Hope Lookout Trail

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    The Hope Lookout Trail is also known as the Hope Grind. It is a good workout trail with an amazing view of Hope and the Fraser River. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. For a diversion, we took the Joan Greenwood loop on the way down, which only adds a small distance to the hike. Overall, I would say the hike is okay – it’s more of a workout than a pleasant stroll in the forest. The view at the end was spectacular !

    The stats including taking the Joan Greenwood loop at the end…

    Distance: 4.9 km
    Time: 3 hours
    Low point: 62 m
    High point: 537 m
    Elevation gain: 475 m
    Cumulative Elevation gain: 637 m
    Trailhead: 49° 22’ 21” by 121° 26’ 30.4” (Google Maps and navigation)

    Here is the route with downloadable gpx…

    Here are the photos…


    Bend in the Fraser River…
    Bend in Fraser River


    Dry Ravine…
    Dry ravine


    Tree uprooted…
    Tree root

    Viewpoint from Parking…
    Viewpoint area


    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.


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