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    Mount Gardner SW Trail

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    6.1 km
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    536 m
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    Mount Gardner SW Trail

    The Mount Gardner SW Trail is a 6.1 km out-and-back hiking route on Bowen Island that will take you up the southwestern side of the mountain to reach the scenic viewing platform just past the summit. Along the trail, you will experience a serene forest setting as you climb your way up the steep switchbacks, as well as amazing views overlooking mainland BC to the east and Vancouver Island to the west. This is a steep trail and can become icy during the shoulder seasons. Come prepared with any necessary equipment to safely reach the top of the trail.

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    Route Description for Mount Gardner SW Trail

    Although less popular than the standard route to the summit, the Mount Gardner SW Trail is a great way to gain a different perspective of Bowen Island and the mountain itself. The trail climbs sharply uphill along a series of switchbacks that will take you up the heavily forested summit of the mountain. Pushing a bit further past the summit will yield some amazing panoramic views from the wooden platform that stretch out to the mainland and across the Strait of Georgia toward Vancouver Island to the west. After taking in the views, carefully make your way back along the same trail to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Mount Gardner SW Trail Trailhead

    To reach the parking area for the Mount Gardner SW Trail from the Snug Cove Ferry Terminal, head west on Bowen Island Trunk Road for 750 m and continue straight onto Grafton Road. Follow this for 3.8km and turn left to stay on the same road for another 100 m. Make a right onto Adams Road and follow it for 1.7 km, before turning right onto Bowen Bay Road. After 200 m, turn right onto Westside Road and follow it for 400 m. Make a left onto Laura Road and you will find the trailhead straight ahead in 250 m.

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