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Vancouver Hiking in September - Mystery Lake

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Wedgemount Lake in Garibaldi Provincial ParkHiking in Vancouver in September could easily be considered the best month of the year to hike.  Up in Garibaldi Park the snowline is about as high in the mountains as it will get all year, and the temperatures are still quite warm.  The busy summer holidays have passed and the mountains around Vancouver are becoming tranquil and quiet again.  And as if it couldn't get better, it does.  There are no annoying insects.  What an amazing month to go hiking.  If you have never hiked up to Wedgemount Lake in Whistler, than September is the time to make your first trip.  You may even get the Brandywine Meadows Hiking Trailentire mountain paradise to yourself. Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, Black Tusk and the numerous other hikes around Garibaldi Park also share these amazing benefits.  You could easily occupy yourself in the Black Tusk area of Garibaldi Park for 2-3 days as there is just so much to see.  Elfin Lakes, at the south end of Garibaldi Park in Squamish is incredible in September.  It's quite a busy place most of the year and every weekend of the year, but in September it's quiet.. relatively.  Panorama Ridge is often cited as the best hiking trail in Garibaldi Park is possibly best hiked in Black Tusk in Garibaldi Provincial ParkSeptember.  North of Squamish, in and around Whistler, there are a few, very good, dog friendly hikesRing Lake and Conflict Lake up in the Callaghan Valley, south of Whistler and very beautiful and amazing in September when all the lingering snow has melted.  In 2011 Ring Lake was still frozen in mid August!  Brandywine Meadows is a great hike in September as well.  Dog friendly and though a muddy trail much of the summer, Russet Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Parkcomparatively dry in September and still alive with beautiful flowers.  Brew Lake is another dog friendly, though fairly tough hike, with beautiful views down to Daisy Lake from the trail.  Brew Lake is another lake often frozen in July still, so September makes it a great one to try.  The trailhead, a bit surprisingly, is not far from Brandywine Falls, and in fact most park there to begin the hike.  Don't expect any facilities on any of these three beautiful hiking destinations.  They are well off the beaten track, not in Garibaldi Park, and wild, desolate and beautiful.   Russet Lake is another beautiful hikeSt Mark's Summit - Vancouver Hiking in September ending at a beautiful lake and free mountain hut.  This hike can be done, starting at the Whistler Gondola, then the Peak Chair, then 14k alone the amazing Musical Bumps trail via the High Note Trail.  There is a charge of course to ride the gondola, but it can be done for free via the Singing Pass trail and returning for free on the Whistler Gondola, but not nearly as fun. For a look at the best dog friendly hikes in Whistler check here.. And the best easy and short dog friendly hikes in Whistler here.. For a good summary of the best of Hollyburn Mountain View of Vancouverthe best hiking in Whistler take a look at the overall best easy hikes here.. and the best moderate to difficult Whistler area hiking here.. In Vancouver you have plenty of fantastic and conveniently close hiking options.  From the easier hikes like Lighthouse Park and Dog Mountain.  To more exhausting, though rewarding hikes like Hollyburn Mountain, Black Mountain, St Mark's Summit and The Lions.  The Lions in September will be snow free which allows for the difficult ascent of the West Lion, which is borderline suicidalStanley Park - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trails during the snowy months of winter and spring when hand and footholds are wet and slippery. Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is a beautiful and astoundingly huge network of hiking/walking/biking trails.  An estimated 8 million hikers, walkers, rollerbladers and cyclists visit the park yearly.  The wonderful spider web of trails throughout the park add up to a staggering 200 kilometres, which explains how the park generally feels serene and relatively quiet most days despite its phenomenal popularity.  Burnaby Mountain - Easy Vancouver Hiking TrailsStanley Park can be walked or biked in any number of routes and lengths.  Certainly one of the popular, and most straight forward routes is by a large, 10k circle, paved trail that runs around the perimeter.  You can park at one end, for example near English Bay, and head along the coastal, paved trail and follow the beautiful circumference of Stanley Park and return to where you started after a wonderful and constantly scenic 10k seawall route. Burnaby Mountain, just 30 minutes east of downtown Vancouver hasLynn Canyon Park - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trails a nice network of popular 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.  Pacific Spirit Park surrounds the University of British Columbia on the shores of Georgia Straight.  The park has a beautiful array of Cypress Falls - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailstrails, 73 kilometres in total, that run along beaches, some old growth forest and even a bog.  The network of trails interconnects so often that you can do small 15 minute sections if that is all you are after.  Pacific Spirit Park is one of Vancouver's most popular parks and located in the wonderful and expensive neighbourhood, Point Grey.  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 from 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.  Take a look at the the best hiking trails in Vancouver here..

 

Vancouver Hiking in October - Black Tusk in Garibaldi Park

Best Hiking in October                           Vancouver Hiking Trails


Joffre Lakes Provincial ParkOctober is both a terrible and a wonderful time to hike in Vancouver.  It is often terrible due to the frequent poor weather, cold and rainy days, and the very short length of daylight.  But October in Vancouver can be wonderful for hiking too.  The trails are empty of hikers and the fall colours make for amazingly beautiful hiking that you just can't compare with on any other month.  The amazingly bright golds and reds you see carpeting the trails bring the forest alive.  Add to this the occasional dusting of snow you get on higher elevations and the views are breathtaking.  If you can manage it you should make a point to do an overnight hike to a place like Joffre Lakes or Wedgemount Lake on a full moon.  The valleys Wedgemount Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Parkon a full moon are unbelievable, with the almost eerie brightness in the dead of night.  To spend the night in a place like that is unforgettable.  In Squamish, some great October hikes would be the Upper Shannon Falls trail or the amazing Stawamus Chief trail.  Both are fairly steep, but short trails, so can be done in an afternoon.  The very short trail to the amazing Shannon falls viewpoint can be done in just 20 minutes(roundtrip) if you are after a short hike.  Other waterfalls in the Squamish area can be found here... For an easy hiking trail 45 minutes Black Tusk in Garibaldi Provincial Parknorth of Vancouver try Alice Lake Provincial Park is beautiful year-round.  And in October, the leaves are phenomenal.  The place lights up with magnificent golds and yellows against the distant white mountains.  A more difficult, though incredible trail in October is the Elfin Lakes Trail in Garibaldi Park.  Snow doesn't start falling significantly until November, so the trail, though long at 22k return, is amazing to hike in the fall.  Over-nighting Cheakamus Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Parkat the wonderful Elfin Lakes hut cost's just $15 and makes for an exceptionally wonderful fall hiking trip.  Though seldom hiked in October, the trails in Garibaldi Park are generally unused.  These wonderful, and very hikeable-in-October trails include the Garibaldi Lake trail, Taylor Meadows, Black Tusk and the Helm Creek Trail via the Cheakamus Lake trailhead.  You just have to be prepared on these long hikes to have adequate warm and wet weather clothing and good lights as the short October days might catch you in the dark on an even darker trail.  Russet Lake in Whistler is fantastic in The Lions - Vancouver Hiking TrailsOctober.  Beautiful, ominously deserted and free of snow for a couple more weeks. The Lions, just 45 minutes north of Vancouver in Lions Bay is also an incredible hike in October.  This very popular summer hiking trail is beautifully quiet in October, so much so as you will likely not see anyone on the trail.  This compared to the summer months when you have to be lucky to get a parking spot at the trailhead.  The summit trail to the West Lion is still free of snow in Hollyburn Mountain View of VancouverOctober and can be hiked, though it is a very difficult, class 3 scramble.  If you don't want to hike the West Lion summit, the plateau just before the summit is reachable with little difficulty and has spectacular views of Howe Sound far below.  Other beautiful trails south of Squamish include the wonderful Lighthouse Trail and the Hollyburn Trail, both in Vancouver and less than an hours drive away.  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 ocean.  There are so many great aspects Lighthouse Park - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailsof this hike.  The first is the beautiful drive to get there.  Marine Drive spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of West Vancouver.  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 Deep Cove Lookout Trail is amazing.  The wonderful trail crosses Deep Cove Lookout - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailsnumerous 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.  uver towers.  The busy Mount Seymour trail in Seymour Provincial Park is a locals favourite.  It is challenging and an excellent workout at 4k from the trailhead to the summit.  TheMystery Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trails views are phenomenal.  On a clear day you can see as far as Vancouver Island as well as amazing views of Vancouver, the lower mainland and the Gulf Islands.  Located in the beautiful Mount Seymour Provincial Park there are several hikes in the area.  There are a few easy lake trails like Mystery Lake and Goldie Lake.  These are family friendly hikes.  Mount Seymour - Vancouver Hiking TrailsAnother, relatively easy hike branches off shortly after the start of the trail to Mount Seymour.  Dog Mountain, easy and also family friendly and very popular in the winter as a snowshoeing trail. Mount Seymour Provincial Park is very dog friendly and backcountry camping is welcome in several areas.  Usually beyond Mount Seymour in the Elsay Lake part of the park.  Goat Mountain is a beautiful mountain to hike from Grouse Mountain.  It is challenging at times but fairly relaxing overall.  It is just 4k from the Grouse Mountain Chalet and should only take 3-4 hours roundtrip from the top of the SkyRide.  If you hike/run the Grouse Grind as well then add 2.9k to the journey there and 3.5k to the return (via the BCMC trail adjacent to the Grouse Goat Mountain - Vancouver Hiking TrailsGrind) to get back to your car.  From the Grouse Chalet on Grouse Mountain follow the path under the Peak Chair until you reach the trailhead and hiker check-in station.  From here you follow the marked trail to Goat Mountain.  You can either hike via Dam Mountain, or take the easier Alpine Trail.  Both are Challenging Vancouver Hiking Trails - Crown Mountainroughly the same distance, but the Alpine Trail is a bit easier.  The trail then leads to Little Goat Mountain and a fork in the trail.  Straight goes to the huge Crown Mountain ahead, and right goes to Goat Mountain just .7k away.  With the exception of the last, short climb to the summit of Goat Mountain, which is fairly steep, the trail is only moderately challenging.  For a more challenging hike, try the nearby Crown Mountain.  For something very out of the ordinary a hike to Parkhurst Ghost Town in Whistler is beautiful in October.  This once thriving little logging town on Green Lake was abandoned decades ago, leaving behind Parkhurst Ghost Town in Whistlerseveral houses and some extraordinary pieces of machinery.  It is best reached by canoe, but can also be reached via a hiking & biking trail near the Wedgemount Lake trailhead.  Whistler has an absurd number of wonderful and free hiking trails and Parkhurst Ghost Town certainly ranks as one of the most unusual.  Parkhurst was a little logging town Sea to Sky Trail in Whistlerperched on the edge of Green Lake way before Whistler was Whistler.  Up on the ridge where Parkhurst sits, the views are sensational. Green lake far below, a solid unnatural looking mass of green.  Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains out in the distance to the left and Rainbow Mountain across and beyond the lake.  Parkhurst Ghost Town is located next to the beautiful and new Sea to Sky Trail that runs high above the very scenic Green Lake just north of Whistler.  This allows for including Parkhurst into a longer hike that can begin from Whistler Village, extend through the Lost Lake trails up to the Sea to Sky Trail, then descend to Parkhurst on the shore of Green Lake.  Of all the routes to Parkhurst, none are boring and seeing a bit of pre-Whistler history is interesting and a bit surreal at times. Take a look at some of the the best hiking trails in Vancouver here..

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