• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 2.5 hours
  • Round-Trip 5.5km
  • Elevation Gain 240 meters
  • Season July - September
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 30 minutes
  • Public Transit Yes
  • Dog Friendly No

Trail Notice

The Little Goat 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.

Little Goat Mountain is located in the backcountry trails behind Grouse Mountain and can be done as a short side trip combined with other hiking routes, including Dam Mountain, Goat Mountain, and Crown Mountain. The view from the top offers the best views towards Crown Mountain and Goat Mountain.

From the Grouse Mountain Skyride, walk towards the Peak ski run, passing the Grizzly Bear enclosure and veer to the left onto the gravel road that takes you into the backcountry. Follow the gravel road as it ascends slowly and wraps around the mountain, leaving the busy Grouse Mountain behind. At the end of the road, the route narrows and becomes a trail as it climbs at a quicker pace. Continue following the trail as you make your way up hill.

At a sign marking a junction, follow the route along the Alpine Trail (not Ridge Trail) as it continues uphill and reaches a zipline tower a few minutes later. The trail should be easy to follow from this point as it continues it's gradually but steady uphill climb, offering occasional views of the surrounding mountains.

Pass the junction with Thunderbird Ridge and continue until you reach a junction marking Little Goat. Go left and up the steep, often, muddy hill. After the trail levels out, a short side trail climbs up onto a rocky outcrop offering the best views of the surrounding area.

Back on the trail, go right and follow the sign as the trail loops around and descends, meeting with the Alpine Trail again. You have completed the short loop and can either continue your hike to other trails, like Goat Mountain or Crown Mountain, or go right and return to Grouse Mountain via the Alpine Trail.

How to get to Little Goat Mountain

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
30 minutes

The trail to Little Goat 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 Little Goat Mountain.

Transit Access to Little Goat 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 Little Goat Mountain

Camping is not permitted at Little Goat Mountain.

Dogs at Little Goat Mountain

While dogs are allowed on Little Goat 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 Little Goat Mountain

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

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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