Click on "view/download GPS" to see a preview of the GPS data for this trail. If you have a GPS unit you can download this data and load it into your unit using the G7toWIN shareware which supports GARMIN GPS amoungst others. It helps you stay on track because in this case there are lots of "tributary" trails that can be confusing at times. Otherwise follow the general directions below.
The Baden-Powell trail runs from Deep Cove all the way to Horseshoe bay, and provides many variations of hikes done in smaller segments. This segment of the Baden Powell trail was suggested by Peggy Moir, who has provided a list of trails well suited to those who don't want a lot of elevation gain. Having said that, this trail does have some steeper sections and gulleys, which can be slippery, especially if venturing off the main route.
A common theme with Peggy and her husband are hikes that involve a turnaround point around ?lunch time?, and, blueberries (alas not on this trail). The lunch point here is the Grouse Mountain Sky-ride area.
Basic directions are to enter the trail from the upper end of St. Mary's, that you get to via Upper Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Take upper Lonsdale (or St. Georges) all the way to the top, then turn right for a few blocks until you reach St. Mary's. Drive up to the end of St. Mary's and you'll find a small parking area suitable for hikers. The trail merges with Baden-Powell, which you takes you roughly to the Sky-ride on Grouse Mountain, have lunch, and turn around. After entering the trail, you can follow the Powerline to Mosquito Creek, cross the bridge, and then get back on the Baden-Powell trail. There are lots of views along the trail, hence Peggy's vote for staying in the open. As we've marked there are other options, as marked above.
This trail is available all year round, however, since it is at a somewhat higher elevation, you may encounter some snow in winter.
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Posted By: vercammen
- Sun Mar 06 16:49:17 UTC 2005
UpsideEasy to access. Very little urbran sprawl to interupt hike. Some good views. DownsideNot too many unusual things to observe along the way. CommentWear good shoes or boots because trail is not well developed in some sections. It took us 4 hours in total at a reasonable pace with one 30 minute stop.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Wed Mar 05 13:51:23 UTC 2003
UpsideGood any time of the year - several older spurs provide many loop opportunities CommentThere are two changes to note: 1. you can no longer park at the top of St Mary's road - you will have to walk the last bit to the trail head. 2. There is a sturdy steel bridge over Abeyard Creek which now makes this section of the B-P trail much more enjoyable and safe.
Posted By: fatherofL&S
- Mon Nov 11 03:54:03 UTC 2002
UpsideNice walk, with occasional view DownsideOut of the question with small kids in a rainy day, as the middle part of the trail offers very narrow very slippery passes; can be dangerous. CommentIn a rainy day, you will find a small creek that is too dangerous to pass - due to mud/rock slide. This is about a 1KM from destination.