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Vancouver Hiking in May - Stawamus Chief

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Lighthouse Park - Vancouver HikingMay is a wonderful month to hike in and around Vancouver.  The long, warm summer days finally arrive and the true hiking season begins.  However, summer holidays for many haven't started yet so May is a great time to take advantage of fairly quiet hiking trails.  Lighthouse Park is an extraordinarily little known piece of paradise, so close to to Vancouver as to see its tall buildings, yet immersed into a dramatically beautiful coastal rainforest.  A wonderful network of hiking trails winds throughout massive Douglas-fir trees and Western Red Cedars as well as golden Arbutus trees stretching toward the Deep Cove Lookout - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailsocean.  There are so many great aspects of this hike.  The first is the beautiful drive to get there.  Marine Drive spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of West Vancouver.  This beautiful stretch of road is a great attraction to Lighthouse Park as it takes you along an easily overlooked, yet beautiful area of Vancouver.  Another great attraction to the park is the wonderful variation of trails.  They stretch out in several directions in the thick forest, each leading to breathtaking ocean viewpoints.  Another is the variety of wildlife.  Along with the majestic trees there are the occasional bald eagles, Pacific Spirit Park - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailsoystercatchers, seagulls, shore crabs, hermit crabs and starfish, among quite a lot else.  Another is the seemingly endless array of picnic tables and even better, rock outcrops at the edge of the Georgia Strait and Pacific Ocean beyond.  At the far end of the Baden Powell Trail, in the cute town of Deep Cove is home to the fantastic Deep Cove Lookout trail.  Also known as Quarry Rock and the Grey Rock Trail, the Upper Shannon FallsDeep Cove Lookout Trail is amazing.  The wonderful trail crosses numerous creek bridges to get to the impressive lookout with views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm far below.  Indian Arm is a 20k fjord that cuts deep into the mainland.  The slopes on either side are heavily forested and steep and therefore have seen little human development as compared to the heavily populated regions nearby.  The hike is fairly relaxing.  There is free parking off Panorama Drive and the trailhead is marked with a Baden Powell Trail sign.  The first kilometre sees most of the 160 metre elevation gain and from Shannon Falls Provincial Parkthen on it is a relaxing walk in the woods the the beautiful lookout.  Dogs are welcome on the trail and there are washrooms at the parking lot.  Deep Cove is a very pretty coastal town full of nice shops and restaurants as well as a nice pier and marina to wander around in.  The Upper Shannon Falls Trail in Squamish, just Stawamus Chief Provincial Park45 minutes from Vancouver is an amazing example of this.  It is a branching trail from the now hugely popular Stawamus Chief Trail.  Because it is a branching trail it goes almost completely unnoticed.  This is astounding.  And wonderful.  Any weekend you go hiking the Chief you will be amazed at how many people had the same idea you did.  It's never too crowded as to be bad, but the Chief does get very busy.  You will see probably a hundred people by the time you get to the sign, 15 minutes into the Stawamus Chief Trail, that points to the right and says, "Upper Shannon Falls Trail".  Once you take this trail an astounding thing happens.  Silence.  It's uncanny.  No matter The Lions - Vancouver Hiking Trailshow crowded the trail is just metres away, this one is always deserted.  Such a shame, as it's beautiful.  It runs through a beautiful forest with streams, small canyons, bridges and a massive, grass covered mountain top with amazing views Dog Mountain - Vancouver Hiking Trailsdown to Howe Sound.  If you continue further, you come to a mountain top cliff, similar to the Chief, though not as impressive.  From these peaks you have incredible views down to Squamish and across to the now distant Chief's peaks.  And of course along the way, the Upper Shannon Falls which are beautiful as well.  If you are wanting an exciting and challenging hike, The Lions, just a short drive north of Vancouver in Lions Bay is a very rewarding hike.  If you don't manage to summit the West Lion, as many don't, you will still take in some breathtaking views from this wonderful trail.  Give yourself lots of time though as it's 8k, one way and consistently uphill, though only moderately.  of the many beautiful peaks to be climbed if desired onHollyburn Mountain in Cypress Provincial Park the 29k trail. The Lions or Twin Sisters lie in North Vancouver, about one hour from downtown Vancouver.  The two distinct, rocky peaks are visible from downtown Vancouver.  The view from the top is spectacular.  Howe Sound stretches out into the blue distance.  A tough Black Mountain View of Mount Baker in the United Statesbut wonderful hiking trail.The first half of the hike is very easy as you follow a disused, though beautifully overgrown logging road gently uphill.  The trail after this road is very well marked with flagging tape, tree markers and paint indicators on the rock faces.  There are two plateaus before the final, very difficult ascent to the summit of the West Lion.  Both plateaus have incredible views and most make the second plateau their final destination.  Take a look at some of the many other beautiful hiking trails in Vancouver.  From the easy and scenic Lighthouse Park trails, Dog Mountain on Seymour, or the Two Canyon Loop in North Van.  To the more challenging and spectacular hikes like Black Mountain, Hollyburn Mountain or St Mark's Summit, all in Cypress Provincial Park and all very unique hiking experiences.  You will probably encounter some snow in May on the higher elevations as it often takes until June to melt enough to hike without getting bogged down in slush and snow.  In the summertime, Whistler, 1.5 hours north of Vancouver is a hiking paradise.  Whistler is located right in the middle of the fabulous Garibaldi Park.  For a list of the best hikes in and around Whistler take a look here.. 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Best Vancouver Hiking in June


Joffre Lakes Provincial ParkHiking in Vancouver in June is phenomenal.  The number of trails are staggering.  If you had to pick one hike to do in June you couldn't go wrong with Joffre Lakes.  Though it's a 3 hour drive north of Vancouver, the hike is well worth the drive.  The hike past the lower, middle and upper Joffre Lakes is only 5k and you only gain 400m of elevation, which is not terribly strenuous.  It's just an all round beautiful hike from start to finish.  June in particularly nice at Joffre Lakes as there will still be some lingering snow to make the place look that much more menacing contrasted with the impossibly turquoise coloured lakes.  Make sure you pick a sunny day to see Joffre Lakes as the sunshine brings the colours to life that much Lighthouse Park - Vancouver Trailsmore.  Closer to home, hiking in Vancouver in June is amazing.  If you have never been to Lighthouse Park take the beautiful drive along the ocean to West Vancouver and hike the beautiful 2k to 10k network of trails through the beautiful forest to the many beautiful ocean views and of course an impressive lighthouse.  Lighthouse Park is a beautiful half day hike conveniently close to downtown Vancouver.  If you make the beautiful drive from Vancouver to Joffre try to see some of the many great sights Porteau Coveon the way.  Here is a great list of must see sights between Vancouver and Whistler.  You may not have time for them all, but try to see at least one!  Best sights on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler here.. Porteau Cove is a beautiful little stop on the way to or from Whistler.  You will notice the lack of washroom stops on the way to or from Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, and if nothing else, makes Porteau Cove a perfect rest stop.  Aside Shannon Falls Provincial Parkfrom washrooms there is a wonderful pier with viewing platforms that hover high above the ocean of this majestic and enormous Canadian fjord - the most southerly fjord in North America.  There is a nice campground that extends down the shore towards Vancouver.  Shannon Falls towers above Howe Sound at 335 metres as the third tallest falls in BC.  The wonderful, though very short trail winds through a beautiful old growth forest to get to the base of the falls.  From your car to the viewpoint takes only Brandywine Falls Provincial Parkabout four minutes, however the trail continues a bit further to a higher viewpoint (five minutes higher).  You can even continue along the trail and join with the Stawamus Chief Trail which goes to the three summits of the Chief.  Brandywine Falls is a beautiful stop on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler.  It's about 11 kilometres south of Whistler.  The hike from the parking lot to the falls is less than a Whistler Train Wreckkilometre and on a wide and flat trail.  Of all the waterfalls around Whistler, Brandywine is the most impressive.  There is a wonderful viewing platform across from the waterfalls that juts out over the edge of the enormous chasm the falls empty into.  There is another fantastic place to view the falls that most people miss.  There is a great viewpoint from above the falls where you can stand above the Cheakamus River just metres before it falls over the cliff.  It is hard to say enough about the Whistler Train Wreck.  It is fantastic for so many reasons.  First, its location.  Just a short 10 minute driveLynn Peak - Vancouver Hiking Trails gets you to the trailhead parking, just off of the Sea to Sky Highway on Alpha Lake Road in Function Junction.  The hike begins on the Flank Trail then quickly branches off to the Train Wreck Trail through deep forest.  The trail leads first to the Cheakamus River and some amazing viewpoints then continues through deep forest along this amazing river.  Around a bend in the Cheakamus, the forest reveals the first of seven, fantastic train Mystery Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailswrecks.  There are several beautiful hikes in Vancouver, take a look here at a list of the best hikes around the Vancouver area.. These include the amazing and relatively easy Dog Mountain and Suicide Bluffs 4.4k roundtrip hike at the Seymour Ski Resort just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  The views from this hike are amazing of the Vancouver and you should make an effort to catch this trail near dawn or dusk on a clear day for a sunrise or sunset you will never forget.  Elfin Lakes is included in this list as well.  This is the southernmost tip of Garibaldi Park and an amazing 22k, Goldie Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailsnot to difficult, though long hike among a staggering array of snowy mountains in all directions.  The trailhead is only an hour from downtown Vancouver in Squamish.  Hollyburn Mountain makes this best of Vancouver hiking list as well.  A bit of a steep hike, though still relatively easy, and short too at just 7k roundtrip.  The views of Vancouver are even more amazing than from Dog Mountain.  This hike is located at Cypress Mountain Ski Resort, and just 30 minutes from Vancouver as well.  Lynn Peak in North Vancouver is also one of the best The Lions - Vancouver Hiking Trailshikes around.  This hike differs from the previous ones as it is more of a rainforest type of hike.  Rivers and deep forest with massive trees in Lynn Valley are the highlights of this hike, and the view at the top is not bad either. The West Lion Summit Trail is a great trail located just an hours drive from Vancouver in the beautiful Lions Bay community in between Vancouver and Squamish.  The trail is consistently uphill, but not too steep.  It's well marked as it rises to views of Howe Sound far below.  The trail Mount Harvey - Vancouver Hiking Trailseventually leads to the very difficult, class 3 scramble to the summit of the West Lion, but this final hike is by no means necessary.  The views from the relatively easy plateau before the summit are amazing and that is the end of the trail for the vast majority of hikers on this trail.  If you are unfamiliar with The Lions, they are the unmistakable twin mountain peaks visible from all around Vancouver.  They inspired the name for Vancouver's football team, the BC Lions as well as the iconic Lions Gate BridgeMount Strachan is part of the trio of mountains, also Black Mountain and Hollyburn Mountain that form a bowl, or Cypress Bowl St Mark's Summit - Moderate to Challenging Vancouver Hiking Trailsthat give the resort its name.  The Cypress part of the name comes from the Cypress or Yellow Cedar that fills the valley.  Both Strachan and Hollyburn are easy hikes from the Cypress Resort parking lot.  For Strachan you can start near the main lodge walk directly up the gravel road past the chairlift and bear left.  The route is boring and uneventful as you are following ski runs, however the summit has amazing views.  St Mark's Summit is a borderline moderate to challenging trail.  It is a relatively easy way to get hiking deep into Vancouver's amazing Challenging Vancouver Hiking Trails - Mount Unnecessary mountains.  Starting this hike at Cypress means you drive most of the elevation.  Even though you still have another 460 metres in 5.5k to hike, the beautiful forest and frequent Howe Sound views make it seem quick and easy.  It takes about 1.5 hours to reach St Mark's Summit and the views are fantastic.  Not only because of the incredible vantage point over Howe Sound, but the abruptness of St Mark's Summit.  The cliffs below you are frighteningly vertical, making the views fantastically majestic.  Also the sheer drop off makes Howe Sound Callaghan Lake Provincial Parkand the speck sized boats seem so surreal.  For a tremendous variety of hiking trails, Whistler is the place to go.  One of the greatest ski resorts in the world, and more recently a world renowned mountain biking resort, is now evolving into a world class hiking destination as well.  With the recent addition of the Peak to Peak Gondola, Whistler has had to open quite an amazing array of hiking trails on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for summer hiking.  Of course there is a charge for the gondola to access these trails, the price is reasonable considering the mystifying spider web of trails on both mountains connected as they are with the astoundingly breathtaking Peak to Peak Gondola.  And as if it could possibly get better both mountains lead to some incredible hikes on connecting mountains, trails and traverses, such as Russet Lake and the Spearhead Traverse among quite a few more.  If you haven't included Whistler in your hiking itinerary, you might want to now.  Take a look at some of the best of the best hikes here.. 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