COVID-19 Update: At REI, we encourage you to get outside responsibly. Stay local, avoid recreational travel,
practice social distancing and check ahead for area and facility closures. Learn More
Trail Run Project Logo

Golden Ears Hike



15.3 mile 24.7 kilometer out and back
69% Runnable


Ascent: 5,770' 1,759 m
Descent: -5,770' -1,759 m
High: 5,543' 1,690 m
Low: 619' 189 m


Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 83% (40°)


No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Joe Wu

Spend your day with a strenuous climb and gorgeous views.

Joe Wu

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views


Being a popular route in Golden Ears Provincial Park and Metro Vancouver, this run offers some of the most spectacular views after some really challenging climbs. Lots of people run this in 10 to 12 hours (running might be a bit faster), which already makes it a long day run. However, if you'd prefer something even more special, e.g. catching up with a sunrise or sunset, another option would be camping at Alder Flat and make the trip overnight.

Need to Know

Golden Ears Provincial Park is open from 7 am to 11 pm and parking slots can fill up really quickly in summer weekends. So start early if you plan to finish in a day. And due to the high elevation, the peak might still have some snow patches even in the hottest summer days, so be prepared for cooler temperature and sunburns on top.


The trail to Golden Ears begins in the West Canyon parking lot. From there, follow the West Canyon Trail until it becomes Golden Ears Trail. You'll pass junctions for Menzie Trail and View Point Trail but don't take these turns, continue into the forest.

After some elevation gains on the steeper and rockier trail, you'll get to Gold Creek Lookout and Alder Flat Campground; that's where you'd stay if a two-day trip is planned. If not, keep pushing till it opens up after an hour or two, and you should have the panorama ridge of Golden Ears in sight.

Follow the trail onto the ridge and you are at the last section to summit Golden Ears. From the top and its breathtaking views, follow the same route back to the parking lot.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes, History & Background


Rate This Run

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In


Sep 14, 2019
Thys van Emmenis
Rough, hard rain, very slippery, very tricky climbs, had several falls (can basically only run to the flats, then it's slow going) — 7h 00m
Sep 1, 2018
Gavin W
15mi — 6h 50m

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 6 votes


  4.8 from 6 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Run Rankings


39 Views Last Month
905 Since Nov 30, 2017



Climb to Golden Ears
Nov 30, 2017 near Maple R…, BC
Leaves off West Canyon Trail.
Apr 13, 2018 near Maple R…, BC
Low cloud
Apr 13, 2018 near Maple R…, BC

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running