Hike Crown Mountain

5.0
6.1 miles 1263.1 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Ian Tyley

Crown Mountain is a challenging hike that offers amazing views of Vancouver city. 

You can take the gondola up Grouse Mountain and then hike from there which roughly takes around 5 hrs at a decent pace. The hike is a hard one that is a lot of up and down and a fair bit of climbing.You can start at the top of the Skyride on Grouse Mountain, follow the paved path to the grizzly bear enclosure, and towards the base of Grouse Mountain. There is a dirt road that splits, head left, and follow the gravel road. Follow the road for about 500 m and you will you will reach the start of the Alpine Trail.Follow the signs that say Alpine trail all the way up to Crown Mountain.The elevation from the top of Grouse Mountain is 385 metres.But from the bottom of Grouse it is about 1300m.

Enjoy the hike but take plenty of water and be careful.

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over 4 years ago

Probably the best hike in Vancouver

Also one of the most difficult, but worth every step! We took the skyride up and hiked in that way. Not sure it was any easier that way, but it certainly was amazing! Bring your camera! And go on a clear day!

over 4 years ago

The *real* peak of Vancouver

Stunning views from what may be the highest point on the North Shore, even better than nearby Goat (which is a pretty damn awesome summit in itself). Fun scrambling and a knife-edge summit to sit on. Personally, I'd rate this hike as difficult for 3 reasons. 1) The *actual* elevation gain starting from the gondola is nearer 900 m, 200 m of which is on the way back (and it is an extremely steep climb out of Crown Pass in either direction); 2) the approach includes traversing some down-sloping slabs that are tricky when wet; 3) the summit area of Crown Mountain has some pretty lethal exposure in places. It's not a summit for the timid or novice hiker - it's in Matt Gunn's scrambles book (and not in the regular hike books) for a good reason - and every year inexperienced hikers get into trouble up here and need help from North Shore Rescue.

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