life is most important. If you are in trouble, don't hesitate to call 911.

                                                Posted: July 11, 2016 11:13:49 PM PST


                                                Sandra and Michael from North Shore writes:

                                                Me and my partner did this hike today, and although it was hard to navigate at the very beginning, google's handy GPS made it easier to follow. Yes the hike up was treacherous, it's even more so arduous on the way down. Snow is already melting, so it's a bit wet and muddy -- bring extra pairs of socks. The view from Crown Mountain was spectacular and definitely worthwhile!
                                                Definitely need to be in shape and have previous scrambling/hiking experience.

                                                  Posted: July 4, 2016 02:22:24 AM PST


                                                  Madrazzo from NZ writes:

                                                  Hiked this on 6/28/2016 still quite a bit of snow on the trail and over some markers so got a little lost, Ended up Hiking up Goat Mountain which is still a spectacular view! I suggest this is a better option, Boots will help with the snow.. There is scrambling needed to get up the peak of Crown and is VERY dangerous so I suggest to wait for the snow to clear to attempt.

                                                    Posted: July 2, 2016 05:48:31 PM PST


                                                    JX from Vancouver writes:

                                                    I was wondering how the snow levels are on the trail right now, as well as how high the river's running. Anybody recently hiked it and have any idea?

                                                      Posted: July 2, 2016 01:39:51 AM PST


                                                      Ray from Portland writes:

                                                      Did this on June 27th and there is still a lot of snow on the trail in some areas! It was probably one of the funnest hikes I have been on, and the views were great! Me and my party ended up taking a wrong turn and ended up in Goat Mountain about an hour later. So be careful and follow the CORRECT markers/map! After we hit Goat, a kind stranger pointed us in the right path. We back tracked about an hour to the point where we made the wrong turn and continued on our hike. All in all it took us 8-9 hours for the whole trip including an hour at the peak + 2 hours going to Goat Mountain and back (oops). This hike was actually really difficult but definitely worth it! Prepare yourself after the peak though! You have to go all the way back up the way you came.

                                                      Ps. I didn't know about the hiker "Sign in" kiosk at the beginning of the trail, is it bad that I did not fill it out?

                                                        Posted: June 28, 2016 05:15:45 AM PST


                                                        Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                        To Louise

                                                        I did this hike last year at the beginning of July and there was still a bit of snow. I did in runners and was fine. I was maybe slightly less than averagely fit. It took a lot of will power to forge on at some points but I did it. We got up just fine but on out way down got a little lost. If you get lost don't keep going go back to the previous marker and take a second to look around. It's one the most rewarding hikes I've ever been on. I plan to do it Jul 8 if the trail conditions improve.

                                                          Posted: June 20, 2016 01:45:22 PM PST


                                                          Louise Domenach from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Hi everyone,

                                                          I am really interested in doing this trail which seems to be beautiful. I would love to have more information about it.
                                                          actually it is the comments on this site that scare me a bit. Thus I would like to know if this trail is doable ( beginning of July). Also , I am quite scared to loose myself. Can some tell me if it is easy or not to follow the markers ?
                                                          Thanks a lot.

                                                          Louise

                                                            Posted: June 16, 2016 09:12:56 PM PST


                                                            Jordan Wood from Vancouver writes:

                                                            Hiked on June 6th. Lots of snow, hiked it in runners. Took 3 hours up with photo breaks, 2 hours down. Snow makes it much more difficult but still VERY worth the view. Make sure to hike right up to the peak of the trail!

                                                              Posted: June 13, 2016 03:10:16 AM PST


                                                              Gavin from Vancouer writes:

                                                              Hiked on June 4th. It's possible to hike but challenging. We passed only 5/6 other groups that day, and it made it easier following their footsteps through the snow. Be prepared to be hiking on snow 50% of the time. Views at the top are incredible, best view in Vancouver I think.

                                                                Posted: June 5, 2016 12:39:09 PM PST


                                                                Saneeta from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                DO NOT hike this in May or even June... My sister and I attempted it today (June 1) and failed because of all the snow. Wait until the snow melts, it is dangerous!

                                                                  Posted: June 1, 2016 10:48:16 PM PST


                                                                  Conor from Vancouver writes:

                                                                  Does anyone know if it'd be okay to try to hike this June 19th or perhaps late June?

                                                                    Posted: May 27, 2016 11:51:55 PM PST


                                                                    Paul from Chicago writes:

                                                                    We're hoping to hike Crown in the next week or so. I know we're pushing it with regards to the possibility of snow and wetness. Any reports on conditions up there lately? Thanks!

                                                                      Posted: April 29, 2016 12:46:08 PM PST


                                                                      Chrissy from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                      It's quite well marked! I did it in September and just followed the directions and it was great! Trail is quite well marked with orange markers.

                                                                        Posted: November 28, 2015 12:08:09 AM PST


                                                                        Deena from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Just wondering how well marked the trail is for anyone who has done this hike recently? Are there any tricky/confusing parts we should be aware of?

                                                                          Posted: September 9, 2015 11:11:34 AM PST


                                                                          cj from new west writes:

                                                                          i did this hike today, it took me 2h10m up and about 1hr50m down for a 4hr round trip. i did the grind first, and for reference my usual time is around 53m, but today i did it in 1hr to try to conserve some energy. if you can do it in around the same time then you can prob also do crown in 4hrs. best advice is dont rely on getting water on the trail as the streams are really small this time of year and you might miss them. also a guy and his dad brought some gloves they didnt mind getting dirty which i thought was pretty smart since you'll grab some muddy chains and terrain throughout. i only saw about 10 people once i passed goat mountain, so its not a busy trail. i normally hike exclusively in trail runners these days but i thought i'd bring my waterproof lowtop hikers today and im glad i did. the extra stiffness gave me more confidence as i toed certain rocks during scrambles. runners are so flexible these days that they arent the best for scrambling sitations. i think i even saw a guy hiking in climbing approach shoes. thats probably a bit overkill.

                                                                            Posted: September 7, 2015 09:31:57 PM PST


                                                                            Ryan from Van writes:

                                                                            Did it yesterday, here is my breakdown: Terrain 4/5. Difficulty 5/5. Views 5/5. It is definitely a challenging hike. A four hour round trip + 1/2 on top eating. Leave enough time. As far as wildlife goes; I saw nothing. At times uninspiring but definitely worth it!

                                                                              Posted: August 8, 2015 08:43:37 PM PST


                                                                              Eric from Surrey writes:

                                                                              I completed this hike on August 2nd, 2015. The weather was great and I was surprised at the amount of people doing this hike.

                                                                              I started at approximately 9:15 am and headed up the Grouse Grind. The Grind took an hour to ascend. I rested at the top and ate a snack.

                                                                              After around half an hour, I started the hike to Crown Mountain. At the map, I signed in at the backcountry registration box before continuing. I chose to follow the alpine trail all the way to the crown pass. The trail was dry throughout, but this made some of the rocks slippery from all the loose dirt. Take your time.

                                                                              It took me approximately two hours to reach the top of Crown Mountain from the Grouse Mountain chalet. I did not encounter much wildlife other than some birds and a chipmunk. I did bring bear bangers, bear spray and a bear bell which I purposely rang multiple times when moving through areas with thicker brush. There were a lot of flying ants at the top though.

                                                                              I spent nearly two hours at the top before heading back. The return trip took me one hour and forty-five minutes.

                                                                              I rested for another half hour at the chalet before proceeding down the BCMC to my vehicle.

                                                                              In all, it was an 8 hour and 45 minutes round trip including the Grind, the BCMC, rest periods etc.

                                                                              Some suggestions: Make sure to pack enough water. I didn't notice any sources to filter from. Bring some gloves if you want to keep your hands clean. Don't underestimate the distance listed. You'll be descending and gaining a bunch of elevation.

                                                                                Posted: August 3, 2015 10:53:15 AM PST


                                                                                Nick from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                I did this amazing hike last Friday (weather was perfect... not a single cloud in the sky) and the views are truly spectacular and breathtaking.

                                                                                It's a really, really tough one however (more than you expect), especially if you do the BCMC or Grind first, like I did. Lots of technical parts and the downhill section just after the chains is often muddy and slippery because of the shade. Make sure to pack plenty of water (at least 3L!) A good thing is that you can reward yourself with a nice meal at the Grouse restaurant afterwards :)

                                                                                Last but not least... ran into a significant number of bugs at the very top - had to eat my lunch somewhere else.

                                                                                  Posted: August 2, 2015 09:18:11 PM PST


                                                                                  Allan from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                  The view is amazing, the terrain is great too. Especially two large rock sections, those were my favorite to scramble across. I climbed right to the highest portion of the peak to sit and soak up the view. A helicopter few by a hundred or so ft away too, we waved as he went by.

                                                                                  On our way up, when you're getting close to the top after the last chain section it flattens out. This is where I heard the first signs of a bear. We made a bunch of noise, waited a bit, then continued up. When we when through to the next small opening, we paused and got sight of him standing up to look at us, maybe 50ft away behind some bushes. Medium sized male, we made some noise and he went in the opposite direction.

                                                                                  A solo hiker joined us at the top, but stayed to have lunch and continued down behind us a bit. After passing through the last rock section, the more vertical one, we heard yelling and shouting. I went back to find him limping, with a sprained ankle. I guess the bear charged him and chased him a ways. We helped him down the mountain.

                                                                                  All in all, amazing hike. Spectacular view. Killer on the knees and you might find a grumpy black bear.

                                                                                    Posted: August 1, 2015 10:45:33 AM PST


                                                                                    Ryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    How are the wildlife sightings... Thinking of doing to hike next week, a bit unsure of what to expect animal wise. Hiked Dam Mtn. and Goat Mtn. and have encountered nothing, anything different to expect?

                                                                                      Posted: July 31, 2015 05:01:49 PM PST


                                                                                      James from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      View is wonderful. very tough and exposed terrains.


                                                                                      I was chased by a black bear near the top of the mountain. Sprained my ankles very badly but managed to survive. Bear looked very pissed; maybe she was protecting cubs. Please be careful.

                                                                                        Posted: July 31, 2015 12:18:35 AM PST


                                                                                        Lynn from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        Amazing hike but definitely challenging. We sought out the challenging way and did the grouse grind first because we didn't want to pay the $50 bucks to go up the skyride, there was another alternative route and that was to take the Lynn Headwaters Route (if you wanted to avoid the grind) but that would add another couple hours to your day hike which we didn't want to do.

                                                                                        So we went up the Grouse Grind then towards Crown Mountain. The trail at first, was easy then it descends to a downhill steep with some chains to support you... then expect to ascend a steep upwards of 1.9km to Crown Mountain. This hike is no joke. That 1.9 km to the peak of Crown Mountain is as good as the Grouse Grind over again, expect to climb rocks and logs on the way up. Pack a lot of water and food, because you'll be hungry when you get up. This trail is one of the hidden gems of Vancouver with an amazing view without the crowds, well worth the challenge. It was a beautiful clear day when we went up so we got a good capture of Vancouver and the mountain tops! Expect it to be a little hard on your knees as the trail tends to go up steep inclines and very steep down hill inclines as well.

                                                                                        Happy hiking!

                                                                                          Posted: June 22, 2015 12:12:27 PM PST


                                                                                          Francis from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                          I will start off saying that I am a novice hiker and this was the only real hike I have done (exceptions Grouse Grind and Coquitlam Crunch). After doing the Grind yesterday I immediately set out for Crown. What an awesome hike! Yes it was challenging, especially on the descents into Crown Pass. The trail was very dusty and dirty. The rocky slopes of Crown here hot as they were constantly in the sun. After traversing the boulder field before the top things begin to get scary as there are huge drops in all directions. Do not go if it's wet and raining! I managed to climb up on the peak and even stood up. Do not lose your balance! The way back was equally challenging but nonetheless very enjoyable. I met several hikers on route and even made a friend. As of this writing I am extremely sore and am feeling muscles I never knew I had. Do not go unless you are in decent shape, especially if you do the Grind beforehand. I will definitely do this home again.

                                                                                            Posted: June 18, 2015 04:31:56 PM PST


                                                                                            Tandem from Langley writes:

                                                                                            I completely underestimated this mountain, seeing that it was listed at "difficult" like Grouse was and figured it'd be like Grouse (which I do not find to be all that challenging - did not consider that Grouse is only about an hour).

                                                                                            And so, I did Grouse first before Crown and man, I do not recommend doing that especially if you are a beginner when it comes to hiking like I am (I've only done Grouse and part of Lions Binkert before). Some areas were as steep as Grouse going up and down but without the manmade steps and handles. The only assistance you really get are two rocky stretches that have single chains in the ground and orange tags marking the trail. I cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the tags - on the return trip, I accidentally went off trail, scaled down an almost vertical rock cliff drop and did not realise how dangerous that was until I reached the bottom and looked up. Took a full day to hike with Grouse and while the return trip was less grueling, should definitely come prepared.

                                                                                            Overall, was a fantastic hike. I went a few weeks ago when it was cloudy but the clouds parted for a few minutes when I was on top of the ridge and the view was simply breathtaking. That alone is worth the hike and I cannot wait to go back on a clear sunny day. Another plus is that there wasn't a lot of people and those that we met were quite experienced and did not rest right in the middle of the trail (something that I encounter each time with Grouse). I went in trainers which worked just fine but there were some snowy parts and hiking shoes would definitely be better especially in rain.

                                                                                              Posted: June 13, 2015 06:16:22 PM PST


                                                                                              Yves from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                              It was a perfect sunny day,with a light wind. the view is spectacular. I am practicing for some high altitude climbs, and it has everything to practice.

                                                                                                Posted: June 11, 2015 09:56:02 PM PST


                                                                                                RB from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                Excellent hike, if you choose to do the BCMC or Grind to get up it will be a VERY long day. The distance to the top on the markers are EXTREMELY off so bring double the water you normally take.

                                                                                                Assuming it's been dry weather for a couple of days, the hike is technical and dangerous, but not overly so. A lot of the technical parts would be very difficult and unsafe if the ground and rocks were wet and slippery.

                                                                                                Once you get to the top you will be treated to an amazing view. Then you have to do the long trek back. Treat yourself after!

                                                                                                  Posted: June 11, 2015 12:33:39 PM PST


                                                                                                  Steve from North Van writes:

                                                                                                  This is probably now my favorite hike for amazing views. Very hard going though . I took the gondola up as I hate the grouse grind (extremely overpriced).Then from there took the ridge trail past Dam mountain . The soul destroying bit is the decent into Crown Pass as you lose all the elevation you gained. There are chains to help on the way .
                                                                                                  Its a bit sketchy nearing the top of Crown mountain ....but the views were astounding.
                                                                                                  I found it just as hard going down and lots of bugs about , though not too many people.

                                                                                                    Posted: June 7, 2015 12:44:57 PM PST


                                                                                                    Dom from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                    I would say this is the most rewarding hike on the North Shore. The view at the top is incredible.

                                                                                                    If you want the best possible experience, I suggest taking the Hanes Valley Trail from Lynn Headwaters and avoid the Grind. Pack lots of water if you go the Hanes Valley way.

                                                                                                    I was up on May 31st and there is no more snow; however, there was a fair share of bug buzzing around.

                                                                                                      Posted: June 2, 2015 02:17:06 PM PST


                                                                                                      david from burnaby writes:

                                                                                                      climbed just today. No snow, mostly dry. Call me crazy but I went there in casual outfit which would fit for grouse grind (running shoes...) and a heavy bag on my back without realizing the difficulty and dangers of this mountain.
                                                                                                      I did make it all the way to the peak without plunging into the valley of death on a hellish near-vertical rock, but my knees were destroyed and saw couple of people at the peak rock staring at me funny in disbelief... However, the view, was AMAZING and made me forget about all the pain from hiking.
                                                                                                      I wish the descriptions would clearly mention the difficulty and danger associated with trail. I think this trail is not for a casual hiker, as there were some deaths on last section of the peak.

                                                                                                        Posted: May 31, 2015 02:11:11 AM PST


                                                                                                        Dhavan from Delta writes:

                                                                                                        Great hike! Did it yesterday 24/5/15, very foggy conditions, but no rain, and sporadic outbursts of sunshine with amazing views from the summit! No snow on the trail. Just make sure to wear hiking boots with good ankle support for the steep downhill sections.

                                                                                                        Two things:
                                                                                                        1. When you're heading down Grouse towards the Hanes Valley Junction, follow the markers! Right after where the chains are, there is an immediate bend in the trail to the right (with an arrow on the tree), but it seems like people have kept going down and bushwhacked their way through to the meadow/river below. We didn't notice the arrow and wasted around 90 minutes going down the wrong way before finally having to use our GPS to get back on the right trail (not very reassuring in heavy fog conditions). If you find yourself having to bushwhack through heavy (and thorny!) shrubbery, you're off-trail.

                                                                                                        2. The description mentions a big spray-painted dot at the end of the trail, after which you "climb" the short way up to the summit to the right, or take the short trail to the left. This dot is red, and roughly 8-10 inches in diameter. There are plenty other smaller dots (4-5 inches) that show up before the final one, which made it confusing as to where exactly the final short "climb" was. Just a precaution, don't go "climbing" any rocks until the very, very end where it's obvious you're nearly at the summit - follow the orange markers until then.

                                                                                                        Other than that, try and go on a clear day to get the most out of the view :)

                                                                                                          Posted: May 25, 2015 12:15:17 PM PST


                                                                                                          Ryan from Vancity writes:

                                                                                                          Excellent hike- climbed today and there is a little bit of snow in a couple relatively flat sections. No need for crampons. Definitely recommend this hike on a clear day- amazing views

                                                                                                            Posted: May 18, 2015 11:26:39 PM PST


                                                                                                            Jimmy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                            I was up Dam last week and it was very wet,lots of snow left. Definitely would require crampons to get to Crown.

                                                                                                              Posted: April 9, 2015 08:50:07 AM PST


                                                                                                              Monica from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              Has anyone hiked this lately? How were conditions? I'm hoping to do this hike in the next two weeks and am wondering it there is much snow and if crampons are necessary.

                                                                                                              Thanks!

                                                                                                                Posted: March 31, 2015 09:36:31 AM PST


                                                                                                                Evelyn from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                Has anyone hiked this from Lynn Headwaters to Crown Mountain and return (instead of onwards to Grouse)? Is it safe to go down that boulder field? Thanks!

                                                                                                                  Posted: February 23, 2015 01:37:03 PM PST


                                                                                                                  Andy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                  I've done this hike 3 times now, twice in September and once in November. It's a great hike, but what a workout!

                                                                                                                  I'd choose decent weather for this one, as it gets mighty cold up on Crown on a windy or rainy day. Also Crown Mtn. always seems to attract any clouds there are around, so if you want to take decent photos, choose a clear day.

                                                                                                                  The one thing about this hike is it involves a steep descent, followed by a steep long ascent and then back again. Also along the way are 3 large boulder fields (boulders the size of cars), so winter hiking will be treacherous.

                                                                                                                  There are chains at several points for climbing up and down over rocks and the side of Crown mountain has a lot of rocks and roots making the trail tiring. Expect muddy conditions on the ascents and descents.

                                                                                                                  The rewards are well worth it though, amazing views up there!

                                                                                                                    Posted: February 17, 2015 10:25:22 PM PST


                                                                                                                    Nic G from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    Hiked this on 11th Aug 2014, which was apparently the hottest day of the summer, via Lynn Headwaters & Hanes Valley and back via Grouse. Start early to avoid the heat trap of Hanes, take plenty of water and a sense of adventure. The rewards were priceless even after the brutal boulder field of Hanes! The view, albeit a tad hazy that day, were breathtaking. This is a challenging hike in both directions.

                                                                                                                      Posted: September 2, 2014 11:02:41 PM PST


                                                                                                                      Robin Jr. from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                      My bad! The info regarding elevation gain is accurate. Just make sure to read the very detailed description they provided. In the first paragraph, it is clearly stated that, "The elevation change is therefore misleading compared to other hikes as you have to essentially hike the elevation change twice."

                                                                                                                      Happy hiking and stay safe!

                                                                                                                        Posted: September 2, 2014 09:53:10 PM PST


                                                                                                                        Robin Jr. from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                        I'm glad to see Crown Mountain has been added to this site. Definitely a challenging hike with a fair amount of scrambling (not as much as Hanes Valley). The reward at the top is worth all the hard work.

                                                                                                                        It's hard to believe that the elevation gain is only 385 meters. It sure felt like a whole lot more. I got my info from this site before heading there in July: http://vancouverhiatus.com/hiking/crown-mountain.html. It lists it at 670 meters, which sounds more accurate 'cause Crown Mountain itself has a total elevation of 1,504 m. So, if Grouse's gain is 853 meters, adding the two, you get a pretty close total. Please review and correct if necessary for hikers' safety (as to not underestimate this trail).

                                                                                                                        Nonetheless, I would like to thank the people who maintain this site and for frequently adding new hikes to the list; keeping things interesting. The info has been very helpful.

                                                                                                                          Posted: August 29, 2014 11:06:28 PM PST


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