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.
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
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Coordinates: Page 11 (North
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103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia (2008 edition): hike #43.
42. This raven was flying around before landing and starting to crow (or
is it "to rave?").
Raven on the First Peak of Mt Seymour BC Canada
So, the raven was crowing, and we started filming it. Then, we observed a
search-and-rescue helicopter hovering near the third peak, and pointed
the camera at that heli. The helicopter then flew towards the first
peak, where we were located, and started hovering there, before flying away. As
we thought someone was missing, we dialled 911 to get more information and
to see if we could help in the search. The North Vancouver RCMP
dispatcher said she was not aware of any missing hikers. Ok, no problem,
maybe they were training. We then returned to the parking lot and saw two RCMP cruisers.
An officer was talking to a group of people. We then heard this officer talk on the cell phone to an apparently
missing hiker, saying that the officer is going to sound his cruiser's
siren to see if the hiker would hear it. The siren sounds, the outcome
unknown. Shortly thereafter, the same yellow helicopter lands at the
parking lot, drops off some equipment, and flies away. One by one four
or five North Shore Search-And-Rescue staff arrive to the parking lot,
where they have an office.
Finally, about twenty minutes later, a call comes on the radio that the
missing hiker was spotted by a helicopter. Happy end.
43. Your return trip wouldn't be boring, as the views would still be
Mount Seymour Provincial Park BC Canada
44. Mount Seymour trail turned out to be a really enjoyable trip.
Photo of Mount Seymour Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
45. Here is a 12x zoom showing Alex Fraser bridge.
Alex Fraser Bridge Seen From Mount Seymour Provincial Park BC Canada
46. On the way back, we decided to go via Mystery Lake, on the photo
below. And the only mystery there was why would several nudists
(including at least one woman) decide it was ok for them to sunbathe
naked? There are no signs advising that this is a "clothing optional"
area, and there were many children enjoying the park at the time.
Mystery Lake Mount Seymour Provincial Park BC Canada
Despite the nudists, the hike was great, and comes greatly recommended,
with a caveat that some of the stretches are very dangerous, and proper
equipment is a must.