This trail essentially traverses the spine of the Indian Arm/Coquitlam Lake divide, and ascends three peaks along the way. The trail begins with an ascent of the popular Polytrichum trail on the east side of Buntzen lake. From the polytrichum lookout, it is another 1-1.5 hours to climb through the lakes district to get to Lindsay Lake. To this point the trail is well-marked, however above the lake the trail becomes more rugged, less travelled, and at times unmarked. From Lindsay Lake, you continue heading north, and eventually ascend Eagle Peak (1hr from lake).
From this treeless peak the view is spectacular: To the west is Indian Arm, Vancouver, Mt Seymour and the Georgia Strait. To the east, Coquitlam Lake, Coq. Mountain, Widgeon Peak, Burke and the Fraser Valley. Immediately north are the next two peaks on your route, along with endless mountains in the background.
Continuing north, you descend into the saddle, and once again ascend to the next peak. After the third and final peak (Dilly Dally), you descend to Dilly Dally Pass. From here, your direction is west, as you wind your way back down to the valley below. Eventually the trail turns south, and at the bottom you pop out on the road to Buntzen Bay, a tiny village up Indian Arm. From here you follow the road south until it comes out on the Buntzen pumphouse road. Continuing south you pass Swan Falls and eventually get to the north end of Buntzen Lake. You can continue along the road, or take the trail along the east side of the lake, to get back to the parking lot.
This is a very long trail, in a remote area, with several steep pitches. Parts of it are not well-marked. Please be prepared, and have a map, compass, gps, etc. It will take you 6 hours if you are hyper fit and giving it, probably 10 hours at a more normal pace.
From Coquitlam/Port Moody, ascend Heritage Mountain and follow signs for Anmore. If you find Anmore, you're almost there and there will be signs for Buntzen Lake. Take note of the park hours when you enter Buntzen, as the gate closes for the night. Drive to the lake, and park in the first lot (not the overflow lot) close to the dog offleash area. Directly east of this parking lot is a gated gravel road. Your trail (Polytrichum/Halvor Lunden) starts on the other side of this road, not far from the gate. Two trails start here, make sure you take the one on the left.
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Posted By: glabber
- Tue Aug 29 06:29:37 UTC 2017
UpsideAmazing views. Very few people. Blueberries. DownsideSteep, pretty steep, also some pretty steep sections. CommentWe went end of august 2017. The views make it worth doing, they are amazing. If you want to do the loop, i would highly recommend going clockwise. I cant imagine trying to come down the north side of dilly dally. Its overgrown and steeper than the south. No water from the creek on the north ascent until lindsay lake so fill up!
Posted By: notsonaturegirl
- Sun Jul 06 18:54:36 UTC 2014
Upsideincredible viewpoints with panoramic views. Triangulation point is a bald rocky peak with a couple of ropes to get to the top. Up and down several peaks to various lookouts. this is not a hike for the weak! Steep up and downs... over and over... I found the huckleberry bushes on each side of the trail to be extremely helpful to me on the steep parts. DownsideTriangulation Point: A bit difficult to find the trail again, but it continues to your left. Entire trail has many slippery parts! The bald rock faces can be slippery, roots are slippery and, when you get to it, the old logging road with broken asphalt/lengthwise logs making the road ...all slippery. This slowed us down quite a bit. Numerous fallen trees mean hurdling/limboing over/under them. CommentI strongly recommend hiking boots, map, compass, etc. We had 30 - 40 lb packs with tent, etc. and this hike took us ~13.5 hours with only a few very short breaks (but a mild injury).
Previous comments indicated that the trail was poorly marked. Definitely fallen trees and trail aging have reduced the proper tree markings, but hikers have done a great job adding flags to trees, particularly on the tricky parts! Of course, we hiked in early July with almost no snow.
Posted By: LucasL
- Wed Jul 03 06:36:38 UTC 2013
QuestionHow do you download GPS data on those sites? and is it reliable? Does it work with any GPS device? if so what brand do you recommend?ANSWERS are in this forum: GPS
Posted By: jmccorm
- Mon May 13 22:55:34 UTC 2013
I was considering hiking the Dilly Dally loop this weekend. 2 questions:
1. Does anyone know if the trail is clear of snow?
2. Is there anywhere suitable to camp if we want to so it as an overnighter?
ThanksANSWERS are in this forum: Dilly Dally loop conditions
Posted By: goaroundglobe
- Sun Oct 09 02:39:13 UTC 2011
UpsideIf you are looking for a steep, hard and long trail, this is it! DownsideGet prepared for some mud, and lots of it! Did I mention it was a steep trail? CommentWe've done Lindsay Lake may times in the past so instead of going this way, with limited time on our hands, I've gone through Swan Falls trail to junction first and then to Dilly Dally and back (no loop). We were at the peak in 3.5 hours. But, coming back was very slippery due to all the rain we had a few days earlier. You pretty much have to watch every step down not to slip an slide down. This is a very steep trail so be prepared (if you don't like what you see by the time you get to falls, this is not your trail cuz it only gets steeper and harder). And if you are attempting it early or late in the year, make sure you bring your gaiters. It gets really wet after 900m elevation. Some new pictures have been posted on our website as well: goaroundglobe.com
Posted By: jd22
- Tue Aug 05 02:34:37 UTC 2008
UpsideSpectacular views, good workout. DownsideA lot of bugs near the lakes. The trail is very illogical. At some places the next marker is not visible, and the trail probably will not go where you expect it. I had to poke around for half an hour at one point, searching for the next marker. A few people.
CommentThough there are a few downsides, this was a great trail. The views from Mt. Beautiful (Eagle Peak) are spectacular and worth every second.
Be prepared when doing this hike! Bring a lot of water, food, and proper footwear.
The descent down Dilly Dally (how's that for alliteration?) was incredibly steep and slippery at the top. It could be quite dangerous. Use branches/poles and go slowly.
It took me 8 hours at a normal pace. The walk back from the North end of Buntzen lake is really annoying, it seems to go on forever once you're tired.
Posted By: Alexi
- Sun Jul 27 14:52:15 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat Viewpoints, rare alpine old growth forest (Little Valhalla), unique alpine lakes, great workout, close to town. DownsideCan get busy in summer, despite the difficulty. CommentOne of the most beautiful places I have ever been is Little Valhalla - a section of old growth alpine forest, with huge trees and very little undergrowth. One of my top ten trails in BC. Not for families with young children or inexperienced hikers. Bring a GPS, compass, and emergency gear - it's long, steep and remote, but worth every step.