Hanes Valley Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,888' 1,185 m
Descent: -3,920' -1,195 m
High: 4,224' 1,287 m
Low: 534' 163 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 134% (53°)
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“Explore the Hanes Valley, one of the most secluded and wild areas of Vancouver's north shore.”— Ryan J
In the early summer, the creek crossings shortly after Norvan Falls can be challenging because the creek will be full with spring run-off.
There is access to food and drink at the Grouse Mountain Lodge.
From Norvan Falls, take the suspension bridge across the first half of Lynn Creek, then a log bridge across the remainder. Continue following the trail west, avoiding the turn north which will take you to Lynn Lake. This section has a prevailing uphill grade but is mostly manageable.
The trail will emerge from the trees at a wooden helipad and rescue cache. This is a great place to snack and enjoy the first of many exceptional views to come.
Leaving the helipad, the route remains well-marked with cairns, flagging tape, and orange paint on larger boulders, but requires some attention to remain on course to the top of the pass. The climb to the pass is slowed by the challenging and sometimes loose footing. Be sure to take the time to enjoy the evolving and exceptional views as you climb out of the valley.
From the junction, consider turning north to bag Crown Mountain (there is a sign at this junction). Otherwise, turn south and continue climbing 200 m more to gain Goat Ridge, the high point of the route. From Little Goat Mountain, the beautiful views continue as you start descending on Alpine Trail toward the Grouse Mountain Lodge and gondola.
Take a pit stop at the lodge for a bathroom or snack break, then head east of the lodge toward the helicopter pad, and the start of the long descent on the Grouse Mountain Highway. The views aren't done yet! Enjoy one more look toward Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean as you cross from Grouse Mountain to Mt. Fromme, then enter the forest again for some long, gently graded switchbacks to the bottom of the old gravel highway. About 200-300 m after the parking lot at the foot of Grouse Mountain Highway, join the Baden Powell Trail and head east toward Lynn Valley.
From the foot of the stairs at Lynn Headwaters, take Varley Trail back to the parking lot at Seymour Conservation Area.
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