An ever-changing group of Loopers set out to conquer the Baden Powell Trail travelling East to West from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. The hike was done in four segments over a two week period. The total distance is about 50 km and so divided nicely into 4 segments of around 12 km each. We were fortunate in having sunny, but generally not too warm weather for the entire time.
June 30: Part 1 – Deep Cove to Lynn Headwaters
On the first day of our journey 10 Loopers convened at the foot of Gallant Avenue in Deep Cove at 9 am. After the obligatory starting selfie the group set off up the trail to Quarry Rock. This trail is very popular and heavily traveled, with much of it on stairs and boardwalks. There were a fair number of people on this part of the trail and enjoying the view from the rock.
We paused at Quarry Rock to admire the view and then continued on our way. From this point on we met very few people. The trail turned north and then west climbing above North Vancouver. There were several descents and ascents to cross the Seymour River, another creek, and then down to Lynn Creek. Upon reaching the bank of Lynn Creek we paused for a rest and snack before proceeding up the creek to the suspension bridge. As we approached the bridge the number of folks on the trail increased again.
After crossing the bridge we continued north toward Lynn Headwaters Park, and after ascending yet another flight of steps we emerged near the End of the Line store. Part of the group departed from the end point and the rest traveled back to Deep Cove via bus, where post-hike refreshments were enjoyed at The Raven Pub.
Note: A small group of Loopers completed this hike the day previous. A description of their adventures may be found here.
Morning in Deep Cove
Up the steps
Deep Cove from Quarry Rock
At Quarry Rock
On the trail agaib
and more steps
Julie finds a spot to relax
Lynn Creek interlude
Lynn Creek interlude
Lynn Creek interlude
Navigating the debris
Lynn Creek Suspension Bridge
Upper Lynn Creek
July 2: Part 2 – Lynn Headwaters to Grouse Mountain
This morning 11 Loopers met at the appointed hour of 9:00 am at the End of the Line Store. A few took the opportunity to grab a coffee and snack and we got an unsuspecting bystander to take the starting selfie before we headed up the road to Lynn Headwaters Park.
The walk up the road provided an opportunity to get loosened up before confronting our first climb of the day, up several flights of steps. The trail continued to climb into the woods above North Vancouver, with a number of trails branching off. For part of the way the trail was shared with mountain bikers.
After crossing several bridges we reached a sort-of viewpoint (much of the view now obscured by trees) where we paused for a brief break. Continuing on we once again descended to cross Mosquito Creek and subsequently the East and West branches of McKay Creek.
From there the trail slowly descended to the base of Grouse Mountain where we encountered the bottom of the Grouse Grind Trail, with many folks headed up it, many of whom clearly did not know what they were in for.
We posed for the ending selfie at the base of the trail. Some Loopers departed at this point while the rest bused to Lonsdale Quay where we reconvened at the Cheshire Cheese for our usual post-hike libations.
Up the stairs
Alan and Dave
Crossing a bridge
Up we go
Dave and Angela
Michael and Jean
July 7: Part 3 – Cleveland Dam to Cypress Bowl
Today’s group met at the Cleveland Dam, having decided that Loopers avoid walking on roads whenever possible and we would thus skip the walk from Grouse Mountain to the dam. This morning the group had expanded to 14. The starting selfie was taken with the photographer not quite making it fully into the shot.
After crossing Cleveland Dam, once again the trek started with an up-hill climb (but no stairs for a change) with the first part under a power line just above the top streets of West Vancouver. Eventually the trail departed from the power line and headed upward. Shortly we descended to Brothers Creek where a bridge spanned the creek and offered a view of the cascade above. On the other side of the bridge was an impressive flight of steps to take us back up.
We continued up Hollyburn Mountain and arrived at First Lake and Hollyburn Lodge, where we stopped for a lunch break. After leaving the lodge we continued up the mountain, shortly running into patched of snow. As we climbed we came upon a number of places where the snow covered the trail and we had to tread cautiously.
Following along cross-country ski trails we made our way down to the Cypress Bowl parking area. Post -hike refreshments were enjoyed at the Crazy Raven Bar in the lodge at Cypress Bowl.
Along the trail
Yes we go up there!
McKay Creek bridge
Up we go
Lunch at Hollyburn Lodge
Even more snow
Last of the snowy bits
The bridge not taken
Creek crossing #1
Creek crossing #2
July 10: Part 4 – Cypress Bowl to Horseshoe Bay
This morning the group was back to 10 Loopers. We met at the end-point, leaving some cars there and driving up to the start at Cypress Bowl. The hike started with a trek up Black Mountain since every good hike should have a climb. We stopped briefly at Cabin Lake where we were greeted by birds and beasts (small ones) and then admired the view from the top of Black Mountain.
From there it was a gradual descent to Eagle Bluffs where we stopped for a break and to admire the view over the city. Obviously a popular spot because as we rested we were descended upon by various critters, winged and four-legged.
The rest of the journey was a more or less steady downhill trek, starting with a steep rocky descent down Eagle Bluffs. This was followed by a trail, steep in places, through the woods and then a scramble down a boulder field.
The trail leveled out a bit and we made a slight diversion to pass near Whyte Lake where the group waited while Michael had a brief plunge into the lake. From there it was another brief downhill trek to the trail-head across from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.
After posing for the ending selfie at the foot of the trail we made our way into Horseshoe Bay where we de-briefed over beverages at the Olive & Anchor and congratulated ourselves for completing our mission.
Janet’s fashionable headgear
Heading up Black Mountain
Onward up Black Mountain
Along the trail
Michael teases a bird
Black Mountain summit
Down we go
Along the boardwalk
Down to Eagle Bluffs
View of West Van
Raven closeup #1
Rven closeup #2
Dave and Alan
Julie and Alan
Dave is attacked by ravenous chipmunk
About to descend
Down the bluffs
Negotiating rock fall
Negotiating rock field
View of Black Mountain through the trees
Michael takes a dip
Near Whyte Lake
Well earned post-hike refreshments