July 13, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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Although this is classified as an easy hike proper footwear is strongly recommended.
Dog Mountain Region: The North Shore
Time: 2 hours
Elevation Gain: minimal
Season: June - October
Dog Friendly: Yes
Public Transit: No
Approx. 50 minutes from Vancouver
The Dog Mountain Trail is a short, easy hike from Mount Seymour that offers a spectacular view of Vancouver on a clear day.
From the parking lot, walk towards the BC Parks sign at the northwest corner. Walk north along the wide gravel trail for about 20 meters until you see a small sign and a trail that goes into the trees on your left.
Enter and walk down the small hill to the first bridge crossing a small stream. The trail makes its way around tree roots and through rocky areas staying relatively flat with only the occasional small hill. In the winter, the trail is nice snowshoe along.
After walking for 1.1km, you arrive at First Lake. Walk across the small bridge and along the lake shore to the sign on the far side pointing the way to Dog Mountain. It's just over 1km to Dog Mountain from this point, however the next section of the trail has a few more hills than the first. Continue along the trail making your way past the small streams and over cute little wooden bridges.
As you near the peak of Dog Mountain, the trail will veer to the left. Continue along the path and step onto the rocky outcrop as you make your way out of the forest and towards the stunning view of North Vancouver below and Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and downtown Vancouver off in the distance.
Have lunch and soak in the view before making your way back to the trail, walking back the way you came, eventually returning to the Mount Seymour parking lot.