A trail across Burke Mountain between Harper Road and Munro Lake
||18.2 km (return)
||7 - 8 hours
||Linear - Return
From Highway #7 (Lougheed Highway) in Port Coquitlam, turn north on to Coast Meridian Road. Follow Coast Meridian north for 5 km and up a hill. Turn right on to Harper Road, following signs for the Hunting and Fishing club. Continue as the road transitions to gravel and park near the gated road loading into the park on the right, just before the gun club.
The C38 bus operates from Coquitlam Station to the Port Coquitlam area daily. Get off at the "David at Oxford" stop (#53803), then walk east for 500 meters on David Avenue to Coast Meridian Road. Turn left on Coast Meridian and follow it 1.3 km to Harper Road. Continue on Harper road for 2 km to the park entrance, a walk of approximately 50 minutes from the bus stop. An alternate walking route is to turn right off of Coast Meridian on Highland Drive to Argyll Street, then head up Argyll to a short path that goes up to Harper Road. For bus schedules and information, visit the Translink website.
To start, go up the road into the park from the Harper Road entrance. Go right, then left, than right again further up at the green gate (open and probably partly hidden by bushes) - this is the main road all the way up. From here the road turns south, climbing gently, then turns sharply uphill again. The next two rights both head to Munro Lake. To reach the Village-Lake trail, skip the first junction and take the second one, approximately an hour and twenty minutes from the start of the hike.
Turning onto the Village-Lake Trail, it initially looks like a dead end but does a short jog to the left then goes through a gate and past a series of cabins before reaching a junction with Gunner Trail connecting from the right. From here continue along the Village-Lake Trail east towards Munro Lake, connecting with the Munro Lake trail from Quarry Road when you're getting fairly close. Some sections of the second part of the trail are very wet and boggy.
Trail condition: Fair, almost entirely road. The initial section to the cabins is muddy in places, with boards put down to make it easier to hike/drive on. After the junction with Gunner's Trail, the trail is in poor condition - boggy/wet sections; blowdown; brushy. "The wettest trail in Canada." But at the same time it's mostly easy to follow (an old and much used trail). In 2009 portions of the trail were rerouted around four long marshy areas. Frequent usage should help to keep the vegetation controlled in these new sections of this trail.
|Harper Road gate / park entrance
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|Side road junction #1 (to Lakeview Trail)
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|Side road junction #2 (to Powerline Trail)
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|Side road junction #3 (to South Slope Trail)
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|Junction with start of Gunner's Trail
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|Gunner's Trail ends at Village-Lake Trail junction
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|Junction with connector trail to Dennett Lake
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|Junction with Munro Lake Trail
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|Former site of Munro Lake dam
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