Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
280.00 m (918.64 ft)
Trail type
4.50 km (2.80 mi)
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Jug Island Trail isn't one of the greatest adventures in the Lower Mainland, but it is peaceful escape from the city with beautiful old-growth forest in spite of its short length. If you're looking for a quick run, a walk for those with low mobility, or adventure for kids who love to stop and explore, this is a great option. While the route is wide for the most part, there are some stairs to negotiate. The trail follows a ridge that undulates, going up and down on several occasions. This adds a bit of a challenge to an otherwise wide trail. The trail ends at Cosy Cove, just across from the titular Jug Island.

The trailhead is adjacent to the Belcarra Picnic Area to the north. Look for signs beside the treeline. The start is a little tricky as there are several paths, but if you follow the signage you'll be well on your way. The route is fairly straightforward with plenty of wide open woods, cliffy sections, and old growth. After a steep descent and steep climb, you get to a ridge that follows well-rooted trail. The trail descends steeply once again in rubbly condition. At the base is Cosy Cove and Jug Island. This is an excellent midway point. It loses sun by around 4 or 5 p.m. in the summer. From here, return from whence you came.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

National or state forest pass

Open Year-round



Short. Good trail. Beautiful old-growth forest. Easy access. Plenty of open tree areas for play and exploring.


Busy. Not very wild.

Trailhead Elevation

65.62 ft (20.00 m)

Highest point

291.99 ft (89.00 m)


Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Historically significant
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



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