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Lynn Peak in VancouverLynn Peak is a beautifully forested hiking trail is a local favourite running route comparable to the Grouse Grind.  In 4.5k the trail rises 730 metres and hardly ever in a straight line.  There are a few good viewpoints on the hike to Lynn Peak.  It is convenient hiking trail, close to downtown Vancouver as it is only about a 30 minute drive away into the magnificent rainforest of North Van.  From the trailhead at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park you will see a sign for the Lynn Loop Trail, there are maps here or click on the map to the right and print it out from the Lynn Headwaters Regional Parks site.  You don't really need a map for Lynn Peak.  You simply get on the Lynn Loop Trail and look for the sign for Lynn Peak shortly after the trailhead.  The trail winds and ascends quickly from here for the 4k to the summit and the fantastic views.

Why should you hike to Lynn Peak in Vancouver?

Lynn Peak is a steady climb and excellent workout.  A popular trail running route for lots of Vancouver trail runners.  A nice, relaxing retreat from the big city.

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Mount Elsay - Vancouver Hiking TrailsMount Elsay is a tough 16k roundtrip hike that takes you beyond Mount Seymour and the crowds into the desolate backcountry of Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  To get to the marked Mount Elsay trail you have to follow the trail to Mount Seymour.  Mount Elsay is a difficult and dangerous trail to hike if you are unprepared or poorly equipped.  The trail is often very difficult and losing the trail is very possible even in good weather.  The trailhead for Mount Seymour (which leads to the Mount Elsay trail) is easy to find once you have reached the main parking lot to Mount Seymour Resort.  To get to the main parking lot simply drive until you come to the end of the road and the end of the final parking lot (you will see ski lifts).  Looking towards the end of this long parking lot you will see a large, round wooden map board (indicated on the map below by the red marker).  Walk along the trees (directly up on the map below).  From here on there are frequent tree markers and signs directing you to Mount Seymour.  Follow this route until you get to the col between Second Peak and Third Peak where the Elsay trail starts.

Why should you hike to Mount Elsay in Vancouver?

Mount Elsay is located in the back of beyond of Mount Seymour.  Well into the wilderness, this challenging trail is tough, rewarding and well off the beaten track.  Don't expect to encounter people after you leave the shadow of Mount Seymour behind.

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Mount Fromme - Vancouver Hiking TrailsMount Fromme is the thickly forested Mountain next to Grouse Mountain.  If looking from the direction of downtown Vancouver, Fromme is just to the right.  It is infrequently hiked, at least partly due to the high number of amazing hikes surrounding it.  Fromme gets a bit lost in mix.  Recent years have brought an amazing array of mountain biking trails on the mountain and you are far more likely to encounter mountain bikers than hikers on the mountain.  There are at least three ways to reach the summit of Fromme, though the Per Gynt trail is a good route.  The trail is often steep however well marked through a well established bike trail network.  From the end of St Georges street walk the trail and turn right then left onto St Georges trail that rises steeply eventually leading to the Per Gynt Trail.

Why should you hike to Mount Fromme in Vancouver?

Mount Fromme is an ever-growing mecca for mountain biking and along with the challenging hike you will encounter elaborate bike ramps and bridges on the trail.

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Mount Hanover - Vancouver Hiking TrailsMount Hanover is another amazing and accessible peak in the North Shore mountains.  Located in the beautiful Cypress Provincial Park, Mount Hanover is among several other prominent summits on the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail.  You can reach Mount Hanover from the Howe Sound Crest Trail if you begin your hike from the Cypress Mountain Resort, however reaching it from the trailhead in Lions Bay is much shorter.  This trailhead is also used to reach The Lions, Mount Harvey and Brunswick Mountain.  There is no established route to Hanover after you leave the Howe Sound Crest Trail.  Fortunately Hanover towers visibly in the distance at all times, so the best method to reach the summit is to route find your way as you go.  This of course makes Mount Hanover a potentially dangerous hike if you are unprepared or unlucky with the weather.  Be sure to have a GPS and topo map with you and know what you are doing.  The route to the Howe Sound Crest Trail from the Lions Bay trailhead (Lions Binkert trailhead)  is the same as the route you would take to Brunswick Mountain so it is well marked with flagging tape though there are few written signs. The trail is challenging as you gain considerable elevation in a short distance, 1550 metres in just 7.3k.

Why should you hike to Mount Hanover in Vancouver?

Mount Hanover is a very difficult and potentially dangerous hike on the Howe Sound Crest Trail.  Due to the length of the trail and the difficult terrain, hikers have in the past been caught in poor weather and required rescue.  If you are in for adventure and are an experienced hiker, Mount Hanover will suit you well.

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Mount Harvey - Vancouver Hiking TrailsMount Harvey is one of the huge, visible and hikeable summits in the North Shore mountains.  It is located on the Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park near The Lions.  Reachable via the Howe Sound Crest Trail or by its own trailhead in Lions Bay.  The same trailhead used for The Lions, Brunswick Mountain and Mount Hanover.  There are no trail use fees, parking fees or camping fees from this trailhead.  The trail is challenging, though not out of technical skill but due to its steepness of the trail.  You gain 1400 metres in just 6.5k.  The final scramble to the summit can be dangerous in poor weather, but generally not too difficult.  The trail to Mount Harvey is well worn, but poorly marked for the first half of the hike.  From the trailhead continue up the old, overgrown logging road.  Bear right at the first intersection.  The second intersection you come to, bear right again (left goes to Mt Brunswick).  The third junction you come to bear right again.  Finally at the fourth intersection you will see a sign for The Lions pointing to the right.  You want to take the trail to the left here.  This is the crucial trail marker not to miss and therefore it is very visible.  From here the trail is easy to follow.

Why should you hike to Mount Harvey in Vancouver?

Mount Harvey is a very challenging hike with amazing views of Howe Sound.  Far less frequently hiked than the nearby Lions, yet with arguably better views.

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Mount Seymour - Vancouver Hiking TrailsThe 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.  The 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.  Another, 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.

Why should you hike to Mount Seymour in Vancouver?

Right from the parking lot you get some amazing views of Vancouver and surrounding areas.  Immediately on the trail you come to various trail junctions.  Dog Mountain is a short and nice hike that heads off to the left.  On the right a trail disappears into the forest heading to Goldie Lake.  Partway up Mount Seymour and you come to the tranquil and idyllic Mystery Lake, perfect for swimming.  From Mystery Lake to the top of Mount Seymour the views get progressively more sweeping.  Finally at the summit you can sit in the sun and squint into the distance in all directions to snow capped mountains, deep blue ocean and of course Vancouver far below.

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Mount Strachan - Vancouver Hiking TrailsMount Strachan is part of the trio of mountains, also Black Mountain and Hollyburn Mountain that form a bowl, or Cypress Bowl that 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.  Strachan is part of the 29k Howe Sound Crest Trail as it lays at the one end of this span at the Cypress Trailhead.  It can be reached by the Howe Sound Crest Trail, however, the route is not yet marked and a bit difficult to find.  Among the hiker friendly mountains (from Cypress north) on the Howe Sound Crest Trail are: Mount Strachan, St Mark`s Summit, Mount Unnecessary, The Lions, Mount Harvey, Mount Hanover, Brunswick Mountain and finally Deeks Peak.

Why should you hike to Mount Strachan in Vancouver?

Mount Strachan is a short but beautiful hike that can be done in just a couple hours from the trailhead at Cypress Mountain Resort.  It's a nice taste of the Howe Sound Crest Trail that extends to the horizon from here.

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Mystery Lake in Mount Seymour ParkMystery Lake is an easy, well marked trail that leads to a cute mountain lake, excellent for swimming.  It is just 1.5k to the lake and like the rest of Seymour Park dogs are welcome.  Click on the map to the right to go to the beautiful, full size, printable map from the BC Parks site for Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  Though bringing a map is not necessary as the signs in the park are well laid out, a map with you might be useful if planning multiple hikes.  The trailhead is easy to find once you have reached the main parking lot to Mount Seymour Resort.  To get to the main parking lot simply drive until you come to the end of the road and the end of the final parking lot (you will see ski lifts).

Why should you hike to Mystery Lake in Vancouver?

Mystery Lake is about as idyllic as possible for a small mountain lake.  Sheltered from the wind the water is always mirror-like, reflecting the forest perfectly.  The lake is surrounded by rock outcrops, cliffs and trails ensuring that you can find a quiet corner to relax.  The trail, though steep, is just a short 1.5 kilometres from the parking lot at Seymour.

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