Lots of outdoors lovers I know in Vancouver, the kind who wouldn’t think twice about doing the Grouse Grind during the summer, tend to avoid winter hiking. The usual complaints: It’s too technical and requires specialized equipment.
Not necessarily. There are a number of relatively easy, accessible winter hikes for beginners around the city, offering access to pristine alpine scenery and plenty of snow without a lot of headaches. In Part I of this two-part post, I profiled a great trek to Dog Mountain, near Mount Seymour.
Another one my favourites is the hike up Black Mountain at Cypress Mountain Ski Area, which I did over the weekend. The route is approximately 4-5 kilometres and takes around 2.5 hours to complete. But in that relatively short distance, you’re rewarded with great views and even a frozen mountain lake.
The hardest part might be finding the trailhead. Continue reading:
Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver, Part II