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25 days ago

A difficult but beautiful trail! The bugs were truly horrific so bug nets are a must. Also its a tricky to find the trail right at the turnoff from the Seymour peak trail so I recommend a map or downloading the waypoints ahead of time. Also, from the parking lot this trail was 12 km each way (took us around 5 hours each way) so was longer than expected. Very remote and peaceful but quite a slog!

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27 days ago

Nice, easy hike, but 75% still covered in snow which makes it a bit tricky at the moment. Overall beautiful scenery and two cute little lakes, but mosquitos...and LOTS of them. Not much elevation gain, so should be great to go shoe-shoeing in the winter.

1 month ago

Great hike. Small scramble at the end. 90% still snow covered.

Hot and sunny up in the mountains! Still lots of snow and debris so the trail is a bit more difficult to navigate through. Watch your footing and be careful on the rocks.

There is still a lot of snow on the trail, and it says that it’s closed from first lake to the lookout. But if you wear good hiking shoes you will be good! :) Good trail with a nice view!

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2 months ago

A difficult, but enjoyable hike. We stayed the night up at the lake and there were only a few other small groups up there.

Mount Seymour is a ski area located in North Vancouver. The figure 8 hike planned has several options for climbing peaks and returning early. It became a figure 9.
Starting from Mt Seymour road parking lot, head West on Dog Mountain Trail gradually traversing up and curving North around Dinky Peak. This whole section is littered with slippery rocks and roots. Walking poles recommended. Upon reaching to Boulder Creek and First Lake follow the trail West again, to the lookout point and after the forest trail, the trees opens up to show wonderful views of Vancouver. Doubling back, and joining the ominously named Suicide Bluffs Trail the path climbs. It’s marked as a rough trail and they are not kidding. Orange markers help keep travellers on the trail and ropes on some particularly steep but short climbs, easier. I hope suicide bluff is named for its potential rather than its history. The Samaritans offer advice. I’m not one to feel vertigo but the drop here is huge and straight down.
The plan was to join Mt. Seymour Trail, however it was closed and judging by the open ‘rough trail’, no additional deterrent was required.The service road ran parallel to the intended path. Hikers coming the other direction kindly shared that a mother bear and two cubs were just a short way ahead. My only previous bear encounter had been on a 3 day section of TRT and on this occasion, the animal was massive. Adrenaline started pumping. Shortly afterwards, a group of 4, plus small barking dog came into view corralling a small bear off the trail – potentially in my direction. This specimen was probably a little over a meter from snout to tail. I wondered where Mum and sibling were but decided it best to cross together with the other party – safety in numbers. Adrenaline still coursing, the centre crossing of the figure 8 was reached. The trail begins to get steeper to Pump Peak and Tim Jones Peak. Hiking becomes more like rock scrambling. On several occasions, I found myself searching for the next part of the trail. Surely it couldn’t be that way? Oh yes it was! This is the highest point on the hike and from here, the peak of Mount Seymour itself can be climbed. I’d not planned on going to the summit but fate played its hand. I missed my turn and by the time my error was confirmed by GPS I decided to keep going. The climb is hard but the reward is worth the effort. Although there were plenty of other hikers to ask (this was moderately busy on a week day) I’d recommend some GPS mapping tool. The main trail was very well marked but on the smaller ones, GPS with pre-downloaded maps provided security. Wireless signals were not to be relied upon and my phone was in airplane mode + bluetooth on to save batteries.
Climbing back down, eventually the Mount Elsay trail was located. It was about the width of my hand. Having lost the trail 3 times in the next half mile and judging the cliff traverse by compass, it was time to pause and assess. Plenty of light to follow a well marked trail over the terrain I’d experienced thus far. Not enough to have time to regain the trail every 10 minutes. Mount Seymour trail had had pretty regular orange markers. I’d seen no signage for this trail thus far. Hiking alone and the bear encounter also played on the mind. On the well trafficked trails, bears are more familiar with the foot traffic. The trail ahead seemed very rarely travelled. Combined, this swayed a decision towards safe and fun rather as opposed to tough and risky. No regrets.
The planned figure 8 was now a figure 9, with the tail being an out-and-back. Tracing back to the centre of the figure 9, the turn goes left and towards multiple ski lifts.
A maze of trails lead down to Mystery Lake and meditation time. Tracing around the lake and down to the ski signs, the trail becomes a dirt road back down to the car park.

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10 months ago

Very challenging and hard trail, but very nice. We started from Deep cove and made it all up to the deep backcountry of Elsey Lake. We were sleeping in the hut where a mouse was providing us a companionship. Next day were the peaks of Mt. Seymour on the programm, with a beautiful view. Nice hike which took us 2 times a 8 hours walk. We were really lucky with the weather.

Patrick

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11 months ago

Fantastic Scenery

Did this hike on a Saturday morning with a stop at Mystery Lake and Brockton Peak. Great trail and the app navigation works very well. Pretty busy on the way out but saw few people on the way in. This might be because we took the Old Trail to Pump Peak. Not marked and some scrambling but enjoyed every part of it. Great panoramic views. Bugs were not too bad as there was a pretty good breeze in the open parts.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Be prepared to ingest some bugs. I don't know what it's like year round, but the flying bugs made this a less than ideal hike -- they followed me the whole way. Because it starts at such a high elevation, most of the trail is snow even in July, which I was not prepared for. I also don't recommend going off to the left to the shorter route near the top. I couldn't figure out how to climb what seemed like the shear rock wall just short of the summit. The view near the top was stunning though.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Just did this trail today and it's still in good shape, a bit muddy in some areas that's about it.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Good selection of trails other than the main loop, with good views of multiple ponds. The area was easy to access and there were many good views of deep bay and burnaby.

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