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    Mount Gardner Loop Trail

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    9.7 km
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    685 m
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    Mount Gardner Loop Trail

    The Mount Gardner Loop Trail is a 9.7 km lollipop hiking circuit on Bowen Island that will take you up to a wooden viewing platform at the summit. From there, you will have a sweeping view that stretches west to Vancouver Island and east across the North Shore Mountains and the city of Vancouver. This is a fairly easy trail; however, it is poorly marked in places, meaning that you will need to bring a GPS or a good trail map to stay on the correct route.

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    Route Description for Mount Gardner Loop Trail

    Located on Bowen Island to the northwest of Vancouver and easily accessible by ferry, the Mount Gardner Loop Trail is a fun hiking route that will lead you through a beautiful stretch of forest toward a viewing platform that offers a stunning array of scenery. While the trail isn’t really technical, there are a few steep sections that can become fairly icy/slippery. If you are completing this hike during the shoulder seasons, make sure to bring microspikes for a better grip.

    The trail sets out from the forested base of the mountain and follows alongside Kill Creek for a short distance before arriving at a fork. Take the so-called Hiker’s Trail to the right to climb up a few short but steep inclines that will see you gain the majority of the elevation along the hike. Eventually, you will make your way up to the viewing platform, where you can enjoy spectacular views overlooking the majestic mountains of the North Shore, as well as Vancouver Island on a clear day. Continue to the southwest along the loop, where you will reach the Summit of Mount Gardner. Unfortunately, there aren’t any views from the forested peak, so you will need to continue on and descend along the southeastern face of the mountain. This route will eventually bring you back down to the trailhead where you began your journey.

    Getting to the Mount Gardner Loop Trail Trailhead

    To get to the Mount Gardner Loop trailhead from the Horseshoe Bay Ferry, drive west on Bowen Island Trunk Road for 750.0 km and turn right onto Mount Gardner Road. Continue on for 2.2 km to reach the trailhead.

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