These are the Coquitlam trails recently mapped and plotted for all to see in exquisite detail. I will also add, and I think many in the mountain bike and hike community would agree/Port Moody, that Coquitlam is a hidden gem! It is so close to Vancouver, and hiking trails such as Halvor Lunden are world class.
Coquitlam has both excellent hiking (see Halvor Lunden trail and Diez Vistas on map and pics) along with North Shore style great mountain biking. Plenty for everyone, and the unmentioned heroes who sent in this map have also posted some great signage in the area. The trails in Coquitlam also give year round escape to the city-worn!
One can access alpine lakes to stunning 360 views of local mountains, to a very well maintained network of trails. Is this Vancouver's hidden Shangri-la, where both mountain bikers and hikers have paradise at their doorsteps.
It's one of my favourite areas featuring lung-busting climbs, old growth forests, hidden streams and waterfalls, and, views down Indian arm. On the mountain bike side, trails like four lost souls, and, fat bastard are pure North Shore! Hats off to the trail map submitters!
Two approaches, one from the Buntzen Lake Parking area (and a long hike up Halvor Lunden trail as indicated on map - not start of Halvor Lunden is cut off, but we'll add the GPS data for it). Other approach is off Plateau Blvd in Port Moody, or under Power lines at top of Eagle Mountain Drive, then up one od the bike trails. Note although there is a "restricted access" sign at plateaus Blvd, many people ignore this).
For directions to Buntzen Lake parking lots and Halvor Lunden hike, here are the complete directions.
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 your first entrance to the parking lot area, near the hydro gates. Once parked, make your way back to the hydro access road where you will see the trailhead map and sign. Halvor Lunden trail goes up and up and it's easy to follow, easy to find from the parking lot (the furthest area away from the beach - in case it's not clear above). Just keep going up! Thanks to trail maintenance groups in the area, there are signs just about at every trail junction, and new connectors now allow you to hike through to the "mountain bike trails" and exit (or start) from other areas.
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Posted By: TofuJoe
- Thu Oct 10 21:12:52 EDT 2013
UpsideImpressively well kept trails, very wide all the way to Cypress Lake. Paint and pink taped along the trails, inspiring messages along the way.
DownsideOnly had time today to explore to Cypress Lake.
CommentLungbuster needs more boulders! First bit of trail behind golf-course has a lot of garbage down the side. Did not see any of the famous maps I saw commented below.
Posted By: ghilliker
- Sun Sep 05 12:43:13 EDT 2010
UpsideWonderful hike. Fantastic views. Excellent trail description. Terriffic map. Trail is well-marked and kept up by volunteers.
DownsideLower logging road access is basically rip-rap. Due to 4X4 access there is a lot of broken glass and debris at Wolf Ridge lookout.
CommentAllow 6 hours for round trip to White Rock Bluffs (terriffic viewpoint). Rope required at Bluffs (but is already in place). Although the map is great there are many side trails and logging roads in this area and GPS is helpful.
Posted By: autumn--
- Thu Jul 15 03:01:49 EDT 2010
CommentI wish I had the map on here today. There were no signs on the path, and the main logging road was really rocky in parts.
Does anyone know any good camping spots off any of the trails listed here?
Posted By: alexkeiradad
- Sun Jun 13 23:52:09 EDT 2010
UpsideJust did Bastion trail this afternoon - very wet and very slippery!! Pretty much slid on m a** all the way down after Echo Point. We need a couple of warm days to try and dry things out a little bit. Must say that trail was extremely well marked - thanks again to whomever is responsible for this!
Posted By: mbennett
- Sun Apr 04 13:28:01 EDT 2010
CommentHow do I print a copy of the trail map? I've tried just about everything!
Posted By: strider
- Wed Oct 21 22:50:32 EDT 2009
CommentThe Bastion trail wanders north through the old growth to a very nice view of the north mountains and the entire Coquitlam Lake. It's about 20 minutes to the view (west bastion). From that point it is a very slippery steep slope down for a few minutes, then the trail circles back south and connects to an old logging road to Cypress lake and or back to White Rock. The only poorly marked spot is about 50' after the long steep slope after the view. You turn up the hill to the right. Look for flagging. If you are just going for the views you could just turn back after the view.
Posted By: alexkeiradad
- Fri Oct 09 20:23:03 EDT 2009
UpsideJust did the trek from Buntzen Lake over El Paso and down into the Cypress Lake system (and then on to home down the access road to the Microwave tower). Trail was in excellent condition and once again the trail markers and maps were outstanding. Not sure who is responsible for these but thanks!! As I live right up against the microwave tower I am up in this area as often as I can. Looking forward to trying the new East Bastion trail. Has anybody done that yet and if so what is it like.
Posted By: Richard Slater
- Tue May 12 11:49:03 EDT 2009
UpsideExcellent trail, definitely quiet this time of year. At elevation the air is cool and super refreshing!
DownsideSnow pack makes the going rough at about 775 m or higher. I had to walk through the 3 ft deep truck ruts, as I slipped through the surface of the snow when walking on top.
CommentThis is a lung buster for sure! I park at the end of Plateau blvd, and hike the trails as shown on the map on this site. Someone has kindly marked the trails, dead ends, and a few distance markers too, thanks!
Posted By: sergioecg
- Mon Jan 26 04:41:13 EST 2009
QuestionI would like to know if this time of year snow is so bad up there that makes mountain biking impossible??? on all the trails or is there any kinda ok to do something?
I mean cuz i might have to go to work on that area a few days from today and I can bring the bike for some after work fun.
would be awsome if i can get an answer for tomorrow before work lol...
The question might sound nife, but i am not natural from canada nor any mountain place with this climate and its not super clear for me if there might be some clear trail, my espectactions are pretty small thou, i know there must be snow and possibly not a chance to ride, but damn i wanna be optimist and brake the ice!
Also trails are al kind of difficulty? Is the dificulty level signaled on the trail entrance? i gess the more steep the less snow, cuz of phisics, lol, well we?l see...
ride safe, dont lock the brakes!
have fun and thanx lots for these map!ANSWERS are in this forum: mountain biking on this date.
Posted By: Bavarian Raven
- Mon Jan 05 15:24:57 EST 2009
Upsidegreat place to fish, Cypress lake, if u want a real challenge. some nice small trout in the lake.... ;)
Posted By: moodygirl
- Sat Jul 12 22:12:01 EDT 2008
UpsideGreat hike right in our backyard. No one else on the trail, amazing for a warm weekend day.
DownsideRocky parts, off road trucks (2).
CommentAfter a late start made it to Cypress Lake and Wolf Ridge lookout via power lines. Next time will do the loop or start at Buntzen.
Posted By: bettina.hamelin
- Wed Jul 02 01:08:58 EDT 2008
UpsideTerrific viewpoint on the way up to Cypress mountain. Walking these trails is like a history lesson with the huge red cedar stumps everywhere. You can see the marks from wooden planks on the stumps and just imagine how tough it was 100 years ago to saw off these huge trees manually.
DownsideRough trails, lots of rocks, logging roads rather than trails, poorly marked, could never find the top of Cedar Mountain. Lot's of fallen trees in the ?trail? The trail sort of just disappeared at the end. Is there a lookout?
CommentWe were attracted to these trails by the great comments from folks on this Website and went with high expectation on a beautiful sunny day. We had the hardest time finding our way despite the description here and GPS. Note that at the end of Plateau road there is absolutely no sign indicating Coquitlam trails and when asking local people they had no idea what we were talking about. We turned around and tried to find the beginning of trails and trailmap from the Buntzen lake side but were even unluckier. There is BC Hydro signs all over the place but where is the trail head? We went back up Plateau road and walked behind the gate (access limited as per the sign but saw some trucks parked further up),where we finally found some markings to go up Cedar Mountain. The trail was rough and steep - great workout though and our Aussie had a ball - the disappointment came at the top when we never found a viewpoint. Is there one? We don't know and it is a bit less rewarding when you don't really get to your goal. .... On the hike down we made the little detour to the Viewpoint (indicated on a tree) and had a stunning view over the Fraser Valley. Overall, not sure this is worth the 1 hour drive from Vancouver but for people living close by definitely a great place to hike.
Posted By: leatherdale
- Sun May 11 02:50:30 EDT 2008
UpsideNo people, adrenalin because of a faint and scantily marked trail, especially past the West View Trail Lookout towards Buntzen Lake. Descending the Buntzen Connector before the Polytrichum Lookout was exciting and a little scary, alone, sinking in snow drifts sometimes to top of leg level. The map" Coquitlam Trails Cypress Mtn" is great and has brought the whole trail route system into focus for me.
DownsideHard in running shoes at this time, but worth the challenge.
CommentTo the jerk that left his lunch garbage at the West View Lookout - an empty can of stew, wrappers, etc., you are a loser, not the man that you think you are.
Posted By: tilelayer
- Sun May 04 12:04:48 EDT 2008
DownsideTrail was not clearly marked at all, but may have bee covered by snow.
CommentI hiked this trail yesterday, but found heaps of snow after about an hour of hiking. At the top there was still 2 m of snow between my feet and the trail. Its was a great hike, but we had to turn around and come back when we reached the top. The conditions were not looking good to loop around!
Posted By: billygoat
- Sat Jul 28 18:31:48 EDT 2007
UpsideA fantastic workout especially when Cypress Lake is approached from Plateau Blvd via Trail #2 "Lung Buster". Clean air and beautiful scenery abound. We didn't get to take in the views as the clouds blew in and we were in the fog frequently. Many Salmon berry and Saskatoon berry bushes to provide snacks along the way.
DownsideSome trails take more mental fitness than physical fitness due to the trail consisting of large rocks and footing can be sketchy. Trails are shared with ATVs and Dirt bikes therefore it is not always a quiet hike.
CommentOverall an amazing hike. We journied from Plateau Blvd to Cypress Lake and to El Paso Junction. Returning via the White Rock Trail to Cypress Lake. The "dotted" line connector trail from Cypress Lake to West View Trail is extremely off the track! It was well marked with surveyors tape and yellow tags on the trees but footing is poor and foliage can be chest high in places. Be aware that this section follows a creek bed covered by old logging remanents and it is quite easy to fall through the old wood into the creek if not careful. I would recommend taking hiking poles to check footing placement. Have fun exploring!
Posted By: strider
- Tue Jul 03 00:56:50 EDT 2007
UpsideThe colour coding on the map displayed on this site has no bearing on the type of trails. This was an earlier version. We have an updated map that shows the logging roads in the same colours. Sorry about that.
Posted By: HikerMer
- Wed May 30 01:18:01 EDT 2007
UpsideBeautiful trails...A friend told me about this site and while I've been hiking most of the trails around the golf course, I never knew these others existed.
DownsideMap is great, however there is no legend for the colour coding of the map. Does anyone know what the colours mean?
CommentI've done most of the trails around Buntzen lake and I never realized that they're all connected and come out on Parkway Blvd. We are SO lucky to live here!
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Mon Apr 02 16:11:46 EDT 2007
UpsideA great workout
DownsideWinter storms have damaged some of the stunts and a lot of deadfall needs to be removed from the dentist.
CommentA couple of lads were working on building some new jumps on Dentist about a week ago and hopefully the remainder will be fixed now that the weather is drying out.
Also Manhandler is like a creek at the present time - a little wet - i hiked it - not to bad with deadfall
Posted By: strider
- Sun Feb 11 00:59:59 EST 2007
UpsideWell, I finally found the chap that has been taking the markers off of the trail system. I had a long chat on a very lonely trail on the ridge with this fellow. A bit obsessed would be the way I would describe him. The best that I could say is that hge will no longer be touching the markers on the hiking tails to keep his health. I have all but given up marking the main intersections on the logging road trails however.I might resume at a later date but am tired of the vandalism. I'll send in the latest version of the map. It shows the newer East Bastion and Wolf Ridge trails.
Posted By: buscador
- Fri Jan 05 13:27:28 EST 2007
CommentI love this trail and I go often to hike and to snowshoe in winter. I'm also on the lookout for the mother f&%$?* who is taking down the signs and maps that strider posts often. BTW, excellent job strider. Would it be possible to get the JPG of the last map you posted? firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted By: Kmarshall
- Tue May 23 13:48:24 EDT 2006
UpsideButzen Lake trail Loop. Great hike nice and easy 4 hours or less. raining or sunny or cloudy go for it. Great for the dogs. Nice and quiet on the long weekend. Just a family hike. A great work out or if you want jog or run the course. Nice views great picnic area at the end of the lake. take water take some supplies you can do this. Great work out
DownsideNo real downside. But if you are looking for a hike hike then this is not for you. We went May 20 2006 Saturday. Not bad weather great for the dogs.
CommentHave fun enjoy take a walk in mother nature have fun
Posted By: strider
- Thu Apr 13 01:42:22 EDT 2006
CommentI have been marking the trails here for the last couple of years now and posting maps at some of the major intersections. Starting in Feb. of this year someone has systematically been removing all markings and junction signs as fast as I can put them up. I posted new markers on tues. afternoon and went back up this Wed. and every sign had been removed. Holy crap. That was less than 24 hrs. Anyway, the point is, do not rely on trail markers until I find and kneecap this misguidded fellow
Posted By: kpepin
- Wed Mar 08 23:36:37 EST 2006
UpsideA fantastic network of trails in our own backyard. 1st Glenayre Scout Troop did a winter camp near the summit on Feb 25/26, camping in about half a meter of snow.
DownsideThe off-road vehicles rather wreck the trail, ambiance, and miss the point. One group winched out the blowdown that was blocking the trail so they could drive to the summit!
CommentThis is definately worthy of return trips.
Posted By: trailpeak
- Sat Mar 04 23:22:59 EST 2006
Comment... yes but now trailpeak has google earth integration so you can zoom & rotate in 3D if GPS data is uploaded!
Posted By: newhiker
- Sat Mar 04 22:24:21 EST 2006
UpsideThe map posted here and markings on the trees are completely sufficient to hike without GPS.
DownsideOff road vehicles found the way around the locked gate at the end of Plateau blvd., by the power line side road. There are still few of them and they cannot go too far because of the snow, but in summer time the destruction they gradually cause to the trail can be bad.
CommentThe walk from Coquitlam Center to Cypress summit, by Ridge park, Plateau blvd. and Lungbuster, takes about 4.5 hours round trip. East summit trail is still under snow, easy to hike though. The viewpoint is just several meters off the summit on the left, the direction is marked, but it's easy to miss.
Posted By: Kmarshall
- Fri Jan 27 23:05:36 EST 2006
UpsideWe hiked in October. We were only able to get half way up rooty easy muddy washouts you name it we were in it. We loved every minute of it. I am drenched the dogs got a mud bath and it rained and rained and rained. Wonderful wonderful. We could only get half way up as it was washed out
DownsideIt rained oh wait a minute who cares it is just water. Had a blast we look forward to going back in the summer
CommentLoved it we laughed we cried we screamed we had a blast. Muddy wet drenched saw bits and pieces of the city views and mountain views walked for 4 hours had a blast. The dogs love us that is all that matters
Posted By: SkyGrabber
- Tue Jan 10 19:34:16 EST 2006
CommentI have uploaded a GPS track for doing the White Rock Bluffs Trail. My route begins at the Westwood Plateau golf course maintenance shack, climbs up the lungbuster (main logging road), up a steep sideroad, rejoins lungbuster and up to the White Rock from the east side. Coming down on the west, the trail meets the Halvor Lunden for a short jaunt south, and then crosses back over to the main logging road, eventually rejoining route up. There are many forks along this route, all of which are marked with waypoints.
Posted By: rialcel
- Sun Dec 18 02:42:52 EST 2005
Commentcome spring time I will redo my gps data and upload most of the trails that are accessible on my dirtbike along with lookout points and tracks. so hold tight =)
Posted By: strider
- Wed Mar 16 17:25:17 EST 2005
CommentThe gps data is available but I am so low tech that I don't have it. I'll try to conact the fellow with the data and get him to post it here. There is a new small trail open on the system. It's Wolf Ridge Trail. It starts 6 minuts walk west of junction C16 and has 2 nice views to the east and south. This weekend also saw the clearing of 2 new loolouts in the old growth on the White rock trail to the north.
Posted By: rialcel
- Sat Mar 12 18:00:45 EST 2005
Upsidegreat lookouts, cypress lake is nice.
Downsidestart of the trail is rough and gets rougher for bikes.
CommentI would love gps data for this trail :D I'll even pay for it!
Posted By: Outcast
- Mon Feb 28 00:49:17 EST 2005
CommentI stumbled onto the dentist unknowingly while following an unmapped trail and was suprised to find this system of trails in my own backyard. Junctions are well marked. At every junction there were Junction markings as well as directions to key routes, and every so often you would find the map provided on this page. I'd say that this trail is well maintained for hikers for sure. Only people i ran into in 4 1/2 hours were a couple people building more runs for mountain biking, a group of mountain bikers, 2 ATVers and 3 4x4's. I only went the Cypress trail but will for sure hike the others now that i know of them. It may be a good idea to link this trail system to westwood plateau trail system so its a lot easier for people to find the entrance to this great system.
Posted By: strider
- Thu Dec 16 01:35:06 EST 2004
DownsideHi I know that the entance to the trail systems is a bit vaque. The problem is that the system is an orphan. The city dosn't recognise it and therefore would rather not know about it. I am going to take the bold step of posting official looking trails signs at the gas plant road and the golf course entry. If the city or golf course let them be, then all the better. The problems that I have been having are that I have printed and posted numerous signs and maps at my own expence along with marking trails and junctions. The maps that I post have an average life of about a month befor some halfwit tears them down.The record is 3 hours. I have no problem re-posting them but as you can imagine, it wears a bit thin. If I can get a sponser to pay to print up some good maps on a good grade paper I would put boxes at the beginning of the trails and keep them stocked in the same manner as the good people at Buntzen lake do. Then everybody can enjoy the trails and know how to get there. (Any takers?)
Take care Peter
Posted By: jxoco
- Mon Nov 01 17:45:41 EST 2004
CommentTo help find the trailhead closest to C1 on the map, go to mytelus.com and ask for directions to 3405 plateau blvd, coquitlam
Posted By: mmhhbb
- Mon Nov 01 11:41:41 EST 2004
Commenta. neither map nor description provide exact detail of trail heads. Where on Plateau or Eagle (both roads in Coq. not Pt Moody). Need either map or distances in kms from main roads to locate trailhead.
Posted By: strider
- Mon Oct 25 23:27:36 EDT 2004
CommentAn update The trail #9 is the Mossom creek trail. Three little Pigs runs between Decapitator and Mossom creek
Posted By: strider
- Wed Oct 20 00:30:28 EDT 2004
UpsideSuch a wide variety of trails and distances. trails from 1/2 to 5 hrs.
CommentThe map posted is a collaberative effort and is very accurate but for the trail #9 marked "Three little Pigs" The name could be wrong and once we get this sorted out we will post the update. As more trails in this section are gpsed the maps will be updated. The bike trails are all onthe lower end of the trai;l system and vary in difficulty and design. Please be aware that some of the bridges and rides are not very well maintained so check them out befor using them RIDER BEWARE. Hiking here is year round. The top of the trails offer fantastic views and are relatively easy and well marked. Have fun.