Day-hike of a lifetime? Spring trekking on Mount Seymour in Vancouver

8201504109_f68b83faf2_z It’s no secret that Vancouver is well endowed in the nature department (How many cities boast a 1,000-acre park downtown?).  But what sometimes goes unnoticed is how truly rugged the landscape gets almost immediately after you cross the Lions Gate Bridge.

Take Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  Rising to 1,449 metres, Mount Seymour is an easy 40-minute drive from downtown in North Vancouver.  Known for its skiing, the mountain is also crisscrossed with some spectacular hiking trails that bring you up into dizzying alpine terrain.   In a matter of minutes, you can go from the parking lot to a high-altitude wonderland of sheer cliffs and panoramic mountain views.

I found out for myself recently, on a sunny afternoon when temperatures at the ski area parking lot were a balmy 10 degrees Celsius.  But while spring was in the air, snow – metres of it – was still in the ground.  I struck out on the trail to First Peak, which starts in the far corner of the parking lot, adjacent the chair lift.

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Day-hike of a lifetime? Spring trekking on Mount Seymour in Vancouver