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Photos: Quarry Rock Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above

I did the Quarry Rock Hiking Trail yesterday for the first time. It was a beautiful day – and it’s a weekend, too! That means that hiking trails near Vancouver (reachable via public transport) were, as expected, crowded.

And I survived. Halelu! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Photos: Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Photos: Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).

Directions: Vancouver to Deep Cove by Bus

Start from the Waterfront Metro Station. Find the way to the water taxi / ferry that will take you to Lonsdale Quay. There’s a ferry every less than fifteen minutes, so you don’t have to wait long. When you get off at Lonsdale Quay, take the 239 bus that goes to Phibbs Exchange bus loop or Capilano University. Get off at Phibbs Exchange bus loop and transfer to bus 211 or 212. The last stop is at Deep Cove.

Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).

Once you arrive, follow most of the crowd or find a sign that points you to the Quarry Rock trail. This trip should take around 40-50 minutes.

Deep Cove Park Vancouver
This is the park you need to pass before you start your climb to Quarry Rock.

Pet-friendly Trail

Right at the entrance of the trail, dog owners are reminded to leash their pets. However, this rule isn’t really fully enforced. πŸ˜€ I’d say that 95% of the dogs I’ve met yesterday were unleashed. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ The good news is that – they were all good dogs. πŸ˜‰

top views of the quarry trails deep cove
This tiny island can be viewed from the top.

The Quarry Rock Hiking Trail

The entrance to the trail is kinda hidden among the residential houses. Be aware and follow the signs.

top view quarry rock
This view is waiting for you at the top of Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove.

Unlike some trails I’ve been to that starts flat, this trail begins with an ascent right away.

Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).

I’d say that this hike is for intermediate level. However, I saw some adults who were holding on to their hiking poles.

View from the top of the quarry stone deep cove
This hiking trail id for intermediate level hikers.

The wooden bridges are well-built.

Wooden bridges and stairs on the hiking trail (Deep Cove).
Wooden bridges and stairs on the hiking trail (Deep Cove).

And the wooden stairs are wonderfully-structured.

Wooden bridges and stairs on the hiking trail (Deep Cove).
Wooden bridges and stairs on the hiking trail (Deep Cove).

The sounds of the streaming creek reverberate through the forest and are soothing to the weary hikers.

streaming waterfalls quarry deep cove
The streaming creek at Quarry Rock Trail in Deep Cove.

A forest of hemlock trees and douglas firs whiffs of Spring air that rejuvenates the tired soul.

Douglas fir and hemlock trees shade the hiking trail in Deep Cove.
Douglas fir and hemlock trees give shade the hiking trail in Deep Cove.

This trail is not your regular trail that constantly goes up. There are times when you have to gown, too.

hiking trail wooden stairs deep cove
The wooden bridges, planks and stairs are wonderfully structured.

Hikers go up and down the stairs and trails, passing through the exposed roots of the evergreens.

Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Quarry Rock Hiking Trail in Deep Cove and the Views from Above (Vancouver, British Columbia).

The View from Quarry Rock

These are the views at the end of the Quarry Rock Hiking Trail.

View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.
View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.

Obviously, Vancouver’s skyline is seen from here on a very nice day!

Vancouver skyline from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.
Vancouver skyline from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.

And oh, this is the crowd when I arrived around 4:00 in the afternoon.

View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.
View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.

Don’t miss the Other Rock!

Yep, there’s another rock in the area where you should go if a crowded place is not your thing.

View from the top of Quarry in Deep Cove.
View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.

It’s just a few steps from the Quarry Rock. Look up and find the electrical tower. πŸ˜‰ Follow the trail that would lead you up there.

View from the top of Rock in Deep Cove.
View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.

Though the view is not as spectacular as the other one, it’s very peaceful here. You will be far from the maddening crowd. πŸ˜‰

View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.
View from the top of Quarry Rock in Deep Cove.

Where to Stay in Vancouver

For budget travelers, theΒ HI Vancouver Central, and theΒ Same Sun HostelΒ are good ones to stay for their downtown location. But of course, if you can afford for aΒ medium-priced or luxury accommodation, then, book it because you deserve it!

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