Hike Mt. Brunswick

Canada Mt. Brunswick Trail

Added by Matt Hosford

  • Amazing views
  • No crowds
  • Distance: 8.75 miles/ 14 kms
  • Duration: 6 - 8 hrs
  • Elevation gain: 5100 ft./ 1500 m.

Driving north from Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway (HWY 99) turn off at Lions Bay exit and park at the end of Sunset Dr. N 49.470653225392105, -123.23479324579239 W

The trail begins on a gravel service road which winds up for 30 minutes. Take a left at the fork where a sign on the tree reads “Mt. Brunswick”.

The trails flattens out on an overgrown service road for 20 minutes. Shortly after crossing Magnesia Creek, take the fork right. The trail continues up a series of inclined switchbacks.

The service roads ends at a vista point. This is a good spot to rest up before the big slog up the ridge. This final 1 km / 0.6 mile accent is very steep (class 3 sections) and the trail is rugged.

The breathtaking views of Howe Sound, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland are second to none in the Vancouver area. Celebrate your stoke with a fist pump, have lunch and head back down.

Safety Note:

At about a 0.5 km / 0.3 miles from the summit, you get a good look at the route to the summit. This section is exposed and steep. In months of snow and ice, this a good spot to put on crampons or snowshoes. If you do not have the gear to safely summit in these conditions, it is not recommended to continue this final accent.

Pack List

  • Warm clothes
  • Sun Glasses
  • Lunch
  • Camera
  • Crampons, ice axe (winter)
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Hiking, Snowshoeing

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Year Round

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8.75 Miles

Elev. Gain:

5100 Feet




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Love/Hate Relationship

I have done this hike every year for the past four years, as the views are stunning, but the hike never seems to get easier! I'm not sure what it is about this one, as I've done much harder elevation gain and milage, but I keep coming back for the fun summit scramble. With a satisfying finish, interesting views (not your usual summit views, as you can see the city and the sound for a unique perspective), and a tough hike, I'll be coming back again!

21 days ago

29 days ago

Tough hike, amazing views!

This hike is a constant elevation gain for all 1550m to the top and takes about 5-6 hours if you are taking lots of breaks and enjoying your time. The view at the top is absolutely phenomenal! It is the highest peak in the region and you have panoramic views of Squamish inlet, the islands and the Lions. Be warned, the saddle to the highest point is very dangerous and should not be attempted by those with no scrambling experience. A mistake could lead to death.

29 days ago

4 months ago

This was my first scramble :).

Great hike and amazing views. The logging roads at the start are a bit of a slog, but well worth the views. I've heard on a clear/non-hazy day, you can see as far as the Queen Charlotte islands.

4 months ago

Added by Matt Hosford

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