Mount Seymour Provincial Park
near North Vancouver, BС
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Distance from Vancouver (via Lions Gate Bridge) to the Trailhead:
30 kilometers - 27 kilometers driving to Mount Seymour trailhead,
then about 3 km hiking to Elsay Lake trailhead.
Elsay Lake views, several fine
mountain and valley views, very few bugs, hut by the lake (albeit with a
A very difficult long (21
km total hiking round-trip from the parking lot) trail suitable for
experienced well-equipped hikers only. Several scrambling sections.
Several small creek crossings. A few boulder fields. The trail is
slightly overgrown in places - long-sleeved shirt and long pants are
recommended. The path is very narrow at times, with steep drop-offs. The
trail starts with a substantial elevation drop (much uphill hiking is
required at the end of the trail on the way back). Hiking poles and
boots are essential.
Can't say we enjoyed this hike, as it was way too difficult, and the
views, especially compared to Mount Seymour Trail, were nothing to write
home about. But, if you are hiking for other reasons and are experienced
enough and properly equipped for this trail, Elsay Lake might prove to
be a good destination or an exploration base.