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07
Feb
2007
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Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park E-mail
(25 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   

Level: Difficult
Distance: 8½ km
Time: 6 h
Elevation Change: 1040 m
Season: May to Nov
Map: 92 G/6
Access: Visit the Appendix for details on Getting to Horseshoe Bay

Get off the #250 Horseshoe Bay bus near the end of the line immediately after passing first Gleneagles Golf Course and then an elementary school on the left in quick succession. The bus will stop just before a stop sign on a short but steep uphill grade. Follow the green highway sign to the right across an overpass to Highway 99. The trailhead is just a short distance east, back in the direction of Vancouver, after you cross the busy highway. Exercise caution at this intersection as motorists are usually accelerating and jockeying for position on the treacherous road to Squamish and Whistler.

From the trailhead the route climbs very steeply, leading first to Eagle Bluff [1094 m] then on up to Black Mountain [1217 m]. Both prominences offer spectacular views of Howe Sound, Vancouver Island and the City of Vancouver. On a clear day the American San Juan Islands can be seen due south while Mt. Baker may be visible in eastern Washington State. Black Mountain is home to a record-sized Mountain Hemlock. Though, at 44.8 metres, it is not the tallest on record, its 5.46 m girth is a species first.

The going gets easier after Black Mountain as the trail winds down into Cypress Bowl at the heart of the Provincial Park.

If enamoured with big trees, a side trip to the south side of Yew Lake will reveal the world's chubbiest balsam or amabilis fir, a whopper at 7.14 metres around at the base and 43.9 metres tall.

Nothing is uglier than a ski hill bereft of snow and Cypress Bowl is no exception. In the off-season the park is not serviced by any kind of public transportation other than an expensive taxi ride. If you do not plan to continue hiking beyond the park you should ideally arrange for someone to pick you up at the ski lodge parking lot. Hitchhiking is also a possibility but just keep in mind that the most dangerous creatures in the wilderness are not the animals. Never hitchhike alone and, for obvious reasons, women should never hitchhike.

The hardiest souls will want to continue walking through the park and beyond to the British Properties. That route is detailed below.

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+1 #4 RE: Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial ParkBrian Grover 2012-09-19 06:54
I haven't been up there, alexandria, since the the road expansion but I believe access is pretty much the same, the highway is just wider now. Caution when crossing Highway 99.
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0 #3 change of route since Olympics?alexandria 2012-09-16 17:00
Hi, I love your site, and will try to pick up your book around town :-) I'm wondering if any of the western sided trails have changed since the Olympics - meaning the roads having been reconfigured around Eagle Bluff ...or something like that.

Thanks!
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-1 #2 Cypress to Horseshoe BayBrian Grover 2012-07-13 07:55
S Kaufman: Depending on the pacing, one way Cypress to Horseshoe Bay should take 2.5 to 3 hours. Enjoy and drop back to let us know about the outcome.
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+1 #1 hike from cypress to horseshoe bayS Kaufman 2012-07-12 22:04
Hi , does anyone know how long the baden powell hike would
take from Cypress to Horseshoe Bay, so doing it in the opposite
direction of the suggested hike. Thanks.
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