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John from Vancouver writes:

Pretty cool hike! I am in decent shape and the loop took me just under 4 hours. The switchbacks at the beginning are the toughest part but I didn't think they were too difficult. I think the trail was pretty well marked (but not as well marked as most other trails). There weren't many people which was great.

    Posted: November 13, 2017 07:31:56 PM PST

    Louis from Vancouver writes:

    Very nice hike with some great views. We were reading the comments below and were expecting to have difficulty finding our way. Surprisingly, it was pretty easy to find the path since there are orange markers to guide you all the way around the loop. It is however less well marked than most other trails we have done in BC, but still, if you plan a little bit in advance and read the directions before, you should be just fine!

      Posted: October 4, 2017 08:13:25 AM PST

      Louis from Vancouver writes:

      Very nice hike with some great views. We were reading the comments below and were expecting to have difficulty finding our way. Surprisingly, it was pretty easy to find the path since there are orange markers to guide you all the way around the loop. It is however less well marked than most other trails we have done in BC, but still, if you plan a little bit in advance and read the directions before, you should be just fine!

        Posted: October 1, 2017 03:54:12 PM PST

        Nicolas from Vancouver writes:

        Great multiple views and hike in the mildle of a vast forest. 15km in 5h, take your time it's worth it. Enjoy !

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          Posted: September 21, 2017 07:47:00 PM PST

          Evan from Burnaby writes:

          This hike starts out fine. It is a bit of a steep scramble when you start off from the floating bridge but that isn't anything unusual. However the trail is not very well maintained and it is extremely rocky and rooty all the way up and down. In my opinion, the view points are not worth the effort. It took about 4.5 hours to complete 15km with 900m of total elevation gain.

            Posted: September 17, 2017 08:33:08 PM PST

            Carol from North Vancouver writes:

            Lovely maintained trail. Park at the overflow/equestrian lot as the floating bridge is just across the street (5 min walk).

            Switchbacks to the first Vista was definitely the worst. Hang in there and the rest is a breeze. I encountered a group coming down after reaching the first Vista because they believed it would be the same uphill battle for the next 9! Had it not been my first time up this trail, I would've convinced them to continue.

            The entire trail is well marked. After reading that the markers after Vista 10 were non existent, I paid close attention and didn't have any trouble at all. They're small, but they're there. Just make sure you look up to see where the next marker is.

            The one place I was a little unsure was after walking on the service road where I had turned right. You walk about 5 min down that road and you will see a closed trail ahead to the left and some sort of watershed ahead to the right. Take the trail to the right that us before the watershed. Walk another 10 min, and there will be a sign directing you to North Beach. This is the one you want to take as it will lead you to the suspension bridge.

            Aside from the group I saw at Vista 1, there was no other foot traffic until I hit the Buntzen Lake Trail going to South Beach from North Beach.

            I am moderately fit and the round trip hike took me just under 4 hours. I took a few breather breaks at the beginning where the switchbacks were and a few minutes at each of the Vistas that had a view. Also stayed at North Beach for about half an hour and took that detour to Punta del Este. Decent workout and smoky skies, but it was still fun. Will wait until next summer, but I'll do it again!

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              Posted: September 7, 2017 11:42:35 PM PST

              Steve from Surrey writes:

              Fantastic hike with great views! I too don't understand the "ten views" that make up the name but that doesn't mean that the hike wasn't worth the time because it was. All of the views present in this hike are West over Indian Arm and/or Belcarra as the trail stays along the western side of the mountain. After we passed through the Hydro easement to the "north" Diez Vistas trail, about 10 minutes along we came across a wasp nest in the base of a tree on the north side of the trail. My partner got stung once however a few people we happened upon after received several more stings. The trail down the mountain, like the trail up the mountain, is pretty relentless and can be testing on the knees. But on the other side of it you cross around the north end of the lake and come to north beach which was a great opportunity to cool down with a swim (bring a suit and change of clothes). This part of the hike was about 4-4.5 hours whereas the remaining trip back to the south beach took about 45 mins. Highly recommend this hike.

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                Posted: September 4, 2017 03:26:43 PM PST

                Christine from Vancouver writes:

                Hi Annette,

                I'm with you on that - after the 10th Vista, the markers are very difficult to find and we got lost. That said, I'm heading there tomorrow to try the whole loop again. (We went to the 10th vista a few weeks ago, then had to retrace our steps back to the parking lot due to getting lost)

                It would be nice if the markers were closer together and larger.

                  Posted: July 28, 2017 03:10:41 PM PST

                  Annette F from Burnaby writes:

                  We went up yesterday and found the trails to NOT be that well marked. In several places, we would have to do a scavenger hunt to find the markers. Other than the fact that more markers are need, this is a great hike! Beautiful views, lovely forest, and the many technical parts which makes this an interesting hike.

                    Posted: July 28, 2017 11:19:05 AM PST

                    Benji from Richmond writes:

                    Went yesterday. Well marked trail, took us about 5.5 hours round trip, college kids who aren't that fit. We were only able to get to see three views, didn't get to see the other seven, not sure if we missed it or if it wasn't well marked. Don't expect to see ten views, there's a few good ones though.

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                      Posted: July 25, 2017 12:04:47 PM PST

                      Gagan from Surrey writes:

                      Good hike for excercise. Not to many views from the top.

                        Posted: July 16, 2017 11:11:44 PM PST

                        C from Vancouver writes:

                        We went up on Saturday and it was a great hike up to the 10th vista (the 3rd being the best) - unfortunately, due to the trail markers being so tiny and spread out after that (and us being the only ones out on that section of the trail), we got lost, so we opted to retrace our steps back past all of the vistas and across the floating bridge back to the parking lot (which made for a very long day). We will definitely go back to complete the loop and hopefully we won't get lost. It would really help if the markers were larger after Vista 10.

                        Just one complaint - it is clear that quite a few people don't know trail etiquette 101. In narrow sections, those coming down should give the right-of-way to those going up. It helps us keep our momentum.

                        Hiking boots are definitely recommended giving the terrain. It would be easy to roll an ankle if you aren't wearing proper footwear. Also bring lots of water.

                          Posted: July 10, 2017 01:02:15 PM PST

                          kyle hammerquist from Vancouver writes:

                          Just went up last weekend and the trail was in great shape and no snow anywhere. here is a video of our hike

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                            Posted: May 16, 2017 01:26:03 PM PST

                            Ritika from Vancouver writes:

                            Hello fellow hikers!
                            We, a group of students from UBC went on this trail on 24th March, 2017. It was a beautiful day to be hiking and we got some very nice clear views. I'd like to confirm that there is no snow on this trail anymore. The hike isn't necessarily intense. However, while coming down we drifted away from the trail to explore our own path which was much trickier with quite a few steep and slippery bits.
                            We took a picture of the map at the parking spot (essentially the starting point of all the trails).
                            After coming down from the trail, we went to the Buntzen lake where we caught glimpse of a triple rainbow!
                            Side note: We took the public transit to get there and we had to walk about a kilometre from where the bus(182) dropped us off to the parking spot. (Though I think there is another bus that saves you that walk in the summer months starting from April).
                            It was a beautiful experience and a rewarding hike.

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                              Posted: April 2, 2017 03:55:53 PM PST

                              Ritika from Vancouver writes:

                              Friends and me are planning to do this hike tomorrow.
                              We were wondering if anyone who has done this hike recently would recommend wearing sport shoes or snow sort of hiking shoes?
                              The hike and the views look beautiful. Super excited to do this!

                                Posted: March 24, 2017 10:06:25 AM PST

                                Fiona from New Westminster writes:

                                Beautiful hike! I went on March 21st 2017 and there was not any snow. The hike has a lot of steep terrain so be prepared for that. It was not too muddy so that was a plus. The only downside was that the bunzten lake trail that gets you back to the parking lot is closed so you have to walk along the road. Still a good workout!!

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                                  Posted: March 22, 2017 10:42:42 AM PST

                                  Alex from Burnaby writes:

                                  Hiked on March 19, 2017. No snow, great views, and a good workout!

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                                    Posted: March 19, 2017 08:13:00 PM PST

                                    Kayla from Vancouver writes:

                                    4 of us and 1 pup (Australian Shepherd) did this trail yesterday. It took us just over 5 hours to complete the whole loop. Very beautiful and had a good variety of challenges/sights! The switchback part of the hike was probably the most difficult, but a great way to spend a Sunday! Would do again :)

                                      Posted: October 31, 2016 01:53:14 PM PST

                                      Lin from Burnaby writes:

                                      a lot of the viewpoints are overshadowed by trees.
                                      Diez Vista - Lookout #2 was pretty much the only place that offered a decent view.
                                      The hike is somewhat technical and good for cardio, but don't expect too much from the "diez" viewpoints, more like "dos" vistas.

                                        Posted: August 20, 2016 05:11:33 PM PST

                                        Sharleen from New Westminster writes:

                                        Hiked this trail on Sun, Jul 10th. It was pretty clear with a few muddy areas given that it had rained the day prior. The first part is a bit brutal with all of the switchbacks and was hard on the joints, but provides a good workout. The views are spectacular from the first few viewpoints. After that, they are largely covered by trees. An option is to simply return back the way that you came after the first few views if you don't want to complete the rest, and several people were doing that. Still a pleasant hike through the forest for the rest of it but it does get a bit mundane after several km of the same. I also took the side trail that leads to Punta del Este, and I think these extra east viewpoints are worth seeing as well. It only took an extra 10-15 min to see the eastern viewpoints. It is described in this blog: http://www.buntzenlake.ca/diez-vistas/ and can be seen on the gps map as well. I took a different route back than what is recommended here, and hiked back along the trail to South Beach, then crossed the floating bridge back to the other side at the end. It still took about 5 hours total, and I am of intermediate hiker/fitness level. The trail was pretty well-marked with orange squares. I did venture off the trail a couple of times by mistake but it was very easy to find my way back to the trail. Keep an eye out for the markers and you'll be fine. I also did this trail solo but note that there is a warning sign that cougars have been sighted in the area so hiking alone is not recommended. Enjoy!

                                          Posted: July 14, 2016 12:22:13 AM PST

                                          Kendra from Vancouver writes:

                                          Beautiful hike! We went yesterday and even though the weather was a little overcast/drizzly the views were amazing!
                                          The great thing about this hike is that the terrain varies and the most challenging part is at the start. The first 3 views are the best and 8,9,10 are pretty much non existent. Took some fairly green hikers with me so it was about a 5 hour trip. I'd definitely do this one again!

                                            Posted: July 5, 2016 02:20:52 PM PST

                                            Helen from Vancouver writes:

                                            Just like all the other comments say, the first section is the steepest/ hardest, but once you get past that the rest is much easier.

                                            I went by myself, and was a little worried at first by some of the comments saying that they got lost or it was poorly marked just before reaching the North Beach. Don't let this stop you from hiking the trail! It's marked well enough that if you're looking up you'll see the markers and won't get lost. Plus it's a fairly popular trail, that you're sure to run into other hikers on a nice day.

                                            Started at the floating beach, once I reached the suspension bridge, I took the East Buntzen Lake Trail back. Total time was exactly 4 hours with short breaks at each vista, longer breaks at the first few since the views were gorgeous!

                                              Posted: June 4, 2016 09:07:23 PM PST

                                              Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                              Hiked this trail two weeks ago. Easy for those who are for and are intermediate hikers. The first couple of views amazing. The next few are more of the same but I had a great time. Had my dog with me too! She's a small Sheltie so needed help here and there but we made it through just fine. I started at the floating bridge and hiked up the trail back down to the north beach then to the south beach and back. It was slightly overcast and windy the day I went so the lake had lots of waves. We sat on the docks and got a little sea sick.

                                                Posted: May 29, 2016 09:59:02 PM PST

                                                Kat from Vancouver writes:

                                                Hiked this last weekend and trail was completely dry. Nice views along the trail and nothing technical - just long. Took us about 5 hours. These directions didn't match up with what we hiked - got lost once but we figured it out.

                                                  Posted: April 10, 2016 06:41:28 PM PST

                                                  Karine P from vancouver writes:

                                                  Hiked on 03/26/2016. Nice hike! Still a bit wet and slippery, but very enjoyable over all. Pretty busy; expect a lot of fellow hikers on this trail.

                                                    Posted: March 28, 2016 12:26:23 AM PST

                                                    Madison from North Vancouver writes:

                                                    Hiked on 15/2/16. Clear of snow, but very, very wet. The switchbacks are pretty brutal, but they are over quickly and are the "worst" part of the hike. Entire loop was completed in 5hrs by two out of shape hikers, with at least an hour of resting time along the way. Can't wait to try again in drier times.

                                                      Posted: February 16, 2016 07:13:22 PM PST

                                                      Karin from Burnaby writes:

                                                      Hiked 1/20/2016.
                                                      Not a bad hike. Intermediate level for sure. Current condition is wet, but no snow at the top. Please only go if you have adequate hiking boots.

                                                      I agree with previous comments about poor trial marking. It wasnt the worst but there were some that definitely took awhile to find. We made a mistake when we descended to take right fork, instead of the left at the end of the Diez trial meeting with the Buntzen Lake trial. It took another 1.5 hours from there to head back to the car. Overall it took my friend and I 5.5 hours. We are intermediate level hikers and both of us feel like we got a good work out from it. We didnt see any bears, but we have spotted some wildlife such as different species of woodpeckers! The scenic view is quite amazing. Not only were the photo spots great for a break, but the trail overall was beautiful, covered with vibrant green moss. The trial conditions were fair. We found a few fallen trees along the path which needs to be taken care of. Interesting mix of terrains, some rocky stone coverage, some soft wood bedding.

                                                      I definitely recommend this trail for those transitioning from beginners to more advance longer hikes!

                                                        Posted: January 20, 2016 09:07:10 PM PST

                                                        Brande from Delta writes:

                                                        The trail is a LOT of work but a really great experience even if there were only 3 breath catching views. They were worth it and the feel and look of the rest of the forest and little bridges was really great. The trail is beautifully kept up - well done!

                                                        The trail marking was clear on the ridge line but you do need to be mindful of looking for the small orange markers - they are small but they are there. I think with all of the roots and rocks to set up and over (which makes the trail entertaining), hikers are keeping there heads down and missing the markers on the trees.

                                                        We couldnt figure out the exact point on the trail description or on the sign posts to turn to hit the suspension bridge, so just to south beach and hit the floating bridge again. Still a great walk but does add an extra km and you have to spend quite a bit of time on the service road.

                                                        All in all a great hike - the switch backs up to the first 2 views were the toughest for sure; the way done on the back side of the ridge was a slog on th knees but slow and steady wins the race.

                                                        There were some points were those scared of heights or scrambling may be nervous - BUT power through. I am terrified of heights and with a few deep breaths the short scrambles were no problem and totally manageable.

                                                        Also, a number of hikers were passed at the first and second view point but after that we had the trail to ourselves almost completely until getting back down to lake level.

                                                        Enjoy! We did!

                                                          Posted: September 14, 2015 09:49:53 AM PST

                                                          Mok from Poco writes:

                                                          Not too sure of the complaints of the trail being poorly marked. This trail is well marked for what it is - an intermediate hike. Just make sure you are looking ahead and at your surroundings. I brought a map and directions (from this page) and it was the perfect companion for this hike. Be aware of your surroundings, do a bit of prep, and you will be fine on this trail.

                                                          Ten views is a bit of a stretch. There are only three view points that are good (one of which is awesome), and the others are blocked by tree growth. They provide a perfect place for a light snack and extended water break too!

                                                          The switchbacks up to the first viewpoint are the hardest of the hike; they keep going and going, and a few of them are on the steep side. Once you get through that, the rest of the hike is fairly straight forward. There are a few more switchbacks, but these are a lot more gentle. The downhill portion isn't too bad. Only a couple of tricky spots where you just take your time going down. A few of the bridges are in rough shape, but what do you expect.

                                                          Overall, I'd do this hike again. The foot traffic was minimal. The canopy was perfect and provided shade during the more difficult parts of the trail while also keeping the temperature down. Only reason it does not get five stars is because I was expecting a few more memorable views.

                                                            Posted: August 23, 2015 07:07:18 PM PST

                                                            Big E from Coquitlam writes:

                                                            4-5 fantastic vistas otherwise a lot of work!

                                                              Posted: July 1, 2015 06:38:01 PM PST

                                                              John Soanes from Langley writes:

                                                              4 or 5 Fabulous Vistas -- the rest was just work. We did Diez Vistas on Tuesday, a hot experience overall.

                                                              It's a lot of work for 4 or 5 stunning views(cumulative elevation gain of 860 m); not worth the effort in my view. We also found trail markers non-existent in a few places. We misplaced the trail at one point and bushwhacked via my GPS app for a while fairly certain that we would intersect with the trail -- we did. Met up with some other hikers on the North Beach who had the same experience.

                                                              On the upside, the visibility was fabulous and it was uncrowded -- only encountered about 4 other groups.

                                                                Posted: July 1, 2015 04:23:25 PM PST

                                                                Daniel from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                excellent hike.
                                                                completed June 16th in 3 hours. (to vistas and back to car)

                                                                Only 6 'Vistas' as nature has taken over the other 4.. (big trees mainly)

                                                                some steep sections near the beginning.. when you get to puento aprecio then you have basically made it up top the 460m/550m peak.. and its a short hike around the top following the trail..

                                                                Vista no.3 is spectacular.

                                                                Grouse and other creatures live up top if you are lucky!

                                                                the hike back down is straight forward and you cross some logs and small unmaintained log bridges..

                                                                to get to 'north beach' which is the opposite beach from the car park (with the jetty) as you get to the end of the trail.. turn right and follow signs for 'south beach' after a short hike through a narrow trail (covered by tonnes of huckleberrys and salmon berrys) you come to a turn to get to the small 'suspension' bridge... take that to the north beach..

                                                                otherwise if you come out of diez vistas and turn right.. the trail will take you around the powerhouse gravel dusty road which eventually gets you to the beach too..

                                                                  Posted: June 18, 2015 08:10:35 AM PST

                                                                  Szandra from Surrey writes:

                                                                  Great hike, beautiful view. We are beginner hikers with my hubby it took us 6.25 hours.I was not happy with the marks, we lost once, you have to keep on eye very well. Plus was no any map at the park, what most places has, this is a really popular hiking place fot not to have a map,

                                                                    Posted: June 14, 2015 08:32:50 PM PST

                                                                    Jamie from Port Moody writes:

                                                                    Three great views, the rest are alright. Went up today and the conditions were great. Some cloud but no visibility issues.

                                                                    Trail is in good shape except for the beginning (or end) of the trail where the bushes are encroaching on the trail.

                                                                    Took 3 hrs 40 mins at a moderate pace with only one 15 minute break. Budget 5 hours.

                                                                      Posted: June 12, 2015 10:57:39 PM PST

                                                                      Matt from Vancouver writes:

                                                                      We did this hike on Sunday May 31. The conditions were perfect. If the stupid "Trail closed due to fire" signs are still up, ignore them. The signs were blocking the path, but we ignored them and there was literally no remnants of any fire whatsoever. I hope nobody turned around and went home because of these signs! BC Hydro needs to take them down.

                                                                        Posted: June 1, 2015 11:36:06 AM PST

                                                                        Dave from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Hiked this trail today. It was very quiet, likely due to it being a weekday and rainy.

                                                                        The trail was decently marked, and the terrain was quite manageable despite the wet conditions. Due to the weather though, the views were quite limited, so take my rating with a grain of salt.

                                                                          Posted: April 23, 2015 09:05:18 PM PST

                                                                          Kelli from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          Hiked April 19th. We're intermediate hikers and it took us 4 hours including a 30 min break at North Beach to enjoy the nice weather. The trail was almost completely dry, and even the very few areas of much were dry enough to walk right through. Water is still freezing cold but dipped our feet in for some nice relief.

                                                                          With regards to the views: there's two on the trail that are pretty good, with the second of the two (technically called the third) being the best and offering views of Vancouver and Indian Arm, etc. There's also another view off on a side trail to the right near the top of the switchbacks (called East Point) - we didn't check it out but I would if we go again. After the third view point, most of them are grown over and there's little to see - though it is nice second growth forest and quiet with few people.

                                                                          The trail from North Beach to South Beach is easy and took about 40 min at a fairly leisurely pace.

                                                                            Posted: April 20, 2015 08:02:18 PM PST

                                                                            Lisa yaroshuk from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                            This was an amazing and challenging hike. Very. much enjoyed it with the winding trails and steep elevations. The view points were spectacular. Will recommend this hike.

                                                                              Posted: April 18, 2015 09:20:50 PM PST

                                                                              Andrea from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                              Hiked this trail yesterday with two friends and a dog. Viewpoint #3 was definitely the best with views of Deep Cove all the way to the Vancouver coastline.

                                                                              About half way through our hike (~20min after leaving viewpoint#3) we spotted a big black bear across the gully running through the bushes about 30meters away. I think we had spooked it, and it definitely gave us a scare as well. So be careful!

                                                                              I'd say we're in good shape and it took us about 5hours including breaks at the first 3 viewpoints and taking photos along the way. Trail was is pretty good condition. Had to keep our eyes peeled for the orange markers/ribbon between viewpoints 2 and 3 but found our way. Overall, great hike and would do it again!

                                                                                Posted: April 15, 2015 12:46:50 PM PST

                                                                                Pope from Surrey writes:

                                                                                Fantastic hike! Did this yesterday where it was raining the first couple hours. Did the trail clockwise as the beginning was the toughest even though the downhill hike near the end was challenging mostly because it was wet. Encountered no animals but took bear spray and a bell, whistle just incase. I am not an experienced hiker so it took my buddy and I 6.5 hours to complete. Even with moleskin on my heels I still have blisters. The views are well worth the hike. Be prepared with proper hiking shoes, lots of water and perhaps even a walking pole.

                                                                                  Posted: March 15, 2015 08:44:24 AM PST

                                                                                  Jordan from Delta writes:

                                                                                  I completed this hike with my friend approximatley a week ago. Views were lovely! Pack a lunch for the top. If you are in even half decent shape, this should not take you more than 4 hours. We did this hike in 3 hours with plenty of stops including seeing shawtys atop the mountain. A must do!

                                                                                    Posted: October 12, 2014 07:14:57 PM PST

                                                                                    Amelia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    We completed this hike yesterday (May 11, 2014) and thought it was absolutely fantastic. There are some tough parts, but the views are well worth it.

                                                                                    We took 5.5 hours to complete including half an hour for lunch.

                                                                                    We missed a couple of the viewpoints, but the hike itself was so pretty it didn't matter. We noticed some people only went to the second viewpoint and then went back.

                                                                                    The end can be a little tricky to follow, so make sure you have a copy of the directions with you. And plenty of water.

                                                                                    I would definitely do this hike again.

                                                                                      Posted: May 12, 2014 07:33:28 AM PST

                                                                                      Bob from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                      This was my 27th time doing this hike ! So I know it well. There are about 6 good views. The trail length, taking the east side of Buntzen lake at the end, is roughly 13 km; there is a 430 m ascent to the top and the cumulative elevation gain is 550 m. BC Hydro description states that it is a 6 to 8 hour hike. My fastest time was 2 hours and 43 mins; and my average time is about 3 hours and 15 mins. I have done it with groups that really take their time and I think my longest time out there was about 6 hours. Today, it was about 4.5 hours, as we stopped take lots of photos. Usually I'm faster when I go solo, but I like to go a little slower sometimes.

                                                                                      Check out my Buntzen Lake Website...

                                                                                        Posted: March 30, 2014 10:16:44 PM PST

                                                                                        MorpheusMelkor from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        We hiked this trail on January 24th, 2014. It was a beautiful warm day. It has been an amazingly dry winter, and that was evident on the trail. Pretty well no mud! There was even mosquitoes...

                                                                                        We started off from the South Beach, and worked our way through the Energy Trail, which weaves through a beautiful section of forest. There was a little bit of mist on the lake that we could see through the trees. After we crossed the lake, we started the big climb. We weren't really expecting the climb to become as steep as it did, but it was very manageable. Just switch backs, back and forth.

                                                                                        The first view point was the best of the ten, and made the entire hike worth it. We spent a few minutes taking pictures before moving on. The trail was up and down after that. We didn't see all ten view points, but most of the ones that we encountered after the first one were lower and closer to the ocean. Still, some nice views of the Burrard Inlet, and the mountains around Seymour.

                                                                                        After the ten vistas, the trail dove down the side of the mountain through more forest before meeting up with the Bunzen Lake trail. We mistakenly took a wrong turn, and ended up going the wrong way around the lake. No big deal; it just added thirty minutes or so.

                                                                                        Anyway, we quite liked the hike, and thought it was worth doing. We liked it more than Lynn Peak in Lynn Headwaters, and thought that it was pretty comparable to certain sections of the Baden Powell. While not as epic as some of the hikes near Whistler, we would definitely complete this hike again!

                                                                                          Posted: January 25, 2014 12:25:27 AM PST

                                                                                          Tiana from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                          Beautiful hike, wonderfully quiet and peaceful. Lots of switchbacks and incline at the beginning, but eventually gets less strenuous. Make sure you know where you are when you get out of the trees at the top of the lake, we got a little turned around. No signs of bears this weekend, but too misty to see any of the views.

                                                                                            Posted: September 15, 2013 09:03:10 PM PST

                                                                                            Molly from Sydney writes:

                                                                                            Excellent little hike, with fabulous swimming to boot! The water is warm and gorgeously aquamarine; the trail has at least 6 good views (so don't be dismayed by comments below). It's busy in summer weekends though, so be prepared for many trail companions.

                                                                                              Posted: August 3, 2013 05:24:32 PM PST

                                                                                              Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                                              Did the trail today and I must say, my friend and I were disappointed. Maybe we have been spoiled by Garibaldi Lake and Joffre Lakes but we felt that the effort needed to see the three views (yes, that's right there are really only three actual views) is equivalent to something like garibaldi but without the rewards. The view of Deep Cove/Belcarra is quite beautiful and a great spot for lunch but by the time you are 1/4 of the way through the hike you have seen the best and you spend the last 3/4's looking at nothing. It's definitely an intermediate hike with some parts being quite steep. Hiking poles were a great help on the way down. The trails are very poorly marked. Keep looking up every once and awhile to look for the trail markers because its easy to watch your feet (which is necessary - very rocky in parts) and then realize you missed a turn.

                                                                                                Posted: July 23, 2013 09:31:45 PM PST

                                                                                                John Soanes from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                The amazing views are indisputable. The trail (at least the “Vistas” section) is a Moderate+ experience for us less than hard-core hikers …my high-energy mutt is sacked out:-) We took 5 ½ hours; the GPS on the tablet clocked in 12.8 KM, the iPod pedometer came in at almost 17 KM; a lot of up and down. Having said that, go for it, pack plenty of water, take time to savor the experience.

                                                                                                  Posted: July 11, 2013 08:57:07 PM PST

                                                                                                  mike from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  Nice trail, view was great and the trail was in good shape. Took us 5 hours with big stops at the view points.

                                                                                                    Posted: February 19, 2013 05:38:32 PM PST

                                                                                                    ian from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    Here's some pictures from the trail. Still has some snow on it but nothing crazy.


                                                                                                      Posted: February 5, 2013 11:27:19 AM PST

                                                                                                      Ed from Poco writes:

                                                                                                      Did the Trail with running where possible on Oct 15, 2012. Rained hard the day before, so the trail was slick and lots of fallen debris and trees (which I liked personally). Very well marked.

                                                                                                      About 5 km into the trail it was flooded waist deep beside the rock cliffs on the right. Bushwacked my way around it. The powerhouse road was washed out and had crews repairing it.

                                                                                                      The descent was VERY slick and wet, adding to the technical nature. Took just under 3 hours with a couple of stops at views. Love this trail and highly recommend.

                                                                                                        Posted: October 15, 2012 05:08:43 PM PST

                                                                                                        Jools from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                        We hiked this on Saturday August 11th - took 5 hours and we are not in good hiking shape! The climb is pretty tough and the descent was very hard on the knees. Only 4 of the views still exist, but they were worth the climb, and the ancient forest is breathtaking. Orange route markers help a lot, but remember to take the southern (right ) trail after view 1 to get to view 2 - its marked with a colourful tassel. A few signs of bears but no sightings - the berries are later this year, so there nay be more around in September. Remember your swim things if the day is hot - the beach at north Buntzen is fantastic!

                                                                                                          Posted: August 13, 2012 10:42:59 AM PST

                                                                                                          Diana from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                          Did this tail today. Good views. Trail clear except for the detour two thirds into the trail (after descending from the top.)

                                                                                                            Posted: June 11, 2012 06:51:02 PM PST

                                                                                                            Me from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                            May 27, 2012 - Trail clear, some kind of well-marked detour on the way down.

                                                                                                            Took us 4:20 including stopping to snack, take pics, and short inadvertent detours. Minor injuries slowed us down. Fit persons should be able to do this in 3.5 hrs if they give'r.

                                                                                                            Trail would be more accurately named "Dos Vistas y Some Teases". After the first two, which are quite similar, the rest are a real let-down and the trail is not exciting. Going in reverse order might be more interesting as then you'd lead up to the best views and have a more interesting descent at the end.

                                                                                                            However if you're tired and sore, coming down all the switchbacks at the end if going in reverse) would be no fun at all and probably dangerous.

                                                                                                              Posted: May 29, 2012 12:37:54 AM PST

                                                                                                              Mom from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                              Did this hike twice in the last couple weeks. First time with my daughter and we just visited the first couple viewpoints and then came down (views were amazing). Second time with my son and we did the whole loop (unfortunately the weather was rainy and cloudy so couldn't see much at the views).

                                                                                                              The trail is in excellent condition. I think we missed a couple viewpoints later on. We did get a little lost at #8 finding where the trail continued. Managed to find it again though before long.

                                                                                                              Saw a bear rather close to the trail about 20 minutes in. It just gave us a look then slowly wandered off. Later on in the trail we thought we heard another but never saw it. After the first few viewpoints we saw very few hikers and were often alone.

                                                                                                              The trail to the suspension bridge was closed and we had to detour around the north end of the lake (VERY boring going down the access road). To do it again I'd probably just visit the first few viewpoints as they are the best.

                                                                                                                Posted: May 28, 2012 11:59:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                Kelly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                May 24. Trail is in excellent condition. Floating bridges are clear. So as the rest of the trail. No mud. Ran into a black bear at the end but he ran away. Took me 5.5 hrs.

                                                                                                                  Posted: May 26, 2012 06:07:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Erin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                  Did the hike on Monday, April 9th. Started on the east side of the lake around 11am at a decent pace. Lots of people on the lakeside trail, but very few people once we got on the Diez Vistas trail on the north end of the lake (near the powerstation). The trail is well marked and in great condition. When you reach forks (and there are a few), you simply need to look for the orange route markers. It wasn't muddy at all, and many of the viewpoints offered up spectacular vistas. Many people were coming in the opposite direction, and appeared to be starting out quite late in the day. I assume most of these were simply climbing up to the first or second viewpoints and then turning back. Altogether the hike took us about 4 hours. Well worth the trip.

                                                                                                                    Posted: April 10, 2012 03:29:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Margaret from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                    Did this trail on Saturday morning (Sept 3) with two friends and our golden retriever. Trail was in great shape. Did the vistas in order (1-10) best views of course on the first couple. Thinking a chain saw could improve the rest! Once you come off the trail to the road around Buntzen it gets a bit confusing as to how to return. We took the suspension bridge over to North Beach and out that way which is slightly shorter and easier than the south side. Easy to get a bit mixed up as the trail to North Beach isn't marked until you get right to the fork. A fabulous day! 4 hours 15 minutes leasurely walking.

                                                                                                                      Posted: September 6, 2011 01:48:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Mike from Winnipeg writes:

                                                                                                                      Hiked part of this trail today with two other families with young kids (ages between 5 and 11. No mosquitos or flies. Very nice trail. Only problem we had was that we took a wrong turn at View #2 (Punta de Estes) and ended up coming back down the way we came. By the time we realized it, we didn't want to go back up to the peak to get back on track. Maybe that was for the best as it was still a 3-1/2 hour hike for us. Buntzen Lake was very refreshing after what was our families' longest hike to date. Looking forward to trying again someday and going the right way!

                                                                                                                        Posted: September 4, 2011 05:52:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                        J D from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                        We hiked this trail yesterday for the first time. It was a decent hike, though the pleasure for us was diminished due to the area being swarming with bears right now (you'll know why when you see the thousands of berry bushes along the trail), so if you plan on doing this or any other hikes in the area, don't leave home without your bear bells and other protective equipment! While we didn't see any ourselves, people had turned around on the trail and warned as they passed us going back of a mother and 2 cubs blocking the way after the first viewpoint. We pressed on, making all kinds of noise and must have scared them off. There was fresh bear poop, bear prints, and tree clawings along other parts of the trail as well. Just 2 days prior, the news stories reported on a man getting mauled at Buntzen Lake by a different mother and her cubs. Needless to say, be alert!

                                                                                                                          Posted: August 11, 2011 02:22:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Barbara from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                          Did the Diez Vista on Sunday, July 31, 2011 and the trail is completely clear - no snow!!!!

                                                                                                                            Posted: August 2, 2011 06:07:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                            Ashley from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            Just wondering if there is any snow on the trail.


                                                                                                                              Posted: July 31, 2011 09:12:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Indir from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                              The view at 1st and 2nd peak are spectacular. The floating bridge is above water at this time, june 13th.

                                                                                                                                Posted: June 13, 2011 04:23:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Luke from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                done the trail today (June 5th). southern floating bridge is under water - 50-60cm deep. didn't want to waste my time to do the detour - water isn't so cold.

                                                                                                                                overall good hike - whole thing took ~5 hours. the best view is from Vista 1 and 2.

                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 5, 2011 06:30:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  Nirupa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  Did this trail in the afternoon on May 29, and the trail to the floating bridge is closed (calf high water) and the bridge itself is underwater (my guess is that it is not crossable). The detour around the south tip of the lake takes about 40 minutes walking briskly. I couldn't find a shorter way than the detour along the roads. Other than that, great trail and views!

                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 30, 2011 02:19:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Greg from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    I made this trail yesterday and the floating bridge was under water because of a flooding but if you wanna cross it's possible and we did it. It was just 15cm (behind the knee) of water and not so cold. Really Really nice view. If you don't want to do the entire hike (5hours with 30min of lunch), begin by the south, the views are really more beautiful.

                                                                                                                                    And we saw a BIG black bear while we were driving just after the parking lot, coming out of the trail that we had just taken so be careful !

                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 29, 2011 10:21:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                      Greg from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      I made this trail yesterday and the floating bridge was under water because of a flooding but if you wanna cross it's possible and we did it. It was just 15cm (behind the knee) of water and not so cold. Really Really nice view. If you don't want to do the entire hike (5hours with 30min of lunch), begin by the south, the views are really more beautiful.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 29, 2011 10:00:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                        Manny from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                        Did this hike May 19, 2011:
                                                                                                                                        Trail is in good condition.
                                                                                                                                        Floating bridge is no longer under water so we were able to walk across without a problem.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 20, 2011 07:53:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Ginger from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          I did this hike with a friend last week. The floating bridge was still under water so we had to take the detour around. It didn't take too long, maybe added about 30 minutes extra. The hike up to Diez Vistas is a great work out and the views are worth all the sweat. If you take the trail on the west side of the lake back to the parking lot, be prepared for a detour due to flooding. The detour will take you part way back up the same mountain (it's called Lake view trail) you just came off. There is a junction part way (Although it's not marked very clear) where you can get back on the Buntzen lake trail, however, heed the warnings of bears in the area. We ran into a curious one on a bridge and had to back track a bit and wait for it to move on :)

                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 7, 2011 12:41:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Wayne from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                            We did this trail a couple of weeks ago, April 24th. Park in the south car park, nearest to the entrance as the water levels are still high, making the floating walkway unusable. The trail itself is in great shape and will definitely get your heart rate up. The views are amazing over Indian Arm and over to the city. We only hiked up to the highest point and sat down for a couple of the viewpoint so I can vouch for there being Diez Vistas or less.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 5, 2011 10:15:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                              Jason and Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                              Awesome hiking conditions, well- maintained trail, and stunning vistas all the way around the lake. As of July 11, the trail is completely passable. Ignore high-water warning signs, although the North Beach is flooded to the edge the sand.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 11, 2010 09:57:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Sara from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                We did this trail this last weekend. We started at the south beach and went along the right side of the lake to the north beach (I found this to be a nice warm up for the actual Diez Vistas trail). It seemed like we went from the end point to the start point because we only saw people coming the opposite direction of us. The hike has very steep hills to climb and also go down. Take lots and lots of water and couple protein bars or chewy bars for snacks and of course a camera too because the view is just gorgeous!! We came across couple of the view points (not 10) and it was just an amazing view and you will really good to know you've achieved so much. The trails were pretty dry, so rarely any muddy sections. Would definitely recommend to hikers. Begginer hikers, I would recommend starting with around the lake firt then try Diex Vistas. :) Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 21, 2010 08:42:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Helge from Cologne writes:

                                                                                                                                                  I tracked the track, so if anybody whats the .gpx:
                                                                                                                                                  Im sorry but the power went of at 3/4 of the trail.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 27, 2009 08:49:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Helge from Cologne writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Hi everybody,
                                                                                                                                                    we, a group of exchange students from SFU took this hike today and is was fantastic!! We really enjoyed it. From the South beach we took the lake view trail to the north beach. From there the old ??? trail up to the sendero diez vistas trail and took it backwards ... just perfect.
                                                                                                                                                    I got some extra advantage by caching some of the geocaches there ;)
                                                                                                                                                    Great Stuff
                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for this wonderful trail.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 20, 2009 07:52:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Ann from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      This is a nice hike but not particularly intense unless you take a wrong trail and end up going straight up the ridge. Other than this short bit of scrambling the most difficult part of the hike was trying to find it(it is not marked on the trail maps - head for the Buntzen Lake trail back up the road from the parking lot and go over the floating bridge and you will finally see a sign for Diaz Vistas). All along we had a very hard time figuring out the trails because they were not clearly marked at intersections. Watch out for small black magic marker writing on trees at intersections as this may be your only sign. The lake was warm enough to swim in (May 31).

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 2, 2009 10:40:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Jazz from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Exactly, the trees have grown over the years and covered several of the viewpoints. I missed the #3 and when I arrived at #4. I can't find the way to keep going. The direction sign of floating bridge is not very clear.

                                                                                                                                                        Nice Views of Indian Arm and Moutains ( I don't know their names lol) and I saw an eagle flying in the sky.

                                                                                                                                                        The trail is a mixture of steep hike, soft pinewood (?) and flat.

                                                                                                                                                        If taking bus, there won't be any bus directly going to Butzen Lake after the labour Day. You may need to get the Anmore route (double check with translink in details). The bus run every one hour. It was C26, but stopped running now. (schedule will be 1:05.. everyone hour ect....)

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 2, 2008 11:40:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Ben Jamieson from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Nice views of Indian Arm and across towards Deep Cove and Seymour Mountain. Couldn't find '10 views' though as I think the trees have grown over the years and covered several of the viewpoints. The first section of the trail was pretty steep but once we got to the first viewpoint, the trail leveled off and the rest was mainly downhill until Buntzen lake.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 29, 2008 02:02:34 PM PST

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