Hiking is a great way to experience the changing of the seasons. Last year we published a list of seven Vancouver-area hikes where you can experience fall colours. This year we’re back with seven more fall hikes brimming with colour and the crunch of leaves underfoot.
Safety First: North Shore Rescue recommends bringing a backpack with essential safety and first aid gear on every hike. Check the forecast and pack extra clothing for the weather. Remember that it gets dark sooner at this time of year. Start your hike early and pack a flashlight just in case. And leave a trip plan so someone knows where you are going and when you will be back. Hiking is a little different during the pandemic. Read our tips for getting outdoors during COVID-19.
Goldie Lake Loop, Mount Seymour Provincial Park
This short and easy trail loops around several small lakes just below the parking area at Mount Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver. In fall the blueberry and heather bushes shift from green to amber and red, lighting up the landscape. Plan to spend about 1.5 hours exploring the 3 km loop. Get directions.
Hollyburn Mountain, Cypress Provincial Park
The hike up to the top of Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver’s Cypress Provincial Park is especially pretty in autumn. The route passes through clumps of black huckleberry bushes that are turning golden this time of year. The view from the top is spectacular too. The 7 km hike takes about 3.5 hours. Get directions. (Heads up: This hike currently requires a day pass.)
Buntzen Lake, Anmore
The trail around Buntzen Lake in Anmore is a great option for fall when a few patches of maples along the shoreline change colour. They really stand out amongst the evergreens. The trail around the lake is mostly flat with a few hills. It’s a 10km loop that takes about 3.5 hours. Get directions.
Golden Ears Canyon Loop, Maple Ridge
Hike the loop trail through Gold Creek Canyon in Golden Ears Park on an autumn day to enjoy the rushing creek and the misty mountain views. Watch for patches of maples and alders along the creek beds, their red leaves standing out against the mossy green forest. The loop hike is 12 km long and takes about 4 hours. Get directions. (Heads up: This hike currently requires a day pass.)
Flood Falls, Hope
The short hike to Flood Falls just outside Hope is even more gorgeous in the autumn when the cascading waters are surrounded by changing leaves. Try to time your visit for after a rainstorm to experience maximum flow. It’s an easy 1km hike that should take about 45 minutes. Get directions.
Four Lakes Loop, Squamish
The Four Lakes Loop trail in Squamish’s Alice Lake Provincial Park passes several picturesque lakes. In autumn, pockets of maples and alders change colour. The most spectacular section is along the Cheekye River at the north end of the loop. The 6 km hike takes about 2 hours. Get directions.
Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest, Squamish
The network of trails around Brohm Lake just north of Squamish loop past the lake and up to gorgeous viewpoints. From the top, gaze down at the leaves changing in the Cheakamus River valley below. There are several trails to choose from so plan to spend up to 4 hours hiking the 7.5km of trails. Get directions.