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Best Intermediate Hikes In Metro Vancouver

hikes in vancouver

Local trails are a great way to escape from the city, but what if you’re looking for something more challenging?

After warming up with our list of beginner trails to do in the Spring—check out some of these stunning hikes for Summer, that are a bit more of a challenge.

Intermediate Hikes In Metro Vancouver


Lynn Peak


On the North Shore—this hike is a challenging climb but the view from the top makes it all worth it. It’s often compared to the Grouse Grind, but it’s a lot less crowded.

  • Time: 4 hours
  • Distance: 9km
  • Elevation Gain: 720 meters

Norvan Falls


This North Vancouver hike takes you through the lush forests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and leads you to a gorgeous waterfall. 

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 14km
  • Elevation Gain: minimal

Hollyburn Mountain


A stunning North Shore hike that offers spectacular views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and the Lions off in the distance. 

  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Distance: 7km
  • Elevation Gain: 450 meters

Eagle Bluffs


This gorgeous and scenic hike is located on the rocky slopes above Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver.

  • Time: 4 hours
  • Distance: 8km
  • Elevation Gain: 350 meters

St. Mark’s Summit


A part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail, which spans over 30 kilometers from Cypress to near the Sea to Sky Highway’s Porteau Cove. This hike is along the first part of the route and offers awesome views of Howe Sound.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 11km
  • Elevation Gain: 460 meters

Lindeman Lake


This trail in Chilliwack offers spectacular views—taking you uphill to Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake.

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Distance: 3.4km
  • Elevation Gain: 300 meters

Sumas Mountain


Check out this cool hike in Abbotsford, which is a part of the Centennial Trail.

  • Time: 6.5 hours
  • Distance: 13.5km
  • Elevation Gain: 715 meters

Velodrome Trail


A trail referred to as Burnaby’s Grind—this hike involves walking up more than 500 wooden stairs before it leads into the Pandora Trail for the rest of the route.

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Distance: 3 km
  • Elevation Gain: 240 meters

Sendero Diez Vistas


It gets its name from having 10 incredible views. The hike overlooks Indian Arm and makes its way around the Buntzen Lake area. 

  • Time: 6.5 hours
  • Distance: 15km
  • Elevation Gain: 460 meters

Stawamus Chief


If you feel like getting out of Vancouver, go to Squamish and hike The Chief. It’s a popular one that offers views of Howe Sound and several mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. There’s three peaks—you can choose to do them all or just one.

  • Time: 6 hours
  • Distance: 11km
  • Elevation Gain: 600 meters

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