3.65 out of 5 - 17 reviews

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Peter from Burnaby writes:

2.5/2.5 for trail itself. 0/2.5 for parking situation. As of May 2022, here are your parking options:
1. Risk getting a ticket or being towed by parking illegally at the Velodrome.
2. Park at Barnet Marine Park and walk approximately 25 minutes to get to the start of the trail. In the summer, you get the added bonus of circling the parking lot for 30 minutes looking for a spot! Yay!
3. Risk being towed by parking illegally across the street at Kask Bros.
4. Park at the top and do the trail in reverse.

Honestly, it's a headscratcher. The City of Burnaby spent thousands of dollars on buliding a trail that it promotes on its' own website ... and then failed to provide parking at the trailhead.

A fun little trail. On a Sunday, we encountered many folks who drove past the "No Public Parking" signs at the Velodrome and did the hike that way. We were less brave and went with option 4 and did it in reverse.

    Posted: May 24, 2022 09:34:14 AM PST

    Su-Laine B from Vancouver writes:

    If parking lots near the velodrome are closed, a good alternative route is to park at Barnet Marine Park and then cross Barnet Highway to get to the bike park. From there, there is a pleasant walk up the Mountain Air Trail that intersects with the Velodrome Trail.

      Posted: September 25, 2020 02:59:46 PM PST

      S from B writes:

      Just a heads up...

      There's not really anywhere to park as of June 7th 2020. The gate to the parking is locked and there's nowhere near the trailhead to safely leave your car.

      Maybe it's possible to park at the top and takes the trail there, but we didn't try that out today.

        Posted: June 7, 2020 09:36:45 PM PST

        charleyhorse from White Rock writes:

        The gate at Kask Bros is still locked, but had no problem parking at the Velodrome. The 500 stairs are good for the legs, and this was a nice non-busy trail for a winter wander.

          Posted: December 15, 2019 05:50:47 PM PST

          westcoastc25 from Vancouver writes:

          If you take bus 160, probably need to get off at stop Barnet Hwy at 7500 Block.

            Posted: June 15, 2019 08:53:46 AM PST

            Jen W from Vancouver writes:

            Super easy hike if you’re used to doing the grind, but very enjoyable if you’re looking for a quick little work out. Great views and park at the top.
            *Hiked this on Aug 12, 2017 - The gravel Parking Lot is still locked, but you can park in the Harry Jerome Sports Centre (look up 7564 Barnet Rd, Burnaby BC in Google Maps). The trail head starts just behind the building there.

            • Velodrome Trail photo

              Posted: August 12, 2018 09:43:15 PM PST

              Holly from Coquitlam writes:

              Attempted this hike on July 15, 2018. The parking lot still appears to be gated off. As a result, there is nowhere to park at the base.

                Posted: July 15, 2018 10:25:50 AM PST

                Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                We tried hiking this trail today (June 9, 2018) but couldn't find parking at the bottom. The lot they suggest on this page (by Kask Bros) was closed off. Not sure if this is a permanent thing, but if it is, there is no where to park at the bottom unfortunately. The alternative is to park by Horizons restaurant and do the trail in reverse.

                  Posted: June 9, 2018 02:59:48 PM PST

                  Eric from Richmond writes:

                  We hiked on October 6th. Excellent views of Deep Cove and Admirality Point.
                  Not really a hiking trail. More of a walking path with a few steps.
                  Definitely not intermediate as it is actually easier than most of the easy rated hikes.
                  Very enjoyable nonetheless.

                    Posted: October 9, 2017 10:56:59 PM PST

                    Tariq from Delta writes:

                    Very well maintained. Not very crowded, which is both good and bad. On my first hike up, I spotted two bears on the trail. One of them moved along; other grazed right on the trail. So be careful. The bear signs are there for a reason.

                    • Velodrome Trail photo

                      Posted: July 29, 2017 07:37:33 PM PST

                      JJ from Vancouver writes:

                      This trail is good for a quick and short workout. Perhaps the trail head is kind of hidden that's why there isn't much traffic. The trail itself is well maintained and you will be rewarded with nice view of the burrard inlet when you are reaching the top. And the mountain top, it is the Burnaby Mountain Park, which is also very nice and not as busy as some other major parks in the city.

                      • Velodrome Trail photo

                        Posted: July 26, 2017 07:55:09 PM PST

                        Henry from Burnaby writes:

                        There is a heated public washroom maintained by Burnaby Parks on the northside of the Horizon's Restaurant bulding located at the viewpoint area.

                        The Velodrome Trail is located on a north facing aspect of Burnaby Mountain and does not receive any direct sunlight during the winter months which is the case for most of the forest trails located on the north side of the mountain. The wooden stair treads as well as the gravel trail surface on the Velodrome Trail can be slippery and frosty in Winter and caution is required.

                        This is a great trail that was completed in 2011, and the 6X6 timbers for the stairs were heicoptered to the site.

                          Posted: November 30, 2015 12:05:51 PM PST

                          Brande from Delta writes:

                          Hiked this weekend on my own for the first up and down, and joined by a friend for my second up and down. I was a little bit nervous to climb alone as I did not see too many others and walking past the ghost town Veledrome makes you feel like you are the only one up there. The big bear sign warning was a little daunting.

                          I had heard this was Burnaby's version of the "Grouse Grind" - while that is not true for many reasons (no where near as long or as many people), it was still a good work out and the peek a bo view points as you go up were wonderful!

                            Posted: August 4, 2015 11:48:58 AM PST

                            Kim from Coquitlam writes:

                            If you park in the parking lot at Kask Bros., please do not park near the gate where the cement trucks enter/exit as you may be towed. Our hiking group parked there on Feb 28/15 & our 5 cars were almost towed! We got there just in time. Perhaps parking at the Horizons Restaurant lot at the top of Burnaby Mountain & hiking down the trail would be better. The Velodrome parking lot is for facility users only & the parking lot can get very busy.

                              Posted: March 1, 2015 03:48:25 PM PST

                              Deb from Coquitlam writes:

                              Nice compact workout on a fun, quiet trail with nice peak-a-boo views on the way up, and at the top.

                              For those of you who also like to hike on your own, the trail is frequented by other solo walkers too.

                                Posted: July 17, 2014 01:39:14 PM PST

                                Tara Gallen from Vancouver writes:

                                There is a toilet at the top of the trail, underneath the restaurant. Not sure if it's 100% public, but it sure seemed that way. There is a kids playground at the top also, so it would make sense for a public restroom to be there also.

                                  Posted: July 6, 2014 10:48:36 PM PST

                                  David from Coquitlam writes:

                                  A solid exercise. We started from the top and went down and back up in about an hour. Not particularly busy despite it being a Saturday.

                                  Note that the only portions of the trail marked as "Velodrome Trail". If you are coming from the top, you will want to follow the Pandora Trail past the totems, taking the right trail at the junction (this will be marked). Once you've finished the stairs either turn around and head back up, or follow the trail further taking a left toward the velodrome (It is pretty hard to miss).

                                  The stairs are a bit narrow in places: if you hear someone coming the other way, keep in mind where you might need to pass each other.

                                  A quick search online of the park map for Burnaby mountain park trails will provide a nicely detailed map for those wanting to extend their hike a bit further, and to familiarize yourself with the area.

                                    Posted: July 6, 2014 08:58:24 PM PST

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