Distance: 9kms roundtrip. Elevation Gain: 450 meters. Amazing sunset, sunrise. Camping outdoors. Amazing place for photography. Views of the city. What more could you want?

From the end of the parking lot next to the BC Parks sign board, walk towards the ski run and follow it uphill to a green sign on the left. The first trail goes to Dog Mountain, another scenic and shorter hike then Mount Seymour. Instead, follow the trail that heads uphill and parallel to the ski run. The trails on the mountain are well marked with signs at junctions that have accurate distances to each destination.

The trail climbs quickly and steadily away from the parking area. Go right at the first junction and then right at a second junction as you pass alongside wild foliage and over small wooden bridges. The trail eventually reaches what looks like a dirt road but is actually a ski run in the winter. Go left at this point and continue up the wide gravel path staying on the middle route. Do NOT follow the path to the right that goes up a steep hill.

About a couple of hundred meters up the wide path, another green sign appears with an arrow and distance to Mount Seymour. Go left and walk down the slight hill, past the pool of water on the right and continuing your ascent up a rocky hill. You will reach another junction with a sign. Go left over the rock and continue following the trail as it briefly descends. Make sure to take an opportunity once in awhile to look around at the surrounding views as the scenery varies from views of the city, nearby mountains, and even spectacular rock slides that occurred over thousands of years next to the trail.

The final junction marks the trail to Elsay Lake on your right and Mount Seymour to the left. Go left and up the steep hill as the trail weaves around rocks before reaching a short 400 meter trail on the left to First Peak. Go left for a short side trip and climb up onto the highest point for an incredible view of the city on a sunny, clear day.

Pack List

  • Tent, Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow
  • Camera, Tripod, ND Filter
  • 3L Water
  • Sunscreen, Bug spray
  • Dinner, Breakfast
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Warm Clothes
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Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Scenic

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