Vancouver Hiking Trails Rating

Coliseum Mountain is one of several beautiful hikes in the Lynn Valley's beautiful Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.  It's not terribly difficult, but it is very long.  12 kilometres from the trailhead to the summit.  More than half of that, 7 kilometres is along the very easy Headwaters Trail.  The final 5 kilometres is at times challenging, but manageable by most.

  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProSnow prevents access until summer
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProWonderfully far into the wilderness
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProTrail is not too hard, but very long
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProSome muddy sections of the trail
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProNorvan's Castle, huge Western Hemlock!
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProAmazing views from the summit
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProRelatively quiet trail most days
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProAmazing tarn for a swim at the top
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ConGate to parking lot locked until 9am
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ConTragically no camping allowed!

Vancouver Hiking Trails

Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBlack Mountain Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBrunswick Mountain Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBurnaby Lake Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBurnaby Mountain Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverColiseum Mountain Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverCrown Mountain Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverCypress Falls Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDeeks Peak Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDeep Cove Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDeer Lake Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDog Mountain Moderately Steep Pay Use Trail - Hike in VancouverGoat Mountain Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverGoldie Lake Steep Trail - Hike in VancouverGrouse Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverHollyburn MountainEasy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverKitsilano Beaches Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverLighthouse Park Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverLynn Canyon Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverLynn Peak Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Elsay Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Fromme Very Steep Technical Terrain - Hike in VancouverMt Hanover Very Steep Technical Terrain - Hike in VancouverMt Harvey Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Seymour Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Strachan Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMystery Lake Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverPacific Spirit Easy Trail No Dogs - Hike in VancouverRice Lake Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverSt Mark's Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverStanley Park Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverThe Lions Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverUnnecessary

The route is well marked along the way with flagging tape, so the main safety concern is the distance of the trail.  24k roundtrip will take most hikers 8+ hours, so be prepared with lots of food and start early.  At a decent hiking pace you should reach the summit in 4.5 hours and take 3.5 hours back to the trailhead.  But of course that doesn't include marvelling at the views from the top or the various stops along the way.

If you are an avid trail runner, you will love the Coliseum Mountain trail.  Few people, tremendous views and a challenging distance.  Give yourself 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down if you keep a good pace.  There are plenty of water sources to fill up on water along the route as well as an inviting, very small lake near the summit to jump into.There are a few amazing stops on the way to the summit of Coliseum Mountain.  The first big one is Norvan Falls, 7k from the trailhead at Lynn Headwaters Park.  This beautiful falls is the sole destination for many people to this park, and when you see it you will know why.  A beautiful falls at the end of a beautiful trail along Lynn Creek.

The next amazing sight along the trail, further up towards Coliseum Mountain is within the mighty old growth forest the trail ascends into.  Once you hit the old growth, and you will know when you have, keep your eyes out for trail markings to your right at Norvan Pools.  This will lead you to Norvan's Castle, one of the world's largest Hemlock trees.

At the summit of Coliseum Mountain you have tremendous views all around.  Vancouver, the nearby Crown Mountain, Goat Mountain, Mount Fromme, Lynn Peak and Cathedral Mountain.  As well as the more distant Lions at a much less recognizable angle.  The imposing mountain, just north of Coliseum is Mount Burwell, less than an hours hike away and yet another beautiful peak in the amazing Lynn Valley.  The map below is the one found at the trailhead to the park.

Hike in Vancouver & the North Shore

Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBlack Mountain Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBrunswick Mountain Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBurnaby Lake Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverBurnaby Mountain Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverColiseum Mountain Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverCrown Mountain

Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverCypress Falls Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDeeks Peak Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDeep Cove Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDeer Lake Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverDog Mountain Moderately Steep Pay Use Trail - Hike in VancouverGoat Mountain Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverGoldie Lake Steep Trail - Hike in VancouverGrouse

Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverHollyburn Mountain Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverKitsilano Beaches Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverLighthouse Park Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverLynn Canyon Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverLynn Peak Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Elsay

Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Fromme Very Steep Technical Terrain - Hike in VancouverMt Hanover Very Steep Technical Terrain - Hike in VancouverMt Harvey Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Seymour Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMt Strachan Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverMystery Lake

Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverPacific Spirit Easy Trail No Dogs - Hike in VancouverRice Lake Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverSt Mark's Easy Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverStanley Park Moderately Difficult Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverThe Lions Difficult and Steep Dog Friendly Trail - Hike in VancouverUnnecessary