Follow the Seymour peak trail to just before the first pump. You'll see a turnoff with a warning sign. This is when your trail gets a bit tougher. From here its ALL down hill, about 7.5km to the lake and 8km to the camp sites.
The first major decent is called Wesley's staircase, once at the bottom it opens up and you cross a rock slide. The trail is pretty spotty but its not bad, eventually you hike into the forest. That lasts for awhile with a bit of up and down and a small lake witch is good to cool down in. There's one more major decent. Its a bit sketchy, kinda like a dried up creek bed. This is about 6km from the Seymour turnoff. You'll make it down towards the Elsay creek which you'll need to cross. It's not too bad if your smart about your steps, or if it hasn't rained in a while. By this time you're well on your way on the last stretch which is a smooth ascent to Elsay Lake. There's an emergency hut on the other side. It's always open. Just be clean!
The trail start up near the top of Seymour mountain. just fallow the trail signs from the parking lot. For those coming from the Vancouver direction. Take the mount Seymour pkwy exit after you cross the second narrows bridge turn left and Mount Seymour Rd.
If staying overnight you must park in the "over night parking" and although there are no signs telling you to pay, you do need to pay for overnight parking.
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Posted By: Kris1888
- Mon Aug 28 02:16:34 UTC 2017
UpsideBeautiful views - lake is gorgeous and perfect for a swim or camping at if you are willing to lug a big packpack up the trails DownsideLong and technical - all the elevation you lose going down to the lake - you have to climb it again. CommentElsay lake was beautiful - and it was definitely worth visiting for us. The day was longish - it took us 6.5 hours round trip including stops and for a swim at the lake. Moving time was probably under 6 hours. Bring lots of water - there was a creek to fill up in - and food (I estimated 200 calories for each hour we planned to be out there and then some). we went through 2 -4 litres of water per person. I used poles but you can do it without poles. Don't underestimate the hike. We are avid trail runners and this was still a challenging day for us. Bring the 10 essentials and appropriate trail shoes or hiking boots are a must. Our day went well but this is back country and things can easily happen. This is NOT a beginner hike and probably one of the most challenging 20km of terrain I have experienced.
Posted By: Dustyn
- Thu Oct 13 19:47:51 UTC 2016
UpsideYou feel you've accomplished a great deal when complete. DownsideNot recommended as a day hike. Make the most out of it and spend a night. CommentWe were actually aiming for Elsay peak but there was miscommunication between the directions read and my hiking partner. So we ended up doing the lake thinking the trailhead went past it. It was great going down and we knew it would be a challenge on the way back with how wet it was. We got to the lake after 6 hours of descending and figuring out how to get across the river before the lake, as the water level was high and moving fast. We walked downstream until we found a rope someone had set up across a fallen tree. Caution is to be taking serious as the log is slick and falling apart but was passable for us. After getting to the lake we enjoyed the views for about an hour, exploring and finding a hidden geocache ( I won't tell you where it is but I'll give you a hint, its out of the elements). We headed back thinking we would at least make it back to Seymour trail before dark. Yep, not a chance, we got caught in it about hald way back. Even with lights you really have to look around for the signs and flagging tape. It is very easy to lose the trail in these conditions and the reflective markers are not well put for the way back. I'll be doing this hike again next summer and spending a night. I'll bring some flagging tape to replace to older faded markers.
Posted By: KPo
- Tue Jul 05 03:05:18 UTC 2016
UpsideNice quiet trail... but yes, on the difficult/more technical side of things. My boyfriend and I are fairly fit, and from the Seymour P2 parking lot, it took us 7 hours to descend (admittedly taking our time), and 6 hours to ascend. The ascent was much more enjoyable, and better marked, in my opinion. The boulder fields are definitely the funner part of the hike. Comment on general description: the "significant descent" is actually closer to 5km from the junction, not 6km. DownsideEffort to reward ration would be closer to 3.5/5, as there are easier hikes with more interesting end points out there. It's also buggy -- bring lots of bug spray. CommentNice trail, and definitely glad we did it, but probably won't do it again. (similar sentiments to post below). Would definitely recommend this as an overnighter as opposed to a day hike, as the latter would be quite grueling.
After the turn off from Seymour, the start of the rockslide area is absolutely gorgeous and the best part of the hike. During summer the path is very well marked and we never had one difficult time finding the trail although with a light dust of snow I can imagine much of the markers could be covered. We met few people and it's a nice option to the usual Seymour peak. There are also some streams to filter water beside the lake. DownsideWith heavy backpacks in the heat of the summer this isn't an easy hike. The easier Seymour peak has a better payoff and this would be quite a challenge for a one day hike (unless you're a trail runner). The lake is ok, great for a swim, and there are a couple camp spots but on a long weekend there was a surprising amount of campers with one bringing a sound system and lots of booze. Suffice to say we didn't get much peace and quiet throughout the night. CommentI'm glad I can tick this one off my list but I don't think I'll be doing this again for awhile.
For the blogpost of our visit and photos : http://vizslawhiskeygirl.blogspot.ca/2015/08/elsay-lake-overnighter.html
Posted By: LucasL
- Tue Jun 30 22:25:42 UTC 2015
UpsideBeautiful views some forest shade and some sunshine. Lots of salmon berries all over and blueberries. DownsideApart that it was 30 degrees and done in one day. Pretty good. CommentThis wood be very nice for an overnight hike. In one day could be gruelling for those not in top shape especially the uphill at the end before reaching the Seymour trail but if you overnight it's ok. Despite the sign saying very rugged and trail maybe difficult to follow I actually found it pretty easy to follow since on the rock slides there is lots of ribbons. There is a shelter and outhouse at the lake surrounded by mountains. Saw fish jumping there also.
Posted By: vwjedi
- Tue Aug 05 16:33:46 UTC 2014
QuestionWhere do you pay for overnight parking and how much is it?ANSWERS are in this forum: Parking