Hiking Road Trips

Hiking Road Trips In BC

Communities along the Scenic7 boast some of the most pristine hiking in the Fraser Valley. With over 60 trail systems in 7 communities, you could wander in the mountains for days.

The Scenic7 Grind

Coquitlam Hikes

The Grouse Grind might be “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” but it’s not the only game in town. The Coquitlam Crunch (Coquitlam), Campbell Lake Trail (Harrison Hot Springs), and Mt. Hope Lookout (Hope) each provide the aerobic workout that Grind hikers seek, but without the crowds.

This road trip is best enjoyed over two days. The Coquitlam Crunch and the Mt. Hope Lookout can be hiked on the first day with an overnight stay in Hope or Harrison Hot Springs. Relax in the sauna at the Recreation Centre in Hope or the hot spring pools in Harrison before tackling the Campbell Lake Trail the second day.

Attractions

  1. Coquitlam Crunch (Coquitlam) – 430 stairs uphill through greenspace in
    • Coquitlam
    • Rating: Moderate/Difficult
    • Distance: 4.4km
    • Time: 30-40 minutes
  2. Campbell Lake Trail (Harrison Hot Springs) – This strenuous climb to Campbell Lake is Harrison’s answer to the Grouse Grind.
    • Rating: Difficult
    • Distance: 10km
    • Time: 6 hours
  3. Hope Lookout (Hope) – This is Hope’s “Grouse Grind,” offering hikers and runners a steep trail through lush forest, ending with a spectacular viewpoint perched on a rocky slope. you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the rivers, mountains, and lakes surrounding Hope.
    • Rating: Moderate
    • Distance: 4km
    • Time: 3 hours
  4. Hope Lookout (Hope) – This is Hope’s “Grouse Grind,” offering hikers and runners a steep trail through lush forest, ending with a spectacular viewpoint perched on a rocky slope. you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the rivers, mountains, and lakes surrounding Hope.
    • Rating: Moderate
    • Distance: 4km
    • Time: 3 hours
  5. Stave Dam Interpretive Forest Trail (Mission)- Self-guided interpretive trail describing forest management activities on the Municipal Forest, leading to fantastic viewpoint with vistas on a clear day to Vancouver Island.
    • Mission
    • Rating: Moderate
    • Distance: 1.6km
    • Time: 50-60 minutes

Itinerary

Day 1 (morning): Coquitlam Crunch. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants minutes away along Glen Drive. Korean, Filipino, Persian, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese and more all in two blocks.

Day 1 (afternoon): Mt. Hope Lookout. Enjoy a post-hike sauna at the Recreation Centre and a meal at the Owl Street Cafe.

Day 2 (morning): Pick up a coffee from the Blue Moose Coffee House on your way to Harrison Hot Springs. Hike Campbell Lake Trail.

Day 2 (afternoon): Return home after dinner at the Old Settler Pub

Coquitlam to Hope: 1 hour 45 minutes
Hope to Harrison Hot Springs: 30 minutes

Fraser River Views

Hiking the Fraser River

The Mighty Fraser River is the beating heart of the communities along Scenic7. Take the opportunity this summer to see the Fraser in all its glory.

Watch as the greatest salmon river on earth meets with its smaller tributaries: the Coquihalla, Pitt, and Harrison Rivers all empty into the Fraser. Marvel at the way in which the clear water of the Coquihalla, Pitt, and Harrison disappears into the silt-filled waters of the longest river in British Columbia.

These hikes are family-friendly and a great way to introduce kids to the watershed we all call home. In the late fall, spawning salmon are visible at the mouth of the tributaries. We suggest starting your day in Hope and following the Fraser River down the valley before finishing at the dikes in Maple Ridge.

Attractions

  1. Dikes (Maple Ridge) – Flat, scenic dike walks along the Alouette and Fraser Rivers are very popular.
    • Rating: easy
    • Distance: various
    • Time: various
  2. Fraser River Heritage Park (Mission) – Numerous trails of varying length which pass through park and forest. Spectacular views of the Fraser Valley. Home to the historic ruins of St. Mary’s Mission and Indian Residential School and the Blackberry Kitchen.
    • Rating: easy to moderate
    • Distance: varies
    • Time: 1-2 hours
  3. Kilby Park (Harrison Mills) – Nature trails near the Harrison and Fraser Rivers
  4. Rotary Nature Trails (Hope) – Popular multi-use trails follow the Coquihalla River through coastal forest, with great views of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers.
    • Rating: Easy
    • Distance: 2km
    • Time: 1 hour
  5. Colony Farm Regional Park (Coquitlam) – More than 8.5 km’s of nature trails through scenic meadows and fields near the Fraser River and Coquitlam River. A bird watchers paradise.
    • Rating: Easy
    • Distance: varies
    • Time: 1 hour

Itinerary

Hope to Kilby Park: 35 minutes
Kilby Park to Fraser River Heritage Park: 30 minutes
Fraser River Heritage Park to the Dikes: 30 minutes

Drive the scenic
highway seven

What is the Scenic7?

Also known as the Lougheed Highway, the Scenic 7 provides a link between Vancouver and Hope that is off the beaten path. From extreme adventures to simple, warm hospitality, there is something for everyone in Mighty Fraser Country.

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