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Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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  • The trail is general well signed.- Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain
  • At the base of the boulder field with the clouds obscuring Crown Mountain (to the right) and Goat Mountain (to the left).- Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain
  • The view from the scramble down the Hanes Valley.- Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain
  • The steep final ascent of Crown Mountain opens up views north into the Capilano Watershed.- Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain
  • The view from the summit of Crown Mountain over Vancouver and the Georgia Strait.- Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain
  • Above the clouds looking toward Goat Mountain and Grouse.- Hanes Valley + Crown Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Variety of forest and terrain. Transit accessible.
Cons: 
Crowded in summer.
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Region:
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,276.00 m (4,186.35 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
22.60 km (14.04 mi)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
241.00 m (790.68 ft)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Hanes Valley Trail perhaps best epitomizes the accessible yet challenging nature of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains. Starting at the popular Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, hikers meander through the temperate rainforests via a smooth, wide path nestled along the bank of Lynn Creek. Large conifers abound, obscuring both the surrounding peaks and most obvious signs of the park’s logging history.

The crowds disappear and the trail thins as the route progresses past Norvan Falls, occasionally to the point of testing route-finding skills. Suddenly the cedars and firs give way, replaced by alder and blackberries. Black bears frequent this area, while the low growth allows for some impressive views of both the valley that's been traveled and the boulder scramble that's ahead.

The 1-kilometer scramble beneath Crown Mountain combines car-sized boulders with loose sections of scree before a final muddy ascent into the thin strip of temperate forest that lines the saddle between Goat and Crown mountains. The ascent is exposed and unrelenting, so fill up with water on warm days at the base of the scramble.

For hikers who enjoyed the boulder field ascent, turn right to continue the mud-rock scramble on the out-and back extension to the stunning views atop the summit of Crown Mountain, the highest peak on the north shore and the origin of the boulders previously traversed. The shorter option is to turn left at the junction and follow the well-marked trail along the ridge to Grouse Mountain Resort.

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