Lower Mount Fromme – Hikes near Vancouver

Lower Mount Fromme – Hikes near Vancouver

The Lower Mount Fromme area has a huge maze of really cool trails, that are fun even on rainy or misty days. We followed a trail description from the fabulous 105 Hikes book; But you could also peek at the map to choose your own alternative path. I loved seeing all the bike ramps, bridges and well built stone trails past some giant trees and raging creeks.

These trails are mostly for mountain bikers, so if you hike here, be ready to step off the trail when cyclists zoom past.

Lower Mount Fromme Trail Map

This is the route we took, but you can easily shorten it, or add on the main peak of Mount Fromme if you want to go further.

Lower Mount Fromme – the basics

Distance: 10km 
Elevation Gain:
435m
High Point:
780m
Time: 2.5-3 hours
What to bring:
Water, snacks and your camera!
The 10 essentials.
Facilities: There maps and loos at the trailhead 
Dogs: Yes! Put them on a lead when you’re on the bike trails.
How hard is it?
Pretty easy as long as you are good at following maps and don’t get lost in the maze of trails.

Lower Mount Fromme – Getting Started

Search for Mountain Hwy Parking to find the trailhead. It’s the same spot you’d park for Kennedy Falls or to reach this part of the Baden Powell trail. There is a large map at start of the walk, so you can double check your route. Then, head off on the Big Cedar trail before turning left to climb up the Kirkland trail.

Fancy bike ramps

As soon as you get going along this hike, you’ll start to see the fun-looking bike ramps along the trail. In most cases there are two routes; A zig-zag trail to allow people to cycle uphill (we walked on that). As well as slides, ramps and jumps for the descent.

Plants on Lower Mount Fromme

Some sections of the trail are new-ish second growth forest, so they don’t have much vegetation at ground level. BUT other sections are covered in ferns and huckleberries.

In springtime, there was also plenty of skunk cabbage in the marshy areas.

Old Growth trees

The character of the forest changes several times as you wander through Lower Mount Fromme. I love the moments when the trail passes old Growth trees like this…

How busy is Lower Mount Fromme?

Obviously we didn’t visit on a particularly beautiful day, but we didn’t see a single other hiker on this walk. There were quite a few cyclists (and more arrived later in the afternoon.) Still, it was pretty amazing that such a pretty (and interesting) trail could be so quiet.

Into the mist

Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains often get misty, even when the rest of the city has clear skies. We loved that as we hiked higher, we found ourselves in this eerie, mist-filled forest.

Good for soggy days

One fantastic thing about this route is that even on wet days, the ground was not very waterlogged along the trail. I think this is because the bike trails have been built so well with rocks or boards to stop the trail from being eroded into a muddy mess. I don’t mind a bit of mud, but it was a nice surprise to stay relatively clean.

Heading back

Once you’ve made it to the top of the trail, you can follow the Grouse Mountain Highway back down to the trailhead. Or, if you want to keep going, you can continue to the top of Mount Fromme. This part of the walk is much easier to follow (and to hike along), even in the mist. The trail is wide, not steep and is perfect to run down if you want to make it easier on your knees.

These are a couple of photos along the Grouse Mountain Highway. The first photo was just a large puddle by the trail. The second just gives you an idea of how straight and level it is. Lots of cyclists cycle up this route, then zoom down the fun, steeper routes in the trees.

Bonus waterfalls

We visited in the spring when snow was just starting to melt above on Mount Fromme, so the creeks were gushing and we saw quite a few waterfalls. None of these have names… just keep an eye out as even if they are not famous, it’s always fun to find waterfalls.

If you want a big waterfall, take the other trail to Kennedy Falls!

We liked running down the Grouse Mountain Highway, but in the end, we also liked the look of some of the lower trails back to start. In the end we hiked down this small section of Floppy Bunny trail because it looked so pleasant.

Marc and I both really enjoyed this little hike. It was nice to get outside despite the weather. Plus as this trail is so short, it allowed us to be lazy and sleep in before heading out to stretch our legs. What do you think? Would you consider adding the Lower Mount Fromme area to your list of hikes, or do you prefer to visit the more famous options nearby?

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23 thoughts on “Lower Mount Fromme – Hikes near Vancouver

  1. Those misty shots are just so atmospheric, the trees look even taller and more imposing rising out of the fog. Almost spooky but what a great hike.

    1. Thanks Jonno! I’m not sure why I didn’t explore this area sooner. It was so lovely. I bet it will feel different (but still be fun) on less misty days.

    1. Yeah it has been mad! We already had a mini holiday planned before the heatwave, so we escaped into the mountains and camped near snow. It was a bit of a shock to come back to Vancouver and the 42C heat!

      The heat is better today, but it is quite smoky. The fires inland are pretty terrifying already this year. 🙁

      We’d all like to see the mist and rain back!

  2. These foggy forests remind me of home in Kentucky and the mountains of the Blueridge. We’ve been hoping to get to Canada and do some hiking so hopefully the borders will open soon!!

  3. Vancouver has the best hiking! Your pictures look beautiful with the fog, although I’m sure the hike itself was a bit damp! The Pacific Northwest has greeted me with similar weather most times I’ve tried to hike there.

  4. You always find the best hiking trails! I like the fact that you can go on this one on a wet day too because of the bike trails – helpful to know!

  5. What a beautiful hike. I’ll have to check it out next time I visit. I enjoyed this read. Thank you!

  6. We are so excited that we are heading back to Vancouver in September. So it is great to start to build a list of hikes to do when we visit. And we have yet to explore the maze of trails at Lower Mount Fromme. We will certainly keep an eye out for cyclists on the path. Especially if the mist rolls in!

  7. I was actually just looking into this one, so really glad I found this post. I’ve done Kennedy Falls but knew this was meant to be a nice trail too. Looks really eerie with all that misty weather you had, but still really nice. I’ll have to plan this one for a little later in the year – always looking for a good rainy day hike

  8. What a stunning hike! I love how atmospheric it looks in the mist! You can’t beat woodlands and waterfalls in my book! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous route!

  9. Your photos of the trees in the mist look like paintings from a children’s fantasy book! I want to go hiking there, especially on trails named after floppy bunnies. Seriously, this is straight out of a fairy tale.

  10. Gah – looks like a dream! Would love to mountain bike near here. I’m forwarding to my friend in Vancouver so that we can take to the trails the next time I visit her.

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