Trip 016 - March 22, 2010 (Monday)

Mount Lincoln Trail Hike

Yale BC


Distance From Vancouver:
About 180 km. Take Highway 1 East and drive for about 20 minutes past Hope. The trail is located in Yale.

Liked: Several fine views.

Of note: Very steep and fairly dangerous trail. Hiking poles and boots, as well as leather gloves, highly recommended. There was a constant hum from Highway 1 for most of the trail, plus very loud train whistles.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 15 (Hope) F2. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #83. The latest edition is available at Chapters.ca.



Mount Lincoln trail in Yale British Columbia is short, but probably the most difficult trail we have hiked so far. It is very steep all the way to the top, and four ropes are provided along the way to help through the most difficult and dangerous parts. The path is often rocky, and, when the rocks are wet, the fun increases exponentially. Without a walking pole and leather gloves this hike would likely result in injuries to one's knees, hands, and other body parts. The trail is picturesque, and the views are good, though should be better in a sunny weather. Take plenty of water, as you would be sweating well.

Mount Lincoln trail is not marked, but is easy to follow. There are ribbons closer to the top, so that you know which way to descend. And there is a marker right by Highway 1 to show the trail start. The only confusion can happen right before the first rope, as the main trail (to the right) is barely visible, while a side trail (to the left) leading to nowhere is much more prominent. So, if you have not reached the first rope yet and got lost, retrace your steps and see if there is a right turn somewhere.

1. Yale BC is our host town today.


Yale British Columbia Canada

2. Mount Lincoln is waiting to be hiked.


Mount Lincoln Yale BC

3. Finding the trail is fairly easy. Once you enter Yale, look for RACE TRAC gas station on the right side. Several hundred meters past the gas station there is a parking lot next to the rail track (you can see the lot on the right side, as well as the rail crossing). Park at that lot. See the raised highway closure arms straight ahead? The trail entrance is on the left side between the highway closure arm and 70 km/h speed limit sign beyond it. If you have reached Yale tunnel, you've gone too far.


Yale BC

4. The trail entrance is marked, though the trail itself can be hard to see at first.


Mount Lincoln (Lynky) Trail Entrance Yale British Columbia Canada

5. The trail starts steep, and stays steep.


Mount Lincoln Trail Yale British Columbia Canada

6. Good views help pass time while catching your breath.


Mount Lincoln Trail Yale BC Canada

7. The path turns rocky at some point.


Mount Lincoln (Lynky) Trail Yale British Columbia Canada

8. Mount Lincoln trail is adorned with lush moss in several locations. The path is seen on the right here.


Mount Lincoln Trail Yale BC

9. Catching breath is hard when the views are so breathtaking :)


View from Mount Lincoln Yale British Columbia Canada

10. The rocks, the trees, the moss.


Mount Lincoln Trail - VanLiving.Net

11. Another fine view.


View from Mount Lincoln Trail Yale British Columbia Canada

12. Here is the view of Yale and Fraser River, as well as Highway 1.


Fraser River and TransCanada Highway 1 seen from Mount Lincoln Yale BC

13. The ropes come handy. This is the third one, if we recall correctly. Here you need to walk to the left of the rope, holding the rope with your right hand.


Ropes on Mount Lincoln Trail Yale British Columbia Canada

14. And this we believe to be the last rope, shortly before the summit.


Mount Lincoln Rope Yale BC

15. The summit.


The summit of Mount Lincoln (Lynky) Yale British Columbia Canada

16. Good views from the top.


Photo of a view from the top of Mount Lincoln Yale British Columbia Canada

17. One more.


View from the top of Mount Lynky Yale BC Canada

Trip time to the top - 1 hour 45 minutes (with several rest stops and taking photos). Trip time to the bottom - 1 hour 30 minutes (including a slip-and-fall). Long live leather gloves protecting the skin from sharp stones!


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