Belcarra Park - Jug Island trail

Belcarra Park - Jug Island trail near Vancouver, BC


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
6 kms
10hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Vancouver, BC
User Urban trekker
A short 3 km one way trip to one of the beaches and viewpoints within Belcarra Regional Park.

The trail starts by the picnic shelter, crosses Bedwell Bay road and then winds its way up and down through mixed forests with some open views of Bedwell Bay until you drop down to Jug Island beach after about 45 minutes of walking.

Much of the trail is an old road and the GVRD has updated other sections with wooden stairs etc.

The trail will be wet in the winter or after a heavy rain as water likes to take the path of least resistance and in some parts of the trail it is also the creek bed. There is a short trip near the start to a bluff overlooking Bedwell Bay.

There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.

Directions:

Drive through Port Moody to the Ioco Rd turnoff and then follow the signs to Belcarra Regional Park. Do not turn in at White Beach, but continue west until you see the new access road to the parking area at the picnic site.

It is also possible to do this hike by taking the bus to Belcarra--it will drop you off at the entrance to the picnic area.

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By beyondthebottomleftPosted By: beyondthebottomleft  - Tue May 31 02:23:56 UTC 2016 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Moderately easy, very well marked trail with a few ups and downs to keep things interesting. Rewarding beach at the end with great views of Indian Arm. Downside Parking at trailhead limited if the gate to the picnic area at Belcarra Provincial Park is closed. Comment We did this hike in the pouring rain this past weekend รข?? as far as rainy day hikes go, this has got to be one of the better ones. The trail is well-covered with trees, and is only about 45 minutes one-way.

Jug Island is dramatically revealed through the trees as you come over the final rise, and the views of Indian Arm (even on our rainy, foggy day) are beautiful. If it's a sunny day, make sure to bring a picnic to enjoy here (and if it's a rainy day, bring your jet stove and hot chocolate!). This would make a beautiful spot to stop if you were paddling through Indian Arm (a group of canoe-ers was doing just that as we arrived).

If you go in the late spring, make sure to snag some delicious salmonberries on your way back to the trailhead.

Date hiked: May 28, 2016
By RyannimiPosted By: Ryannimi  - Sun Aug 24 16:59:54 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Nice variants of trail conditions. Rewarded with a nice beach. Downside The beach itself can get a little busy with hikers and boaters. Comment Did it with a six, four, and two year old. It was a great longer distance hike with grade changes for them. It warmed them up to some of the bigger hikes.
By jenniferpedrazaPosted By: jenniferpedraza  - Fri Apr 02 04:56:19 UTC 2010 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 Good variety in terrain for beginners and experienced hikers. Well marked trail. Satisfying to arrive at jug island and enjoy a picnic and the view of Indian Arm Downside didn't really find any down side... actually really enjoyed it. Comment worth doing in the morning so that you catch the sun on the beach when you arrive to jug island. I went later in the afternoon so the beach was shady....still beautiful though
By scottchyPosted By: scottchy  - Wed Mar 18 02:00:41 UTC 2009 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 Nice n easy coastal trail with enough points of interest to keep you going, and interested. If you are a geocacher there are a few to grab along this route. Downside ummmm, none. Comment Worth doing.
By stephersPosted By: stephers  - Wed Aug 01 06:43:12 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside a great trail to do after work during the summer... Downside just make sure to get back to your vehicle in time to get on the other side of the gate before 9pm Comment Really enjoyed this trail... we did a brisk walk and were able to complete it in 1.5 hrs with a 15minute break at the ocean's edge!! I felt this was a great moderate trail - easy enough when you're just getting back into hiking after a few years!!
By KmarshallPosted By: Kmarshall  - Sat Jan 28 04:09:21 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Fantastic Trail. Great views of the ocean and the lake and the bay. Great for picnicing. Loved the steep ascents and decents. Kept you on your toes. We went in August. Really great day for a hike. The dogs loved it. We walked all the way around and up to the top for a spectacular view of part of Deep Cove down the burrard inlet. A fantastic hike Downside No downside. Too easy I guess but well it was fun Comment That is true lots of Geese droppings other than that it was lovely
By bigbadbarryPosted By: bigbadbarry  - Thu Jun 09 04:07:31 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Fantastic Trail, well kept, Beautiful View of Bedwell Bay and Indian arm, Beach at end of hike has Outhouse. Downside Fair amount of Marine Traffic at Jug Island Beach. Comment Beautiful Beach with a Hidden Native Artifact, a Water Collecting Basin, Find it if you can!Great place for a picnic, we have been there on Valentines day and loved it!You can reach this beach by water too, did I mention the Great swimming,Crabbing and even Fishing,A bit of a Hike for younger kids, watch for wildlife, BEARS,and allways a Seal watching from the Water.This is a very Romantic Beach and usually has very few People on it.Well worth your time, We Love this Hike, Check it out!
By SlantyBardPosted By: SlantyBard  - Sun May 11 18:06:21 UTC 2003 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 Nice quickie. Perfect for a picnic. It's better to pack your lunch and eat at the beach instead of the picnic area. Lots of kayakers were around as well suggesting that this might be a nice place to kayak. Downside Picnic area = home of the geese and lots of geese droppings


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