Hiking Club

For all of our hikes, participants are reminded to be self-sufficient and to bring water, food, appropriate clothing, and sturdy footwear. Hikers must be physically fit and will be required to sign a waiver before participating. Also, as we like to carpool, remember that drivers need to be reimbursed.

Non-members are welcome to participate in these trips as a way to preview the activities of our club, but are asked to limit their participation to no more than three events before becoming a member. This is a requirement under our liability insurance coverage.

Upcoming Hikes

Monday, May 1 Miller Ravine & the Chines $6.25
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590657) and signed waiver form is required.
A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip through the lush upper section of Miller Ravine while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will then descend into the steep forested area of the Chines before regaining elevation to make a loop back to the starting point. On a clear evening, great views of the mountains to the north can be seen. Roundtrip distance is 4 km with a cumulative elevation gain of 130 m. Meet at 6:00 pm. Return approximately 8:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Sunday, May 7 Westwood Plateau $9.25
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590671) and signed waiver form is required.
This hike will take in greenways and urban streets on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 12km with an elevation gain of 400 m. Meet at 9:00am. Return approximately 2:00pm
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, May 13 Kanaka Creek
We will explore the two branches of Kanaka Creek in the Cliff Falls section of Kanaka Creek Regional Park. This moderate to easy hike, on rough trail surfaces, winds its way through a coastal forest and crosses Kanaka Creek and North Fork Kanaka Creek at several locations. The creeks are a spectacular sight with potholes, sandstone cliffs, numerous rapids, and a large waterfall. Roundtrip distance is 5 km (3.1 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 200 m (660 ft). Meet at 9:30am. Return 3:00 pm.
Please contact Chris (604.315.5345) or chris (AT) ckwright (DOT) ca for more information.

Wednesday, May 24 Line Trail Loop $6.25
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590668) and signed waiver form is required.
This hike will ascend on steep mountain bike trails and old roads to the top of the power lines on Burke Mountain. Views to Eagle Ridge and Pitt Meadows will be the highlight of this evening while taking time to see the reappearing spring vegetation in a mature second growth forest. Roundtrip distance is 5.4 km with an elevation gain of 300 m. Meet at 6:00 pm. Return approximately 8:30 pm.
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, May 27 Diez Vistas
This is a favourite moderate hike in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area. Diez Vistas is Spanish for “ten views.” The trail starts steeply and soon gives way to some beautiful views of Indian Arm and the North Shore mountains. Views of Buntzen Lake and Eagle Ridge can be seen on a clear day. We will return by crossing the suspension bridge at Bunzten Lake’s North Beach. Here, there will be an opportunity for a quick dip (for the brave ones…). We’ll travel along the lake’s east side to the parking area. This trail is steep at times and can be more demanding than the stats suggest. Roundtrip distance is 15 km (9.3 mi) with an elevation gain of 455 m (1500 ft). Meet at 9:00 am. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Steve (604. 936. 1160) for more info.

Tuesday, May 30 Coquitlam Crunch and Yoga $12.00
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (591651) and signed waiver form is required.
Challenge yourself by climbing the famous Coquitlam Crunch. The hard work will be worth it as you finish the evening off with a gentle restorative yoga class while enjoying the beautiful sunset. Roundtrip distance is 6 km with an elevation gain of 260 m. Meet at 6:00 pm. Finish approximately 9 pm.
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Beginner Hiking Program to Cypress Lake on Eagle Ridge $24.50
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590660) and signed waiver form is required.
Have you ever heard of Cypress Lake, but did not know where it was or if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. We will start with a beginner’s hike and progress to an intermediate hike. Our journey to Cypress Lake will take in views of the Lower Mainland. The roundtrip distance is 12 km (6 mi) with an elevation gain of 500 m (1640 ft). This program will start with an evening information session and slide show followed by a short walk. We will progress with hikes in Belcarra Regional Park and in Minnekhada Park before our final hike and completing our goal. As it is not just about the destination, we will take time to enjoy what nature has to offer.
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Program dates:
Wed. May 31, 7 to 9pm
Sun. June 11, 2 to 4:30pm
Sat. June 17, 8am to 1pm
Sat. June 24, 8am to 2pm

Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $32.75
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590659) and signed waiver form is required.
Have you ever wanted to hike Diez Vistas in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. Diez Vistas is Spanish for “ten views” and it offers spectacular views of Vancouver’s waterways and mountains. This trail is steep at times and can be more demanding than the stats suggest. The roundtrip distance is 15 km (9.4 mi) with an elevation gain of 455 m (1500 ft). This program will start with an evening information session and slide show followed by a short hike. We will progress with hikes in Belcarra Regional Park and on Burke Mountain before our final hike and completing our goal. As it is not just about the destination, we will take time to enjoy what nature has to offer.
Please contact Ian (604.939. 4039) for more info.

Program dates:
Thurs. June 1, 6:30 to 9pm
Sun. June 11, 8am to 1pm
Sun. June 18, 8am to 2pm
Sun. June 25, 8am to 3:30pm

Saturday, June 3 Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest
All who drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler pass by Brohm Lake, but relatively few stop to sample what the adjacent Interpretive Forest has to offer. On this easy to moderate outing, we will loop through the Interpretive Forest and also circle Brohm Lake. The hike will feature outstanding views of the spectacular Tantalus Range. Roundtrip distance, depending on the route chosen, is 8-10 km (5-6.2 mi). Elevation gain in the Interpretive Forest is 150 m (500 ft); there will be additional cumulative elevation gain on the trail around the lake. Meet at 8:00am. Return 6:00 pm.
Please contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) for more info.

Saturday, June 10 Woodland Walk
To celebrate the twenty-second anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. On this outing we will travel through a lovely mature second-growth forest and view Saw Blade Falls. You should be prepared to cross a few small creeks by easy boulder-hopping, though there will be help in crossing safely. This trip will be advertised as a public hike and we are looking for people willing to help lead or assist a leader. Roundtrip distance is 11.5 km (7.2 mi) with an elevation gain of 300 m (985 ft). Meet at 8:00 am. Return 1:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Friday, June 16 Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge
On this evening hike we will explore some the different trails on the lower slopes of Eagle Ridge; we will be using a variety of trails, to take in some views of the lower mainland and the surrounding mountains. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 460 m (1500 ft). Meet at 6:00 pm. Return 9:00 pm.
Please contact Terry (604. 942. 1626) for more info.

Wednesday, June 21 Solstice Cycle
As a tribute to the end of spring and to celebrate one of the longest days of the year, we would like to offer an evening cycle trip over the Port Mann Bridge. This is a 20 km route that takes in the Pitt River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, and spectacular views from the Port Mann Bridge. This cycle will mainly be on flat surfaces, but a long uphill section will be needed to gain the top of the bridge and the pedestrian bridge viewpoint over Hwy 1. For an easier cycle, stopping on the bridge is a worthy destination. Meet at 6:00 pm. Return 9:30 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, June 24 Cypress Lake from Old Orchard Hall
On this hike, we will explore Noons Creek in its entirety, from its headwaters in Cypress Lake to where it meets Burrard Inlet. We will begin our journey by using a short section of the Shoreline trail before using various other trails on Eagle Ridge to finally reach Cypress Lake. Please note there are several steep sections on this route. Roundtrip distance is 15 km (9.3 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 825 m (2700 ft). Meet at 8:00 am. Return 5:30 pm.
Please contact Terry (604. 942. 1626) for more info.

Saturday, July 15 Lafarge Lake & Coquitlam River
This easy loop hike will take in some of the natural areas and wildlife of Coquitlam City Centre area, Coquitlam River and Hoy Creek. Our route will take in urban trails and roads, with minimal elevation gain. Roundtrip distance is 7 km (4.4 mi). Meet at 1:30 pm. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, July 22 Belcarra Trails
For the first portion of this hike we will travel on the scenic Jug Island Trail. While traversing the spine of the peninsula, on our way to our destination, we will have Belcarra and Bedwell Bays on either side of us. We will be shaded by a thick forest of cedar, hemlock and fir trees as we approach a wonderful beach to view Jug Island, a tiny gorgeous island, located just off the northern tip of Belcarra Regional Park. Roundtrip distance for this portion of the hike is 5.5 km (3.4 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 220 m (720 ft). We will stop at the picnic area of Belcarra Regional Park for lunch. For those wishing to push on, we will continue to Admiralty Point. Admiralty Point is a short hike that offers spectacular views of Deep Cove, Mount Seymour, and Burnaby Mountain across the waterways connecting Burrard Inlet with Indian Arm. Roundtrip distance for this portion of the hike is 3.5 km (2.2 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 100 m (330 ft). Meet at 8:30 am. 1/2 day return is 12:30 p.m., with full day return 3:30 pm.
Please contact Michelle (778. 828. 0417) for more info.

Saturday, July 29 Mt. Artaban
Mt. Artaban is the lowest of the three main peaks of Gambier Island. On this moderately strenuous hike we will visit the site of its one-time BC Forest Service lookout tower. The tower has deteriorated to a pile of boards, but outstanding views, especially of the Britannia Range, remain. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2 mi) with an elevation gain of 615 m (2020 ft). Please note that this hike will go ahead only if there is sufficient interest. Since the trailhead is not accessible by the usual ferry service, we will have to arrange for a water taxi.
If cost ($50.00, booked online in advance) is not a deterrent, contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) to register your interest.

Saturday, August 19 Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs
Great views and lovely small subalpine lakes will greet us in this moderate hike in Cypress Provincial Park. After a fairly steep uphill section of this trail, we’ll come out to a subalpine open area and reach Cabin Lake and soon Black Mountain summit. We go by a few more little lakes before descending into the woods and to Eagle Bluff with spectacular views of the Lower Mainland as well as Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island. On a clear day, one can see Mount Baker and the Sunshine Coast. Roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with an elevation gain of 310 m (1015 ft). Meet at 9:00 am. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Steve (604. 936. 1160) for more info.

Saturday, August 26 Burke South Summit and Pika Peak
This moderate to difficult hike is a must for keen hikers in the Tri-City area. We will travel on old logging roads through splendid second-growth forest and then on trails where we will experience the old growth of Burke Mountain. We will hear some of the history while enjoying the many waterfalls along the way. Once most of our elevation is gained, we will enter the “lake district,” where the many lakes beckon the hardy for a cool dip. Roundtrip distance is 20 km (12.4 mi) with an elevation gain of 890 m (2920 ft). For Pika Peak, add 3 km (1.9 mi) and 245 m (800 ft) of cumulative elevation gain. Meet at 8:00 am. Return 6:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Sunday, August 27 UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest
Join us for a short, but moderate hike through the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Maintained by the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest was established in 1949 from a Crown grant. We will travel in a loop starting from the parking lot at the end of Silver Valley Road. While walking through a beautiful second-growth forest, we will see dogwood, pine, and cedar along mossy paths. There will be still marshes, bushy paths, and a variety of birds to watch like finches, chickadees, crows and more. Roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 140 m (460 ft). Meet at 8:30 am. Return 2:00 pm.
Please contact Michelle (778. 828. 0417) for more info.

Sunday, September 10 Elfin Lakes
This moderate to moderately strenuous hike will take us back to an area we visited in 2014. Once again we will brave the crowds and visit what is by any standards a truly magnificent place. We will visit Elfin Lakes, which are set at the end of an open ridge with breathtaking views of Mt. Garibaldi and Mamquam Mountain. On our previous trip, some hardy souls went for a dip in Elfin Lakes. Roundtrip distance is 22 km (14 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 750 m (2460 ft). Meet at 7:30 am. Return 6:30 pm.
Please contact Steve (604. 936. 1160) for more info.

Saturday, September 16 PoCo Trail Cycle
As a tribute to the end of summer, we would like to offer a cycle trip on the PoCo Trail. This is a 26 km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough, and Hyde Creek. Meet at 9:00 am. Return 12:30 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, September 30 High Knoll Minnekhada Park
This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the High Knoll where the group will be rewarded with great views of the Pitt River Valley, the TriCities, and mountains beyond.
Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6 mi) with an elevation gain of 230 m (755 ft). Meet at 1:00 pm. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, October 14 Dewdney Peak (Mission)
This moderate, but steep Fraser Valley hike is sometimes referred to as “The Dewdney Grind”. On this hike, we will pass by a memorial cabin dedicated to Ben von Hardenberg, a pilot who lost his life trying to put out a forest fire in 2003. Wonderful views of the Fraser Valley can be seen from a couple of viewpoints. Due to recent logging, the exact route will be determined closer to the hike date. A less strenuous day may be preferred my some with only going as far as the cabin. The full roundtrip distance is 8 km (5 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 840 m (2755 ft). Meet at 8:00 am. Return 5:00 pm.
Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday, October 28 Coquitlam Lake View Trail
In recent years club members have realigned a portion of the Lake View Trail and also built new trail to a slightly higher and much more favourable viewpoint. On this moderate hike we will have an opportunity to see what they’ve done and, if the weather allows, enjoy the new lookout’s stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. Roundtrip distance is about 9.6 km (6 mi) with an elevation gain of 640 m (2100 ft). Meet at 9:00 am. Return 4:00 pm.
Please contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) for more info.

More Strenuous Hikes

These trips are for the more experienced hiker and require a higher level of fitness. To register your interest in any of them, please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) or Mark (604. 552. 0727). Arrangements will be made as the summer develops.

Tangled Summit (Eagle Peak)
18.5 km (11.5 mi); 1150 m (3773 ft) elev. gain; 8 hrs

Hanes Valley
18 km (11.2 mi); 1100 m (3610 ft) elev. gain; 8 hrs

Skywalk & Kevin’s Home Run
22 km (13.7 mi); 1000 m (3280 ft) elev. gain; 10 hrs

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