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Mount Seymour - 1st and 2nd Peaks hike or snowshoe

Should we find ourselves lucky enough at this time of year to have a clear sunny day, we will have great views. If not we will at the very least get out and get some exercise in the great outdoors. Hopefully enough snow will have accumulated by this time that we can wear our snowshoes.

We will meet at the last parking lot at Seymour where the ski runs start, at the BC parks sign.


Sorry but no kids or pets on the hike.

Please state in your RSVP if you're able to drive or need to carpool with someone and arrange meetup places that work for drivers and passengers. Phibbs Exchange is a good place for drivers to meet people who are taking transit. Please indicate on your RSVP or below if you'll need a ride.

Mount Seymour (hike description from

Region: The North Shore
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain: 450 meters
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. Don't forget to buy a parking ticket.

Toilets are located near the parking lot of the Seymour Mountain ski area.


Carpooling requests should be made by comment with your RSVP. Please remember to reimburse your driver for gas. The suggested rate is $5.00 per passenger per hour of driving time. Unless you have made one-way arrangement in advance with the driver, your return trip should be paid in advance, at the start of the trip. You should not expect a refund if you cancel your ride home. Please put muddy hiking boots in a clean plastic bag and change into runners after the hike. Be on time.

Its getting to be that time of year - PLEASE BRING A HEADLAMP. Although there are plenty of daylight hours to do this hike, a headlamp is always a good idea, especially now. Also bring lots of warm clothing/layers.

The wet weather plan is this: If the forecast is for light to moderate rain, we get wet, if the forecast calls for heavy rain I will cancel. We will miss the views if the weather isn't great but it will still be good to get out at this time of year! If we are lucky enough to get a sunny day, what a bonus 

Sorry, no children or dogs on the hike.

REMINDER! What to Bring:

Hiking Boots
Poles (*Recommended)
Water-proof &/or wind-resistant Jacket
Layered Clothing (*Expect lower temperatures at higher elevations)
Hat / Sunglasses
Water (*2-3 Litres)
Food (*Lunch, fruit, trailmix etc)
First aid
Insect repellent
Change of clothing (*for after the hike)
Camera (*optional)
10 Essentials


In consideration of the environment, the limited parking available, and the high cost of fuel, it is recommended that we carpool whenever possible. While the group does not endorse any formal policy, it is typically suggested that passengers offer the driver $5.00 per half hour of driving (includes mileage and vehicle wear & tear). However, private arrangements between passenger(s) and driver may be made ahead of time. Please note 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.

Please do not leave carpooling arrangements until the last minute. The organizer is not responsible for arranging carpooling opportunities on your behalf - that is strictly the responsibility of every individual member. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Please note that we are not a professional organization nor a group composed of trained professional guides. Ecospirit is run entirely on the efforts of volunteers and the active participation of members. The success of each event depends on the cooperation & efforts of every member who participates. Although we always make an effort to look out for one another, to the best of our ability, each of us is nevertheless responsible for our own safety and well-being during every event. By RSVPing "yes" for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms.

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  • Elspeth

    Lovely day, no rain and some views! Great group :)

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A good morning's effort, challenging conditions (icy snow), great people -- and it didn't rain!

    November 16, 2012

  • Heidi

    Looks like we'll be hiking and not snowshoeing, right? Based on what I've seen on the Mt. Seymour website...

    November 15, 2012

    • Elspeth

      Hi Heidi, I'm not so sure. We were at Cypress last Sunday (Hollyburn)and there was a foot of fresh snow. I think we should bring our snowshoes and we can assess when we get there. We can leave them in teh car if its really lookinglike we won't need them.

      November 15, 2012

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