Highlight: Incredible views of Indian Arm and the community of Deep Cove.
Distance and Difficulty: To go to the Quarry Rock viewpoint and back is about 4.25km. There are some steep sections, but they are short. The trail has a lot of roots so be careful not to trip – especially if you are running.
Directions: The trail starts in Deep Cove in North Vancouver – see the google map for driving directions here. I usually park along Panorama Drive once you pass the Panorama Park. Look for a driveway on the left side of the road – walk up this to the Baden Powell trail head and a set of stairs. Note: The sign says here that dogs must be on leash – however once you get up the stairs dogs are allowed off-leash.
Do you ever think about where you would take visitors to your city? Perhaps if you are a person who loves (LOVES) lists, like me, you have one, or many scrawled on napkins and other various scraps of paper? Quarry Rock is one of those places that makes my list right between Alpha – my favorite Japanese restaurant around, and the hike to Garibaldi Lake in the Squamish area.
The hike to Quarry Rock is perfect for visitors because the view to effort ratio is quite favorable – the view is maybe a 9 in my books, while the effort required is about a 3….. this means if your guests are unprepared for any serious mountain treks, they can still experience BC wilderness in their jeans and t-shirt… flip flops might be a bit problematic though. Every time I do this hike I stub my toe at least twice – and I do not think I am any more oblivious to obstacles in my path than your average person…. so be careful!
- More information about the hike from VancouverTrails.com
- Deep Cove community website – find a place for Ice Cream or sushi after the hike, or perhaps combine with a day of kayaking?
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