• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 2 hours
  • Round-Trip 5km
  • Elevation Gain 260 meters
  • Season July - September
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 30 minutes
  • Public Transit Yes
  • Dog Friendly No

Trail Notice

The Dam Mountain Trail and all backcountry trails in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park are now closed for the winter. This trail will re-open during the Summer 2024.

Dam Mountain is located behind Grouse Mountain and is a short hike into the backcountry, offering views of the surrounding mountains and occasional glimpses of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet. The route is also a popular snowshoeing trail in the winter which is often referred to as the Snowshoe Grind. The sections of the Ridge and Alpine Trails connect to other backcountry trails allowing for longer hiking day-trips.

The trail starts at the Grouse Mountain Skyride and is accessible by either taking the gondola up or hiking up the Grouse Grind or BCMC Trails. Walk towards the grizzly bear enclosure and continue past it towards the gravel road to the left of the Peak ski run. Follow this gravel road as it wraps around the mountain, offering occasional glimpses of Howe Sound and the Cypress Mountain area in the distance.

The road abruptly ends and the trail continues up a hill of loose gravel. The route quickly narrows into a typical hiking trail as you reach a sign marking a junction. At the sign, go left following the Ridge Trail as it climbs steeply towards Dam Mountain. If you decide to do the loop, as suggested, you will return from the other direction via the Alpine Trail.

The trail continues to climb fairly steeply, although not as quickly as the Grouse Grind does. Soon, you pass a wooden helicopter pad and the trail continues through the clearing and back into the trees. The trail then arrives at a sign and a final few steps up onto the rocky outcrop marks the top of Dam Mountain. There are some views between the trees of Burrard Inlet and the mountain ranges in behind Dam Mountain, however a lot of the view is obscured by trees.

Look for trail markers on the opposite side you climbed up and continue along the Ridge Trail as it descends quickly, offering several scenic views of Crown Mountain. A short distance further and the trail reaches a junction with the Alpine Trail. If you're looking for a longer hike, you can go left and continue to either Goat Mountain or Crown Mountain. However, we will go right and return to Grouse Mountain via the Alpine Trail.

Another potential side trip occurs at the junction on the Alpine Trail to Thunderbird Ridge. The extra route takes about 45 minutes to an hour extra, depending on your pace, but offers scenic views of Kennedy Lake and the windmill at Grouse Mountain.

Return to Grouse Mountain along the Alpine Trail as it follows a gradually descending route, eventually reaching a zipline platform. Go right at the zipline and down the hill to the junction with the Ridge Trail, walking under the pipe. Go left and follow the trail as it widens onto loose gravel and then arrives back at the gravel road. An easy walk along the road and past all the tourist attractions at Grouse Mountain brings you back to the gondola.

How to get to Dam Mountain

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
30 minutes

The trail to Dam Mountain starts from the top of Grouse Mountain. It is recommended to either take the Grouse Mountain Skyride to the top or to hike either the Grouse Grind or BCMC trail.

To get to the base of Grouse Mountain from downtown Vancouver, drive to Georgia Street and head westbound. You will enter the Stanley Park Causeway and continue across the Lions Gate Bridge. Immediately after exiting the bridge, take the first turnoff on your right towards North Vancouver. Merge into one of the two left lanes and at the first set of traffic lights, turn left onto Capilano Road. The base of Grouse Mountain is at the very top of Capilano Road, so follow this road until the end as it becomes single-laned, passes the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Cleveland Dam, before reaching your destination.

View a map of Driving directions to Dam Mountain.

Transit Access to Dam Mountain

To reach the base of the Grouse Mountain Skyride by bus from downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus from Waterfront Station across the Harbour to Lonsdale Quay. At the bus terminal there, take bus #236 Grouse Mountain. The bus takes awhile but the final stop will be at Grouse Mountain.

Alternatively, there is a free shuttle service in the summer months run by Grouse Mountain that travels from Canada Place to the base of the mountain. Call Grouse Mountain to check when it's in operation.

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Additional Info

Camping at Dam Mountain

Camping is not permitted at Dam Mountain.

Dogs at Dam Mountain

While dogs are allowed on Dam Mountain, getting there is a challenge because dogs are not permitted on the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Dogs are allowed on some of the hiking trails that go up to Grouse Mountain but, keep in mind, you will have to hike back down making a long, strenuous day for your pet.

Toilets at Dam Mountain

Toilet facilities are located in the Grouse Mountain chalet. There are no toilets along the trail to Dam Mountain.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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