Coliseum Mountain

Coliseum Mountain near Vancouver, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
23 kms
8hours
difficult
Hiking
Fall, Summer
Vancouver, BC
User stretch
NTS Map: 92G6. A good workout for experienced confident day hikers alike.

Follow "Headwaters Trail" to "Coliseum Mountain Route" (maps provided at the gate) about 5.5 km of fairly level well marked trail. Once you reach the "Coliseum Mountain Route" marker, which is just before Norvan Falls, it begins as a fairly steep ascent up the mountain. The route is pretty well marked (square yellow reflectors), although it gets more sporadic as you climb higher up, so be wary of where you are going.

After climbing for about 1.5km you will start to see Norvan Creek to your left and will follow along side it for a little bit which can be quite muddy in parts so appropriate caution should be taken. Once past the creekside you now level off somewhat as you ascend for about 1km . For the last 2-2.5 km you go through a series of tight narrow passages, so be mindful of the trail and markers because there are some steep dropoffs if you venture too far from the marked path. Once you reach the peak there are clear views of Vancouver to the south, Crown Mtn. is to your west, Cathedral Mtn. is to your north and the famous "Lions" are to your west although they look somewhat unfamiliar from this angle.

Altogether a very invigorating hike - proper footwear is highly recommended as it is quite a long journey. Lots of fluids are necessary to keep you hydrated as well.

GPS Waypoints Reference:

WPT001 Parking lot/Entrance

WPT002 Coliseum Mountain Route

WPT003 Cute Waterfall

WPT004 Peak of Coliseum Mountain

Directions:

Trailhead is at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park North Vancouver. Park gate is open 8am to 9pm during daylight savings time otherwise 8am to dusk (earliest is 5pm)



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By BCTravelahPosted By: BCTravelah  - Fri Jul 18 19:05:35 EDT 2014 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside - Amazing workout. Great payoff.
- Lots of camping space, maintains privacy well.
- The peak is not the end of the road, great for exploratory to Burwell and Cathedral.
-Oodles of berry bushes to munch on along the way.
Downside - It takes a long time (3hrs Roundtrip) to get to the trailhead from the parking lot. Wastes time and energy.
- Anywhere where there is no wind, there will be flies, mosquitoes, and the occasional wasps.
Comment Date Hiked: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Departure: 10:30AM Parking Lot
Trailhead: 12:00PM
Summit: 2:00pm
**Swam, explored, ate for 2.5 hours.**
Depart Summit: 4:30pm
Trailhead: 630pm
Parking Lot: 8:00pm.

Some general tips for those who have not completed this hike before:

1. The trail is VERY well marked, however, for the 1st km, the trail is not very visible. Keep your head up and follow the markers and you should be ok.

2. In order to hike to the lakes from the summit, it will take you another 30-45 mins. Keep in mind to get BACK to the summit you will have to ascend, so it will take you a bit longer. Keep this in mind for time management.

3. Remember to re-apply repellent once you've finished swimming in the lakes or you will be eaten alive by the mosquitoes. Trust me.

4. This hike is difficult in that it is very steep all the way up. Make sure you ask yourself if you are fit enough before tackling it. It is significantly harder than it's neighbour Lynn Peak.

5. Cell reception goes bye bye the second you enter the parking lot, keep this in mind and let others know what your plans are well before this point.

6. Near the top, once the trail starts heading into the flower meadows, there is the Seymour Valley junction trail that goes to the right. Ignore that, and head left continuing up.

7. Water is scarce and there is only really one good place to fill up with water between the trail head and the summit. There ARE streams and bodies of water to fill up water, but they are exposed to sun the whole time and just...questionable..lol


This hike has been on my list for awhile now, and boy did it kick my butt! Within 5 mins the trail just becomes a brick wall and straight up you go. It's a bi***, but once you conquer it, you will feel like a million bucks. There are meadows of wild flowers everywhere and the lake is emerald green and just fabulous to swim in. I actually skinny dipped to the waterfall and chilled at the foot of it showering...pretty unreal. I pretty much ate all the berries along the trail so apologies to the next hikers... On a final note I'm pretty sure I was the only person on the summit but heard people laughing in the background somewhere....hopefully it was over at Burwell Mountain carrying over, but that creeped me out slightly...haha
By ClaireCPosted By: ClaireC  - Mon Sep 02 15:42:32 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Great views the moment you get above the tree line. Good workout. Accessible by bus. Downside One or two very steep sections where a rope would have been usefull and you need to go back down very carefully. Comment I was reluctant to do this hike when I saw the comments section and finally did it on a sunny day (Sept 1st), and I actually had a great time.

Most of the hike is in the forest (just like most of the hikes around Vancouver), but there is some nice stream crossing and two clairings on the way. The first km after the fork Norvan Falls is pretty steep, but is gets better untill the last 1 or 2 km. It gets really pretty once you reach the tree line.

The scrambling section just before the top is challenging, I would only recommand this hike to experienced hikers (but otherwise I haven't found this harder than Mount Brunswick for compraison).

It took us 8 hours from the entrance of the park (not including the km to and from the bus stop), not including a lunch break in the sun there.

The views from the top are great. It's a good angle I wasn't used to, and you can see Crown and Goat Moutains, the Lions, Mount Unnecessary and Mount Brunswick. Two lakes are a little further down, and would be suitable for a nice swim on a hot day. Probably possible to camp there too, and explore the few other peaks around.
By dpwellPosted By: dpwell  - Tue Aug 20 01:44:31 EDT 2013 Not Rated Comment Hiked (most) of this today (Aug 19/13). One of the toughest hikes I've done. Found the 8 hours insufficient (we hiked 9 hours and didn't make it). The sign at the bottom says to allow 10+
By LucasLPosted By: LucasL  - Sun Jul 14 13:56:06 EDT 2013 Not Rated Question Wouldn't it be easier from the Seymour Watershed conservation side? Or is it a tougher route? More dangerous?

ANSWERS are in this forum:   Seymour side
By pbakker22Posted By: pbakker22  - Sun Jun 23 11:38:39 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside If you want to challenge yourself, this is a brutal workout. Downside Snow hazards started at around 700 meters and progressively worsened. At 1,200 meters I turned back because without an ice-ax and crampons the risk was too great. Visibility was poor, rain constant, and some of the trail markers were buried under snow and some missing altogether. Without a GPS I wouldn't have hiked it. If you hike alone like I do, let someone know where you are going and fill out the hiking form which you can find at the trail head.

Bring plenty of fluids and food. Pace yourself. This made the Grouse Grind feel like a walk in the park.
Comment June 21, 2013: Although the trail was still officially closed due to hazardous snow conditions, I attempted it anyway.

I started at 07.30 at Lynn Headwaters trail head, reached Norvan Falls turn off at 09.00 and hit 1,200 meters at around 12.30. I returned to Lynn Headwaters trail head at 16.00.

As others have mentioned, there is scrambling, lots of mud, melting snow, and with the snow fields the going was slow. I can't remember the times I fell through the snow. It was freaky at times.

I'm sure the views at the summit are worth it, but there's still too much snow at this time of year to make it to the top. I will have to hike it again later in the summer.
By Kris RadfordPosted By: Kris Radford  - Mon Sep 17 16:01:06 EDT 2012 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside Climbed 16 September 2012. The view from the top was excellent, we had a nice clear day. I could see from Baker clearly in the south east to Vancouver island in the west. The trails were well marked. Also, there was a few very friendly people on the route. Downside Pretty much everything but the summit - a long and unrewarding hike through often ugly and unpleasant terrain. Comment My girlfriend and I have done longer hikes, and hikes with more elevation gain, but never have we done one that was less rewarding - the vast bulk of our day was spent slogging through steep and uninteresting bush. Once we made it to the top we enjoyed the good view of the region, but it was not reward enough for the lousy ascent and decent. I'm glad we made it to the top, but I would leave this one for the bears and bugs.
By jayjardinePosted By: jayjardine  - Mon Sep 03 12:57:07 EDT 2012 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Peaceful hike, challenge of a long haul, peak area is fun to explore Downside Long slog from Norvan to the peak is exacerbated by muddy, slippery sections (even at the end of summer) Comment If you can trail run the first and last 7 km you can do this in about 4 hours and save your sanity. Norvan to the peak and back takes its toll, though, and you will wish you had biked in via the Demo Road to enjoy a good spin out of the legs on the way home.
By chemilloPosted By: chemillo  - Sat Oct 22 14:15:29 EDT 2011 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside I did this hike in October the 9th, I found 5 other hikers there. I did it by myself. I spent 4hrs 20 min on the way up from Lynn Headwaters Park. That day was cloudy and foggy, anyways it is such a nice hike. Downside When I was on my way back, the trail was pretty lonely. After 30 min from the top I saw a medium size black bear close to the trail. I just kept going, I was afraid that there would be more bears around. I spent about 3hrs 30min from the top to the entrance of Lynn Headwaters Park. Comment Beautiful views, I just saw some of the mountains around. Because of the clouds. Totally recommended.
By freeridebrycePosted By: freeridebryce  - Tue Jul 26 14:12:54 EDT 2011 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside challenge, views, uncrowded, workout Comment Access from the Seymour side is faster. The bike ride in is quicker and the trail is more direct. Still plenty of wasp nests though.
By Back track bongoPosted By: Back track bongo  - Mon Jul 26 13:46:44 EDT 2010 Not Rated Question Any advice on camping overnight?

ANSWERS are in this forum:  Overnight?
By DangergirlPosted By: Dangergirl  - Sun Jul 18 14:32:05 EDT 2010 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside An excellent workout. One of the few hikes where I found the time estimate is good. Beautiful views at the top. Very few hikers on the path. No signs of bears near the trail. Well marked trail (assuming you realize that you need to follow the orange tape). Downside The trek to Norvan falls is very easy and flat. This may bore some people. Not much to see for a lot of the hike. Not many people, which can be a downside if hiking alone and you run into any trouble. Comment I completed this hike yesterday (July 17/10). I decided to go alone which was likely somewhat foolish, considering I'm recovering from a serious knee injury. Regardless, I had a goal in mind and something to prove. I made it to the Norvan falls cutoff in just over an hour. I was keeping a 10 min/km pace until that point. The real work begins at the cutoff for Coliseum where you begin heading steadily up for sometime. I began following the metal yellow markers, but they disappear after a while and you must follow the orange marking tape. The trail is well marked. As I had never completed this trail before, I had no idea where my end destination would be and I was concerned at times that perhaps I was on the wrong trail. There is a whole section that snakes around the mountain where there is only minimal elevation gain, but once I began heading up I knew I was still on track. I did not see one single person until I was near the peak. I ran into a group of four hikers on their way down. There was still much snow, but nothing I considered a real hazard. I reached the peak at about 4 hours 10 minutes, but I was moving pretty slow for the last hour. I spent an hour at the peak and headed back down. My knee slowed me down somewhat on the way down. Total hiking time for me was approximately 7.5 hours. The total trip including an hour at the top and a 15 minute stop at the falls took me 8 hours 50 minutes. Beautiful views at the top, worth the climb..
By Henry WangPosted By: Henry Wang  - Sat Aug 29 02:23:31 EDT 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Excellent work out with a more than rewarding view at the end. Downside Stupidly long 7km approach to Norvan Falls before you get to the good stuff. Comment Definitely recommended for people looking for something else besides the Grind or Seymour peak. If you want to challenge yourself, keep going to Burwell or Cathedral Mountain.

Trail was well marked all the way but most of the marking are by surveyor's tape above the tree line will be gone at the first snowfall.

Bring lots of food for this one. You will be working hard all day.
By granolapherPosted By: granolapher  - Sat Jun 06 00:45:05 EDT 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This an awesome hike, great views, we where the only hikers on the trail. Downside The trail isn't especially well marked, many are near the ground, some markers are white spray paint... not a good choice for an area that receives snow. Still a good deal of snow when we did it (Early June) Comment I'd do it again, give yourself some extra time for trail finding on the ascent.
By vostok9Posted By: vostok9  - Fri Jul 04 17:30:57 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Challenging with beautiful views Downside Dangerous in the beginning of summer, streams under the snow, markers cannot be read very well, slippery rocks Comment It was a hot June morning when my crew and I attempted scaling her peaks. She was calm terrained at first, but then a steeper climb succumbed us. We fought mercilessly, wooing her unruly terrain with our hiking boots. After much struggle it all flattened out and she exposed her white peaks and valleys to us. It was a sight to behold! We were all alone, no insects to speak of. We travelled onwards tirelessly, pushing onwards to the climactic peak. We could feel water underneath our feel. Sometimes we collapsed into strange streams. Probing her surface we tredded lightly. About 4/5th of the way up we had run out of time. The sun was setting and one of our team was a werewolf. We could not afford to have him turn on us. The expedition turned around. We descended quickly, milking her bosom along the occasional streams.
By CenturionPosted By: Centurion  - Fri Jul 04 16:57:45 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Empty. Challenging. Varied terrain. Snow! Gorgeous views! Downside Snow! Hard to see trail markings even in late June. Comment We did this trail towards the end of June and only made it 4/5ths to the top. There was A LOT of snow still on the mountain and the trail markings got progressively harder to find until we had to turn back due to loss of light.

Despite this however, the trail is excellent. It was challenging, little to no insects, empty, and had amazing views despite not even making it to the top.

I would totally recommend you try this hike. BUT! Make SURE you have proper footwear. Attempting this hike without proper hiking boots would be a disaster. There are sections that are very rough, and with the added snow.... Get good hikers!
By trailrunnerPosted By: trailrunner  - Mon Sep 10 04:40:11 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Good viewing after getting to the ridge & amazing view from the top. You really get a feel of where you are by looking around. Wicked purple mushrooms in the woods. Interesting contrast between going up under the trees, & rocky top + small ponds with little plants. Pretty little pink and white flowered lichen plants. Downside Sometimes hard to follow markings right after the turn off from Norvan. Rough trail between turn off till the ridge; many sudden unexpected turns and failt paths. Comment Easy rather boring run from the parking to Norvan turn off. I started to walk within a 1km from the turn off due to the steepness and hard to follow marking. This sheer climb without conistent tread of people (as people branch out and walk all over to follow the yellow marking on the trees) lasts for quite a while. Then incline gets lot less & runnable but quite a rough trail starts. From here till the ledge about 30% runnable. Many border line incline whether to run or not. Many small branches sticking out and rub your shin. Muddy spots with depths of 3 to 30cms. Occasional opening to see other peaks. Then second major climb starts which takes you to ledge. Once you get to ledge, mostly you are exposed to sun. Several times I thought this would be the peak!, but ended up going up again - happened 4-5times. But the view is awesome. After the ledge, the trail improves significantly but still there very steep sections and need to be on all fours with roots or branches in hand with your rear sticking up in the air. Top part is about 60% runnable. This day I did n't feel very well- took 2hr10min to the top. The view of the Mt Burwell was enticing yet I felt a bit tired to decided not to proceed. Mt Cathedral was there behind Burwell. I head some other runners will do in a day but looked very far and steep for me. Return did n't pick up much of a speed as I wan't having a good run - took 1hr40min to get back to the parking. So total 3hr50min return + 20 min break at the top = total 4:10. A fast runner might be able to hussle at 3-3.5 hr return. I felt it was long and rough...definately rougher than Hanes Valley.
By LumberistPosted By: Lumberist  - Sat Aug 04 05:50:13 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Very rewarding view at the top...spent an hour up there. Mesmerizing snow pools dripping into waterfalls cascading down the mountainside { if only i could of reached the largest pool ,if possible, as it was large enough to swim in}. The freezing water was tasty and refreshing.Panoramic view of countless mountains as well as Vancouver. Not a soul was to be found on the trail. Magical array of birds, from woodpeckers to large hawks. Insane leg workout. Beautiful breeze at the top. Downside Quite long and strenuous. Total time was eight hours, including an hour break at top. Beware of the skunk cabbage swampy areas, as they are filled with clouds of horrendous bugs that will infiltrate any orifice { approx. last 30% of hike}. Also the small purple heather meadows {bumblebee meadows} are loaded with wasps and bees that do not appreciate anything stomping by. I will have to be more prepared for the onslaught next time. Bring sunscreen...i got burnt. Watch the knees coming down. Comment Altogether a pretty amazing hike. I was initially worried about the hordes of bugs { wearing a tanktop without bug spray...idiot} but my nerves were calmed at the magical view up top. Very calming and quiet summit with hypnotizing melting snow streams. The hard journey does get exceptionally rewarding.
By reimor3Posted By: reimor3  - Thu Aug 02 05:57:42 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside awesome view... spent an hour and a half on top... having lunch and hanging out.. Downside bugs hahaha... fair amount of rocks on some parts.. Comment excellent trail .. so close to the city... rewarding view and not very popular.. did'nt see any hikers on the route.. great for novice hikers wanting to push themselves... it's my second and longest hike.. recomended for fit hikers... took a nap on the summit :D good air


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