Happy May everyone! Spring hiking season in Vancouver has begun! Today’s post is about my top 5 recommendations for the absolute best intermediate level hikes that have the most stunning views. I love hiking almost any type of trail, but there are times (most of the time actually!) where I want to be impressed with an amazing view when I reach the top. I’ve done a couple of posts about the best beginner hikes in Vancouver as well as some easily accessible spots with gorgeous views. Make sure to check those out if you haven’t already!
In today’s post I’ll be outlining the best intermediate hikes that have the most stunning view payoff. There are some hikes that I love such as Brother’s Creek Loop and Brohm Lake that are fantastic and provide a great workout but they don’t have that beautiful view that I’m looking for, whether it be mountains or water. I’m very excited to share my picks with you guys! Without further ado, here are my Top 5 Intermediate Hikes in BC with the best views:
Sea to Summit Trail (Howe Sound)
This is a steep trail and it starts at the bottom of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC. You’ll be hiking your way up to the Lodge. It’s a fairly long hike, about 7.5 kms and about 3.5-4 hours in duration but a bonus is you’ll only have to hike one way. Once you reach the top, there are spectacular views of the Howe Sound area AND there’s a restaurant and bar in the Lodge! My favourite thing to do after this hike is enjoy a treat and a beer on the patio in that gorgeous sunshine. When you’re done, you’ll take the Sea to Sky Gondola back down the mountain.
Tunnel Bluffs (Howe Sound)
This is a steep 8km, 4.5 hour round trip hike. It’s a good workout that’s for sure!! The views at the summit of Howe Sound and Horseshoe Bay are spectacular. Trail access is located just off the Sea to Sky highway, shortly after you pass Lions Bay. The trailhead is easy to miss because you’re basically walking into the trees on the side of the highway. The hike is located across a small parking lot on the east side of the highway. You’ll have to cross the highway to get to the trailhead so be sure to use caution!
Joffre Lakes (Pemberton)
Joffre Lakes is an intermediate hike that happens to be my all time favourite. This hike is located in Pemberton so it’s a fairly long drive from Vancouver. The hike itself is a 4 hour 10km round trip hike with a gorgeous view of turquoise water and mountains once you reach the top. There are three lakes in total that you’ll see along the hike, the first one is near the start of the trail. The second lake is the most beautiful in my opinion and the last one (upper Joffre lake) is also gorgeous with a stunning close up view of the glacier. I’ll never get tired of hiking Joffre Lakes!! You can read my full Joffre Lakes hiking guide here.
Lindeman Lake (Chilliwack)
Located in Chilliwack, BC, Lindeman lake is a fairly easy-intermediate trail. It’s a short hike, only about 2 hours round trip. The view payoff is beautiful Kool-Aid green water surrounded by trees. You have the option of hiking (climbing over boulders) to the far end of Lindeman Lake for another view. I’ve hiked to the other end of the lake once, but I personally don’t think the views are worth it. The best view is immediately upon arriving at that beautiful green water. You can see my full post on Lindeman Lake here.
St. Marks Summit (North Shore)
I found St. Mark’s Summit to be a really enjoyable intermediate hike. Unfortunately, it was completely foggy when we reached the top! I’m sad to say that I didn’t see the beautiful view firsthand. I have plans to hike St. Mark’s Summit again ASAP this summer so I can finally see that view that everyone raves about. This hike is about 5 hours or 11 km round trip. Tip: make sure to go on a sunny, clear day! It’s sometimes difficult to predict how the weather will be though because it can change suddenly.
Thank you so much for reading! Are there any other hikes that I should include in this list? Let me know in the comment section below. You can also find me on Instagram to see more of my hiking adventures! See you in my next post! xoxo Candice