Baden Powell trail is long and well-known 48 km hiking route that winds through heavily forested North and West Vancouver. As an opening of the new season, I chose to hike the eastern 12km one-way portion of the Baden Powell trail. It connects Lynn Canyon with Deep Cove.
Not depending on a starting point (Lynn Canyon or Deep Cove), both locations are easily accessible by car or by bus from Vancouver downtown. However, as this route is getting more and more attention, it requires mentioning that parking lots were not designed to handle large vehicles or deal with high volumes of traffic. It makes to reconsider if you really want to drive your car as taking a bus not only allows avoiding the hassle of limited parking but also a return trip to pick up your vehicle from a starting point.
I with my engaging companion chose to bus to Lynn Canyon early Saturday morning hoping to find the less crowded route and do our one-way hike to Quarry Rock Lookout in Deep Cove. However, not precisely as expected, the beginning of a trail was densely packed with people and their pets. To get to Baden Powell trail, we needed to cross Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge, which had a terribly long line up. On the other hand, the further we went, the fewer people we met.
The Baden Powell trail continues through dense tree roots, crosses Lillooet Road and gradually descends for about two-thirds of the path. For the last third, the hike is getting steeper and can be a little challenging for someone with kids. The trail passes several scenic canyons, including Lynn Creek and Seymour River. As you go, enjoy the serenity of the North Shore’s rainforest before reaching to touristic Quarry Rock lookout with the landscapes of Deep Cove and Indian Arm as same as Belcarra and Port Moody across the water. The last part of the hike is a downhill that leads to cozy Deep Cove with a lovely beach and a few bistros.
It took 5 hours to accomplish Baden Powell trail from start to finish at a steady pace with two brakes for a snack and lunch. Note that this hike has a different starting and ending point, so plan ahead and arrange your transportation around individual circumstances. However, for those considering taking the transit, I find the information using Google maps is accurate and easy to understand your options.