Just 30 minutes from Vancouver BC, you’ll find the Quarry Rock hike. The hike’s namesake, Quarry Rock (also known as Grey Rock in some hiking books), rests just off Deep Cove — a beautiful inlet frequented by boats, kayaks, and paddleboarders.

This easy out-and-back hike spans the first part of the famed Baden Powell Trail — a scenic 50 km trek that spans from the North Shore to Horseshoe Bay. Parking for the hike is located in the Panorama Park parking lot. (The trail is also accessible by public transit, a major plus for those without a car.)

The trailhead is marked by a blue and white trailhead post with a fleur de lis symbol on it. You’ll find this same logo on the orange “BP” markers that span the entire Baden-Powel trail. Though only 100 meters in elevation gain, most of your uphill ascent comes in the beginning as you climb a set of wooden steps and over a maze of exposed tree roots.

Like most of Vancouver’s North Shore hikes, the terrain will take you through densely wooded areas of Hemlock and Douglas Fir trees. You’ll continue over a small wooden bridge as the trail begins to level, eventually bringing you to another larger wooden bridge and up a set of stairs.

As you reach a fork in the trail, head right towards a clearing of trees. The trail will continue up onto Quarry Rock, where you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view.

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 100 meters

Distance: 3.8km

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Season: Year-Round

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