Wow, I am really slacking the posts for hikes/trails/walks etc. This hike is HIGHLY recommended for the summertime. Super fun but you have to get there early.
Recommend being there at 7:45AM as it opens at 8AM. The line already forms before it “officially” opens. There are limited kayaks, so you have to hurry!! If you have your own then you’re good. The next best time to come is probably late afternoon like 2-3PM when people are heading back from there.
- Kayak for an hour or less (if you’re synchronized with your squad)
- Hike for an hour or so
- Hang out/swim play/lunch etc
- Hike back for an hour
- Kayak back for an hour
You’re looking at spending roughly 5 hours there!
- Water Shoes or flip flops for the kayak part
- Shoes for the hike
- Bathing Suit
- Waterproof gadgets for recording awesome footage!
***** 5/5 trail hands down.
Time: The lookout was 1 minute away from the parking lot. The small trail that had no loop around so you have to back track or walk through the residential areas/roads but you get to pass by the nice scenery/semi private beach..
Difficulty: Not difficult at all. There’s not really a proper trail here. From the parking lot, the best view is at the “lookout” which is just a couple steps away.
Crowded-level: The lookout wasn’t too crowded when we went but the park/beach side was very popular – especially with scuba divers.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t come here for the trail – but for the “beach/park” portion.
NOTE NUMBER ONE: do not search up crystal falls on your Google Maps. It will take you along side on the road .. literally .. but you won’t be able to see it because of all the trees etc. You have to search “Karley Crescent” and park at the residential area..
The end of the trail is anti-climatic. The waterfall/stream is very yellow and dirty looking… It seems like there’s something in the stream that’s making it all yellow and it also had stuff forming in the water.
Time: It’s a short/flat-ish trail but it was very muddy .. maybe because we went the first day it was sunny. Took about 30 minutes 1 way maybe?
Difficulty: It wasn’t hard at all. Just very muddy..
Crowded-level: There were a lot of dogs on this trail because it’s dog friendly.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to others unless they want a “lazy” trail with a small waterfall at the end for the ‘gram.
It was more confusing than we thought. Before you get onto the suspension bridge, there’s a pathway on your left that leads you to the Baden Powell Trail which takes 1 – 1.5 hours (no thanks). Then after you pass the suspension bridge, you can either turn left or right. Going right will take you to the Twin Falls / Bridge and going left will take you to the 30 foot pool area /trail.
The last time I was here, there wasn’t man-made pathways. Now, there is a lot of man-made pathways which makes it very friendly for everyone. There’s a lot of dogs and they’re supposed to be on a leash most of the time. I think the only exception is when they play in the water by the river. However, others would say otherwise. We saw two men get into a verbal argument about the dog being on the leash. The dog owner said, “how is my dog supposed to swim with a leash on” and the other guy took photos of the dog without the leash / swimming in the pool. Some people just need to chill out and lighten up about some things. #smh
Even though it was a hot day, we were covered by the trees so there was a lot of shade – which was nice.
Highly recommended for lazy people. The other trails that we didn’t go to are probably for the advanced hikers / not-so-lazy people… 🙂
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Originally wanted to go to Deep Cove but due to an accident/massive delay in the traffic flow, we had to reroute and go elsewhere. Decided to go here even though we had no idea what it looked like or how long it took. We did not expect it to be such a long trail….
It took us 2.5 hours round trip – pretty much one big circle around the outer layer of SFU Burnaby.
There were a lot of trees in the way of the view / docks as we traveled along the path. A lot of people were going the opposite way as us so we thought we were going the wrong way … There are A LOT of different trails that you can start from and you will pass by other trails that people walk on.
We started on the Trans-Canada Trail behind the playground at Burnaby Mountain Park (right by the Horizon Restaurant). There were two routes (going up or going down) so we chose the route that went up thinking we would get more viewpoints.
Eventually we finished the Trans-Canada Trail and moved onto the Cougar Creek Trail. After the steep trail, we continued along Barnet Trail which was flatter and easy on the ankles … We passed by a Bike park which led us to a parking lot where we continued on the Mountain Air Trail. Then to get to the Burnaby Mountain Park Parking Lot faster, we had to take the Velodrome Trail which was the 500 stairs path.. Then we had to take the last trail which was the Pandora Trail back to the parking lot. However, there are TWO pandora trails.. You either turned left or right. We didn’t know and saw the first Pandora Trail sign which made us turn RIGHT and we ended up in a neighbourhood with nothing left… Had to backtrack and past where we came from and up a step where we saw another post saying this is also the Pandora Trail..
TL;DR – Trans-Canada Trail from Burnaby Mountain Parking Lot -> Cougar Creek Trail > Barnet Trail > Mountain Air Trail > Velodrome Trail > Pandora Trail > Back to the top of Burnaby Mountain Park
A little sad that the best view was at the top of Burnaby Mountain Park (where we started), but also a little proud we didn’t give up and turn back!
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The sunshine was calling me out to do a casual stroll around Deer Lake. We did the Deer Lake Trail in under an hour with the occasion stops at the benches to enjoy the sunshine, lake, and turtles!!!!! There are so many things to discover when you walk this flat and easy trail.. Take your time and enjoy every angle of the “lake”.
Crowded – 👌: a lot of owners with their dogs or elderly people enjoying a stroll around the lake
View – 👌👍: a lot of beautiful spots to sit and relax and soak in the sun and scenery
Difficulty – 👎: was super duper easy because it was flat with a man-made walk way.
Definitely would go again after kayaking!!
Weather wasn’t the greatest but it wasn’t burning hot either. It was pretty much good hiking weather. This trail is fairly easy and quick to do. Having a nice picnic on top while admiring the view is highly suggested.
Crowded – moderate – lots of dogs with their owners coming down as we went up
View – moderate – elevation is high enough to get a nice view but it isn’t significant
Difficulty – easy – casual stroll; anyone could do this
I’m definitely coming back here when it is sunnier and to take better pictures on my new phone. 🙂