Burnaby Mountain

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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Burnaby Mountain


  • The trail offers gentle climbing to start.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Thick, lush forests.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Flat and flowy from the beginning.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Very little technical riding.- Burnaby Mountain
  • There are a few root sections.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Woodwork along the trail.- Burnaby Mountain
  • The trail switchbacks up and down the mountain.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Riding the trails at Burnaby Mountain.- Burnaby Mountain
  • The forest opens up and lets light through.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Fern foliage on Burnaby Mountain.- Burnaby Mountain
  • There are a few bridge crossings along the trails.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Steep sections allow you to build up some speed for the pedal sections.- Burnaby Mountain
  • The lower section is a bit rougher and more technical.- Burnaby Mountain
  • Some old-school skinnies to test your skills.- Burnaby Mountain
Overview + Weather
Close to town. Bus shuttles. Well marked.
Busy. Stays wet.
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
110.00 m (360.89 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Total Distance: 
0.00 km (0.00 mi)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
90.00 m (295.28 ft)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Located on the top of Burnaby Mountain in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area just 40 minutes from Vancouver, Simon Fraser University has a network of multi-use trails that stretch all across its campus. The southeastern side of the mountain has steeper trails that are much better suited to mountain bikes, but these trails do allow hikers as well. Some of the trails have been around for many years, while other have been added more recently. They range from easy to moderate for both climbing and descending, while some of the more difficult trails have some wooden features and steeps.

From the parking area on the main hill, the climb begins for a few hundred meters on the road until the trail to Sidewinder appears on the right. The trail is well posted and well groomed with a few switchbacks that make the climb quite easy. Linking up to Mel's Trail sends you across the mountain with some great flowing ups and downs, but it does have a couple of really steep gullies to maneuver. Nicole's is one of the original trails that has seen some care and now runs more like a blue square. The trail is a bit rough and still has an old-school and technical feel with tree rides and steep rock gardens. Nicole's brings you out to the parking area, and another quick climb gets you up to sidewinder and back to Mel's.

Riding Mel's for the second time lets you speed up because you know where to carry speed. Gearjammer crosses Mel's near the end and begins to descend quickly. Steep and technical, Lower Gearjammer and Uppercut run fast and may have some deep puddles to avoid in certain seasons. Lower Snake mellows out and winds down the mountain over forest-covered ridges and thick ferns before eventually leading you back out to the main road.

There are many trails on the SFU campus on Burnaby Mountain. If you have the time and energy, it is easy to spend the entire day here exploring new routes and loops.

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