A 50 minute drive away from downtown Vancouver, the browning lake and jurassic ridge trail awaits. This hike has a very high effort to view ratio. It is a fairly easy trail, and you get some amazing views of Howe Sound. These pictures were taken in fall, late October 2020.
Quercus Viewpoint – 35 minutes; Difficulty: Moderate (Dog Friendly)
Jurassic Ridge – 30 minutes; Difficulty: Moderate
Murrin Loop Trail – 25 minutes; Difficulty: Easy
Turn into the Browning Lake carpark from Sea to Sky highway to park your cars. There is limited spacing there and fills up quick, so it’s best to head there early, especially during Summer. We’d recommend going here in Fall or Winter as there’s lesser crowd. Due to lower elevation levels, this provincial park does not get snow easily. Walk through the lake and you will reach the starting point of the hike (shown above).
The first viewpoint you’d want to stop at is the Quercus Viewpoint. The signs are well posted, you won’t miss it. It took us 35 minutes to reach here. The trail has an elevation and some fairly large steps. We’d recommend hiking boots, but sports shoes would be alright as well.
The pictures do not do justice of how beautiful the view is. Spend some time and enjoy the sights!
Continue on the loop trail, and you will reach a point where the sign shows Jurassic Ridge trail.
Once you see this intersection, steer right to head up to jurassic ridge. Continue on for about 30 minutes to reach the peak!
Jurassic Ridge has a similar view to the earlier viewpoint. But it’s more elevated, so you get a wider range of it. It’s definitely worth the extra effort.
If you guys missed the Jurassic Ridge intersection, do not fret. As it’s a loop trail, you can go up the trail using another way. In fact, this way is shorter, but steeper. Takes about 15 minutes up.
There’s also a shorter and easier trail within the provincial park called the Murrin Loop trail. Look out for the trailhead, which is located slightly deeper inside browning lake at the flat ground area.
This short trail takes about 25 minutes, and though at a lower elevation, you get a pretty amazing view of Howe Sound as well.
All in all, the trails in Murrin Provincial Park are amazing and you will be rewarded with some amazing sceneries, blue waters and high mountains.