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Mary from Vancouver writes:

Beautiful views at the top!! But wow, the first hour is killer.
I got to the parking lot at 6am and got to the top by 8:15. The first hour is brutual as you climb straight up almost none stop. I took a few view breaks and water breaks as I climbed which got me to the top in more or less two hours. Like VT says after you get passed the second rope it's basically all flat and is just a really lovely walk. I found going down was hard, just being 5'4 I had to crouch down a lot to avoid sliding.

I went early to avoid and crowds which was a great idea as by my descent at 8:40 people coming up were saying the parking lot was full. Plus I got to be up there alone for 10 or 15 minutes before the next group came up. There were probably 50-60 people that passed me going up, so if you want to "be one with nature" go early.

If you are choosing between st marks and tunnel bluffs, both are great. I prefer the trail and terrain of st marks but tunnel bluffs has an unrestricted view of Howe sound. I wish I knew about this hike sooner!

    Posted: July 8, 2017 01:50:30 PM PST


    Guide To Vancouver from vancouver writes:

    This is one of my favorite hikes on the sea to sky. I made a helpful video of tunnel bluffs showing you what you can expect to see on the hike and posted it on youtube. I'll drop a link below

    https://goo.gl/JNfZeY

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      Posted: July 6, 2017 09:53:08 AM PST


      crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

      Hiked this trail on 2017.07.03. No parking was available when we arrived around 9:45am. Fortunately someone pulled out after we waited for a few minutes. Crossing the highway was our next challenge of the day. The trail was steep with loose rocks and dirt. Proper footware is a must. Our legs finally caught a break after reaching the old logging road. It took us almost 3 hrs to reach the top as we took tonnes of breaks along the way. The view was absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed every second of it. The descent through the steep sections was quite challenging. Our hiking poles were very helpful. It took us about 2 hrs to get down. The trail is obviously gaining popularity as we came across no less than 100 hikers on our way up/down. Nevertheless we will still prefer this trail over the Grouse Grind for a good workout.

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        Posted: July 4, 2017 12:39:24 PM PST


        Thuy from Vancouver writes:

        Attempted to hike this on June 24; arrived at 8:20am and no parking spots left so we went elsewhere.
        Tried again July 3 and arrived at 6:50am, and we were the 3rd group to arrive at the top. Took us about 5hrs with the long break in between. When we came back down, it was very busy and the parking lot was jam packed.
        There were many steep and narrow parts to this trail, making it just as difficult to go down as it was a workout to go up. There is this one steep part in particular with nothing to hang on to, and nowhere to put your feet, going up or down. Also, some narrow paths close to the ledge. Bit of a more difficult hike than some of the other "Intermediate" trails in the area.

          Posted: July 2, 2017 05:37:22 PM PST


          Jenn from Abby writes:

          Question: Has anyone taken their dog on this trail? If so how did they find it? ????

            Posted: July 2, 2017 01:00:41 AM PST


            Ella from L writes:

            Hiked this trail on June 28. Great workout. Gets your heart pumping if you are moving at a reasonable speed. ...actually, gets your heart pumping no matter what your speed is. ;) It's steep. Trail is quite intricate, the first half anyway. Tons of roots, rocks. Today the trail was dry and therefore very slippery. Round trip took 3h 15m NOT including break at the top. Stopped a lot on the way up.

            I have an issue with those hikers who decide to do this hike, but are too lazy to drive to the overpass. Instead they turn left into the parking lot from the opposite side of the hwy. Cars driving 80-110 km/h will not be able to slow down and stop behind you, when they come around the curve and you are dead stopped in their path just because, again, laziness, rules don't apply to you or because you feel entitled. Today I watched a couple of ignorant hikers almost get pushed into oncoming traffic. For a second, when rubber was burning into asphalt, I thought we were going to have to call for help. Luckily it did not come to that. Not this time anyway.
            This really concerns me.

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              Posted: June 28, 2017 07:35:27 PM PST


              Ena from West Vancouver writes:

              We hiked yesterday . It was quite slippery because of the muddy soil. The elevation was too steep , so just be careful to down the mountains . The top view was incredible and worth to hike. There is no washroom available there. Long hike we have done 6 hrs returned from the top of the view. Being enough proteins because of quite challenging . It will be better for a couple of weeks when the soil is dry and sunny.

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                Posted: June 18, 2017 09:00:53 AM PST


                Brian from Surrey writes:

                Hiked on Saturday May 27. I arrived at the parking lot at 7:55 am and there were only 6 spots left. As I hiked up I encountered a few of groups of people coming down having stayed overnight. There were many people on the trail that day - not as busy as the Chief or anything, but not that far off.

                The first half of the trail, distance-wise, is pretty steep and the terrain is really quite rough and tough. There are many rocks and roots and places with challenging footing. Though never really bad, I would say the trail is not in the best condition. All of that makes it more difficult than many of the "Intermediate" hikes in this list. I wouldn't recommend this one if you are not at least a decent hiker. The last half of the distance is almost level walking along mostly very smooth trail.

                Places on the trail are quite beautiful, but much is also not quite as nice. The viewpoint is spectacular, and if you're pressed for time, the viewpoint at the point that the trail goes from hard to easy (1.66 km in) is nearly as good.

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                  Posted: May 30, 2017 10:32:16 PM PST


                  Ron from Vancouver writes:

                  Great cardio blast for the first 45 minutes. The next 30 minutes is fairly level hiking to the bluff. Lots of viewpoints along the way. Took us just over 3 hours return at a quick pace. Lots of trail markers!

                  Hiked up on Friday May 26 - got there shortly after 8am and there were only 3 cars in the parking lot. When we left at 11:30 am, there was only 1 empty parking spot. Be extra careful crossing the highway!

                  Short video of the hike:
                  https://youtu.be/XP1qfV_rSE0

                    Posted: May 27, 2017 09:23:26 PM PST


                    Z from Vancouver writes:

                    At Tunnel Bluffs on the May long weekend. A little bit crowded but enjoyable. Nice views. Steep at the beginning. Careful with the parking lot...all the spots were full when we got there around 8:30 am on the Monday...we parked in front of the bus parking and our car was towed along with 5 others (half to Squamish and half to North Van with no name/number of towing company left).

                      Posted: May 24, 2017 12:31:49 AM PST


                      H from Vancouver writes:

                      Great hike, although it gets pretty busy. I got to the parking lot at 9:00AM and it was already full, with several others parked in no parking zones. I ended up parking in front of the bus parking. If you're uncomfortable with parking illegally(?) then I'd suggest you get there earlier than I did.

                      The trail is well marked and you definitely cannot get lost. It took me 1.5 hrs up (1 hour up hill and 30 min flat trails) and ~2 hours down. It was quite steep, so I took my time and tried not to slip. The view at the top is of course amazing. At 10:30AM, there were only 3-4 other people at the peak. However, 15-20 min after, a few groups of hikers showed up.

                      Last thing I'd say is to be careful and courteous when crossing the highway. Cars around the bend were slowing down because they saw us hikers on the side of the road, some even stopping to let people cross. On my drive back home, the traffic at that bend caused it to be backed up almost to Horsehoe Bay Area.

                        Posted: May 21, 2017 10:45:40 PM PST


                        Nadezda from Abbotsford writes:

                        Great trail, somewhere has wet ground, but not too dirty.
                        With 7 years old kid it took 7 hours. Stick is very helpful:)
                        Be extra careful when you are crossing the highway!
                        Good luck!

                          Posted: May 21, 2017 09:09:45 PM PST


                          Miranda from Sunshine Coast writes:

                          I hiked the Tunnel Bluffs trail yesterday, on May 8th, which was a perfectly sunny day. My partner and I started our hike at 7:30 am, and we were the first ones to get to the viewpoint. The first part of the trail is steep and still VERY muddy and slippery. Be careful of where you step and wear proper hiking boots!! There are maybe 5 or so viewpoints on the way to the top, a couple of which had overgrown trees blocking the view, but most were beautiful. The second part of the hike was very easy and a nice, relaxing reward.

                          5-10 minutes after we reached the viewpoint, 7 more people showed up within about 15 minutes. After enjoying the scenery, we left and began our descent. Be very careful of the steep, muddy part heading down. My partner and I hike every day, are young and fit, have proper gear, and we both fell down a couple of times! Nothing major, but it's slick. There is loose soil in some parts, too. On the way down, I counted 117 people heading up, and this was before noon. This was our first time hiking this trail so we aren't sure if it's normally this busy, or if it was hectic because of the beautiful weather.

                          Overall, this hike was awesome! We had a great time, the forest was lush, and the views were jaw-dropping.

                            Posted: May 8, 2017 05:32:53 PM PST


                            Jeff Wong from Vancouver writes:

                            Hike this trail May 7th, 2017.
                            It was a super sunny day, The views are spectacular!
                            Trail was a little wet and muddy in sections but otherwise great conditions!
                            It is a steep climb up for the first 1.5 hours till you get to the old logging roads. Then you legs will thank you! It is only another 30 min. to the top from there!
                            Would highly recommend. Not too busy, but parking is limited!

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                              Posted: May 7, 2017 08:32:53 PM PST


                              Cass from Vancouver writes:

                              Hiked this on May 6. A pleasant hike - some mud in sections - the first part is a grind and it was super crowded with people and dogs. Nice views at the top if you can find a spot away from the crowds.

                                Posted: May 6, 2017 05:11:57 PM PST


                                Sam F from Vancouver writes:

                                Hiked this on the weekend (April 30). Trail is fairly muddy and slippery still, especially coming down the steep bits. It was a lot cooler on the bluffs - fresh breeze off the snowy mountains - than in the forest. Great views, very worthwhile.

                                  Posted: May 1, 2017 08:21:57 PM PST


                                  Carlie Rondquist from Vancouver writes:

                                  I love this hike.. did it again on the weekend and it was very wet and muddy (it's April duh). Lots of beautiful little waterfalls along the side right now! A lot of the trail turns into a little creek so make sure to have waterproof shoes. I saw a lot of people with nikes and I can't imagine they were very comfortable.

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                                    Posted: April 11, 2017 06:52:49 AM PST


                                    Amy from Vancouver writes:

                                    This is a question not so much a comment - I am looking for some winter hikes.
                                    I know the season says that it ends on November but is this trail possible for early January? Would snowshoes be needed?

                                      Posted: December 28, 2016 04:13:45 PM PST


                                      Marie from Vancouver writes:

                                      Hi, I found a pair of gloves on this trail on Sunday. If you lost your gloves on Tunnel Bluffs trail, message me 778 322 5820 and can give them to you somewhere in Vancouver.

                                        Posted: December 6, 2016 09:41:57 PM PST


                                        Brooke from Windsor writes:

                                        FYI -- trail head location: if you are coming from Vancouver .. Pass lions bay (3 exits) and park in the viewpoint parking lot. The trail head can be found by walking to the north part of the parking lot, crossing the sea to sky highway to find a small yellow sign bailed to a tree labeled tunnel point. Once you walk into the forest you'll see signage. Great hike. First 2/3 were decently steep. Last 1/3 levels out. Challenging enough but enjoyable. Definitely recommend - awesome view!!

                                          Posted: September 2, 2016 09:52:29 PM PST


                                          Ken from Vancouver writes:

                                          August 21 2016,
                                          Weather, dry and warm, mid 20s
                                          We got to the parking lot at 11:30AM and there was only 1 spot left. The trail head is easy to spot if you follow the instructions on this site.

                                          There are a bunch of wooden hiking sticks left in a pile at the start and I recommend to pick up one of them. It's useful for this steep hike.

                                          The first hour and a half is just constant uphill but I'd say it is easier than Grouse Grind. The next half hour is just flat and very easy. We got up to the lookout in 2 hours. The trail is very well marked and it is hard to miss the large markers nailed to the trees.

                                          Coming back down was tricky since parts of the hike is loose gravel and rocks and is very dusty. Take your time and go slow. Crossing the highway back to the parking lot we had to wait almost 5 minutes for a clearing to run across! Fun hike, only passed by a few hikers going down.

                                            Posted: August 22, 2016 11:10:41 AM PST


                                            Rimsha from Vancouver writes:

                                            We hiked on a very warm sunny day, will recommend to hike on cooler day. There is not enough trees to shade at the top. We did not see any wasp on our way.

                                            Camping is not allowed but we noticed that someone tried to camp at the top and left the burned firewood mess.

                                            It is not a difficult hike but just need to be careful when coming down there are loose rock/soil. The view at top is serene. There were lots of view points. I will definitely recommend this hike.

                                              Posted: August 15, 2016 11:43:56 PM PST


                                              Melissa from Vancouver writes:

                                              Very steep for the first 2/3 of the hike but then very flat afterwards until you reach the end of the hike. No bugs but quite dusty from the steep dirty area. Parking is kind of iffy because it is across the highway from the trail head.... Great view though, not crowded, pretty great hike!

                                                Posted: August 12, 2016 03:49:43 PM PST


                                                Amanda from Richmond writes:

                                                I really liked this one. It's really steep for the bulk of it but the view makes it so so worth it. I wouldn't call myself an experienced hiker nor a beginner, this hike was pretty challenging. There are plenty of places to rest (viewpoints) and the trail wasn't crowded at all (on a sunny saturday!!). Makes a good day trip, I highly recommend it.

                                                  Posted: July 24, 2016 01:21:05 AM PST


                                                  Khaled from Vancouver writes:

                                                  Quite a brutal hike. We went on a weekday at about 8 am in July, and we were all alone. The entrance to the path isn't very noticeable , and the sign at the entrance was written in pen and paper. There is also a wasp nest about 200m up.

                                                  Although you could argue the view is amazing, DO NOT do this hike if you are inexperienced, if it is in the rain, or if it has rained the night before. The trail is harshly steep, muddy, and rocky, which would seem to make sense since this is not a popular hike. If you are inexperienced, this hike may be too dangerous as the path is not very well laid out (ironically, the directions are very clear).

                                                  Otherwise, you might find the view at the top absolutely gorgeous. Good luck!

                                                    Posted: July 10, 2016 12:42:42 PM PST


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