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Vancouver Hiking in March - Hollyburn Mountain

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Best Hiking and Snowshoeing in March


Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Provincial ParkMarch hiking in Vancouver is beautiful.  You finally see the very cold weather of winter lift and get out snowshoeing in the mountains in a t-shirt.  Hollyburn Mountain at the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort is a great place to start.  It's free, the trailhead is convenient and easy to find, and the drive to it from Vancouver takes only 30 minutes and is beautiful.  Incredible city views far below you can be seen at various stops on the drive up.  If you are not familiar with Vancouver's night skyline.  Cypress is one of the beautiful, lit up ski hills you see so dramatic in the distance at night.  Hollyburn Rice Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking TrailsMountain snowshoeing is fairly steep, but manageable by most.  Expect to be hiking 3 to 4 hours total.  But that includes about half an hour at the summit admiring the incredible view.  Try to do this one on a clear day and stay late to catch the sunset, it's phenomenal.  The trail is very well marked, but of course bring a light if you stay for the sunset. Dog Mountain at Seymour is similar to Hollyburn, though easier, shorter and less amazing views.  It's also free and very convenient to downtown Vancouver.  If you want to just get out of the city for a beautiful hike in an amazing forest trail Lighthouse Park - Vancouver Trailswith great ocean views and beach walks then head for Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.  The drive alone is fantastic and the park for a lot of people represents what Vancouver is all about.  Big beautiful trees, wonderful forest trails, amazingly wild beaches and few people to break the silence.  And having the towering Lions Gate Bridge dominating the view makes it all the more beautiful.  Rice Lake is a relaxing walk around a Deep Cove Lookout - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailscute lake in Lynn Valley.  It is a family friendly hike although dogs are not welcome.  Rice Lake is near the trailhead to Lynn Headwaters Park and there is a 1k connecting trail from there to the Rice Lake Trail.  There is also the more convenient parking lot at the Rice Lake trailhead at the end of Lillooet Road.  There are several picnic areas and viewing areas with seats around the lake as there is quite a variety of wildlife in the area as well as some impressive Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars.  Burnaby Lake has a series of trails that add up to 9k if done in a circular route around the Burnaby Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailslake.  There are in fact 19k of trails in the park.  The various trails include the 2.6k Cottonwood Trail, the 1.8k Brunette Headwaters Trail, the .8k Avalon Trail which connects the Burnaby Equestrian Centre with the Southshore Trail.  The 3.4k Southshore Trail, and the smaller trails, Conifer Loop, Spruce Trail Loop and the Pavilion Trail.  The beautiful Cypress Falls trail has two nice waterfalls to see as well as an impressive forest of old growth Cedars and Douglas Firs.  The trailhead to Cypress Falls Regional Park is located in Cypress Falls - Easy Vancouver Hiking TrailsWest Vancouver, just off the Sea to Sky Highway(99).  From the trailhead to the lower falls is easy to follow.  There are quite a few smaller trails that join the main trail leading to various connecting routes to the main trail.  Always stay on the main trail to avoid getting lost.  When you reach the lower falls the main trail splits in two.  You can either back up and continue again on the main trail heading up the west side of the creek and leading to the upper Cypress Falls.  Deer Lake is a relaxing 5 kilometre walk around a cute urban lakeDeer Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trails just 30 minutes from Vancouver.  The route around the lake is good any time of year and is very popular with dog walkers in and around Burnaby.  Trails in the park lead to a kids playground, washrooms, a boat launch and picnic tables.  In the summer months Deer Lake Boat Rentals offers canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals.  Gas or electric motors are not allowed.  Deer Lake is also home to the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Century Gardens.  If you are into Shannon Falls Provincial Parkadventure, The Lions are a great place to snowshoe in March, and not too far from Vancouver.  Less than an hours drive will get you to the trailhead in Lions Bay (just south of Squamish).  The easy to follow trail takes you up to some great views of Howe Sound far below, and gets you up close to the West Lion.  One of the iconic Lions that are visible from many places in Vancouver and inspired the naming of the BC Lions and the Lions Gate Bridge.  Some good hiking (non-snowshoeing) options in March are Parkhurst Ghost Town in Whistlerup in Squamish, just a 45 minute drive from Vancouver.  The Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls trail are great.  The Shannon Falls Trail is very short and therefore accessible year-round on foot and the Stawamus Chief trail is fairly steep and well used year-round so is usually hike-able when all the other trails require snowshoes.  The Chief hike will take you about 2 hours roundtrip and towers Cypress Falls - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailsabove Squamish with amazing views and the Shannon Falls hike only takes about 20 minutes roundtrip.  The Upper Shannon Falls trail is a relatively unknown, yet amazing trail through thick forest to some fantastic views comparable to the Chief but without the crowds.  A bit further of a hike at 5.5k roundtrip, but well worth it.  In March it will be completely free of snow and wonderful to hike.  Further north in Whistler, the snow persists well into April so bring or rent snowshoes if you plan to hike in March.  But in March the days are long and the temperatures fairly warm so a snowshoe hike to Train Wreck, Rainbow Falls, Cheakamus River, Parkhurst Ghost Town, among quite a few other great choices, is always fun.  For a great list of the best easy snowshoeing trails try here.. And a comprehensive list of moderate to challenging snowshoeing trails in Whistler try here.. Take a look at the the best hiking and snowshoeing trails in Vancouver here..

 

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Best Hiking and Snowshoeing in April


Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Provincial ParkApril hiking in Vancouver is beautiful.  The warm, spring weather starts and the days are long.  It's a great month to hike one of the amazingly lit up mountains so visible from Vancouver at night.  Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain, both ski resorts, also lay among fabulous parks and therefore the hiking trails on the parklands are entirely free to use.  And because of the close proximity to Vancouver and the impossibly beautiful views they have of the city below, they are very Kitsilano Beaches - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailspopular and well designed.  Just a 30 minute drive gets you to either Dog Mountain at Seymour Ski Resort, or Hollyburn Mountain at Cypress Ski Resort.  The drive alone is beautiful, but the trails are amazing.  Try for a nice clear day in April and get ready to marvel at the amazing city below.  These two mountains powerfully contribute to Vancouver's constant ranking as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Black Mountain is another beautiful hiking trail also located in Cypress Provincial Park close to Hollyburn Mountain.  It is a fantastic 8k roundtrip hike with constant jaw dropping views.  The Kitsilano Beaches begin as soon as you cross the Burrard Bridge andLynn Canyon Park - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trails enter the residential paradise of Kitsilano.  Though only this first beach is named Kitsilano Beach, you can walk from one beach to the next via some short and scenic residential detours.  So you can connect the beautiful Kitsilano Beach to Jericho Beach, then Locarno Beach then Spanish Bank Beach.  Walking them all will add up to about 8k (one way) of Lighthouse Park - Vancouver Trailswonderfully varied beaches, parks, marinas, the enormous Kits Pool and endless vantage points to English Bay and Burrard Inlet.  This is not a hiking route but rather a fantastic beach walk anytime of the year.  Lynn Canyon Park is an easy and strikingly beautiful park and yet another locals favourite.  So close to downtown Vancouver at only 30 minutes away, yet you feel as if you are in a remote forest.  There are a few different routes to take and this park is also connected to the Baden Powell Trail which adds to the hiking possibilities.  Lynn Canyon Park is its own rainforest world deep in the forest of North Van.  Part of the temperate rainforest that stretches Shannon Falls Provincial Parkfrom Alaska to Northern California.  Lynn Canyon is filled with second growth, though still impressive, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedars.  The suspension bridge is much smaller than the popular and expensive Capilano Suspension Bridge, though still impressive.. and free.  For something a bit easier Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver has easy, deep Upper Shannon Fallsforest trails ending at various amazing beach vantage points of Lions Gate Bridge and downtown Vancouver.  It is also a beautiful drive into the gorgeous West Vancouver which hugs the ocean all the way to the park.  Squamish, just 45 minutes north of Vancouver has some amazing places to hike.  The Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls trail are great.  The Shannon Falls Trail is very short and therefore accessible year-round on foot and the Stawamus Chief trail is fairly steep and well used year-round so is usually hike-able when all the other trails require snowshoes.  The Chief hike will take you two or three hours roundtrip and towers above Squamish with amazing Elfin Lakes Snowshoeing in Garibaldi Parkviews and the (lower) Shannon Falls hike only takes about 20 minutes roundtrip.  The Upper Shannon Falls trail is a relatively unknown, yet amazing trail through thick forest to some fantastic views comparable to the Chief but without the crowds.  A bit further of a hike at 5.5k roundtrip, but well worth it.  In March it will be one of the few trails around Cypress Falls - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailscompletely free of snow.  For some truly magnificent hiking & snowshoeing in April head north to Garibaldi Park.  This huge park stretches from Squamish, 45 minutes north of Vancouver, way past Whistler 1.5 hours north of Vancouver.  There are several access points to this wonderful park.  The Diamond Head trailhead in Squamish is a good place to start.  This trailhead leads to the amazing Elfin Lakes.  An 11k fantastic hike into towering, snow packed mountains everywhere.  The trail is popular year-round and well marked and unless you plan to stay overnight at the amazing hut at Elfin Lakes, or camp there, there are no park fees.  The Hut is $15/person per Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Snowshoeingnight and well worth it.  Take a look, the place is amazing.. In April there will still be considerable snow, probably two metres at the trailhead, so make sure you are equipped with ski's or snowshoes.  Though it is possible hike the trail without snowshoes due to the trail being packed down by others it's not very enjoyable as you sink into the snow up to your knees at times.  Burnaby Mountain, just 30 minutes east of downtown Vancouver has a nice network of Burnaby Mountain - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailspopular trails with fantastic views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and beyond.  The trails link to the wonderful Trans Canada Trail.  The Trans Canada Trail when completed in 2017 will stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and up to the Arctic Ocean.  When completed it will be a 23000 kilometre multi-use, hiking/biking/walking trail that spans North America.  Further north in Whistler, 1.5 hours from Vancouver you come to the Rubble Creek trailhead gateway to Garibaldi Park.  This is the hiking trailhead most use to hike to Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Black Tusk, Panorama Ridge, and quite a lot more.  In April the road Whistler Train Wreckfrom the highway to the trailhead should be drive-able, free of snow that is.  In the winter months you have to park, not far from the highway and hike a couple kilometres to the trailhead, so April is a relief to come.  The Rubble Creek trail will be buried in snow until well into June however, so be prepared for awkward walking on snow, although the trail is always well packed down from people before Stawamus Chief Provincial Parkyou.  Still you will be glad to put on snowshoes a couple kilometres into the trail once the snow becomes difficult to walk on.  You will encounter the odd skier coming down this trail as it is very popular this time of year. Cheakamus Lake, just as you enter Whistler is the next gateway to Garibaldi Park.  Unfortunately the 8k gravel road to the trailhead is not plowed of snow and is consistently undrive-able into May.  But if you are motivated you can drive it as far as you can and park at one of the many pullouts and walk from there.  Cheakamus Lake is only 3k from the trailhead and beautiful any time of the year.  The Cheakamus Trail also branches off at 1.5k and leads to Helm Creek and Black Tusk further along.  This is a wonderful way to access the less busy side of Garibaldi Park, but in April this trail will be under at least two metres of snow and a very tough snowshoe hike as it's a long trail and consistently steep.  Whistler has a mind boggling array of hiking/snowshoeing options and April sees the snowline move from Whistler Village at the start of April to well up the mountains by the end of April.  So keep this in mind when venturing out.  You will need snowshoes for much of April.  For a list of places to snowshoe check here.. Take a look at the the best hiking trails in Vancouver here..

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