Lynn Loop - Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Lynn Loop - Lynn Headwaters Regional Park near Vancouver, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
4 kms
2hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Vancouver, BC
User alexk

NTS Map: 092G06

This interpretive loop, provides an excellent introduction to the heavily forested (2nd Growth) mountainside and rugged terrain. This hike is very popular with hikers who are not looking for a major Grind (as in Grouse Grind) and, who may even want to run it. It is open all year round, as it is a lower elevation hike. The Lynn Headwaters park also provides good access to other backcountry hikes. There are a number of trails that branch off the main loop trail including a a 20 min hike up to a viewpoint (there is a sign indicating this). It gives you an open view back to Vancouver. There is also a much longer hike that takes you to Lynn Peak, however this is not open in the winter. You'll see the signs for various natural attractions, including a sign identifying the large "boulders" to the side of the trail (just in case you were mistake them !?). the trail itself is quite wide, although rocky and rooty in sections, you'll see plenty of evidence of giant trees that were logged out earlier this century. The 2nd growth forest is impressive though.

Our 3D map shows the short Lynn Loop trail only, where hikers take the switchbacks back down to Lynn Creek gravel path to complete the trail. Good anytime of the year, the park entrance has washrooms, adequate parking, and, picnic areas. One of the best local trails around for convenience, and, access to much more. There are over 20km of developed trails. It is wilderness area though, so keep this in mind. Somewhere in the park (not on the Lynn Loop trail itself) is a memorial to an airline flight that went down one mountain back in 1947 or so. The plane was found a only few years ago, that's how remote the terrain is just a few kilometers back.

To get to Lynn Headwaters, take the Second Narrows bridge or Lion's Gate bridge, and get onto the Trans Canada Highway (Upper levels) heading West if approaching from Second Narrows, East from Lions Gate. Take the Lynn Valley Road exit off the Upper Levels Highway and follow Lynn Valley Road north, past the turnoff to Lynn Canyon Park, to the end. Cross the bridge over Lynn Creek staying right (instead of left on the gravel road), and proceed on foot to the yellow metal gate marking the boundary between Lynn Headwaters and the Seymour Demonstration Forest. Go left to the Lynn Loop trail, as it climbs fairly steeply initially. Once it levels off, you are hiking along the side of Lynn Canyon, and, this continues for another kilomter or so until you see a sign indicating your descent via a number of switchbacks. This is the shorter loop.

If you click on "view/download GPS" you will see a preview of the GPS track that you can download for use in your own unit, although this trail is quite easy to find and follow, sometimes using a GPS unit takes the guesswork out of finding the trailhead.


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By Caitlin BrookePosted By: Caitlin Brooke  - Fri Jun 21 02:23:01 EDT 2013 Not Rated Upside There are so many upsides... It's a loop so you can start by going either way - to the left, or to the right. I have been on a going to the right binge lately. Once you go right you start a gradual incline that then turns into a good thigh and calf burner (running it) that lasts a few kms. I definitely have to take a few breaks to huff and puff it out. You can go left at the start and warm up with the nice, very gradual incline, switchback in the middle and come down the hilly way. I love the variety this trail offers. I run it, so takes about 45 mins. Hiking probably double? Therefore, it makes a very doable weekday hike/trail run. Downside Sometimes it gets too busy, esp. on a nice weekend afternoon. Almost impossible to find parking sometimes. Comment I probably couldn't live without the Lynn Loop. I should also note that my GPS reports the distance about 5.5 km. Club Tread reports it as 5.2. Not sure which is accurate but I think it's longer than the 4km stated above.
By trailrunnerPosted By: trailrunner  - Fri Sep 18 23:59:42 EDT 2009 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside
This is a report on â??larger Lynn Loopâ??(turning at Third Debris Chute).
Lower route is often smooth and can get a good speed going for the run, especially from Lynn loop trail.
Downside
Despite the almost flat trail, it is very rooty and rock at upper side of the trail. Because of the state of the trail, it is very difficult to be able to run fast enough to get hard breathing going there. Quite muddy and wet after the rain for a long time. It is quite dark and surface is rather difficult to see unless the sun is very strong. At the upper trails, it is easy to get lost if you cannot see the trail markings made with the yellow tag. No view. The upper route is the worst flat trail to run I recall by a wide margin.
Comment
(39mins to Third Debris Chute from the Lynn Headwaterâ??s parking gate by taking â??upper routeâ??. Return is 17mins. Total to go & return took 56mins. There was no rest taken. Had a hamstring injury & would go another 3-5mins faster under normal circumstances. Fast technical runner can do in 45mins.)

There are two minor view points at upper route. Upper path goes through understory of a forest, so there is little differentiator between the trail and other bare forest floor sometimes.
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Fri May 11 18:38:48 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside A good early season walk. Downside Can be busy - some muddy sections. Comment There has been significant tree damage from the winter storms of 2006 - trail has been cleared of deadfall and the resulting damage has opened up the views somewhat - hardest hit area is from the start to boulders signpost.
By Data_bPosted By: Data_b  - Fri Jul 08 16:35:08 EDT 2005 Not Rated Upside Best time to complete, 42 minutes. Downside Can get a little dark in the early evening. Comment The best lil workout around.
By cdickinPosted By: cdickin  - Mon Apr 18 17:13:44 EDT 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Excellent workout if you start at the Landfill close to Cap College and make your way up to Lynn Canyon and continue and do either the Lynn Loop of Lynn Peak. About 20K round trip. Downside muddy after rain, especially the Lynn Loop upper trail Comment Hiked from Landfill and did Lynn Loop on April 16, 2005. Good exercise.
By mountainjanePosted By: mountainjane  - Mon Apr 11 15:28:09 EDT 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Very fun trail run. Rooty and rocky on the upper section. pretty forest canopy and creeks Comment Fast and fun
By mountainjanePosted By: mountainjane  - Mon Apr 11 15:27:58 EDT 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Very fun trail run. Rooty and rocky on the upper section. pretty forest canopy and creeks Comment Fast and fun
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Sat Mar 27 18:27:03 EST 2004 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Comment There is trail construction going on from the junction with the Lower Seymour access road to near the Lynn Peak sign - trail was muddy and slick - don't know how long this upgrade will take.
Trail was busy with a large group of Japanese hikers on it plus a number of dogs giving there owners a good workout.
By seawallrunnerPosted By: seawallrunner  - Sun Feb 29 23:22:06 EST 2004 Not Rated Upside lovely hike - dog friendly too Downside no downsides Comment a slight correction - Lynn Peak trail is open year-round, and makes a good workout for those allergic to the Grouse Grind crowds. We saw only 6 people on the Lynn Peak trail this morning, when coming back down from the peak
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Tue Jun 18 21:08:37 EDT 2002 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside A good all season loop with a viewpoint that provides some good views of the Lower Mainland. Due in a counter clockwise way for a more gradual climb. Provides access to the more challenging Lynn Peak. Downside Not a lot of scenery except for the viewpoint. could be a little muddy in wet weather Comment Hiked this on June 16, 2002 - the trip to the viewpoint is more like 5 minutes each way.
A good hike that provides some exercise at the same time.


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