Distance From Vancouver (South End of Lions
Gate Bridge) to Grouse Mountain parking lot:
7.4 km. Turn left on Capilano Road in North Vancouver right after crossing the
Lions Gate Bridge. Or use Capilano Road exit from Highway 1 and go North. Upon
arriving to the Grouse Mountain parking lot, either take a gondola (fee applies) or hike up via Grouse Grind (very tough trail) to the Grouse Mountain
Recreational Area. Then follow signs to the bear habitat, and upon reaching a
fork with three roads, take the middle one to reach the trailhead in about 5
Of note: The trail is moderately
challenging, with dangerous climbing stretches closer to the end. Hiking
boots and poles highly recommended. There was still snow on the ground. Flies were a
minor nuisance. Directional signs are worn out and may not last for much
longer. September 2010 Update:
directional signs have been replaced, but can still be confusing.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 11 (North Vancouver) D6.
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Other Trips in North Vancouver area:
Crown Mountain Trail Hike,
Mount Seymour Trail
Hike, Grouse Mountain Recreational
Area, Grouse Grind Trail Hike,
Falls Trail Hike.
Gate Mountain is a fairly short hike of 3-3.5 hours return trip (from
the top of Grouse Mountain and back), which offers good
views. Getting to the trailhead is somewhat burdensome, as first you
have to pay for parking, and then shell $$$ for taking the Grouse
Mountain gondola up from the parking lot,
or hike Grouse Grind before hiking Goat Mountain (which is exactly what
we did). But you won't escape saying good-bye to your cash, as the
gondola ride to the parking lot costs $10, and there is a note
prohibiting downhill travel on Grouse Grind.
Also, once we got to the Grouse Mountain Recreational Area (the top
destination for the gondola riders and The Grind hikers) we could not find any
sign pointing to the hiking trails, including the Goat Mountain trail.
It's not such a bad thing, though, as the lack of signage prevents
hordes of unprepared vacationers, who come to Grouse Mountain
Recreational Area, from
hitting the trails and discovering that flip-flops are a poor choice of
footwear. For that matter, anything but sturdy hiking boots (along with
trekking poles) would likely
lead to an ankle sprain at best, as the Goat Mountain trail is challenging,
especially closer to the top.
1. Goat Mountain hiking trail is part of Lynn
Headwaters Regional Park. We hiked to Norvan Falls before, but that
required a different access road, as described in
The two sides of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park are connected via the
Hanes Valley Route (one way hike), visible on the map below. Our hike
today was from the Grouse Mountain side of the Park up to Goat Mountain.
The map is courtesy of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and was obtained
before trip #05 about a year ago.
Goat Mountain Trail Map
2. Once you get to the Grouse Mountain Recreational Area either via the
Skyride gondola or Grouse Grind, follow the signs to Grizzly Bear
Habitat. Once you approach the habitat, you will see three roads. The
road to the left goes around the habitat. The road to the right goes
uphill to the wind turbine. And the road in the middle (as shown by the
arrow) is the one you need, as it leads to the Goat Mountain trailhead.
Grouse Mountain Recreational Area North Vancouver British Columbia
3. You know you have chosen the right road, if within a
minute you are walking under the Scenic Chair lift.
Photo of Scenic Chair lift Grouse Mountain North Vancouver British
4. In about five minutes, you reach the trailhead. The
note advised that as of July 24, there was still up to a meter of snow
on the trails. It is a good idea to use the registration service near
the information stand.
Information Board before Goat Mountain Trail - Lynn Headwaters Regional
5. The trail looks easy at the beginning, but then
Goat Mountain Trailhead Lynn Headwaters Regional Park North Vancouver BC
6. You will pass the back of the wind turbine, and
will hear the happy screams of zip-liners for quite some time.
Wind turbine seen from Goat Mountain trail North Vancouver British
7. Hard to believe it's almost August, looking at this
Goat Mountain Trail
8. A local resident is checking us out.
Squirrel on Goat Mountain Trail Lynn Headwaters Regional Park North
Vancouver British Columbia Canada
9. Here come the mountain views.
Mountain view from Goat Mountain Trail
(left) and Camel mountains, as described in "103
hikes in Southwestern British Columbia" by Jack Bryceland. Some zoom
Camel Mountain and Crown Mountain seen from Goat Mountain Trail
11. After 45 minutes, a split arrives. Go straight to
Goat Ridge and Goat Mountain. Or turn left and go to
Crown Mountain and
Crown Mountain and Hanes Valley trail split with Goat Mountain and Goat
12. Goat Mountain ahead of us.
Goat Mountain Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
13. We are very close to the top, and now starts the most difficult
part. There are two chains (hard to see on this photo) on this stretch
of the hike. I slipped and fell on the way down while holding the top
chain in my hands.
Goat Mountain Trail BC Canada
14. Once you conquer this climb, there is a sign offering
you to go left or right to reach the top of Goat Mountain, or to go
right to proceed to Goat Ridge.
Goat Mountain Trail North Vancouver British Columbia Canada
15. We went left, and soon faced another steep and slippery area.
Goat Mountain Trail
16. After this last obstacle, you are pretty much at the top and are
rewarded with fine views.
View from Goat Mountain
17. Don't know the name of this mountain, but it looks like a camel.
View from Goat Mountain Lynn Headwaters Regional Park BC Canada
18. Lots of snow on top of Goat Mountain.
Snow on top of Goat Mountain
19. You can see much of Metro Vancouver too. Substantial zoom used.
Metro Vancouver seen from Goat Mountain
Trip to the top: 1 hour 25 minutes; Trip back: 1
hour 13 minutes.
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