This is a well-maintained and well-marked backcountry ski and snowshoe trail that starts from the car-park of the Mt. Seymour ski resort. In summer it is a popular hiking destination.
There is a parks notice board at the start of the trail that has a map, and in winter, often has posted the current avalanche and weather report. Heading up the hill (right) is the trail to the first and second pumps, and further out, the Mt Seymour summit. Heading left is the Dog Mountain trail.
The trail follows along side the ski resort for the first stretch. There are numerous small trails heading out to viewpoint to the left, but be aware that this area is not immune to avalanches, and that there are many cliffs and ice falls for the unwary.
Once past the resort, the trail wanders around a little. In winter it is clearly marked with orange snow poles. The last stretch of the trail to a small col and summit of the first pump are a bit steeper, but the most of the trail is reasonably moderate.
The trail can be quite busy on weekends, especially in stable clear conditions, though the crowds quickly thin the further away you get from the ski resort.
Follow direction for Mt. Seymour ski area in north Vancouver. From main parking lot, the trail head can be found to the left of bottom of the Mystery Chair. It is clearly marked by a covered parks notice board.
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Posted By: munch
- Sun Jan 02 13:53:58 UTC 2011
UpsideWhat a view! Spectacular Bluebird days. DownsideNone! Comment Worth the trip, lots of people on the trail, well packed. Some steep sections (too steep just for skins) bring crampons for your skis or a pair of snowshoes to switch out your skis on steeper sections. Great views of Howe Sound, Mt Baker and Vancouver Island. If you only hike one trail this winter, make it this one!
Posted By: Sheep Shearer
- Mon Jul 12 19:08:33 UTC 2010
UpsideGreat hike with amazing views. CommentJust went Saturday (July 10th, 2010) and there was still a lot of snow on the hike, starting about halfway up to 1st peak. Most people didn't go to 2nd peak due to the snow.
Posted By: Rambo
- Sat Nov 14 23:02:11 UTC 2009
UpsideYep yep, just like the other reviews... the views... amazing. And not such a hard trail. You can go pretty slow and get to that peak in a decent time. DownsideIt's busy CommentGo there in the winter months. Seymour is a must.
Posted By: squirrelbait
- Fri Jul 18 16:13:03 UTC 2008
UpsideThe view. I could not get over the view! It is stunning - I had no idea... We saw Mount Baker, Mount Ranier, Vancouver Island, Olympic Peninsula, plus Vancouver (of course!). DownsideInitially the trail is a bit ugly because you go up cut for the ski slopes. CommentJust went - July 12 2008 and there was 5 feet of snow! 3/4 of the trail was under snow so poles are helpful, and also Gortex shoes!
Posted By: ChrisO
- Tue Feb 26 05:16:14 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat little day trip on a sunny days. The views of Vancouver, Mt Baker and the ocean make this trip a winner. Downsidecan be a little busy, but that's to be expected. CommentThis is a beautiful area in summer and winter. Make sure you check the weather and avalanche conditions at the trail head in the car park. Lot's of people get into trouble up here. When it's good, though, it's very very good!