Trip 071 - September 5, 2014 (Friday)

Mount Seymour Trail Hike

Mount Seymour Provincial Park

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Distance From Vancouver (South End of Lions Gate Bridge):
15 kilometers. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and take the North Vancouver exit. North Vancouver has the most confusing road network in the entire Metro Vancouver, so forgive us for not giving detailed driving instructions - use a map or a GPS to get to Mount Seymour Provincial Park.

Liked: Great natural views - this is one of the most spectacular trails in Southwestern British Columbia. Panoramic views of Metro Vancouver.

Of note: The trail is very popular - expect substantial crowds on weekends and holidays. Hiking boots and poles are recommended to the first pump (peak), and are highly recommended to the second and the third (main) peak. The trail beyond the first peak is NOT recommended for hiking in wet and, especially, icy conditions. Tree cover is minimal - sun protection required. Ran into several nudists at Mystery Lake.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 11 (North Vancouver) G6. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at BackroadMapbooks.com.

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #43.

Related Website: Mount Seymour Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.

Other Trips in North Vancouver area: Crown Mountain Trail Hike, Goat Mountain Trail Hike, Grouse Mountain Recreational Area, Grouse Grind Trail Hike, Norvan Falls Trail Hike.

17. Here, around the first peak, would be a good place to finish your hike if you do not have hiking boots and poles. The trail gets substantially tougher after that.


Mount Seymour Provincial Park BC Canada

18. The promised substantially tougher trail.


Mount Seymour Trail Hike British Columbia Canada

19. A bit further on.


Photo of Mt. Seymour Hiking Trail BC Canada

20. We are close to the second pump (peak) now.


Mount Seymour Provincial Park BC Canada

21. About 25 minutes after hiking by the first peak, you approach the second. There is another warning to unprepared hikers.


Mount Seymour Provincial Park BC Canada

22. How steep? Something like this.


Mount Seymour Trail BC Canada

23. And like that.


Picture of Mount Seymour Trail BC Canada

24. The most dangerous part of the trail is when you are walking for about a hundred feet on a path barely wide enough for one person to walk on, with a wall of rock on your right side, and a very steep drop-off on the left. There is no barrier or guard rail at all. One slip, and things would go South in a hurry. We have no photo of that dangerous stretch, as all our attention was devoted to safely getting to the other side. Instead, here is a photo of the path very close to the third and the real peak of Mount Seymour.


Mount Seymour Trail Hike BC Canada

25. Here it is, the third peak of Mount Seymour. And it was busy. There were five or six people on the peak, and hikers were coming and going quite steadily. It took us about two and a half hours from the start of the trail to reach the third peak.


Mount Seymour Third (Main) Peak British Columbia Canada

26. The views from the top of Mt. Seymour are definitely worth the hike.


View from the Main (Third) Pump (Peak) of Mount Seymour BC Canada

27. One more.


View from Mount Seymour Third Peak BC Canada

28. Another one.


View from the Main (Third) Peak of Mount Seymour BC Canada

29. You could also see almost all of Metro Vancouver from up there.


Metro Vancouver Seen From The Main (Third) Peak of Mount Seymour BC Canada

30. 12x zoom of downtown Vancouver. Two cruise ships are visible docked at Canada Place.


Downtown Vancouver Seen from the Main Peak of Mount Seymour British Columbia Canada

Here is our video of the view from the third (actual) peak of Mt. Seymour.

The mountain we zoom in at the 5 second mark is the first peak, and 45 seconds into the clip we zoom in to see Mount Baker in Washington state.

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