Distance From Vancouver
(South End of Lions Gate Bridge) to Grouse Mountain parking lot:
7.4 km. Turn left onto 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
or hike up via
Grind (a very tough trail) to the
Grouse Mountain Recreational Area. Then,
follow the signs to the bear habitat, and, upon
reaching a fork with three roads, take the middle one to reach the
trailhead in about 5 minutes. Our
Goat Mountain Hike
trip report has the exact directions to the trailhead.
Mountain views, the views of Metro Vancouver, and available hiker
Crown Mountain is a dangerous trail, and is for
experienced hikers only. Hiking boots and poles are essential.
Not recommended for hiking, unless the ground is dry. The trail is
popular. Getting to the trail means hiking
The Grind first, or paying
a substantial price for a gondola ticket. On the return trip, one must
pay $10 for Gondola to go down, as downhill travel on The Grind is
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 11 (North Vancouver) D7-D6.
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park - Metro Vancouver official site.
Other Trips in North Vancouver area:
Mount Seymour Trail
Hike, Goat Mountain Trail Hike,
Grouse Mountain Recreational
Area, Grouse Grind Trail Hike,
Falls Trail Hike.
Crown Mountain trail is located in
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, and is accessed through the Grouse
Mountain entrance. This is by far the most dangerous and challenging
hike we have done up to and including the year
2014. Though you don't see much until the end of the trail,
the views from the top are excellent. Be careful, though - aside from
the challenge of the trail itself, the peak of the mountain is very
steep and narrow, and accommodates only one person at a time.
1. We took Grouse Grind to get to the trailhead, and
our time today was 1 hour 11 minutes.
Grouse Grind Timer
2. Once you get to the top, you still need to walk
for just over one kilometer to get to the hiking area. There are no
signs pointing in that direction, so follow the painted footsteps to the
grizzly bear habitat.
Grouse Mountain Recreational Area BC Canada
3. For detailed instructions on how to get to the
trailhead, check out our
to the Goat Mountain. You would eventually reach this information
stand, which was moved a few hundred meters back. This is where you can
register for your hike, so that the rescuers would know on which of the
numerous trails to look for you, if needed.
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park Information Stand at Grouse Mountain
4. The hike starts. Note,
that there are no signs to Crown Mountain until further down the trail,
so keep going without taking any side trails, and you'll get there.
Hiking - Grouse Mountain Recreational Area BC Canada
5. A few stretches of the Ridge (or Alpine?) trail are
challenging, but it's child's play compared to what awaits you on the
Crown Mountain trail.
Hiking Trail Grouse Mountain Recreational Area British Columbia
6. Forty minutes past the info stand, the Crown
Mountain appears on your right side.
Crown and Camel Mountains Seen From Hiking Trail Grouse Mountain
Recreational Area BC Canada
7. Only the left peak is climbable (the actual Crown
Mountain), and that's where
we are heading today. The right peak is called The Camel.
Photo of Crown Mountain and Camel Mountain
8. One hour into the hike, there is a split. To the
right is the trail to Goat
Mountain and Goat Ridge,
while to the left is the way to Crown Mountain and Hanes Valley.
9. Here is the split. We took the path to the left.
This is where the tough hiking really begins.
British Columbia Hiking - Crown Mountain Trail near North Vancouver
10. And, right away, the final glimpse at your
destination before you actually get there.
Hiking in North Vancouver Area - Crown Mountain Trail
11. What happens next is that, first, you descend down a
very steep terrain, and, then, after you reach the Hanes Valley Route
split, you climb up an equally steep terrain. We are descending here.
Crown Mountain Trail - Hiking in BC Canada
12. There are chains to assist through some stretches,
but hiking this trail when the ground is wet or, let alone, icy, would
be asking for trouble. Still descending.
Chains on Crown Mountain Hiking Trail BC Canada
13. Forty minutes after the Goat Mountain split,
having done all the descending, you reach the Hanes Valley Route split
(a one-way route to the second part of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park,
Norvan Falls etc is located), and begin your ascent.
Crown Mountain Trail Split With Hanes Valley Split BC Canada
14. Lots of roots.
North Vancouver Hike -
Crown Mountain Trail BC Canada
15. And lots of rocks.
Crown Mountain Hiking Trail Province of BC Canada
16. Some views are starting to appear.
Photo of Crown Mountain Hiking Trail BC Canada
17. Including the views of Metro Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver Seen From Crown Mountain Hiking Trail BC Canada
18. The path then goes through one of the most
dangerous stretches. It looks rather easy in this photo, but...
Crown Mountain Hiking Trail British Columbia Canada
19. ...in fact, you are one slip away from tumbling
Crown Mountain Hiking Trail BC Canada
20. Another steep stretch, and...
Crown Mountain Hiking Trail Province of British Columbia Canada
21. ...there is one more rock field to cross.
Crown Mountain Hiking Trail BC Canada
Our Trip Report
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