West Side Trail (Cedar Trail)
An old logging road/trail that leads to a 600 year old cedar.
||6.0 km (return)
||2.5 - 3 hours
||Linear - Return
The trail starts off Old Grouse Mountain Highway just before the first switchback. Hike or mountain bike up Mountain Highway in North Vancouver or hike over from Lynn Headwaters on the Baden Powell, then go up the gravel road to just before the first switchback. The trail starts downhill from the road, and travels north.
The trail follows an old corduroy road west of Lynn Creek, travelling 3 km north to a large cedar. The first 1/3 of the trail is mostly old road, not too overgrown, and fairly level. Ignore the first flagged trail going downhill off the route, but go down the second one at about 1km (the path straight ahead soon peters out). The trail is well flagged from this point. The next km of trail is also mostly level except at stream crossings and other detours, and is a mixture of overgrown road and rough trail. There are two large (but much younger) cedars at this point. Then the last km of trail drops 100 m gradually before reaching the old tree, and is mostly trail. From here you can hike down to Lynn Creek (which may be crossable when the water is low) or back the way you came. You can probably mountain bike the first km.
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