- Difficulty Intermediate
- Time 1 hour
- Round-Trip 3km
- Elevation Gain 240 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 30 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly Yes
Sometimes called Burnaby's Grind, the Velodrome Trail climbs steeply from the Barnet on the north side of Burnaby Mountain and arrives at the Japanese totem poles at Horizons Restaurant. Hikers walk up more than 500 wooden steps before the trail joins with the Pandora Trail for the rest of the route to the top.
The trailhead is located at the northeast corner of the Velodrome. To get to the trailhead, walk from the gravel parking lot to the traffic lights, then cross the street and walk up the driveway. At the first opportunity, go left and walk in front of the Velodrome to the far end where a gravel trail heads into the forest, marking the start of your climb.
The initial trail climbs gradually over the rocky terrain and before long, you reach a junction with the the Mountain Air Trail. Go right and continue uphill as the first set of wooden stairs begins. There is a brief section of dirt trail before things get steep with lots of wooden stairs. Continue walking up the stairs, stopping to occasionally look back at glimpses Burrard Inlet between the trees.
After hiking up more than 500 stairs, the trail levels and reaches a junction with the Pandora Trail. Go left and pass another junction a few meters beyond and follow the trail at a more gradual rate. Not much further and the trail opens up into a clearing as you walk up a steep gravel section. The trail veers right at a rock and, just past a large tree, the Japanese totem poles come into view. Keep going as the trail weaves back and then one last uphill brings you to the top behind Horizons Restaurant where there are several viewpoints looking out at Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet.
After you've enjoyed the views, you can retrace your steps back downhill, making sure to turn right onto the Velodrome Trail and descend down the wooden stairs back to the Barnet.
How to get to Velodrome Trail
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
The Velodrome Trail is located on the north side of Burnaby Mountain along Barnet Road. Hikers must park across the street, then walk across the Barnet, up the driveway, then to the far side of the Velodrome where the trail begins.
From Vancouver, drive to Hastings Street and heading eastbound towards Burnaby. Continue driving through Burnaby and merge with Inlet Drive which turns into Barnet Road. The road weaves to the right and at the first traffic lights, turn left and park in the gravel parking lot with the metal hydro tower. The parking lot is right next to the Kask Bros. Concrete and across the street from the Velodrome.
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Transit Access to Velodrome Trail
The #160 Poco Station bus travels from downtown Vancouver and stops right in front of the Velodrome on Barnet Road. From downtown Vancouver, you can find the #160 bus at Hastings and Granville heading eastbound. It's best to ask the bus driver to stop at the Velodrome as it's easy to miss and getting out at other locations on the Barnet could make it difficult to get back to the previous stop.
Once you're at the top at Horizons Restaurant, there are a couple of other options to getting back onto a bus rather than hiking back down. The best option would be to follow the the trail along the fence on the north side of the park as it heads up hill and towards Simon Fraser University. There are several places at the University where you can catch the #135 bus that will take you directly back downtown via Hastings.Plan Trip With Public Transit ›
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