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Jug Island Trail isn't one of the greatest adventures in the Lower Mainland, but it is peaceful escape from the city with beautiful old-growth forest in spite of its short length.
If you're looking for a quick run, a walk for those with low mobility, or adventure for kids who love to stop and explore, this is a great option.
While the route is wide for the most part, there are some stairs to negotiate.
The trail follows a ridge that undulates, going up and down on several occasions.
This adds a bit of a challenge to an otherwise wide trail.
The trail ends at Cosy Cove, just across from the titular Jug Island. The trailhead is adjacent to the Belcarra Picnic Area to the north.
Look for signs beside the treeline around the road. 1.
The start is a little tricky as there are several paths going seperate directions.
Look and follow the signage you'll be well on your way. 2.
A shallow climb gains the ridge proper through forest that feel old, despite being second growth. 3.
After a steep descent and steep climb, you get to a ridge that follows a trail with many thick roots.
The trail descends steeply once again in rubbly condition.
At the base is Cosy Cove and Jug Island.
This is an excellent midway point.
From here, return from whence you came. The beach is a lovely spot to hang out but even in the summer it looses sun by 4pm, so expect cooler temperatures.
At very low tides it's possible to wade out to Jug Island and there is a steep trail to it's apex, though the views are mediocre, and the ground very vegitated.
There is an outhouse at the beach.