Diez Vistas trail is aptly named - it boasts 10 beautiful viewpoints. An excellent day trip from Vancouver, you can hike the 15km-route all the way around Buntzen Lake or simply hike to the first few peaks.
The RewardOnce you reach the high point, the trail meanders along the ridge with sensational views of the city and Vancouver Island in the distance, Deep Cove, the snow-covered North Shore mountains, and various views up Indian Arm.
Map: NTS Map 92G7
Description: The first bit is uphill... to get you nicely warmed up. After awhile, heading left at the fork (marked Diez Vistas Trail, you'll soon cross an open power-line (2.25 kilometres), then duck under the old pipeline and continue.There are a number of switchbacks to the high-point of 560 metres. The trail forks right before the first viewpoint (it's quite steep) but joins again farther up - it's worth trying both routes for different but spectacular views. Lots of people just go to the first viewpoint and return,but if you continue the views just get better, so persevere, you have done most of the uphill.
The trail meanders along the ridge with sensational views of the city and Vancouver Island in the distance. Deep Cove, the snow-covered North Shore mountains, and various views up Indian Arm splendid on a clear day. Continue downhill to open bluffs and lake views meeting with an old BC Hydro access road. This takes you back to the north side of Buntzen Lake via a neat suspension bridge.
At the lake have a snack and lay in the sun at the picnic area before continuing on. You can get back to the parking lot at the south end of the lake by taking the trail on either the east or west side of the lake (4 kilometres). The terrain is a bit more rugged on the west side. Unless it's been a cold winter, there's very seldom snow up top, making it a great year-round trail. If you like rugged trail running, this is a great trail!
The attached GPS data (click on "download/GPS" above to see a plot) names the peaks, and is a very complete track. Download that into your GPS and use it to find and stay on the trail.
Head east through Port Moody/Coquitlam either from Highway 7a (from the Trans Canada) or from the Barnet Highway from Hastings Street and turn left onto Ioco Drive. Follow Ico Drive around the north shore of Burrard Inlet and follow the signs for Anmore and Buntzen Lake. Once at the parking lot, park near the southwest corner. Take the wide graded trail south through the forest. Cross the floating bridge over the south end of Buntzen Lake, and cross the gravel road to start the trail proper. Or download our waypoints by clicking on "Download GPS" above and find the trail using your GPS.
If you like rugged trail running, this is a great trail! One can complete the circuit in about 3 1/2 hours (medium speed!). Unless it's a cold winter, there's very seldom snow up top, making it a great year round trail.
Note if you click on 'download GPS' above, you will see the GPS points for the beginning part of this trail, and, you can download this into your GPS unit to get started and find the trail, even though you can do just fine with the above directions.Elevation Gain 440 MetresHigh Point 560 metresMap Federal Topographic 1:50.000 Port Coquitlam 92G/ 7
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Posted By: lost2gether
- Fri Jun 10 16:23:11 UTC 2016
UpsideOn a weekday it's an absolute, uncrowded gem. We did this on Monday and encountered 4 other groups. The terrain is varied and on a clear day the views are stunning. DownsideOnce you reach the Pump-house the walk to the car is a little long and boring. CommentI don't know where people get their GPS distances from. From the top of the parking lot -- return I always clock 17.6 KM return via the floating bridge. Returning via the east side of the lake will shave about 1 KM from the distance. Going around McCombe Lake and returning via service road and trail on the east side of Buntzen will bring you up to about 18.5 KM - return.
Leave your poles in the car, we found they added effort (and time) to the hike due to the rough, uneven terrain and narrow path. Clocked our slowest time ever!
Posted By: Ryannimi
- Sun Aug 31 04:09:35 UTC 2014
UpsideGreat trail. Good views. Neat area 3/4 of the way along the ridge where boulders have broken free from mountain above. DownsideViews do get generic CommentDid this hike with my 6, 4, and 2 year olds. Not the greatest trail for kids, especially on the ascent. Well worth the effort though.
Posted By: Fortyylove
- Fri Mar 28 05:10:46 UTC 2014
UpsideWell marked, great views, not usually busy; good workout. DownsideRunning into large groups that don't move out of your way. CommentI've done this hike 27 times now. Fastest was 2 hr. 43 mins Longest was about 6 hours. So you see there can be some variability. The 'floating bridge' is now more like a jetty that crosses the lake; there is a 25 foot floating section still. Here's a tip to avoid the harsh downhill section (if going clockwise) - take the shortcut to Lakeview Trail - Its shortens the hike by 1 km - mostly downhill areas with no views). Find more info on my Buntzen Lake blog...
Posted By: newtrailseeker
- Wed Oct 30 03:28:13 UTC 2013
UpsideNice challenge with steep ascent at beginning Beautiful views although a few of the "10 views" are overgrown Trail away from view has enough ups, downs rock outcroppings October 8 am start did not see people until about 3.5 hours in Downsidenone CommentLots of interesting rock formations, fungi, Saw a deer Bring water and snacks 5 hour round trip - group of 5 ages 34,39,44,13,14
Posted By: paulahrankowski
- Sat Jul 13 04:31:56 UTC 2013
UpsideThe views are amazing. The hike up, starting from south beach, is less challenging than the grind, and the walk along the "vistas" is surreal. Despite several being allegedly grown over, we were able to identify at least 6 of the 10 vistas. This trail is well traveled enough to be able to identify where to go next (just look for the orange diamonds stapled to the trees.. you can't get lost), yet on a hot July weekday, we came across about half a dozen people. DownsideOh my! The trail down, after doing the vistas, heading to north beach on buntzen is HORRIBLE. Imagine going down "the grind" but right under the gondola. There is barely a trail and it is steep. At the bottom, it is still about 15 minutes through underbrush until you reach the North Beach where you will be rewarded by a fairly isolated beach, and a nice swim (we went in, fully clothed). In fact the trail markers state "south beach" but we had done the buntzen trail often enough to have a sense of where we were and headed to the north beach. CommentFirst of all.. don't tell all those "grinders" about this trail. It will become overwrought with crowds. Second, I highly, HIGHLY, recommend a MAP after coming down from the vistas. The trails were well marked, (including an interesting trail heading off to Sasamat) but a "you are year" map would be great at the end of the trail. We almost took the powerhouse trail thinking it might bring us to the north beach as the other signs said south beach. Just could use a bit more info, especially when tired. thanks.
Posted By: LisaB13
- Sat May 18 00:56:46 UTC 2013
I was just wondering if anyone has any information on the longer Buntzen Lake hikes? My boyfriend and I were hoping to do the Dilly Dally Loop and we were wondering if there was anywhere to camp overnight on that hike? Thanks!ANSWERS are in this forum: Buntzen Lake hikes
Posted By: krynikr
- Wed Aug 01 08:22:25 UTC 2012
UpsideThis is a GREAT trail. Has stunning views, isn't too far from the city, has a great variety of steepness for a good workout but also nice breaks for leisurely strolling. There are enough people on it during the summer to make you feel safe but not too many that you feel crowded. On a sunny Sunday at the end of July, we only saw about 12 people past the first viewpoint. Contrary to what people have said, we didn't see any bears (which is good news for me bc I'm terrified!) :) I think as long as you're loud so they know you're there, they'll stay away. DownsideThe trail description isn't quite accurate. The "floating bridge" at the beginning of the trail near the south beach is mainly a long cement bridge with a little floating bit at the end with a tiny sign marking it the "floating bridge". One you go over it, there is a sign ahead of you to head up to the right for the Diez Vistas trail.
Also, don't take the shortcut near the end as you pretty much have to scramble down the steep mountain. I don't know if it's even really a shortcut. If you take it though, make sure to go left at the gravel path at the bottom over the little creek.
While the trail's name translates to 10 views, only a few of them are really good. Don't get me wrong - it's a spectacular hike with gorgeous views but about 6 of them are quite overgrown so you just get a peak through the trees. They're all basically the same view (of the Indian Arm), they're just from different angles. CommentThe trail is really well marked, just follow the orange markers. There just aren't many signs with the trail name along it.
Contrary to what most people think, the first opening you get with the stunning view of the Indian Arm isn't actually the first "vista" - you have to go up the trail further from there for the first official viewpoint of the 10 along the trail.
Note that from that first viewing point, the trail splits and if you're looking uphill, you can go either left or right. Left is basically a shortcut up to the trail to the second official viewpoint, bypassing the first one. Take the trail to the right as the first viewpoint is beautiful and you won't want to miss it. From there, most other viewpoints aren't very far from one another.
Posted By: Sarah1234
- Mon May 14 15:46:13 UTC 2012
UpsideLots of parking (if you go early enough). Trail is difficult, but has enough easy parts to even it out! Incredible views! DownsideSometimes (if you;re not paying attention) you can lose the trail. Simply back-track and look for the orange markers. CommentI love this hike! I could do it every weekend and never get bored of it. Its a big loop so you're never back-tracking. The dogs absolutely love it too. Nice length, not too far from home. The floating bridge is open!!
Posted By: thope
- Fri May 20 10:14:53 UTC 2011
UpsideVery quiet today. Good ground. Plenty of birdsong. Numerous small streams still active. No biting insects. DownsideNo downside. Contrary to a report from another user, the floating bridge at the south end is NOT washed out nor is it closed. Yet another report indicates that the trail markers are 'a must'. Actually, they are not required at all. The upper trails are readily followed without recourse to the markers.
Posted By: e0f3z
- Fri May 20 05:27:04 UTC 2011
UpsideThe signs will say that the floating bridge is close, BUT it is open and in a very good condition. Very nice trail condition. CommentAs long as you find the orange marks on trees, you will be good.
Posted By: toothpastechica
- Wed May 11 20:35:52 UTC 2011
Upsidegorgeous views! not too hard of a hike...and easy to do in a short amount of time...be prepared some some incline... DownsideHeads up: right now the bridge at the start of the trail by the parking lot is washed out..detour around south end of the lake takes about an extra hour.
Posted By: huli_g
- Wed Jul 14 22:42:41 UTC 2010
CommentRemember!!! It is now Berry Season which means Bear season. Just did the hike today, got to the power lines and almost to the switch backs and heard a loud rustling behind us. Saw a pretty big black bear about 100 ft away making its way to the water. Got between us and the way back, had to scramble down to Bear Claw (which lead BACK to the power lines/berries/tons of bear scat) and still heard it lumbering down the hill.
BE AWARE! Bring bells, talk, have your bear spray! Enjoy the hike ;)
Posted By: jesseiscanadian
- Wed Jul 07 17:36:19 UTC 2010
CommentForgot to mention, at the top of the switchbacks, watch for the Punta Del Este turnoff to the right. It is a fantastic viewpoint to see Coquitlam and Port Moody, and after the view, the trail continues right back onto the regular trail about 10 minutes from the first Vistas viewpoint. Since the GPS data below is so inconsistent, i will upload a complete and accurate one in time for everyone to enjoy the trail with this weekends great weather.
Posted By: jesseiscanadian
- Wed Jul 07 17:26:34 UTC 2010
UpsideTen minutes from downtown Coquitlam and Port Moody The views are always great, very easy to follow trail as it is very well marked. Nice length of trail for when you want a quick day hike or a shorter trail run. No worries about running out of daylight if you leave in the morning. DownsideBusy, lot's of people enjoying the trail, no really a downside i guess. The only other thing is the noise, on a busy summer afternoon you can hear all the boats, cars and people for the first hour of the trail, at least till the top of the switchbacks. CommentI regularly visit this excellent trail all year round. The trail is always in excellent shape and has a great mix of open pathways and technical root-rock-root steps. If you want to be nice to your kneees, consider going around the east side of the lake and doing the trail "backwards". The switchbacks are much easier coming down than the tough back end of the mountain.
Posted By: mulldacity
- Mon Jul 05 05:02:13 UTC 2010
UpsideNice views, good workout coming up the first switchback, lots of variety in terrain between the top and the descent. DownsideMosquitoes! Make sure you have bug spray. CommentWe did this hike on July 3rd, 2010 - we ran into about 20 people up there, it was quite crowded. It took us 8 hours and 40 minutes (including our lunch break!) A couple of people said they went up there constantly and never saw so many people before.
I have something to say regarding many reviewers who speak negatively about seeing/bringing overweight friends on hikes -- you guys are douchebags.
I'm overweight, and yes, it takes me longer to do it - but I'm doing it for fun, and to lose weight, and I'm damn proud of myself. Screw all y'all.
Posted By: jearsy
- Sun Jun 06 02:46:08 UTC 2010
UpsideEasy to follow and some great views DownsideThis is my opinion, but I think after you get past the third view point you have already seen the best ones. CommentI have done this hike twice now and both times it was very enjoyable. However, the last time I was there the bridge was destroyed and so we took the slightly longer way around the lake to reach the trial head.
Posted By: wanderingwacky
- Mon Mar 08 15:15:46 UTC 2010
UpsideNice views, even in the rain. Excellent hike for novices like me, looking to get in better shape. Downside"Lost" the trail a couple of times, but overall it's well marked. Lots of little pools that I'm sure will make for lots of skeeto bites on a nice day. CommentDid this in the pouring rain, so it took 6 hours. The downhill side is VERY slippery in spots when wet, and you have to pick your way carefully. Can't wait to do this again, hopefully on a nicer day.
Posted By: jeffvm
- Mon Oct 12 01:06:38 UTC 2009
UpsideBeautiful views of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm. Worthwhile hike that is close to home. DownsideReturn trip alongside the lake may be boring for some. Or for others, a welcome relief. The west side return trail is fairly rolling. Enough to get the heart pumping again. CommentThere are a lot of varying travel times for this hike. The BC Hydro website lists either 7-8 hours one-way or return, and the map at the parking lot said 4-6 hours one-way. The return trip took us 4 hours at a steady clip without many rest stops. I'd expect 4-6 hours return to be a good guideline.
The trail has all of the climbing at the start of the trail. And once you pass under the powerlines, the real ascent up the switchbacks begin. Fortunately, the trail generally loses elevation until you reach the northern end, so don't be discouraged.
The first few viewpoints are the most spectacular. But some of them must be on spurs off the trail, because when we were expecting No. 5, we found ourselves at No. 9. Most of the later viewpoints are treed in, so take pictures at the earlier ones. We took the Old Buntzen Lake Trail back alongside the western side of the lake. It rolls up and down quite a bit, but is immaculately groomed and leveled. You could easily run or jog this trail back to the start.
Posted By: TAMIDOGG
- Thu Jun 11 22:29:22 UTC 2009
CommentThis is an awesome trail, it is not hard trail at all and I think most people I know could do it. Make sure to go for swim after.
Posted By: docdusty75
- Sat Apr 18 22:53:00 UTC 2009
UpsideGreat early season hike! It has a bit of everything. The views are great after the first 45 mins-1hr of moderately steep switchbacks if coming from the Southside of the lake. The hike along the ridge is great going from forested sections to views of the Arm. DownsideAfter the descent the walk along the lake is fairly boring but it gave good views of the ridge you just hiked and the Dilly-Dally trail ridges/peaks for later in the summer. CommentIn the forested sections at the top of the ridge there were multiple pools of stagnant water that I can imagine will be full of mosquito larvae in the next few months so bring bug spray. Gators are probably a good idea on wetter days too.
Posted By: jonesy88
- Fri Mar 06 09:36:24 UTC 2009
Upsidevery close to gvrd, fairly easy. Great natural distractions: sit on the cliff edge at most view points, climb huge rock walls, take a dip in the lake ( we didnt, therez still snow) Downsideviews were on the same side. fat friends cudnt keep up. Commentperfect hike for those needing to train for other hikes, as it is free and has a nice rewarding lake to swim in after
Posted By: jambo
- Sun Feb 22 06:36:47 UTC 2009
UpsideFeb. 21st 2009. Still some snow on the lake trail south of the parking lot but clear on the climb up and down. Snow on the top at sections but hard packed.
Great views, well kept trail. DownsideGoing down (on the north end of diez vistas) there's a couple sections where the markers are far apart. Especially right at the end before the trail out to the service road.
The views aren't labeled very well but that's not too big a deal.
Some snow on the top is melting with deep holes underneath. CommentGood trail. 6 hours to/from the parking lot. Not bad for the first real hike of the season.
Posted By: hornjohnhorn
- Mon Dec 01 23:08:42 UTC 2008
UpsideOne of the of the best groomed trails I've ever hiked. The switchbacks on the "floating bridge" side of the summit were much appreciated. And the vistas were absolutely spectacular. It was a cloudy November day, but you could still see Vancouver Island. It's one of the best kept secrets on the Mainland, for certain. We also met some fast-moving, coordinated-outfit hikers that really made our day (couples in unity are sexy!). DownsideWhat's up with, first, the lack of "You are Here" signage on the info-boards in the parking lot and, second, the mediocre-at-best trail markings on the "suspension bridge" side of the trail. Suggestion the first: it was hard to get started in the parking lot, so please consider adding some "you are here" dots to the info-maps in the parking lot and around the trails; things would be considerably simpler. Suggestion the second: we had to search for trail markers while coming down to the north side of Buntzen Lake, which wasn't very fun and, let's face it, pretty dangerous (not everyone is a ninja-hiker like us, after all). CommentWe're incredibly lucky to live where we do, people. Beautiful, um, vistas that made all the downsides more than worthwhile. Also there may or may not be a dragon in a cave following the tenth vista. It might be worth a scramble up the rocks. Think about it. Tuna sandwiches with homemade sauce are a must. Finally, Vancity, you never looked so good as you do from 485m in the sky!
Memorable quotes: JCH: "We probably should've brought a compass." GVB: "Don't worry, John. I've got a knife!"
Posted By: granolapher
- Mon Oct 13 23:07:13 UTC 2008
UpsideClose to home, good views, and very little traffic Downsidedifficult route finding at times. CommentA nice local hike for weekends, route finding may be difficult in some areas due to spaced out, or partially obscured markers.
Posted By: GrailQuest
- Fri Sep 12 18:42:55 UTC 2008
UpsideA couple of nice views, especially if the weather is clear. Downside(1) Nine views all packed on one side. I had a sense of "I just saw this at the last view point!" (2) Trail was not always clearly marked. We came on several areas that were wide open, and sometimes it took a couple of minutes to find the next red square indicating direction. (3) Slow going picking your way down very rocky and sometimes steep areas. The trail isn't long, it's just time consuming. Not much of a workout, actually. CommentHiked it with a friend on Thursday, September 11, 2008. Absolutely do NOT go alone! There were times we couldn't find the next red square for 50 meters or more! If you go with someone, you can have one party member anchored at the last known marker while you fan out looking for the next one. Sometimes we found it on a tree that had fallen. A couple of times, one of us was actually out of sight of the other. Except for one pair of hikers and their dog we met at the first viewpoint, we were utterly alone for the entire trail.
Posted By: Alexi
- Sun Jul 27 14:35:33 UTC 2008
UpsideGood views, not too many people, nice forest sections, good workout and can finish off the hike with a dip in the lake. DownsideA bit of a slog back to the parking lot. Some trails sections are steep and technical for families with young children. CommentOur family did this trail on July 26, 2008. Great trail overall, but tough with a 5 year old along some sections. There is definitely plenty of opportunity for a tired child to take one wrong step and tumble a long ways down - just be careful. My 7 year old was fine, and found the steep sections fun to climb. Took us about 6 hours to complete, including a few breaks and a swim in the lake at the end (water is cold this year!). Overall a great day.
Posted By: chrisd
- Mon Jul 21 06:38:30 UTC 2008
UpsideFantastic views, possibly the best I've seen this close to the city. The second viewpoint is a great spot for lunch. Trail is in good condition and well-marked most of the way. Beautiful wooded sections and mossy boulders along the way. DownsideSteep sections are quite technical due to rocks and roots. I agree with mwiebe that the walk back from the north end of the lake is a slog after finishing the vistas trail, even though there are some beautiful wooded sedctions. CommentJuly 20, 2008, the new bridge at the south end is finished along with some trail improvements between the bridge and parking lot. The vibe is much different as the floating bridge has been replaced with a fenced-in dyke with a short floating section to allow water flow. The construction is excellent but I'll miss the creaky old float bridge for its campiness!
Although I have done this trail once before I was surprised at the level of difficulty in some sections. Most of the switchbacks are full of roots and large stones that make tough work for the ankles and knees. I was very glad to have good boots and trekking poles. If time allows I'd recommend taking the long way back from the vistas via the west shore of Buntzen lake. There are far fewer technical sections coming down the north end of the ridge which was a relief for my sore knee. More trail improvements are being done on the Buntzen Lake trail. Took us almost 8 hours with LOTS of stops for out-of-shape hikers, fit hikers would be able to finish in 5. Keep an eye out for trail markers in some sections.
Posted By: vpigeon
- Mon May 05 04:25:42 UTC 2008
CommentAs of Sunday May 4, 2008, the floating bridge across at the south end is still closed (in fact, it's ruined). A new causeway is being built and signs indicate it should be finished in 3 weeks or so. Let's hope this crossing opens by the end of May. The current "alternate route" as is referred to is to walk back to the entrance and take the trail to South Beach, apparently an extra 3 kms or so. Sorry, no parking near the entrance, so, if you want to go to the west side of the lake, either park in the overflow parking lot and walk back to the entrance, or go the long way around to North Beach, 4 kms north walking on the east side of the lake.
Posted By: Bushman
- Fri Mar 21 23:20:56 UTC 2008
UpsideDone this trail over 5 times, every time it rewards me with views and a good work out. Rain or shine its all good. I recomend it to anyone that has some experience in longer hikes. And good boots a must, as well as at least 2 liters of water & acouple of power bars. Cheers DownsideNo down sides on this trail :-) CommentGet out there and do it ! you'll be glad you did. So will that Christmas Fat ! you have to burn off, Lol.
Posted By: Adar
- Wed Jan 23 21:35:50 UTC 2008
UpsideOn a clear day, the best viewpoint ever. I could have sat there for hours. DownsideThe bridge was under construction so the dog got super muddy. CommentHighly recommended.
Posted By: Adam+Laura
- Thu Jan 04 20:28:07 UTC 2007
UpsideWe love this trail, however we start on hard part crossing the swampy part of the lake and go up the steep hill. It gets it overwith early. DownsideSome of the trees have grown so high that the views arn't as good as they used to be. CommentThis is a great 4-5 hour hike for average hikers.
Posted By: ebunz
- Mon Mar 27 22:39:12 UTC 2006
UpsideSpectacular views, beautiful forest hike. Trail is in good condition, not too muddy at time of posting. DownsideVery technical (watch your footing!) CommentUmmm, I missed a BUNCH of viewpoints, must try again!
Posted By: pixiedust
- Tue Jun 21 22:47:37 UTC 2005
UpsideAwsome views! A really good workout. Beautiful flora and fauna, lots of birds. DownsideA friend aptly described the switchback portion of the trail as "switchback hell", the switchback is very rocky. CommentI loved this trail, I got to hike through the clouds! I also loved the workout I got from the switchback portion of the trail.
Posted By: kpepin
- Wed Jun 15 21:37:59 UTC 2005
UpsideSpectacular views, a good quality trail and a good workout for a moderate hiker. I took my Scout troop through here in February '05 and they all enjoyed it immensly -- a real sense of accomplishment. They, of course, finished in about 6 hours, I in 7. CommentWhile I agree in crediting BC Hydro, we should all recognize that it was local legend Halvor Lunden that built this trail, and the appropriately named Halvor Lunden Trail on the eastern side of the lake (the Lindsay Lake, Swan Falls and Crocker Lookout trails). He's 91 as of this writing, still hikes the local mountains, and is a hero in our midst.
Posted By: pkevans
- Tue Jun 08 23:50:35 UTC 2004
UpsideViews can be spectacular DownsideCloud and fog can eliminate the view, and not much to see outside the viewpoints CommentA decent day hike. I did this hike last late Dec 2002, no snow, just rain, and rather lonely - I didn't see a soul.
Posted By: stickquest
- Tue Mar 02 02:01:08 UTC 2004
CommentHiked the trail Feb 28, 04. Although the day was overcast/foggy we were rewarded at the first vista by a sudden clearing of fog as if a whole world opened up below us revealing Indian Arm. Truly breathtaking! The whole Buntzen area, lake and trails, are a gem of the lower mainland - got to hand it to Hydro on this one. We looped back to the floating bridge and parking lot on the south beach Buntzen trail. A good day hike but wise to start early at this time of year. We barely made it out before the gate closure at 6pm. Well worth it, and one of the most enjoyable hikes we have had in some time.
Posted By: Halley Malone
- Wed Apr 23 22:18:10 UTC 2003
UpsideIt was overcast, but the vistas still gave a great view of the surrounding mountains. Lots of fun! DownsideWe got a little turned around on the trail, it splits twice and sends you in a circle. CommentIf you want a really good run, do the 10 vistas and finish with the Buntzen Lake trail. It's about 13km and a great workout.
Posted By: bertsandie
- Sat Jan 04 02:40:53 UTC 2003
CommentIf you are trail running then this circuit can be covered in 1:40 to 2:30 for experienced trail runners. The Five Peaks race covers this route and the winners cover it in a little less than 1:30!
Posted By: martin_nv
- Mon Aug 19 16:09:24 UTC 2002
UpsideA good day hike with the BEST views of Indian Arm! CommentWe started late at 2:30pm and were concerned about being able to finish by the 8pm gate closing, so we hiked at a fairly brisk pace. Started with the floating bridge then the BIG uphill and ended at North Beach then took the road back on the east side. Had a swim at the end of the hike at North Beach, it was the icing on the cake for this hike! The water was so refreshing! Got back to the car at about 7:30 including a half hour break for a swim, so 5 hours is enough time to complete the loop. If you're cut for time at the end, take the road back instead of the trail, I hear its quicker.
Posted By: Ronin
- Mon Jul 22 17:39:55 UTC 2002
UpsideGreat hike. Good terrain variation. (At least 9 and 1/2 views.) Hiked Trail 20-July-2002 sub 5 hours easily. We chose to start at the North Beach. (Some may prefer based on the relative short hike out to parking lot at the end of the day. Also, you'll avoid the crowds on the Lakeside Trail.) DownsideLots of hikers on the trail, but not so much that it felt crowded... simply friendly. Played leapfrog with a couple between views. CommentAgain, gotta hand it to Hydro. (They get kicked around for lots of other stuff, but provide great access to scenery.)Notable occurances: we saw a couple of "Trail Runner 3 wheel Strollers" in the bush parked waiting for thier owners... You'd need to be mad to attempt this with a buggy. Put your kid in a backpack or get them some hiking boots.
Posted By: Hyperboot
- Sun Jul 14 17:27:22 UTC 2002
UpsideJune 30, 2002. This was my first visit to this trail and the conditions were perfect to enjoy the views. DownsideI hiked with my younger boys and at our pace the hike took just over 6 hours. Some trail intersections were not very well marked so our maps came in handy for us and a few other hikers along the way. CommentThis is one of Vancouver many gems!
Posted By: devon
- Tue May 28 17:47:41 UTC 2002
Commenta group of friends and i did this trail on may 26, and it was one of the best hikes i've done in recent memory. it was very foggy/cloudy, so the great viewpoints that everyone speaks of were nonexistant, but it was well worth the hike.
we did it backwards, which was good AND bad, because the technical parts are at the beginning.. and we had to climb down them when we were already starting to get a bit tired. (and the rocks were very slippery due to the rain!) but it also meant that we had quite a long while to warm up.. it's not quite so steep on the backside, which is where we began. :)
another bonus: there's a bike wash at the parking lots, which we used to wash our grubby boots afterwards.
all in all, it took us about 5 hours, including quite a few breaks..
Posted By: Janet Sheinberg
- Tue Mar 26 20:15:50 UTC 2002
CommentNote: We must give full credit to B.C. Hydro for providing access & facilitiies for our pleasure of hiking, horseback riding, water recreation and the building of a floating bridge over the south arm which makes this entire ciruit around Buntzen Lake possible.
Posted By: mwiebe
- Wed Jan 16 02:17:18 UTC 2002
UpsideThis is one of the best hikes in the lower mainland. It is incredibly scenic and offers lots of varying terrain (just to keep things interesting). You can also do a loop so you never have to backtrack or see the same things twice. Max elevation is about 570 meters…so snow is not likely most of the year (if there is snow, it’s light).
The views are absolutely fantastic and there are lots of great spots to have lunch or just soak up some sun. I would tend to disagree about the comments of doing the whole loop in 3 hours though. A good pace and a brief stop to take in the scenes works out to about 4.5 hours…although 5 makes the trip that much more enjoyable! DownsideThe only downside to this hike is the slog back to the car once you have made it back down to the lake - although, after a long walk, it’s great to take your boots off and soak your feet in the lake for a while. The paths on either side of the lake are hard and long…but it’s really not that bad. CommentIf you have not tried this one, definitely check it out!
Posted By: bsandie
- Fri Dec 07 06:51:08 UTC 2001
CommentDiez Vista - Dec 2 Conditions Hiked the trail on 02-Dec-2001 - the trail is in very good condition - snow just starting to cover the trails in a few places, probably more now since this weeks snow fall. Experienced hikers can easily complete in 3 to 4 hours.