Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Park Snowshoeing Trail
Hollyburn Peak (aka Hollyburn Mountain), in Cypress Provincial Park, is an amazing place to go snowshoeing. The Hollyburn trailhead is an astonishingly close, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The 30 minute drive is quite something as well. From the always beautiful crossing of the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, to the incredible views of Vancouver from the approach drive to Cypress Mountain and the Hollyburn Mountain trailhead.
You would almost expect that there would be various fees for parking, trail use, etc. But the Hollyburn Mountain snowshoeing and hiking trail is completely free, and easy to access and find parking.
You will likely be able to park within a few metres of the trailhead and if you don't happen to own snowshoes, you can rent them at the trailhead for a very reasonable price.
As if it couldn't get better, it does... the trail is so well marked that it can easily be done after dark, as many do. What a perfect escape from the city. A perfect mountain escape to a towering mountain paradise far above the big city below.
The city lights are amazing. From the lights of the Lions Gate Bridge, to the beautifully bright tankers, to the wondrously glowing Vancouver towers. Great views, fairly easy snowshoeing, convenient times to use, and of course free. Snowshoeing to Hollyburn Peak is yet another spectacular piece of the whole amazing Vancouver experience.
Hollyburn Mountain is easily done in a half day trip from Vancouver as it is quite close and quite a short snowshoeing route, at only 7k roundtrip. Go early for the amazing sunrise, or late in the day for the unbelievable sunset.
The Hollyburn Mountain Trail - A Beautiful 3.5k(one way)
The Hollyburn Mountain trail is very well marked with light reflecting, neon orange, 6 foot tall marker poles, only a few metres apart most of the way. Though the trail is a fairly constant uphill it is a relatively short trail. Most make it to the summit of Hollyburn in an hour from the trailhead. Coming down is quite a bit faster and you will see people using crazy carpets on the trail in the winter. In the summer with no snow, your downward pace will be quite fast as compared to uphill.
If you plan to hike or snowshoe Hollyburn Mountain after dark, make sure you have a light and a backup light. The trail marker poles only reflect light, so you could easily lose the trail without lights after dark.
Hollyburn Mountain Summit Views
The amazing views from the summit of Hollyburn Mountain include, the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Howe Sound and Georgia Straight, the Lions, and quite a lot else. Hollyburn Mountain is one of the highest around and the view is a panoramic 360.
Views on the Drive Back to Vancouver from Hollyburn Mountain
The drive to and from Hollyburn Mountain is amazing. If you are not too excited about hiking or snowshoeing, the drive alone is well worth it. There are a couple amazing places to stop on the drive up. Both have a beautiful parking area perched on the edge of the mountain along the road. Picnic tables and nice information boards to go with the amazing views.
Trailhead Directions to Hollyburn Peak
The Hollyburn Peak snowshoeing trail is very easy to find. It is found at the cross country skiing area of Cypress Mountain Resort in West Vancouver. From downtown Vancouver follow the signs across the Lions Gate Bridge as if you were going to Whistler.
From Highway #1/Sea to Sky Highway #99, about 10 minutes from the Lions Gate Bridge take the #8 Exit to Cypress Provincial Park. There are clear signs on the highway for this exit so you can't miss it. Follow Cypress Bowl Rd almost to Cypress Mountain Resort.
As you near the resort you will see a huge sign on your right directing you to the "Cross-Country Skiing Area". Turn right here and drive for about 100 metres and you will see parking, and on the left side you will see big wooden map kiosk and the hiking/snowshoeing trail head up to the left, running parallel to the huge power lines. There is lots of free parking, washrooms and a snack store as well as snowshoe rentals here.
The Hollyburn Trail Runs Parallel to These Distant Power Lines