Hollyburn Evening Snowshoe/Microspike

  • March 6, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Evening Snowshoe – Hollyburn
Be sure to bring your headlamp and some spare batteries!

This trip is a great workout and getting out in the fresh air after work is a perfect way to end an inside kind of work day!

Please only sign up if you truly plan on coming. Cancelling last minute is really only acceptable if there is truly a good reason. If you find yourself doing it more than once, then please don't sign up again until you can truly commit. Its unfair to everyone.

I plan for this to take us two to two and a half hours, perhaps a bit longer. I have included the hike description below. We may or may not go all the way to the summit, depending on the conditions and the group. Hopefully it will be a clear night and we will get some great views of the city lights.

Hike description from vancouvertrails.com

Hollyburn Mountain (Winter Route)

An extremely popular snowshoe route to the summit of Hollyburn Mountain.
Total Distance: 6.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 3 hours
Average Grade: 14.3%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 430 m
Start Elevation: 900 m
Max Elevation: 1330 m

From the city of Vancouver, cross either the Lions Gate Bridge or the Ironworker's Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge. Follow Highway #1/#99 west to exit #8, signed as "Cypress". Follow Cypress Bowl Road north as it winds it's way up the mountain to the ski hill area. Turn right after entering the ski hill area and follow signs for the cross-country ski and toboggan (sledding) area. Parking is free during the winter months.

One of three free winter backcountry trails operated by BC Parks at Cypress Mountain. Route is not part of the commercial ski operation.

Sorry, no children or dogs on the hike.

Please bring the following:
Hiking Boots and snowshoes
Poles if you use them
Water-proof &/or wind-resistant Jacket
Layered Clothing (Expect lower temperatures at higher elevations)
First aid
Change of clothing (for after the hike)
Camera !
Your happy self!
10 Essentials


Please state in your RSVP if you need to carpool or can provide rides for others.

Please carpool to events whenever possible. The high cost of gas and maintaining a vehicle make this a very sensible option for vehicle owners and allows those without a car to get to the events. While vehicle owners are free to set their own reasonable fee for carpooling, it is typically suggested that passengers offer the driver $5.00 per hour of driving (includes mileage and vehicle wear & tear). Please state in your RSVP whether you can offer a ride or need a ride, and where you will be coming from. Passengers, please ensure you show up on time and bring an extra bag for wet/muddy footwear and clothing.

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  • Greg M.

    PSYCHOTIC but that appears to be typical

    March 6, 2014

  • David

    I am so impressed with everyone's positive attitude getting out there in the rain. True Westcoast resolve! Thanks Elsbeth for your perseverance.

    2 · March 6, 2014

  • Natalie G

    Very wet but I think that just made us faster! Always good to get out, and to meet some new faces. Thanks Elspeth!

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Elspeth

    I read on the Cypress ski website: "There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing - so put on the right stuff and let's go!" It's what we did, and you have to admit, it was fun! 12 hardcore hikers showed up and we made it to the summit. Not much chit chat, no views at the top, or anywhere for that matter but good anyway! Thanks everyone for coming out!!

    2 · March 6, 2014

  • Stoyana D.

    Glorious, despite the elements. Good effort everyone. Cheers. And as always, thank you Elspeth.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Ruth

    The snow was great for bum sliding.. that was the fun part! Thanks Elsbeth for one more deposit in the fitness bank :)

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Victoria

    Can somebody give a lift from st david's church? i don't have winter tires and with the downpour it might be slippery-snowy to drive with all season tires.
    Can anyone help on short notice ?

    March 6, 2014

    • Greg M.


      March 6, 2014

    • Greg M.

      Clarification: Back parking lot off Westcot Rd Email me on [masked] for further important contact info i.e. cell no.

      March 6, 2014

  • Kedy

    It look like I don't have a lift so sorry I have to cancel and won't be there tomorrow!

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Natalie G

      Hi, I just added myself overnight- I'll be leaving from the art gallery at 5.40/5.45pm if that works for you?

      March 6, 2014

  • Janice

    Have to cancel, have a back injury... need to heal a few days...

    March 4, 2014

  • Kedy

    I will need a ride to go to cypress! Can meet in town?

    March 3, 2014

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