Mount Seymour Snowshoe 1st and 2nd Peaks

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Hike description from Vancouver Trails:

Mount Seymour
Region: The North Shore
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain: 450 meters
Camping: No
Public Transit: No
Approx. 50 minutes from Vancouver


One of the local Vancouver ski hills in the winter, the summer hike wanders up the mountain, passing over a couple of peaks before reaching a panoramic view of the city and the Coastal Mountain Range.

From the end of the parking lot next to the BC Parks sign board, walk towards the ski run and follow it uphill to a green sign on the left. The first trail goes to Dog Mountain, another scenic and shorter hike then Mount Seymour. Instead, follow the trail that heads uphill and parallel to the ski run. The trails on the mountain are well marked with signs at junctions that have accurate distances to each destination.

The trail climbs quickly and steadily away from the parking area. Go right at the first junction and then right at a second junction as you pass alongside wild foliage and over small wooden bridges. The trail eventually reaches what looks like a dirt road but is actually a ski run in the winter. Go left at this point and continue up the wide gravel path staying on the middle route. Do NOT follow the path to the right that goes up a steep hill.

About a couple of hundred meters up the wide path, another green sign appears with an arrow and distance to Mount Seymour. Go left and walk down the slight hill, past the pool of water on the right and continuing your ascent up a rocky hill. You will reach another junction with a sign. Go left over the rock and continue following the trail as it briefly descends. Make sure to take an opportunity once in awhile to look around at the surrounding views as the scenery varies from views of the city, nearby mountains, and even spectacular rock slides that occurred over thousands of years next to the trail.

The final junction marks the trail to Elsay Lake on your right and Mount Seymour to the left. Go left and up the steep hill as the trail weaves around rocks before reaching a short 400 meter trail on the left to First Peak. Go left for a short side trip and climb up onto the highest point for an incredible view of the city on a sunny, clear day.

Back at the main trail, walk past the green marker and watch for orange markings on the rocks ahead. The trail veers slightly to the right, over the rocks and not straight down as the path would seem. The orange paint on the rocks can be worn in areas and hard to see but it?s there and frequent enough to follow, so just keep an eye out for it. The trail descends before heading up another steep slope with lots of loose rock.

At the top of this point is Second Peak. Make your way up the side of the mountain on the right for a quick view from this point. Return to the trail and continue following the path as it again descends and passes along a narrow rock with a steep hill below. The trail reaches the edge of more rocks and it?s back to following the orange spray painted markings on the rocks as you ascend the steep rock section of Mount Seymour. After climbing a steep section, the trail plateaus briefly as it winds through the rocks and reaches a section of loose rock between some small trees. Follow the trail up this section and make the final ascent onto the peak.

The view from the top of Mount Seymour is truly spectacular on a clear day as you can see Vancouver to the south, part of Indian Arm to the east, Grouse Mountain to the west, and an enormous section of the Coastal Mountain Range to the north. Pick a spot to rest and have lunch before making your way back downhill, following the same route, and returning to the Mount Seymour parking lot.

How to get to Mount Seymour

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 50 minutes

The trail to Mount Seymour is accessible from the downhill ski area parking lot at Seymour in North Vancouver. To reach the parking lot, drive east to the Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) and enter the highway heading westbound. Continue across the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge (Second Narrows) and take Exit #22, Mt. Seymour Parkway, shortly after crossing the bridge. At the set of lights, turn right onto Mt. Seymour Parkway and continue along the parkway for about 4km until you reach the traffic lights and small shopping area at Mt. Seymour Road. Turn left onto Mt. Seymour Road and continue straight as the road begins to climb up Mount Seymour for the next 13km. Park at the far end of the parking lot near a wooden signboard with a map of the area.


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  • Patricia

    Thanks Elspeth! We were lucky with the weather: snow but no rain. What more could we ask for?

    January 10, 2014

  • Vivian C

    Yeah finally snowshoe on the local mountains. It was so beautiful with cover snow and it was snowing in some parts. Thanks everyone! Thanks a bunch Elspeth for organizing.

    January 10, 2014

  • Elspeth

    Wow, a lot of snow. It really felt like winter, and maybe for the first time this season, at least in our local mountains! Wore our snowshoes from bottom to top, no microspikes needed!!!!! Thanks everyone :)

    January 10, 2014

  • Hana M.

    Great outing! !!! The winter is finally here....thanks Elspeth! !!!....:)

    January 10, 2014

  • John L.

    Finally...snow! It was wonderful to finally be able to snowshoe on fresh fallen snow...and thank you to everyone for allowing me to break trail, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks again Elspeth for organizing...it was great to see you all again...

    January 10, 2014

  • Daphne

    That was fun! Thank you Elspeth :) We had a nice break in the weather, good snowshoe, great group of people!

    January 10, 2014

  • Lisa

    I wasn't able to stay awake all night get my work down. I am back at it. Thanks for the ride offers. Wish i could go explore with everyone this morning. Have a wonderful hike!

    January 10, 2014

  • Lisa

    Can I ride with someone from the A&W?

    January 6, 2014

    • Rick C.

      I have room if you need a ride

      January 9, 2014

    • Lisa

      Thanks. See you there.

      January 10, 2014

  • Lisa

    I un rsvp'd already and its closed. I want to come and I have decided that I am staying up all night to get my work done. I will be there tomorrow. Hope that is ok.

    January 10, 2014

  • Tessa

    I need more time this week, I'm not going to make it after all, sorry Elspeth. And also, not a big fan of the weather lately. I know I know, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing... Have fun you tough guys who are going, I hope the sun is getting through tomorrow for you!

    January 9, 2014

  • Elaine

    So sorry to cancel last minute. More company in town that I need to attend to.

    January 9, 2014

  • Lisa

    Have to work.

    January 9, 2014

  • Lisa

    I am working tomorrow morning now. :(. I need to back out. Sorry Elspeth for the last minute information.

    January 9, 2014

  • Patricia

    Can I get a ride with someone from the parkade?

    January 8, 2014

  • Victor

    Hi, does anyone know what the snow conditions are expected to be on the mountain? If they should be icy, I would immediately change my RSVP status. Thanks!

    January 7, 2014

    • Elspeth

      I would say that you will encounter ice/icy conditions 100% of the time on a mountain in BC in winter, and right now it could be quite icy, but with some snow on top on the ice.

      1 · January 7, 2014

    • Matthew

      Victor, use this tool to gauge your future hiking decisions http://grousemountain...­. Be prepared for winter conditions on all hikes, and please read the DESCRIPTION, its outlined very well on what you are required to bring.

      January 9, 2014

  • Kelly

    I'm so sorry to cancel at the last minute but work is getting in the way of my fun:( have a great time!

    January 9, 2014

  • Ellie

    Sorry to pass this up. Have a great time!

    January 9, 2014

  • Lisa

    Can you add 1 more in your car John? Thanks.

    January 9, 2014

    • John L.

      Yes, that should be fine

      January 9, 2014

  • Ellie

    Does anyone have a spot in their car, please?

    January 8, 2014

  • Paul

    I'm driving from Central Vancouver (Cambie and 16th Ave) if anyone wishes to carpool.

    December 6, 2013

    • Paul

      Lisa: correct... no longer coming... I'll be enjoying the outdoors in the mountains elsewhere :-)

      January 6, 2014

    • Lisa

      Enjoy! That's great!

      January 9, 2014

  • Bernie

    Sorry to bail - not feeling very well, and just had a tooth pulled! See you all next time. Have fun.

    January 8, 2014

    • Elspeth

      Feel better soon Bernie!

      January 8, 2014

  • Lise Desrosiers W.

    I will miss you all ! I will be spending extra special time with my grandson!!!

    2 · January 8, 2014

  • Susan

    Forgot I made an appt for that morning a few months back. Have fun. Hope the weather is good.

    January 7, 2014

  • Lisa

    Thanks. Its appreciated

    January 6, 2014

  • Bernie

    Can anybody offer me a ride from Parkgate? Many thanks.

    January 5, 2014

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