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    Mount Gardner Hikers Trail

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    7.7 km
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    532 m
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    Mount Gardner Hikers Trail

    The Mount Gardner Hikers Trail is a 7.7 km out-and-back hiking route on Bowen Island that offers an alternate route to reach the viewpoint at the summit. Although it is a bit more steep and challenging, once you reach the top, you will have the same amazing views looking out across the water to mainland British Columbia. Make sure to bring a trail map/GPS, as there are intersecting trails that can make navigation on the mountain a bit tricky at times.

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    Route Description for Mount Gardner Hikers Trail

    Trekking up the Mount Gardner Hikers Trail is a great way to explore an alternate route to the summit and gain a different perspective of the mountain and Bowen Island in general. The route sets out from the trailhead and splits off to the right on a path away from the main trail. The initial stretch of this route climbs steeply uphill along an old logging road and consists of loose gravel and larger rocks, so make sure to watch your footing. Eventually, the path transitions to a dirt trail and passes through an amazing stretch of old-growth forest on the way up to the summit viewing platform. Once there, you will have a commanding view that sweeps west across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and east towards mainland BC and the city of Vancouver. After taking in the views, head back along the trail to return to the starting point.

    Getting to the Mount Gardner Hikers Trail Trailhead

    To reach the Mount Gardner Hikers Trail from the Snug Cove Ferry Terminal, head west along Bowen Island Trunk Road for 750 m and make a right turn onto Mount Gardner Road. From here, continue for 2.2 km to get to the trailhead.

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      Older Children only

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      Out and back

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