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The Diez Vistas trail at Buntzen Lake is a popular Vancouver hike. It’s full name, Sendero Diez Vistas, means path of ten views. There are 10 viewpoints along the trail with most of them looking out over the Indian Arm towards Mt Seymour. Though the elevation change on this hike isn’t huge, don’t underestimate it as the terrain is often rooty and rocky meaning it’s not the easiest hike near Vancouver!
If you’re looking to hike the Diez Vistas trail, here’s everything you need to know before you go.
The Diez Vistas Trail, Buntzen Lake
This guide includes information on the hike, what to expect and other Vancouver hikes you should try.
How to get to the Diez Vistas trailhead
The Diez Vistas trailhead is at Buntzen Lake in Port Moody, about 30km from downtown Vancouver. Buntzen Lake gets extremely busy in the summer months and on sunnier weekends year round so go early if you plan to complete this hike. It’s not unusual for the road and parking lot to the lake to be closed to traffic.
What to know before going
- Best time to hike Diez Vistas: You can hike this trail year round though please pack microspikes when hiking late autumn – spring as there’s often snow/ice on the trail.
- 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.
- Pack your 10 essentials
- Remember to leave no trace
- This trail is dog friendly (on leash)
- Check AllTrails for a Diez Vistas trail map.
The Diez Vista Trail Hike Guide
The Diez Vista hike begins from the far end of the main Buntzen Lake parking lot to the one you drove in on.
We hiked the trail clockwise, which begins from the southern end of the parking lot. You can also hike this anti-clockwise if you start from the far end of the parking lot.
To hike it anti-clockwise, follow the signs at the bottom of the carpark and begin walking through the woods. You’ll soon come to a small bridge that crosses over a marshy areas at the southern end of the lake. Once you’ve crossed this bridge, the trail crosses a service road then bends round to the right, through the forest and begins climbing.
You’ll come to a junction with Horseshoe Trail, but continue straight to stay on the Diez Vistas trail.
After several kilometres, hike under the power lines and continue climbing.
When you reach the switchbacks you’re at the steepest part of the trail.
At the end of the switchbacks you’re rewarded with a view of Sasaamat Lake and Belcarra Regional Park. If it’s a clear day you should also be able to see Vancouver and Burnaby in the distance.
Not long after is your second viewpoint which looks over Buntzen Lake.
Continuing on, you’ll hike along a ridge with glimpses of the Indian Arm. Though there are several viewpoints along this stretch, many are overgrown and it’s hard to count 10 viewpoints in total on the Diez Vistas trail! Keep your eyes open to see what you can find.
The trail is well marked and often busy. Eventually you’ll head down a steep gravel section and see a trail forking to the left. At the point you’ll begin heading back in the direction you came, crossing a suspension bridge at the north end of the lake.
This area is usually a lot more peaceful than the rest of Buntzen Lake so enjoy it!
The rest of the trail goes along the lakeshore as you head back to the parking lot having completed the Diez Vistas, Vancouver hike!
Buntzen Lake Diez Vistas trail statistics
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What to pack for the Diez Vistas trail
Make sure you look at these packing lists for this Vancouver hike.