Vancouver was recently hit with some beautiful sunshine and I decided to take the most of it by hiking Burnaby mountain. It was a lovely 25 degrees and the skies were blue so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out a new mountain. The Burnaby mountain trail starts at the SFU campus making it easily accessible. If you are travelling by transit you can take any bus from downtown that leads to SFU or the skytrain (Production Way/University Station) and then take the 145 to campus. We took the 95 B-line from from Burrard station and ended up really close to the trail opening. If you drive you can park in the parking lot near the park.
The trail is lush, really nicely maintained, and has nice views until about halfway down. If you take the same route as us (down the mountain then back up to the bus stop) you will be rewarded with great views at the top. The hike is pretty simple until you hit the stairs, of which there are 512. If you decide to hike back up you will have to hike the stairs twice and they are significantly harder on the way back up. At the top of the mountain there is a park with a rose garden, open spaces, a restaurant and a playground, leaving you with many options for after your hike. We decided to picnic under one of the trees because we were in dire need of shade. There are also many dogs, so if that is something you look for (we certainly do) then you’re in luck.
This trail was a nice challenge, especially for the first hike of the year. I would definitely recommend it. However, if you have knee injuries or do not do well with stairs I would suggest doing some of the smaller trails. What trail do you want me to review next? Leave your suggestion in the comments or tweet me @kaitlynabarrett.