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.
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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Posted By: beyondthebottomleft
- Tue May 31 02:23:56 UTC 2016
UpsideModerately 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. DownsideParking at trailhead limited if the gate to the picnic area at Belcarra Provincial Park is closed. CommentWe did this hike in the pouring rain this past weekend â?? 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
Posted By: Ryannimi
- Sun Aug 24 16:59:54 UTC 2014
UpsideNice variants of trail conditions. Rewarded with a nice beach. DownsideThe beach itself can get a little busy with hikers and boaters. CommentDid 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.
Posted By: jenniferpedraza
- Fri Apr 02 04:56:19 UTC 2010
UpsideGood 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 Downsidedidn't really find any down side... actually really enjoyed it. Commentworth 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
Posted By: scottchy
- Wed Mar 18 02:00:41 UTC 2009
UpsideNice 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. Downsideummmm, none. CommentWorth doing.
Posted By: stephers
- Wed Aug 01 06:43:12 UTC 2007
Upsidea great trail to do after work during the summer... Downsidejust make sure to get back to your vehicle in time to get on the other side of the gate before 9pm CommentReally 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!!
Posted By: Kmarshall
- Sat Jan 28 04:09:21 UTC 2006
UpsideFantastic 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 DownsideNo downside. Too easy I guess but well it was fun CommentThat is true lots of Geese droppings other than that it was lovely
Posted By: bigbadbarry
- Thu Jun 09 04:07:31 UTC 2005
UpsideFantastic Trail, well kept, Beautiful View of Bedwell Bay and Indian arm, Beach at end of hike has Outhouse. DownsideFair amount of Marine Traffic at Jug Island Beach. CommentBeautiful 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!
Posted By: SlantyBard
- Sun May 11 18:06:21 UTC 2003
UpsideNice 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. DownsidePicnic area = home of the geese and lots of geese droppings