Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead:
Approximately 26 km via Hastings Street, Inlet Drive, Barnet Highway, St. John's
St, Ioco Rd, Heritage Mountain Blvd, Apsenwood Dr, East Rd, and a few other
short streets - signs to Buntzen Lake starting from Ioco Rd make getting to the
Vancouver, Buntzen Lake, Indian Arm, and mountain views from
several viewpoints, several small waterfalls, shade in the forest, few
bugs (except by Lindsay Lake), the upper part of the trail is a loop.
Moderately difficult trail with some short challenging sections - hiking
poles and boots are highly recommended. Steep unbarricaded drop-offs at
some viewpoints, ran into a bear, numerous muddy sections, some snow
still present on the trail, numerous loops and intersecting trails make
for somewhat challenging navigation - a GPS is recommended.
Lindsay Lake Loop Trail is located by the Village Municipality of Anmore
(next to Belcarra and Coquitlam), and starts off Buntzen Lake Recreation
Area ran by BC Hydro. Buntzen Lake is very popular, and the beach is
usually crowded, but the long (15 km in total) trail today was nearly
deserted, save for a few hikers and a bear. Yes, indeed, after all these
hikes, we finally ran into a bear, as it casually strolled towards us,
as if on a hike itself. The bear was no more than 20 meters away,
rounding some thin trees, when we saw it. The bear then saw us too,
stopped, thought about it for a moment, then turned around and walked
away. Before scaring it with some noise, we filmed its graceful retreat,
and a video is attached to this trip report.
There was a trail to hike too, with several panoramic viewpoints of
Metro Vancouver, Buntzen Lake, Indian Arm, and some remote mountains.
And it would have been a much nicer hike were it not for the
heat-induced haze blanketing the area, and the fact that we started
hiking too late, and the sun shined in our eyes at all the viewpoints,
mixing the haze and glare into a rather unappealing picture. That said,
if you would choose a haze-less day, and start the hike soon after the
sunrise (or when it's cloudy), the views are going to be mighty
Buntzen Lake Recreation Area is located close to Belcarra Regional
Park, which we visited earlier this year. The way to get to Buntzen Lake
from Vancouver is the same as to Belcarra RP, all the way to Ioco Drive
in Port Moody. Where a left turn is required to get to Belcarra, one has
to drive straight to get to Anmore and Buntzen Lake. Plentiful signs
make it easy to find your way.
1. We are on Ioco Road in Port Moody, 17.4 km from Vancouver/Burnaby boundary at
Hastings Street. This is the same photo as photo #10 of Belcarra
Regional Park Visit trip report.
Check out that trip
report for directions from Vancouver (Hastings Street) up to this
Ioco Road Port Moody BC
2. Whereas to get to Belcarra Regional Park one would have to turn left
(to stay on Ioco Road) at this intersection, to get to Anmore / Buntzen
Lake, go straight - this would be the beginning of Heritage Mountain
Boulevard. It's 8.6 km from this intersection to Buntzen Lake parking lots.
Ioco Road at Heritage Mountain Boulevard Port Moody BC
3. We are now 5.7 km from that key intersection. Signs directing to
Buntzen Lake make it easy to get to the Lindsay Lake Loop trailhead,
located near the parking lots.
4. Approaching Buntzen Lake Recreation Area, 6.7 km after the
5. A neat drive through the woods just before the parking lots.
Buntzen Lake Recreation Area Access Road
6. And here is one of the three enormous (and free, unlike in Belcarra
Regional Park) parking lots. They are next to each other, separated by
rows of trees. Park at the first lot to your right once you enter the
recreation area, and as close to the road as possible, as the trailhead
is a few hundred meters back. A sign on the road states that, once the
lots are full, the car access to the park would be closed. Which means
that, on a busy day, there are easily 500+ vehicles here, and over 1,000
people. Fortunately for hikers, it appears that just about everyone
comes here for the lake, not the trails, so it's unlikely to be a crowded hiking adventure.
Buntzen Lake Parking Lot
7. And it's a neat lake to come for. Buntzen Lake used to be called Lake
Beautiful for a good reason.
People at Buntzen Lake Beach
8. Paddle boarding is popular here as well.
Buntzen Lake British Columbia
9. But we came to hike, so, about a hundred meters before the parking lots, look for the
(usually closed) gate on the right side just as the road turns left. The
gate is seen straight ahead here.
Buntzen Lake Access Road near Anmore British Columbia Canada
10. Go past the gate, and the trailhead is on the right side, within 100
Elevation: 157meters. There is a map of
all the nearby trails at the information board seen in the photo below,
on BC Hydro's website (PDF file).
Lindsay Lake Loop Trailhead
11. The sign says "Halvor Lunden Trail", which is composed of several
trails, including Lindsay Lake Loop. Note the Recreation Area gate closure time, lest
your vehicle be stuck there overnight. Hiking time for the 15 km-long Lindsay Lake Loop
is about 6-8 hours.
Halvor Lunden Trailhead / Lindsay Lake Trailhead
12. The hike begins. Here we are at 40 meters from the trailhead. All
distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.
Anmore Hike - Lindsay Lake Trail
13-14. The first of numerous splits and turns arrives at 320 meters -
turn left after the bridge.
Lindsay Lake Loop Trail - Anmore Hiking
15. Halvor Lunden / Lindsay Lake Loop Trail after the bridge.
Anmore Trail - Lindsay Lake Trail
16. Make another left turn at the next T-junction, 550 meters from the
trailhead. There is usually (but not always) a sign indicating which way
Trail in Anmore Area - Lindsay Lake Loop
17. The trail after the second T-junction.
Lindsay Lake Loop Trail Hike in Anmore BC Area
18-19. At 750 meters, make a right turn. Going straight is another
trail, which is washed out at this time.
Lindsay Lake Trail Hiking in Anmore Area
20. Halvor Lunden / Lindsay Lake Loop Trail shortly after the 1 km mark.
There are no distance markers on the trail.
Lindsay Lake Trail - Buntzen Lake Recreation Area Hike
21. At 1.25 km comes Eagle Bluff Viewpoint turnoff, on the right side.
Elevation: 309meters. Another Eagle Bluff turnoff is at 4.33 km, so it appears it's possible
to hike through the bluff viewpoint and rejoin this trail later, but we
don't know for sure.
Lindsay Lake Loop Trail at Eagle Bluff Viewpoint Turnoff
22. Halvor Lunden / Lindsay Lake Loop Trail at 2.77 km.
Buntzen Lake Recreation Area Hiking - Lindsay Lake Trail
23-24. At 3.20 km comes Polytrichum Lookout. With the sun shining in the
right direction and less haze it may look more interesting, but far
better viewpoints are further down the trail.
Polytrichum Lookout - Lindsay Lake Loop Trail near Buntzen Lake
Recreation Area by Anmore BC Canada
25. The trail at 3.5 km.
Lindsay Lake Trail
26. Halvor Lunden / Lindsay Lake Loop Trail is mostly moderately
difficult, but a few stretches, such as this one at 4.0 km, would make
you really glad you've got those hiking poles and boots.
Lindsay Lake Loop Trail
27-28. There is an interesting ladder at 4.10 km. Here it is, looking
from both directions.
Lindsay Lake Hike near Anmore BC Canada
29. At 4.33 km comes the second Eagle Bluffs Lookout turnoff, also on
the right side.
Lindsay Lake Loop Trail at Second Eagle Bluffs Lookout Turnoff
30. At 4.45km, here comes the bear. We have seen dozens of bears in the
backcountry. Usually, they try to run away when you are driving on a
forest service road. Sometimes, they chew on grass on the side of a
highway. Once, a bear strolled by in twilight, as we were sitting in our
vehicle on a forest service road. But to encounter a bear on a trail,
basically face-to-muzzle? That was the first. We were hiking as per
usual, when, suddenly, not more than 20 meters away, rounding some thin
trees there was an average size black bear using the same trail coming
right at us. The bear then saw us too, stopped, froze for a moment,
turned around, and started heading in the opposite direction. The video
below shows the bear walking away. We then made some noise, and it ran
up the hill on the right side.
are potentially very dangerous -
Be Bear Aware (external site).
To commemorate the occasion, we have tied up a few pieces of flagging
tape where we have met the bear. Here it is.