Updated: Jul 22, 2020
There are some places you only take the best of friends. Some hikes that are too hard to go on with people you don't like a lot. Some places where you have to dig deep just to get to the top and you don't want to be huffing and puffing and sharing what feels like your last breaths with someone that doesn't mean the world to you. Deep Cove - Quarry Rock hike is one of those places. This year round 4 km route is unforgettable. Type in Panorama Park in your GPS to get you there.
The first time I went on this hike with my 3 kids, I had no idea what to expect. Well, that's not entirely true. I thought I was going for a walk. You know- flat! Armed with a baby on my back, a three year old and a 6 year old we embraced this invitation from a dear friend in ignorance. I wasn't expecting to be on what felt like an elliptical for 45 minutes. It actually felt like 45 years! The hike is gorgeous though. Just wow. Wooden staircases interwoven through the forest of Douglas fir and Hemlock trees.
It felt like the staircase to heaven, quite literally, since I wasn't sure I was going to survive it. Especially with an additional 20 pounds of a bouncing baby strapped to my back.
The forest was breathtaking, with a spring running down from the mountain. But you know what was even more amazing? The age of the people we passed coming back down the mountain like gazelles. Every. Single. Generation. From newborn babies in carriers, to seniors with calves I can only dream of having at some point in my life time.
The hike to the top through the Baden Powell Trail was worth the sweat to get to a panoramic view of the cove below.
You could sit on the bare rock face at the top, sharing a quiet moment, or a lunch with a friend before beginning the thigh quivering downward return.
If hiking to the peak isn't your cuppa tea, the rock beach below is just steps from a children's playground is a wonderful place to make memories and let the hours slip by with those you love.
The only challenge at Deep Cove is the limited parking spots and the limitation on the parking duration. It is such a bustling spot with so much natural beauty, I can understand why so many people want to visit.
Deep cove is the perfect place to spend a Saturday with friends and family. After working up an appetite, a street full of boutique shops and historic cafes await my grumbling belly.
With free parking, and considerable sweat equity,
the price of this piece of heaven is $0!
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