Hidden among Vancouver’s amazing trail system is a great little mountain that tends to get overlooked when it comes to hiking. Fromme Mountain, a small rounded treed peak to the east of Grouse Mountain is well-known among mountain bike enthusiasts but tends to be overlooked when it comes to hiking.
I have hiked this mountain a few times over the years and I must say that is becoming one of my favorite hikes. The terrain varies from flatter to steep sections and one section of the trail is cushy and easy to walk on. Yesterday, I took twelve other people with me on a hike up this mountain and were treated to snow three-quarters of the way up. The weather was warm and beautiful. Many of us wore microspikes as the snow was wet and crusty. It made for some really interesting sliding while coming down the mountain.
The hike normally takes 4 – 5 hours return but because of the snow and some other mishaps, it ended up being a 7-hour return hike. We were treated to some amazing views of the mountains to the north and had plenty of room to walk around and find places to sit up top. We started at the top of St. Georges, a residential neighborhood in North Vancouver and passed a couple of gravel roads along the way. We do need to share some of the lower section with mountain bikers but generally, we don’t see too many of them.
About half way up the mountain one can often hear Grouse calling in a wide open field section just beyond the trees. I believe one of the reasons why people may not hike Fromme so much is because you get a very small view of the city and fear of mountain bikers. These issues are small and I highly recommend this hike to anyone who is looking to get out into the hills for half a day away from the crowds.
We did see a few other hikers on the trail but, the nice thing about Fromme is that it is less busy than its east and west counterparts of Cypress Mountain ski resorts, Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and less peak. It is a great intermediate hike that has an 880-metre elevation gain that is not too difficult. The steepest section is near the top where you have to climb up and over a rock face so wear proper footwear. The hike is best done between July and October but you can hike it two months earlier when the snow starts to melt. Just be careful not to go after a huge rain or snowstorm. In our case, the snow had settled significantly so there was no risk of avalanche.
Happy hiking, get outside and explore.