A Winter Wonderland

Oh my! It has been way too long since I wrote my last post. Of course I think I say that every time. Life has been busy with ups and downs but in between I have managed to sneak in some great hikes.

The Lower Mainland in British Columbia has been receiving lots of snow in the city lately which is really unusual as it is normally too warm. Because of the cooler temperatures we have been receiving a lot of snow in our beloved North Shore Mountains. I personally am not a fan of snow in city as it becomes difficult to walk  and gets dirty but in the mountains it is another story.

Recently I had the chance to hike to the first peak of Mount Seymour for the first time on Vancouver’s North Shore. It is a very popular hiking destination with several trails. The most popular being the hikes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd peaks. The weather was perfect, sunny with very little wind and it was cold and avalanche conditions were moderate. Seymour has intermediate to complex avalanche terrain, so it is a good idea to check the avy conditions and find out the problem areas before you go. We hiked to the first peak via the 1st Lake trail which is not the normal route but I chose it because it is prettier being in among the snow covered trees and we pass a small alpine lake. It is also a great warm up for the legs and a little bit less busy.

Mount Seymour offers a variety of terrain and rolling hills where there are flatter sections and lots of small hills. It is an intermediate hike with 450 metres of elevation gain and a height of 1 449 metres. Allow at least 5 hours return to do the hike. It offers stunning views of the cities below and many photographers like to hike up to watch the sunrise or sun setting. What many people do not know is that there are 14 trails on the mountain. Sadly, many people stick to doing the four most popular, hiking to the three peaks, Dog Mountain and Elsay Lake. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mt_seymour/hiking.html

While these are all great hikes, it is fun to check out some of the other trails which include lower elevation hikes.

The day of our hike the drive up was stellar with snowy trees and we had amazing views.

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