This post is for Eagle Bluffs hike in Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver.
For the Eagle Bluff viewpoint at Buntzen Lake, please go HERE.
This is a very popular hike. Luckily, I did it on a weekday. On summer weekends, this place can be very busy. After seeing the photos below, you’ll see why ! The hike starts at the Cypress Mountain Lodge and follows the Black Mountain Trail for first bit (so follow signage for Black Mountain. You can add Black Mountain to your trip, but from what I hear, it’s not worth it. But do stop at Cabin Lake – it is a very serene little lake. After Cabin Lake continue on up the Baden Powell Trail. For some variety, you can choose to go to Donut Rock, which is shown on the map below – it offers decent, but slightly obstructed views. A little while after the Donut Rock sidetrail, you will make your descent towards Eagle Bluffs. Eagle Bluffs are a large rock area, with plenty of areas to sit and take in the amazing scenery. On your way, back, there is an alternate loops around a couple of lakes, which offer pleasant views. After the lakes loop, continue on the path you came up on and back to the lodge.
Here are the stats not including Donut Rock:
Distance: 9.2 km (return)
Time: 4 hours
Low point: 912 m
High point: 1213 m
Elevation gain: 301 m
Cumulative Elevation gain: 450 m
Calories burned: 2500
Trailhead: 49° 23’ 43” by 123° 12’ 9.3” (Google Map)
The route (click on Details for large image)…
Photos from today (31 May 2016)…
Here’s a video from the Bluffs…
Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.
Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.
For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.