The Lynn Lake trail, in the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in Vancouver's North Shore mountains,The trail is flagged, though probably not recently. Expect windfall and slides to make route finding still an issue at times. It's a pretty treacherous, steep, rooty, slippery, buggy trail, with few views.
From the park entrance at the end of Lynn Valley road, Cross the bridge at Lynn Creek. Take the Lynn Loop Trail upstream, and continue along the creek on the Cedars Mill Trail (i.e. don't follow the Lynn Loop trail up the hill). After two km, the Cedars Mill Trail will hook up with the Headwaters Trail. Follow this to Norvan Creek, where the Coliseum Mountain trail heads up the hill to your right, and closer to Norvan Creek, a short trail climbs the south bank of the creek to the picturesque Norvan Falls. Stay left at both these trails (though a short return detour to Norvan is worth the effort) and cross Norvan Creek by the well engineered bridge.
About 1km on you come to the trail intersection for the Hanes Valley Route (left) and the Lynn Lake Trail (right). The Hanes Valley Route continues left up Hanes Creek to Crown, Goat and Grouse Mountains. Take the Lynn Lake Route right, up Lynn Creek. Cross over Coliseum Creek about 1km on, then cross to the left side of Lynn Creek after another 1km. The trail passes Lynn Lake on the west to end at the NW end of Lynn Lake at the head of the valley.
The return trail is via the same route.
Note: this trail can be particularly treacherous during and winter and spring months. The trail navigates up and across numerous avalanche slide paths, weather can be unpredictable, and you will need to be trained and equipped for mountainous backcountry snow travel, avalanche danger assessment and avalanche rescue.
By public transport: Take the 228 bus from Lonsdale Quay and get off at the terminus at the top of Lynn Valley road. Follow the road into the park.
By car: To get to the trail-head, take the Lynn Canyon exit just off the Upper levels Highway in North Vancouver. Then you take Lynn Valley Road north past the turn-off to Lynn Canyon Park (you have to go past it). Follow the GVRD signs into Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Park at the park entrance at the end of Lynn Valley Road.
Cross the bridge over Lynn Creek. You'll see the Lynn Loop Trail heading upstream on your left.
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Posted By: Jenka
- Mon Aug 03 15:25:55 UTC 2015
Upsidefun bouldering up the creek elevation gain not all in one go - so not as much of a grunt the lake feels very remote but is only about 6 hrs from full on civilization easy to get to by public transit Downsidethe outdoor mall you have to walk through (aka trail up to Norvan Falls) before you reach the trail (aka the fork leading to Hanes Valley/Grouse or Lynn Lake) the joyless schlep through the viewless forest trail (aka trail up to Norvan Falls from parkinglot) - not as bad going to because you're psyched for your destination, but really tedious upon return... especially with the dog-walkin child-carryin mini-boom box sporting flip-flop wearing crowds [see comment above] - DON'T DO THIS ON A WEEKEND! Commentthe really great thing about this hike is that it's an easy and fun overnighter in a place that feels very remote even thought it really isn't. don't take it lightly though, at least a few people die in the local mountains each year and many many more require rescue (not something the media reports). be prepared! especially if going on a day hike - it's a long hike and twisting your foot on the boulders of lynn creek - or slipping off while hopping one and getting banged up - is definitely possible. so be prepared to spend the night, if Murphy's law strikes - and make sure you leave your itinerary and ETA for return with someone who will care if you're not back and contact NVan search and rescue - those guys are awesome! take note: no toilet facilities or bear cache and the beach is just big enough for maybe 4 tents - don't go up to this lake in a crowd - leave the poor resident bears some space (and they are out there!) and make sure you leave no trace of your stay. there are lots of sites out there that can tell you about backcountry etiquette [e.g. http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Learn/HikingAndCamping/HikingAndCamping101/LeaveNoTrace.jsp]
Posted By: dR*Ugz
- Sun Aug 08 18:59:48 UTC 2010
Commentsounds like a blast to me!!! lol remember any jack a** can keep his or her head down and fallow a trail! but you have had to thinks about where you were going and take chances. then do all that with a heavy bag....
well i'm tackling this one in a couple weeks looks like fun to me!
Posted By: trailrunner
- Sun Sep 27 05:35:15 UTC 2009
Upside (All comments are focused on after the turn off Hanes valley trail to North end of Lynn Lake unless specified.) Flagged creek ascent is pleasant & might be kind of nice and fun for a change. No bugs. Privacy; on busy weekend only one group I saw in the Lynn Lake route. Relatively decent marking and flagging combined. Downside Basically trail is too rough to follow by ground looks and it is best to rely on the marker and flag to confirm where the trail is. Because of this, there were quite numerous times(about 30-50 times) I found lost and came back around whether at the trail or creek ascent. Overall a lot rougher than Coliseum mtn trail.
Although creek ascent was something I never did before and was interesting, it is not practical to run because of bunch of boulders and streams to cross. Even if you are not walking, if you can easily find to be on the wrong side of the creek, and have to come back all the way to get to the other side to proceed. Unless you do the homework for this trail, you could be trying to traverse a large creek mistakenly when you first reach there like I attempted for 15minutes. Also if it is raining or you think rocks are wet, I discourage you to go there was boulder hopping would be dangerous for the slippage.
When there is a trail it is often very wet as it is just a steep muddy mini creek or trace of people followed the flags (althought some cut-throughs were made against felled trees) I can hardly call this a trail. At the steep sections it is very rooty, wet, slippery to pose problems especially when you are coming down. Often the slippery small roots are hidden under the soil and that is bound to slip you off when you step on it as you go down. Even when you land softly on tricky framework of roots you slip off it to where you twist your ankle as you land! This moisture in the steep slope is surpriing given the recent sunny weather. In fact, often rocks are covered by thin vale of green mold.
Comment Total trip from Lynn headwaters parking gate to North end of Lynn lake and return including 12mins rest and all other lost times took 3hr 55mins(235mins). To go 119min(15min bulk loss in a way), coming back 104mins. Also about 30-50 times or so I went astray and turned back taking 10-60 seconds. Parking to Norvan falls Turn Off go & return took about 78mins(12.2k), and the significant portion of the entire trip was from Turn Off to the North end Lynn lake return;145mins(9.6k).
It is quite straight forward till Three Debris Chute about 20mins, then route gets bit rough but keep going with similar speed till you get to Norvan falls turn off(another 22mins). After Hanes valley turn off suddenly ascent gets very steep but I was expecting a short ascent so I kept running unless when I had to crawl. From this point you need to focus on following the marking and flag, instead of trace of footing. Soon the ascent gets gentle then you hit the creek. Now I did not do the homework for this trail and flagging seemed to have ended abruptly there. I somehow thought trail traverses the creek at this point and spent 15minutes unsuccessfully being able to do so.
Finally I saw more flagging way upstream on the same trail and started to move again. At the creek, flagging sometimes disappears from your vision but you need to keep going upstream until you see a new one each time. There are two sections where creek ascent diverts into a sort of trail briefly along the creek bed(left, then right). The third time the flagging goes off the trail it is a steep incline and you follow this another quite primitive trail(to the right). There are roughly two sections of steep climb after this but again you know the ascent would be small so you persevere and keep running this up. You constantly need to pay attention to the flagging & marker not the trace. Even with that you easily get lost briefly here and there. When trail finally gets flat you know you are almost at the lake. It is not very dramatic and rather plain sight.
On the way down to the creek bed from the lake, as well as the final steep decent to join the Hanes valley trail, it will take significantly longer time than running up these steep section as you need to go down very carefully to avoid slippage. This is reflected in the same time taken to go to the lake vs returning.
Posted By: Henry Wang
- Sat Aug 29 06:06:11 UTC 2009
UpsideNot a usual place for people to go, so you get a chance to see something different. DownsideThe rock hopping along the creek is not the most pleasant. I would much prefer forested trails then making my way up a boulder filled creek bed. CommentI just uploaded the GPS for this. I forgot to delete the section leading to my house. Sorry about that. So, when you do this trail...don't walk all the way to my house! :-)
We just did this trail on Aug 25/26, 2009. Trail was very well marked with the usual yellow flashings and additional orange surveyor's tape, which I am sure will be gone by winter's end.
This is trail is not my favorite. Simply because it doesn't offer stunning vistas. The boulder hopping is not hard to do but just not my favorite type of walking. The two short sections of steep climbing isn't sustained enough to get a serious work out. Lastly, the only time you get a view of any kind (at the lake), you end up staring at spraying paint graffiti that some punks have sprayed on to the rocks.
This trail is best hiked at the end of summer when the water level is low. The creek bed would be quite challenging to ascend during rain season or during spring melt when the water is running high.
We camped over night simple for something to do. You can easily make it as a day walk. I wouldn't go back unless someone asked me to take them.
Posted By: sinsational
- Sun May 31 23:18:30 UTC 2009
CommentDidn't make it all the way up. Came into too much snow just before Coliseum creek. Will attempt again next month. curios about the fishing withing Lynn Lake....
Posted By: jd22
- Sun Jul 20 03:15:52 UTC 2008
UpsideCrystal clear water in upper Lynn Creek DownsideLong walk before you actually begin hiking. Very poorly marked trail/streambed to lake. CommentWe got very near the lake, but not actually to it- due to the lack of trail markers and rough terrain. Expect to be jumping around a lot if following the stream bed.