I try to write about off-the-beaten path hikes, mostly because there’s less written about them, but also because my anti-social tendencies mean I tend to seek out trails with fewer people. But, sometimes the weather or my schedule means exploring further afield is impossible, and I go back to an old all-season easy-going favourite.
Lynn Loop is a North Vancouver hike that is incredibly accessible, very pretty, and mostly easy, with just enough of a leg burn to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. From Lynn Headwaters park, head across the bridge and follow the signs. There are several trail options, but they're all well-marked and hard to miss.
It takes you from a beautiful park, alongside a raging river and up through a pretty impressive forest, all within a 5 km loop – and a 15 minute drive from east (east) Van. Plus, it’s dog-friendly!
All of that combine to make it a very popular trail. If you wake up late on a sunny Saturday, I’d skip it – you’ll be parking in the overflow lot’s overflow lot and dodging people all over the trail (though still fewer than on the Sea Wall or Grind gauntlet) - and do something like a Crystal Falls instead, but on misty days or early morning weekend wake ups it’s a great choice.
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 5 KM
Elevation gain: Minimal (but there is a section you'll feel it in)
Driving time from Vancouver: 20 minutes
Worth-It Factor: 7/10