Hollyburn Ridge (Cypress Provincial Park)

Hollyburn Ridge (Cypress Provincial Park) 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
8 kms
3hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking
Winter, Summer
Vancouver, BC
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The trail starts out with a mild incline, just to get the blood pumping, and meanders amongst some of the only old growth cedars on the North Shore and a speckling of ponds. The last 1.5 km (depending on the route) takes you steadily uphill, a great reminder of how out of shape you let yourself get over the winter.

If you go up in the winter, expect typical snowy scenes; in summer the usual sub alpine wildflowers. It is a great hike to take out-of-towners on--not a killer workout, but with great payoffs. It feels like you can reach out and touch the Lions.

Directions:

From Vancouver, take Hwy 99 North, following signs to Cypress Mountain Ski Area. The trailhead is in the CROSS COUNTRY parking lot, not the downhill, like many of the Cypress hikes.

The snowshoe trail is clearly marked with orange poles. In the summer, follow the wide road straight up the hill, either staying on the ski runs or hopping over to the marked hiking trail. There are several paths up to the ridge, all well-signed.



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

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By theoneandonlychevyPosted By: theoneandonlychevy  - Sun Feb 10 00:38:39 EST 2013 Not Rated Upside great workout. much shorter than other options out there in the winter. Very well marked Downside in fresh powder, the steeper sections nearing the peak make it quite the slog. one step forward, two slides back! Comment Unfortunately there was quite a bit of clouds as it was presently snowing on my trek up but I could tell that the view would be worth it otherwise, will definitely had to come back as it was very doable (only took 1.5 hours). it was well marked and busy which makes it safe to do if your out alone. Highly recommend :)
By trailrunnerPosted By: trailrunner  - Sun Sep 04 22:13:52 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
Very good peak view unexpectedly. Great technical trailrunning practise flat trail. A couple of muddy sections.
Downside
Crowd. Often there are many branch out paths and confusing, though majority of them will join back to main trail. Some signes are not present or not legible.
Comment
-Starts from wide open gentle x-country ski terrain, then repeat under old growth looking woods, open rocks, pond areas to the peak.
-Trail is mostly semi flat or low incline, very well defined and upto 2m wide often and has lots of roots and rocks.
-There are many confusing branch outs majority of which eventually meet back.
-Some signs are missing or not legible. If in doubt, follow towards the direction of the peak and higher elevation.
-Surprisingly great views from the peak
-Makes a good technical trailrun practice in flat rooty + rocky conditions.

Ran with somewhat slow pace; 32mins to peak from x-country parking area, down way 28mins. If you go fast, a round trip can be closer to 50mins. If you walk, would probably take 60-90mins each way.
By shanana29Posted By: shanana29  - Thu Nov 12 20:08:05 EST 2009 Not Rated Question I heard that Hollyburn was going to be closed from December 1, 2009 until the end of the Olympics.......................is this true???

ANSWERS are in this forum:  Olympics
By JenRPosted By: JenR  - Fri May 22 19:06:25 EDT 2009 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 A great distance to do in a couple of hours. You can knock this one out easily in the afternoon. The views at the top are spectacular. The last time I was up all of Vancouver was shrowded in clouds and all that could be seen was Mt.Baker protruding out of the cloud cover in the distance. Be sure to pack a snack for the top, and bring a little extra to share with the very cute and very friendly birds :) Downside This trail is very popular so it gets very crowded at times. Comment Next time I'm going to remember to bring a plastic bag with me, as the group behind us had much more fun descending tobogon style than we did on the steep sections.
By WesternWilsonPosted By: WesternWilson  - Mon Aug 13 12:08:35 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 Really pretty area, lovely example of high alpine. Fantastic views from the top and a few nice peekaboo views along the trail. Great workout but not extreme, danger minimal. We took along our not very athletic 9 year old. Good trail for dogs, who technically are supposed to be on leash. Downside Flies. Wear a good repellant. Trails not particularly well marked. Comment A great addition to our "get your fat ass off the couch" local trail list. This would be spectacular in winter...and although we were in the cloud cover today, the views cleared from time to time, showing how amazing it can be in the summer too! Hiking boots of some sort are really called for here, if for no other reason than the very steep, short section as you approach the summit. The trail, largely a spring runoff streambed, is full of rocks: a real ankle-turner most of the way, so wear at least sturdy trainers. Take water and snacks!
By mondohikePosted By: mondohike  - Sat Dec 30 19:10:46 EST 2006 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 What an amazing trail. Up at the summit, through a mountain mirage it seems like you're actually higher than the Lions. And these snowbirds (thought they were grouses but apparently they're whiskey jacks) settle on your snow shoes and eat out of your hand. You can see the whole lower mainland as you slide down the mountain. Sweet! Downside Some steep slopes that can have you climbing on all four for a few seconds. Comment Expect a lot of people. When we were up there it was like a swarm of bees.
By vpigeonPosted By: vpigeon  - Tue Nov 29 00:52:23 EST 2005 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 snowshoeing trails in winter, well marked, good variety of difficulty levels, with warming hut (fresh water and heated by a wood fire fireplace) and Hollyburn Lodge (food and hot drinks) Downside You can co all the trails in a couple of visits to the mountain, so several more snowshoeing trails would be nice. Comment Snowshoed 8 kms on Sunday Nov 27, 2005. Looking forward to more snow. See GPS track for the trails followed. Get a map of the trails when you buy your ticket. Don't forget to sign in and out.
Went up the provincial park trail towards Hollyburn Peak, turned right to meet trail # 19 (see GPS track) and then roamed the various trails.
By dogbreathcanadaPosted By: dogbreathcanada  - Thu Jun 09 23:17:52 EDT 2005 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 It's a great hike through varying forests. I hear the views are great. Downside Muddy early summer. Bugs. The last stretch is a hands/feet scramble and can be dangerous when wet. Comment Was cloudy when we went, so no views. But the hike itself was enjoyable if wet. Will hike this again soon.
By dogbreathcanadaPosted By: dogbreathcanada  - Thu Jun 09 23:17:41 EDT 2005 Not Rated Upside It's a great hike through varying forests. I hear the views are great. Downside Muddy early summer. Bugs. The last stretch is a hands/feet scramble and can be dangerous when wet. Comment Was cloudy when we went, so no views. But the hike itself was enjoyable if wet. Will hike this again soon.
By KmarshallPosted By: Kmarshall  - Sat Sep 25 21:04:57 EDT 2004 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 Unbelievable views wow I can not belive that we live here can you ?? Amazing hike great scenery fresh mountian air. Unreal scenery. SPECTACULAR 360 degree view of the most amazing mountains that you will ever see. Whisky Jacks landing on your hand. Unreal. It a must do. Downside Can be steep in some places. A bit crowded on weekends weekday is great to do it though. Again is there really a downside. It is a must do. Comment Took the dogs. Had a blast. Be prepared. Hiking poles saved my legs. Awesome hike. Took lots of pics. I can not believe that we live here. Go in the summer around the middle of August. Sept is great too. GO for it.
By chillinvanPosted By: chillinvan  - Mon Jul 05 11:49:24 EDT 2004 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 The views at the summit of Hollyburn Peak are just fabulous. Try to go on a completely clear day. Otherwise, clouds tend to hover around the peaks of the surrounding mountains. Downside The last push to the summit is pretty steep. There are some parts where you're practically climbing on hands and knees because of the huge rocks and gnarled roots everywhere. Getting back down that part is almost as difficult as getting up it. Comment I hiked this trail on July 4 and even then there were still a few patches of snow at the very top and there were some pretty muddy spots farther down. Probably shouldn't be attempted before July.
By JobedanPosted By: Jobedan  - Sat Jun 26 20:35:25 EDT 2004 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 Really great view from the top of the mountain. the scenery along the way is really nice to look at, especially the ice ponds. Downside if you go in the early summer it is pretty muddy and also slippery. In addition, watch where you step on the snow because it gives way and then your feet are in the glacial creeks. Comment A great alternative to going up the grind or the BCMC. the scenery is more akin to what you see at the top of the BCMC.
By taiyoPosted By: taiyo  - Fri Jan 09 15:44:23 EST 2004 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 Killer view from top and super easy to get to from vancouver. Downside Can be a little busy and the powers that be on the Mountain encourage you to pay $6 just to walk on there piece of land -- :( Comment I wouldn't worry about gettin a snowshow pass from the resort -- just go for it. Super nice when there's heaps of snow --- doggies love it!!!
By hobbitPosted By: hobbit  - Mon Jul 28 03:03:19 EDT 2003 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 interesting hike. I enjoyed going through the muddy patches. Downside Dead pond on the top is habitat to many insects. I didn't stay too long on the viewpoint.
By jeannettePosted By: jeannette  - Mon Jul 07 23:57:38 EDT 2003 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 Awexome 360° views up on top, easily doable if you get a somewhat later start. This is a fairly easy trail, but with just enough variety and incline so that it is still interesting enough. Downside Plenty of people up on top. But who am I to complain about the crowds, since I also went there on a perfectly sunny, warm Sunday afternoon?
By tanyahPosted By: tanyah  - Mon Jul 07 18:47:17 EDT 2003 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 Easy to find and well marked (as long as you start from the cross-country parking lot). Incredible view on a CLEAR day. Downside Don't do this before July 1. We went up June 21st and there was snow and plenty of mud. Went again July 6th - clear of snow and very little mud. Comment This was a great hike, good trail, fabulous views. Not super busy either.
By trishkakaPosted By: trishkaka  - Sun Jun 08 21:54:26 EDT 2003 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 view from the top. Most of the trail is under the trees so it doesn't get too hot in the summer. Downside It seems a LOT longer than 4km in the snow. If you take the Baden Powell from the downhill parking lot, the first part is a tad boring. Comment It was worth the hike but go later in the season. I went early June and spent half the time in the snow. I have nothing against wet feet but it takes a lot longer that way.


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