- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.5 hours
- Round-Trip 4.5km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season year-round
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver 45 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly Yes
Tynehead Regional Park is located just of Highway #1 in Surrey and is a popular park for cycling, picnics, dog walking, or exploring the upper Serpentine River. The area features two sides to the park, the east side called the Serpentine Hills has a perimeter bike trail and the west side has hiking trails and the Serpentine Hatchery. We will focus on the west side of the park.
There are many trails in Tynehead Park so planning your own route is recommended. We will start our walk from the parking lot at the Tynehead Hatchery and head along the Birch Grove Trail. If you have a dog, go right at the first junction onto the Hawthorn Trail and continue northbound as you enter the dog off-leash area. After letting your dog run free, you can return to the trail by going left at the 4-way junction and heading west to rejoin the Serpentine Loop Trail.
For those without a dog, continue past the junction on the Birch Grove Trail and go right at the junction with the Hatchery Trail. The trail descends to another junction where you will continue walking straight and up a short hill that veers to the right. This trail is called the Serpentine Loop.
At the next junction, go straight (those coming from the dog off-leash area, go right) and continue along the Serpentine Loop Trail as is meanders through the forest, crossing several streams. At the next junction, walk a few meters to your right and take the trail on your left called the Sunny Trail. After walking up a few wooden steps, the picnic area is located to your left, offering a great location to stop for a snack before heading back.
Continuing your walk through Tynehead Park, cross the wooden bridge at the bottom of the picnic area and go right at the junction up a steep hill to the Trillium Viewpoint that overlooks the area. After enjoying the view, walk back down the hill and straight across along the Nurse Stump Trail as you make your way towards the junction with the Serpentine Loop. Go straight and continue along the gravel trail and going left at yet another junction.
The trail then descends down a hill to a bridge on the left and another trail called the Salmon Habitat Loop Trail. Go right and take the short loop as there is a nice wooden viewing platform overlooking the Serpentine River. Complete the loop and return to where the wooden bridge crosses the Serpentine River, crossing the bridge, and going right on the other side. Continue following the Hatchery Trail as it takes you back to the Tynehead Hatchery parking lot where you started.