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Belcarra Bluffs Lookout Trail near Vancouver

Belcarra Bluffs Lookout Trail near Vancouver

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As much as I love winter sports, there comes a time every year that I start to look forward to snow-free activities and snow-free hikes near Vancouver. The Belcarra Bluffs Lookout trail isn’t a huge hike but it has great views, beautiful forest and is a great option for hikes near Vancouver this spring.

Belcarra Bluffs Hike, Vancouver

belcarra bluffs hike near vancouver

The Belcarra Bluffs hike is in Belcarra Regional Park near Port Moody, about an hour east of Vancouver. The Belcarra Bluffs lookout viewpoint looks out onto the entrance to Indian Arm, towards Burnaby and the North Shore Mountains. You can see Deep Cove and even Downtown Vancouver in the distance.

The hike begins from Belcarra Regional Park parking lot and can be done as a loop or an out and back. If there’s a loop trail available, then I’m always going to choose the loop!

Enter Belcarra Regional Park from the Tum-Tumay-Whueton Drive road and aim to get there early on a sunny weekend. It’s a super popular park with limited parking on sunny weekends!

From the parking lot, walk towards the bathrooms and stick left, look for the small trail and signpost that heads into the forest. This is the Springboard Trail.

Soon, you’ll cross over a gravel path, go straight over it to stick to the Springboard Trail. This trail takes you on switchbacks through the forest and has a bit of elevation to get you warmed up. After the third switchback (which bends around to the left), look for a small sign that marks the Springboard Trail. Then, 10-15 metres past this, there’s an unmarked, faint trail up through the forest. We missed this the first time around, you have to look closely but the trail is there!

This trail gets quite steep and it climbs quickly. You’ll come out to a junction, here go left then follow a trail down over some rocks before following it right and climbing up again. There are no trail markers on this section, but if you look at the ground you can see where other people have walked and made a trail.

belcarra bluffs hike near vancouver
belcarra bluffs hike near vancouver

As the tree canopy begins to open up, there’s an unmarked 4-way junction. Here, go right. It’s not the most obvious of trails, you can use my Strava map or this All Trails map and your phone GPS to check you’re still heading the right way.

You’ll head slightly downhill and see a junction going down to the right as well as a trail to your left. At this time, to get to the Belcarra Bluffs lookout, you’ll take the junction to your right. It’s quite a steep descent but you’ll shortly come out to viewpoint!

Enjoy the view (we even got it to ourselves for a bit!) and then, when you’re ready, head back up that hill to the junction. This time, go right (i.e. not the way you came), and follow this path downhill towards the Admiralty Point trail.

As you come out to a flatter trail, make a right and enjoy the relatively flat Admiralty Point trail back t the parking lot.

This trail has beautiful views of the ocean that are worth stopping off at as you head back. If you’re keen on post-hike swims, this is a great spot for it!

belcarra bluffs hike near vancouver

Belcarra Bluffs stats

  • Elevation: 300 m
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Important things to know about Belcarra Bluffs

  • Dogs are allowed on leash.
  • Always practice leave no trace ethics.
  • Take bear spray, you’re hiking in bear country! And remember your bear safety tips
  • Be adventure smart: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

What to pack for hikes near Vancouver

Wondering what to pack for hiking near Vancouver? Here’s my packing list for day hikes.