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South Needle is a 14.2 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 14.2 km Elevation Gain: 1,358 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

scramble

no dogs

hiking
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Went looking for a hike in Northern Vancouver that wouldn't have a lot of people. This was listed as light traffic but I did come across a fair number of people on it. For those trying to avoid as much contact as possible but still enjoy the outdoors, I'd suggest a hike in the Frasier Valley as I barely ran into anyone on those trails. This trail is well maintained but is comprised of loose river rock for a large portion of it, so good footwear and poles and highly suggested. The grades are never punishing and you won't find yourself out of breath or have burning thighs and the hard level on this trail is most likely attributed to the technical aspect of walking on these rocks . The snow level started at about 2.5 km and steadily grew as you climbed. Thankfully it's all hard packed to the top of the viewpoint, so walking is easy without spikes or snowshoes. However the hardpack stops at that view point which is roughly 5 km in and I had to turn around as the rest was losely packed snow that came up to my knees when I tried to forge my own trail onward. The only way you'd be capable of going the full 14 km of this trail is if you also pack snowshoes. Climbed on April 1, 2020

hiking
blowdown
scramble
9 months ago

Trail along Lynn Ridge is in pretty good shape, with just a few blowdowns. Lots of ups and downs on the way to South Needle with short and easy scrambling to the summit. Pretty stellar views! Took Hydraulic Creek trail out which was steep and with loose dirt and pine needles in places, but with some gorgeous old growth. A tiring but fun day hike! Enjoyment may vary depending on past experience! 08/20/2019

hiking
10 months ago

Didn’t make it to the peak which is unusual for us. Definitely longer than expected (and mentioned online) and unfortunately there weren’t any good views on the way. I’m sure if we’d made it it would have been awesome. Hard yakka

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
11 months ago

Trail after Lynn Peak is very overgrown and hard to see with sporadic flagging. Spectacular views all around the valley, absolutely beautiful. Snow is long gone. Decided to take the hydraulic connector route down to LSCR, I do not recommend it. 1.6 km felt like 5, almost vertical downhill for over an hour.

Snowy & slippery. Decent hike, but nothing special. March 8, 2019

hiking
Mon Jul 23 2018

After following the well travelled trail to the Lynn Peak lookout, continue along the trail, ignoring the large "back to parking lot" arrow. The trail becomes significantly more overgrown, although well marked with coloured flagging tape. The trail has several under/overs with deadfall and steep sections. In the saddle between Lynn Peak and South Needle, you will pass a junction for Hydraulic Creek Trail. Continue, following the arrow for "South Needle 45mins". Ascending South Needle, there is a tremendous amount of elevation gain over a short distance. This section is mostly comprised of switchbacks, with a few class 3 scrambles up short rock sections. Fantastic views from the exposed peak of South Needs of all the surrounding mountain ranges, and the city in the distance.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

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