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One of the best things about living in Vancouver is that there are SO many hikes nearby. You don’t even have to travel far to get there. Whilst housesitting in North Vancouver we headed over to Deep Cove and hiked out to Quarry Rock.
We’d hoped to go kayaking but left it too late to take one out (they were super busy!). I’m not sad about the fact we ended up doing the hike though!
Introduction to hiking Quarry Rock
The hike to Quarry Rock is one of the more popular hikes in North Vancouver. It’s short enough to be accessible to less experienced hikers but has enough variation in the trail (big tree roots, bridges) to make it interesting for a short hike for more experienced hikers.
In under an hour you could be atop Quarry Rock and getting one of the best views in Lower Mainland BC.
Quarry Rock is also an all-season hike so you can tackle it on any day you like. Just try to go on a clear day so you get the best view! An all-season hike, you can tackle Quarry Rock on almost any day of the year.
The hike to Quarry Rock does get very busy so be prepared to have to wait for your photo at the top!
Hiking Quarry Rock trail guide
When hiking to Quarry Rock you’ll find yourself hiking along the first 2km of the renowned Baden-Powell trail. The trail stretched nearly 50km across North Vancouver all the way to Horseshoe Bay.
Begin at the Panorama Park carpark and head north. Keep an eye out for a Baden-Powell Trail sign in someone’s driveway and head up the marked staircase.
There’s only about 100 metres of elevation gain on the hike to Quarry Rock but most of it comes in the first kilometre. That means your hear will be pumping from the get-go.
The trail is covered in roots (watch your step!) and then merges into a narrow, single-track trail as you go up and down and cross several ravines.
You’ll soon come to a large bridge marked Cove Creek. Then, a few minutes later there’s a junction. At this junction there’s a massive old-growth Douglas Fir tree; estimated to be over 600 years old. At this point, keep going straight.
There are lots wooden stairs along the trail which makes the path underfoot slightly easier to navigate. If you’re not sure where to go (although there’s usually plenty of people around) then look for the orange emergency markers in the trees every so often. These numbers go from 1-12.
The next big marker is a large bridge which takes you over Francis Creek. Now it’s just a short uphill climb to Quarry Rock. Stick to the right at the following junction and you’ll come out at Quarry Rock itself with amazing views of Burnaby Mountain, Deep Cove and the Eagle Ridge and Belcarra mountains.
For a different viewpoint, walk further along the Baden-Powell to underneath a power pylon. The view isn’t as good overall but it is great for catching the morning sunrise over the mountains!