Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 5K9

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park Professional Review and Guide

"This regional park encompassing the former University Endowment Lands has a surprising drawback for the uninitiated walker: too many trails rather than too few. To help you get started, here are two walks, one from north to south, the other from east to west, each described by naming the trails used, names celebrating the history and natural history of the area."

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"This trail is located at the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands, Vancouver. The south half of the Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a wider selection of trails and smoother gradients. This ride circumnavigates the lower section of trails to make a 7.9-km (4.9 miles) loop. It is wide, with little change in elevation, offering a peaceful wooded ride. South of 16th Avenue, the trail network becomes more convoluted and the options increase.

Although this route maximizes the distance on the southern part of the network, one can easily meander for hours without needing to look at signs. When it's time to head home, simply get your bearings at the next sign. You're never far from the road. In every case, it seems that 16th Avenue is the high point of the network, with trails dropping off to the north and south."

"In 1989 the 765-ha (1900-acre) tract of forest and foreshore was dedicated as parkland. Today, an extensive trail system explores the different ecological areas of coniferous forest and alder woods, beach and bog.

The park provides a home for small mammals, amphibians, many species of birds and a host of plants. Each form of life establishes itself in its own preferred environment, so that a walk in the park can be a fascinating study. Highlights: Coniferous and deciduous forest; dogwoods, aspen, witches’ broom; cedar waxwings, kinglets, grosbeaks. Terrain: Flat. Forest trails."

"This trail is located at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Part of the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands, Pacific Spirit Regional Park provides a touch of wilderness in the middle of the metropolis of Vancouver. The trails are all rated as easy and feature wide gradients and well-maintained surfaces.

Park managers have been careful to create a network of trails designed to minimize conflicts between users; it is incumbent on mountain bikers to honour these efforts by staying on designated trails and avoiding the temptation to poach some of the narrower singletrack hiking trails. Wooden gates have been placed at the entrance to the hiking only trails to indicate closure to cyclists. Although largely forested, the trails traverse forests of western red cedar mixed with stands of cottonwood and bigleaf maple. The understory is a mixture of vine maple, salmonberry, and ferns."

Pacific Spirit Regional Park Reviews

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Green Circle (ski sign) very easy riding, some of the trails have large pebbles in the trail making it a rough ride (shake up some) I would love to ride the closed off trails for I sure you would get some Blue Sq for more challenge. the biggest challenge is not to hit a tree the trail is very curvy in areas, some raised areas for trail wash out. you can loose your self pretty easily in here the trails are marked and there is a map of the area but not sure where you pick that up. Since there is no topo yet. I tracked it on my runkeeper app on the phone. I did roughly 20km in 1.5 hrs. Over all rating 3.5 stars out of 5 reasons. Lots of people so you need to be alert when riding, very scenic area (trees), Not a technical ride, plenty of trails to ride on. Trail types: Gravel, Lime Stone, Mud/dirt
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Very good trail for a beginner , some steps like it says , downhill 1/3 of the time , and some steep uphills , but a great combo . Nice hour and a half round medium speed trip.
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this is a fun trail it is not that hard and i think anyone could do this trial. Just be sure to download the comes directly from the guidebook and is much lighter (only a 6 page printout) than carrying the entire guidebook! :)

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Trail Type
5.5 hours
Good all year
Vancouver Parks and Community Services
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Oct 2018