Diez Vistas

July 24, 2013 in Exercise, Outdoor Activity, Running

Viewpoint looking west at Indian Arm

One of the viewpoints on the Diez Vistas trail at Buntzen Lake.

For a challenging day hike, try the Diez Vistas trail at Buntzen Lake in the Tri-Cities area for some spectacular views of the Indian Arm and Metro Vancouver. There are many viewpoints along this trail (10 views = Diez Vistas) that make this hike worthwhile. Some of the viewpoints are now obstructed by the growth of the trees along the trail. The viewpoints that are unobstructed are also great places to stop for a break and to take in the scenery and serenity.

Starting from the trail head at the Buntzen Lake lower parking lot, I did this hike in about 4.5 hours with a few stops, rest breaks, and running sprints along the way. The trail is very well marked, clean, and quiet (I went on a weekday so I’m not sure what it’s like on the weekends). It’s a challenging ascent to the viewpoints with plenty of switchbacks and a lot variety in terrain (big rocks, tree stumps. logs, dirt, you name it). The descent can be strenuous but if you take your time and take plenty of breaks, it can be very enjoyable; plus you are rewarded at the bottom by hitting Buntzen Lake’s quiet and picturesque North Beach where you can take a dip in the lake and chill out on a hot summer day.

This was my first time hiking this particular trail and I would definitely do it again. If you like trail running, I think this would be a great trail to run which I hope to come back to do one day. Also, if you pack your beach towel and plenty of water and snacks, you can spend the latter half of the hike just hanging out and relaxing at Buntzen Lake’s North Beach.

It’s about a 15km hike in total with unforgettable views of the Indian Arm, Deep Cove, and looking farther west out to Vancouver’s downtown. You can go here to read more about the trail and directions on how to get there.

Happy hiking!

J.