4.18 out of 5 - 17 reviews

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Rosalie Niebuhr from Delta writes:

For this hike you must start at the Belcarra Picnic Area. We punched Belcarra Regional Park into Google Maps, which then took us to a completely different entrance of the park, where there were picnic areas but not covered picnic areas. We had no idea there was another entrance (and picnic area) on the other side of the park, so in confusion, we ended up doing Sasamat Lake Trail, which was okay, but easier than we wanted. So, my rating is actually for Sasamat Lake Trail.

    Posted: May 21, 2017 01:47:08 AM PST


    Vanessa from Burnaby writes:

    Hiked this trail April 30th 2017 with my boyfriend. The trail is nice and offers a lot of variety in terrain. The beach at the end is very pretty and has a unique view compared to other hikes. There is a bit of up and down, so if you are like my boyfriend and looking for a hike that is all ascent and ends in a high viewpoint this might be one to skip.

    We thought the rating of intermediate was appropriate due to the terrain and up and down, though it's probably more of a low-end intermediate. It's definitely harder than the other 'easy' hikes on this site, and easier than other 'intermediate' hikes. It was also quite busy, though we were there on one of the first warm sunny Sundays of the year. Overall a good hike, and neat beach!

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      Posted: May 1, 2017 09:18:52 AM PST


      Mcmeowington from Surrey writes:

      Hiked March 4 2017. Nice hike not sure why intermediate. Was easy. Relaxing. Nice view right at the end when jug island pops up over the hill. Had a fun hike went in rain couldn't tell lots of coverage.

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        Posted: March 26, 2017 11:59:30 AM PST


        SebLev from Toronto writes:

        Hiked this on 3/18/2017 after a few days of rain. I hiked this as a warm up for my hike the next day. It was a simple hike, but it offered some beautiful views and a lot of mossy green trees. I would not call this trail intermediate. Any casual hikers can easily do this in no time. The trail was fairly muddy because of the rain, but there was a lot of little side trails that you could take to avoid the worst parts.

        All in all, it was a decent hike and I would do it again with friends or family that just want to go do something quick and easy.

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          Posted: March 18, 2017 05:44:56 PM PST


          Lion Tamer from Vancouver writes:

          Did the walk on 2017-01-27, day was a bit cloudy, with no rain.

          Met a couple people on the trail, but the beach was nice and empty. The trail itself was great! clean, dry (a nice surprise for this time of year), with stairs when needed and a nice variety of scenery, terrain, and the occasional view through the trees to the Indian Arm. The beach itself was enjoyable, even for January. The trail is marked "intermediate" but make no mistake, this is a pretty easy walk, comparable to Lighthouse Park.

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            Posted: February 7, 2017 02:53:49 PM PST


            Lucas from Coquitlam writes:

            Would not recommend swimming at the end of the trail because there is a slight current trying to pull you away from the shore but other than that it is a great hike I will bring doing at few more times this year and the landscape is absolutely beautiful

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              Posted: January 30, 2017 09:59:21 PM PST


              Wendy Darling from Vancouver writes:

              Trail is steep to start, but quickly becomes moderate. The trail was a bit rocky in some places, but any child over 6, with parent assistance should be fine. The trail itself does not have as much altitude as posted because it goes up but then immediately down to the water. This makes the trail very humid.

              The trail has one bathroom at the end, and a garbage can so feel free to pack snacks. The beach front is very small but the water is crystal and if you flip the rocks to the right side, there are tiny crabs.

              The "beach front"

                Posted: August 16, 2016 05:25:35 PM PST


                TI from vancouver writes:

                Nice views at the end. Trail running, takes about 15 mins in, 20 mins out.
                Good little hike.

                  Posted: June 12, 2016 08:07:55 PM PST


                  Tom from Deep Cove writes:

                  June 3 2016 Trailhead signs at each end say 5.5 Km RETURN. That's 2.75 Km one way. Return distance makes sense when you start at a road and end at an alpine lake, but some people start at each end on this trail and swap a kayak or get a boat ride back. Some crazies like me have even carried a kayak along the trail. Roughly half way along a signpost says 2.5 Km to Belcarra and 2 Km to Jug Island Beach. That adds up to 4.5 Km, not 5.5. If you started at Jug Island Beach, you could say you have walked 5.5- 2.5= 3 Km return or 1.5 Km one way. But the half way sign doesn't say "Return" and if you missed that on the Trailhead sign, you might think you have 2.5 Km more to walk to Belcarra Picnic Area instead of 2.75-1.5=1.25. Other hikers said they didn't notice the signs. Delicious swim at Jug Island beach with some guys that had a ball that skips on water.

                    Posted: June 4, 2016 02:21:29 AM PST


                    Rehana from New Westminster writes:

                    Did this hike at the end of March and it was fairly busy. It was easy with a few ascents and descents, but the trail is well worn and the steepest bits were stairs. Wouldn't classify it as intermediate compared to the other intermediate trails on here (eg. Diez Vistas) but still a fun hike.

                      Posted: April 12, 2016 01:41:50 PM PST


                      Sherron from Coquitlam writes:

                      Love this trail! Just the perfect up and down to make you feel like you are getting a workout and beautiful scenery to keep you going.... Such an amazing park so close to the city

                        Posted: December 22, 2015 11:54:32 PM PST


                        Char from Saskatoon, SK writes:

                        This is a great hike to do pretty much any time of year. It's not the most exciting but the beach at the end is very cool. Arrive early because the parking lot fills up super fast in the summer.

                          Posted: September 9, 2015 04:56:13 PM PST


                          AF from Vancouver writes:

                          Did the trail in Jun 7, 2015. The weather was fantastic and many families have already arrived before us to grab a nice spot for BBQ/picnic. The trail was perfect for a light work out. It took us slightly over one hr to get to the (rock) beach. The view was fabulous and I wish I had my swimming gear. Dipped my feel in the refreshing sea water nevertheless. Very enjoyable trail.

                            Posted: June 18, 2015 03:08:07 PM PST


                            V from Burnaby writes:

                            This hike was very easy, just enough to work up a little sweat. Transit there was a pain in the butt, but worth it. The destination is great, the beach is rocky and if you're feeling adventurous you can climb over to the rocks by the water and feel like a real mermaid. Great spot to get pictures.

                              Posted: June 2, 2015 08:18:56 PM PST


                              Teresa from Port Moody writes:

                              We [two seniors!] hiked this trail in 2 hours. A few mucky spots at this time of year so you'll need to watch your footing on some of the declines & ascents. Lots of beautiful mossy covered trees, well-behaved dogs & we even saw a brave soul take a dip near Jug Island. Saw folks catching crabs on the pier near the parking lot.

                                Posted: February 15, 2015 02:58:00 PM PST


                                Sherron from Coquitlam writes:

                                This is a great hike. Lots of variety in the terrain, though it was a little muddy in spots. The beach at the end has a beautiful view. We combined this hike with the Admiralty Point trail. Good parking and the trailheads were easy to find. A highlight was sitting on the point last Wednesday in the sun in our shirts!

                                  Posted: January 31, 2015 09:46:12 AM PST


                                  Charmaine from Steveston writes:

                                  Great hike yesterday! The trail is labelled as intermediate because of some of the terrain but it was a nice, short, fairly easy hike. Completed it in 2 hours with a short break at Jug Island Beach which was really nice. Lots of people on the trail for April! Awesome way to start the season and it's a bit of a step up from the Admiralty Point Trail. The main beach area at Belcarra is great for a BBQ and always packed.

                                    Posted: April 14, 2014 10:24:46 AM PST


                                    Colin from Burnaby writes:

                                    This hike is not intermediate but easy. My friend and I are average hikers (nothing hardcore) but still managed to finish the trail in about an hour. I would say this trail is equivalent to a light workout, at the most.

                                      Posted: July 12, 2013 01:17:30 AM PST


                                      Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                      Did this trail last Monday (Victoria Day). It is pretty fun and easy. A few ups a, few down sections and you get on the beach in no time.

                                      You can take dogs and even kids. No snow whatsoever. Great little hike!

                                        Posted: May 24, 2013 07:26:24 PM PST


                                        Jennifer Au from Canada writes:

                                        Please tell me where is the exact start point for trail of Jug Island Beach? Any video for us to see the start point? many thanks!

                                          Posted: October 2, 2012 05:43:58 PM PST


                                          Diana from Richmond, BC writes:

                                          This trail is fabulous! My 8 and 6 yr old boys made it. Although it took us more than 2.5 hours to complete the trail (about 4 hours or more). We also, packed our lunch and ate it by the beach, which was absolutely amazing, because we get to relax and enjoy the mini beach, especially my kids. My 3 year old boy almost made it, however, half way to the parking lot he got really really tired, so my husband had to carry him on his back. All in all, it is a fantastic trail for the family. We'll be back again.

                                            Posted: August 12, 2012 02:13:38 AM PST


                                            Rob from Burnaby writes:

                                            Did this hike today. A couple of short steep sections but mostly easy walking. Took me about 1 hour round trip. Not much beach area at the end but the views are nice. If it was a hot day I would definitely swim over to Jug Island and hang out.

                                              Posted: August 10, 2012 09:21:24 PM PST


                                              Careasa from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                              Hiked this yesterday. It was very nice! A pretty easy hike with good elevation intervals. The beach at the end was nice and we even went for a quick swim. The water was quite cold, but definitely refreshing after the hike.

                                                Posted: July 10, 2012 04:16:58 PM PST


                                                Susanna from Vancouver writes:

                                                Hiked this today, in the rain, which was awesome. Great, short hike and very easy. I don't agree with it being labeled intermediate. Also, the entire hike only took us 1.5 hours plus a 10 minute break on the beach, so 1 hr. 40 min. total at a pretty descent pace.

                                                  Posted: May 28, 2012 03:24:06 PM PST


                                                  Jennifer S from Port Moody, BC writes:

                                                  Did this trail for the first time today. Looks like some trail maintenance has been happening- deep[er?] irrigation ditches have been dug beside the trail, and in another location a new staircase is almost finished. Most of the trail has also been laid with gravel and looks like they plan to do more or all of it by the big pile and buckets we passed.

                                                  We recently had that wind and rain storm, and there were two trees blown down across the trail not long after the staircase. I could step high and just make it over them and I'm 5'3" Lots of saturation from the recent rains.

                                                  Can't beat that view today in the sunshine, though, after all the rain that passed and all the rain to come :P

                                                    Posted: November 25, 2011 03:44:56 PM PST


                                                    Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                                    I did this hike Nov. 6th and it was great! It had been sunny for a few days prior, so there was virtually no mud or muck on the trail. Ran into 3-4 families on the trail.

                                                    I accessed the trail from the back side, which cut out the first 20 minutes of the hike. Quick Up and down, and some nice scenery on the way!

                                                      Posted: November 7, 2011 01:03:53 PM PST


                                                      Jools from Coquitlam writes:

                                                      This is one of our favourite trails year round, but best in spring and fall. On summer days, the water around the beach can be noisy with boats. Our kids, (13, 10 and 7) manage it easily, but we took some older visitors who found the steeper parts and uneven ground challenging.

                                                        Posted: August 22, 2011 03:06:09 PM PST


                                                        Linda from Crescent Beach writes:

                                                        We hike this trail today, and it was FABULOUS. I'm hoping to revisit the trail and drag my husband along some time in the middle of August when he gets a day off. When we emerged from the forest onto the beach, it was everything that I imagined it would be. However, we were disappointed when two men in a motorized dinghy scooted up to the beach and kindly asked us to leave, and the beach was the backdrop to an episode of the TV series, Psyche, and they were in the middle of shooting. At least we got to spend 5 minutes on the beach, and now I know it's a "must return" trail. I'll be back!

                                                          Posted: July 26, 2011 06:39:50 PM PST


                                                          Denise from PORT MOODY writes:

                                                          Have done the hike twice now in the past month with my husband and two dogs.Some parts are quite steep but there are many gentle areas too. Ending up at the beach is the best part. Dogs love it too!

                                                            Posted: May 29, 2011 12:27:08 PM PST


                                                            Ian from Port Moody writes:

                                                            Have just completed the walk in the April rain with the family including kids of 7 and 10. Long(is) walk for the smallest but all enjoyed the walk although we did have a debate about whether Jug Island looked like a jug! Trail in good condition

                                                              Posted: April 25, 2011 01:46:23 PM PST


                                                              Don from Delta writes:

                                                              Hiked on October 18, 2010. Trail was in great shape. We started from the first parking lot in Belcarra (on the left, just past Sasamat Lake, up the switchback and throught the gate) to give the hike a little more length. Started hiking at 10 am or so, didn't see anyone til we were near Jug Island Beach. The beach was nice and the trail wasn't what I would call challenging, just a couple of steep spots and some stairs. Not too much mud.

                                                              On a seperate note, I also brought my dogs hiking with me, and I always keep them on leash since they aren't super friendly to other dogs. I was disappointed to see that every other dog on the trail was off leash, despite several signs stating a leash requirement. I'm not trying to tell people how to behave, but I do value the privilege of hiking with my dogs and I wouldn't want to ruin that for others, which is another reason why I always keep them on leash. Please keep that in mind.

                                                                Posted: October 18, 2010 07:49:15 AM PST


                                                                Jesse from New West writes:

                                                                Hiked this yesterday, June 5 2010. Very nice day sun shining. Was a bit muddy in some places but a fairly easy hike, not too sure why its intermediate. The hike isnt the best but the beach at the end near Jug island is worth the trip.

                                                                  Posted: June 6, 2010 10:13:17 PM PST


                                                                  Sung-Hye Grieco from Vancouver writes:

                                                                  My Husband and I had a great time hiking this trail. There was a wide variety of terrain including rocky hills, stairs, and dirt paths. Jug Island beach was a beautiful ending point and a great place to relax and enjoy lunch. There were many dogs on the trail and we saw several kayakers at the beach as well. We highly recommend this trail to any hikers who want to take the next step up from the "easy" trails. The starting point at Belcarra Bay was family friendly with lots of picnic areas, a pier to fish off of or catch crabs, as well as a nice place to unwind after your hike ... Enjoy!

                                                                    Posted: May 15, 2010 08:25:06 PM PST


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