Last Updated on October 11, 2020
We were thrilled that Goat Lookout Trail was such an easily accessible hike (850m, one way) right off the campground at Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park. When you hike with four kids, having that easy access is half the battle. The other half of the battle on this hike was the incline (elevation gain 180m) all the way to the top (with some steep cliffs) while having our four kids (almost) seven-years-old and under adventuring with us.
There were steep cliffs, so make sure kids stick with you at all times. Also, be bear aware. We did not run into any bears, but always take the necessary precautions because when you’re in bear country, you never know!
The trail climbs through cedar and douglas tree forest, to a rocky outcrop that overlooks the campground and Mt John Decker, where you can view mountain goats, if you’re lucky. We weren’t lucky that day. The trail starts at a little bridge to cross the rushing water, goes into a forest that is absolutely stunning with its rugged beauty, and continues onto the incline all the way up. Going up, we were wondering how slow we would have to take it on the way down with the kids, but going down was actually way easier, faster and did not feel sketchy at all.
We also only saw one other family and couple on the trail, from a distance, even with the campsites seeming full during our stay. It was nice to be in nature together without the big crowds you can run into on the popular trails closer to Vancouver. It was so peaceful hiking with just ourselves around. We felt like the kids were really able to enjoy taking their time and asking questions, while admiring the beauty of mother nature surrounding them. And, the kids all agreed with our oldest, Madison, that “being outdoors really is the best!”
Darcy and I couldn’t agree more.
Take a look at the beautiful Goat Lookout trail at Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park:
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