End Of Summer Hikers Rush
When August starts summer really starts here in Vancouver. When August ends, summer ends here in Vancouver. It’s almost unfair how little time frame you have perfect hiking weather. But it makes that adrenaline rush you get from making it from base to peak to base again so much more urgent. I wanted to share with you the last hike Gregory and I went on this August hiking season, we went to Quarry Rock.
Quarry Rock is located in North Vancouver. You can find parking in Deep Cove, there is a designated parking lot that says Deep Cove & Quarry Rock parking lot. You must pull in here and park, there is no parking further up the road in front of the trailhead. Unless you are local and have a permit. Parking in the parking lot allows you to look out to the docks, boats, there is a bathroom, a playground, benches, picnic tables and a map that lets you know where you are and the trail.
Hiking Quarry Rock you start by crossing the street and heading up some stairs. The trail head is nicely marked, you can’t really miss it if you’re walking through the Deep Cove cement paths. Even the sidewalk gives you ease of access if you’re wanting to skip the hills that come in the park around the parking lot. Crossing the street you start right up a set of stairs. This is the first of many. Don’t be fooled, this hike is easy on everything but your glutes and joints.
Literally hundreds of stairs. That’s what you’ll be hiking. Stairs. Wooden steps, rock steps, tree root steps, you’ll be walking up and down both directions. Also, you get treated to many bridges. We love bridges. You can see my instagram video below and Gregory always says “Bye Bridge” It’s super cute and I can always count on it, even if I’m oblivious to the fact we are walking across one. Sometimes I just get so focused on breathing that I forget to look around.
Quarry Rock Trail
The trail you are following from the road is the Baden Powell Trail. Starting in Deep cove you can be walking it for a long time. Many hikers pass the Quarry Rock turn off on the trail because it isn’t well marked. In fact, I attempted this hike twice and the first time I missed the turn off. I didn’t realize, and on the walk back after giving up for that day I had noticed a small path I didn’t notice on the way up.
Upon further research online I realized that the small path I passed on the way back down Baden Powell Trail was the Quarry Rock Trail. So, the key is to keep an eye on the trail markers up in the trees. They have numbers on them. I am fairly sure it was quickly after marker 15 or 16 that you’ll head down the trail on your right, and not continue down the most obvious path in front of you. If you’re climbing up hill and wondering where the path is taking you… I think you’ve gone too far.
That all being said, the second time I hiked here the main trail was blocked off by trees and logs. Also had signage that said there were trail repairs happening. I could definitely see that happening and I hope you have the ease of being directed right to this not-so-hidden yet kind-of-hard-to-find trail.
After you turn right on the trail you’ll find yourself hiking another 20 minutes. You’ve got another flight of stairs (Which are super fun to hike back up by the way) a bridge and just a short saunter forward to the rock face. There is a sign warning you of the danger, which I promptly terrified a woman by standing close to the edge. I wanted a cool photo. What Can I say?
Let me be the first to say, the view is so worth it. We went on a beautiful sunny day and it was gorgeous! So hot, so perfect. We could see the marina and ate a snack, took photos, caught our breath and marveled at mother nature. Can I also be the first to say SHARE THE ROCK!
Sharing Is Caring
Share the space, respect that everyone worked hard to get up there and deserves a good view for a few minutes. I know I sound like a Debby Downer here, but sharing is caring. I did politely ask a group to move so I could take a photo, and almost instantly someone else walked up and sat down in the same spot for his lunch. It just seems a little inappropriate. There is a lot of space on the rock. A LOT. The scenery is view-able everywhere, but share that Instagram-moment space with everyone who hiked their butts up those stairs.
Holy moly, I am a patient person, and I think we all definitely deserve our fair share of time at the tip of the rock… which has the best vantage point for viewing and photos. Please PLEASE do not sit your butt down at the tip of the rock, eat your lunch, make a phone call, talk to your friends, update your Instagram, Facebook and other social media. Update your Instagram at home. You can still add the location to the photo even if you aren’t at that location anymore. Be in the present, enjoy what is in front of you. Take your phone out to take photos and put it away. Don’t look at it and take the best viewing spots from those who want to actually look at the view.
That is all.
I feel bad for that, I don’t like complaining, but Quarry Rock is a popular hike all year round. It’s an important thing to note. Maybe someone else agrees, maybe I’m just being controlling… I just wanted a chance to see it all too. Here’s your chance to see it all, or, at least the photos I managed to take. I seemingly forgot to take any photos of the trail, you’ll just get a photo dump of the peak. Which, it’s stairs and trees, or ocean and great views. Let’s check out those views.
Before You Go
I hope you enjoyed this end of summer hiking adventure. It was the last hike Gregory and I went on while the weather was still nice. It’s a whole new type of hiking season once it starts raining, the forest comes to life. It’s exciting to think about the adventures we are going to have. If you’re looking for another hike in North Vancouver, check out Dog Mountain. I did it for a sunrise hike, but you can do it whenever and still get a great view. Looking for something a bit more challenging? Check out Mt Seymour, I’ve made it to first pump so far. Again, at sunrise. Now those have got some wicked photos in the photo dump.