When it’s not raining, the Lower Mainland is a pretty spectacular place for day hiking. As the weather dries up, head out on one of these easy to moderate treks that afford amazing natural and urban views.
Elevation: 34 metres
Boasting a modest elevation gain of 34 metres, Dog Mountain is really more of a hill. Nevertheless, those that complete the total five kilometre hike get a stunning view of Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge and downtown. The bonus is if winter conditions are still present, the trail can be traversed on snowshoes. When dry, while not steep, there are lots of jutting tree roots along the path so practice caution.
Parking is shared with patrons of the Mount Seymour Ski Resort. From the lot, find the BC Parks sign towards the northwest corner and enter through the opening to the left about 20 metres out.
Elevation gain: 100 metres
In terms of effort to benefit ratio, North Vancouver’s Quarry Rock in Deep Cove is off the charts. Under two kilometres to the top and back, a round trip takes less than two hours. Under the cover of dense forest, expect to encounter plenty of woodchip trail and a few stairs. The reward? A birds-eye perspective of the Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet. This hike is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, so strive to show up early (especially on the weekend).
The entrance can be found at Panorama Park, off of the 2200 Block of Panorama Drive near Gallant Avenue. Limited free parking is available — again, another incentive to arrive before the afternoon rush. Before or after, stroll through Deep Cove village to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
Elevation: 200 metres
On this list, Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack Provincial Park is the most difficult of the three. Although it is only approximately 3.4 kilometres there and back, the journey can be quite technical at times requiring hikers to squeeze through twisting and narrow rocky sections. Protip: make sure to use a proper backpack to bring any gear up as the occasional use of hands for support may be required. A shimmering turquoise coloured lake awaits those successful.
The trailhead is located in the Post Creek parking lot off of Chilliwack Lake Road. Camping facilities are also offered.