B.C.’s coastal mountain hikes offer some of the most spectacular views in the country. But there’s a price to pay. The sharp, winding, demanding trails are difficult for even the most experienced hikers. Though not for the faint of heart, these six difficult Vancouver hikes boast some of the most spectacular views.
1. Lions Binkert Trail
The Lions Binkert Trail is an arduous 16-kilometre round trip climb up a steep mountain. It winds you through thick forest and up rocky ledges, taking the average person four hours to reach its peak. The view at the top is well worth the effort. With a panoramic view of the area you’ll want to make this trip on a clear day.
2. Dilly Dally Loop
Starting at the Buntzen Lake parking lot, the Dilly Dally Loop is a challenging hike for experienced hikers. (There’s even a warning sign!) The 12-kilometre trail loops you around Eagle Mountain, Tangled Summit, and the Dilly Dally Peak, then takes you back down its abrupt descent to the parking lot. Make sure you pack safety necessities and enough water to last you approximately 12 hours. Your reward for your exertion up 1,150 metres of elevation gain? Spectacular mountain views.
3. Harrison Grind
Harrison Grind is often compared to the North Shore’s popular Grouse Grind. Offering a scenic view of Harrison Lake, this seven-kilometre hike takes approximately six hours to complete the round trip. There are several overgrown and rugged areas to this trail, making it one of those trails for seasoned hikers only. Though once you’re done, you can treat yourself to a long soak at Harrison Hot Springs.
4. Wedgemount Lake
At Garibaldi Provincial Park, Wedgemount Lake is one of the area’s most difficult hikes. With seven kilometres of trail and 1,160 metres of elevation gain, the trip can take the average hiker over seven hours to complete. At its peak though, you’ll enjoy the riches of nature’s bountiful panoramic scenery. Pack a light jacket, the air at the top can be chilling.
5. Black Tusk
Black Tusk is a unique and scenic hike in Whistler’s Garibaldi Provincial Park. While the 29-kilometre hike can be completed in one day, many hikers climb either the Taylor Meadow or Garibaldi Lake trails, camp overnight, and tackle Black Tusk the next day. Either way, you’ll need to pack the essential supplies to ensure a safe and pleasant trip.
6. Crown Mountain
Located behind the Grouse Grind, Crown Mountain is a difficult hike both there and back. Starting with an immediate steep descent, the trail then leads upwards to the peak. This means you’ll be hiking uphill both ways! Plus, if you’re keen, you can hike the Grouse Grind, BCMC Trail, or Hanes Valley first before starting your trip up Crown Mountain. Otherwise, the route can also be accessed by taking the Grouse Mountain Skyride. With its many spectacular views of the Capilano Watershed, the Lions, the city of Vancouver, and other backcountry mountains, this hike, though grueling, will not disappoint.
For an easy hike, try these trails that take you deep into nature.