Vancouver Hiking Trails RatingCrown Mountain, visible from downtown Vancouver, towers behind Grouse Mountain.  It was appropriately named due to its crown shape over 150 years ago by an English captain charting the area.  This very challenging hike offers some phenomenal views from its summit, deep in the North Shore Mountains. There are three main ways to reach the amazing Crown Mountain.

  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProTremendous views of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProView mountains all the way to Squamish!
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProSkyride to Grouse is fantastic
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProSee grizzly bears on Grouse!
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProMultiple routes, gondola, hike or run
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProShort trail to Crown Mountain
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProVery challenging, but fun trail
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ConWell marked trail is easy to lose
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ConSnow restricts access until summer
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ConSeveral hiker fatalities over the years

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As it is located near Grouse Mountain, the most direct way to reach it is via Grouse Mountain.  You can either hike the Grouse Grind for free or take the SkyRide for about $50 (return). From the Grouse Mountain Chalet the hike to Crown Mountain is 9.4k return and should take about 5 or 6 hours to complete.  If you hike/run the Grouse Grind as well then add 2.9 kilometres to the journey there and 3.5 kilometres to the return (via the BCMC trail adjacent to the Grouse Grind) to get back to your car.  The third and most challenging way to access Crown Mountain is by beginning and ending at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park trailhead. This is a tough, but amazing 20k (one way) route to Crown Mountain through the amazing Lynn Valley.  This access route to Crown Mountain often opens in late June or even July,  Check at the trailhead before you head out on the trail make sure that the trail past Norvan Falls is open. From the Grouse Chalet on Grouse Mountain follow the path under the Peak Chair until you reach the trailhead and hiker check-in station.  From here you follow the marked trail to Crown Mountain.  You can either hike via Dam Mountain, or take the easier Alpine Trail.  Both are roughly the same distance, but the Alpine Trail is a bit easier.

The trail then leads to Little Goat Mountain the descends into Crown Pass.  There are several chain assisted sections here and some tricky scrambling, however, nothing too technical.  Goat Mountain is just .7k from the main trail to Crown Mountain and well worth the look if you have the energy. There are few creeks along the Crown Mountain hike so ensure that you bring lots of water.

Crown Mountain

Trailhead Directions to Crown Mountain

Trailhead ParkingThe parking area at the base of the Grouse Grind and Grouse SkyRide is just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  Leaving Vancouver via the Lions Gate Bridge take the right hand lane after the bridge into North Vancouver.  At the first set of lights you will need to then turn left on Capilano Road.  Follow this to the Grouse Mountain parking lot.  There are pay parking lots or you can park for free on the street nearby.

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