Hollyburn Peak is an uphill snowshoe route to the peak, which delivers a spectacular view of Georgia Straight, the Lions, and the nearby Grouse Mountain area.
The 3.5 hour out and back snowshoe route to Hollyburn Peak is actually within Cypress Provincial Park, and therefore, while it may start from the same parking lot as the cross-country ski and snowshoe area up on Cypress Mountain (XC ski area turn-off not downhill parking lot), there is no charge to use the trail. In other words, you don't have to pay for the $3-4 snowshoe day pass that would otherwise be sold to you at the snowshoe rental shack.
The route starts at the covered sign (kiosk) that you will see just before the XC ski shack area where people start skiing. Your route avoids this paid area of groomed trails, and instead snakes its way up the mountain, for the first while staying close to or adjacent to the XC ski trails. You start off under the power lines, slowly climbing, and then level off. The route is marked by orange poles. It's a well-trodden trail, even in the snow, but you can still download the waypoints and GPS track from trailpeak.
Point 001 is the sign and start of the trail; the point marked peak is your destination. The trail is well marked, and other snowshoers will point the way if you are unsure. Hint, keep going up.
To get to the trail (XC ski area on Cypress) take the Cypress Bowl exit from the Upper levels Highway in North Vancouver (heading to Horseshoe bay) keeping a keen eye out for the sign to Cypress. Drive up to Cypress, as if you were going to the downhill ski area, but when up top, take the XC ski and snowshoe turnoff to the right, before you get to the downhill area. You will see the signage (looks like a small shelter, but is a Parks Kiosk) and park anywhere nearby.
Note there is also a shuttle bus up to the park, and if you squint, you may be able to make out the bus times in the kiosk picture above, otherwise call Gray Line of Cypress Ski Hill.
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Posted By: bionicflite
- Mon Feb 01 02:59:15 EST 2010
UpsideGood cardo work out with the steep climbs...challenging when icy.Some woman called SAR day before. A good moderate trail
DownsideCan be crowded at the peak
CommentMy introduction to ice conditions....MSR Lighting Accent made for these conditions.
Did this snowshoe trail on December 27 2009. Bring extra layers and ample water/snack and dont leave it to late to start.
Posted By: adamscheuer
- Tue Jan 02 12:24:18 EST 2007
UpsideGreat views from the top. Easily accessible for a short day-hike. No trail fees required!
DownsideCan be busy.
CommentI've done this snowshoe route a few times and love it. It's short and steep at the top which gets the legs working. All in all, a great 1/2 day excursion.
Posted By: stargazer
- Tue Dec 28 16:48:28 EST 2004
UpsideSpectacular views on a clear day.
DownsideQuite busy. Last 1/4k or so is steep.
CommentFirst time I've hiked this one(won't be the last!). Hiked this on Monday 27, 04(Boxing day). Weather was perfect, clear & sunny. Trail starts about 50 feet to the left of the kiosk. Its well packed & easy to follow. Its marked to 2.2k then you follow the open ski areas up another 1.9k to the summit. I ventured off trail in spots into the powder which makes for some fun coming down. Going at a moderate pace it took about 2hrs up and 1hr down. Saw about 40-50 fellow snowshoers over the 3 hours. On a clear day the views of the valley to the island are really worth the effort.
Posted By: vpigeon
- Sat Dec 25 23:03:54 EST 2004
CommentBack on this trail on Christmas Day, 2004. What a difference 2 weeks and approx 1 m of snow will do. Great day, snowshoed 5.5 km, nearly 2 hours of walking time (because there was so much snow), 3 hours total. Don't miss it.
Posted By: vpigeon
- Mon Dec 13 01:03:27 EST 2004
CommentSnowshoed this on Sunday, Dec 12, 2004. Very hardpacked snow, so not very enjoyable. Make sure the snow is soft when you do this trail.