Rough route from Mt Seymour Trail junction to Elsay Lake
||20.0 km (return)
||Linear - Return
From Highway #1 (Trans-Canada Highway), head north over the Ironworkers Memorial (Second-Narrows) Bridge in the middle lane. Take the third exit after the bridge (#22a), signed as Mount Seymour Parkway. Turn right onto Mount Seymour Parkway almost immediately and follow it 4.4 km before turning left onto Mount Seymour Road.
Follow Mount Seymour Road as it winds it's way up the mountain. Drive to the end of the large parking lot at the end of the road. Start at the Mount Seymour Trail kiosk, to the left of the Mystery Peak chairlift. Mount Seymour Provincial Park requires parking passes for vehicles during the summer months.
Only experienced and well-equipped backcountry travellers should hike this trail. Hikers are encouraged to plan their hike early and not underestimate travel time. Trail starts on the main Mount Seymour Trail and follows it until the trail divides just before First Pump Peak.
Elsay Lake - Located at north end of park. This is the largest lake in the park and is only accessible by trail. This trail is closed in the winter due to extreme avalanche hazards.
* Largest lake in the park
* Emergency shelter at lake
You begin by climbing 325m up to the trail junction, then dropping over 300m down Wes's Staircase to the valley to the east. Along the way you'll pass through a truly unique wilderness, wild and untamed, to coin a phrase.The east faces of Seymour, Runner Peak, Mt Elsay, Gopher Lake, and boulder fields are among the things you'll see. Wildlife sightings are frequent too.
** Keep in mind that the cumulative elevation gain on this route is almost three times the net gain, allow a full day and choose a good weather window**
***This trail is considered dangerous in winter due to avalanche concerns, and can be subject to rapid weather changes and/or rolling fog at any time. Descending or ascending Wes's Staircase requires traversing some dangerously exposed slopes and runouts in snow conditions, crampons and ice axe recommended strongly ***
|Mount Seymour trailhead kiosk
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|Dog Mountain Trail Junction
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|Dinky Peak Trail Junction
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|First Lake Trail Junction
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|Trail Joins Ski Run Service Road
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|Trail Leaves Ski Run Service Road
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|Elsay Lake Trailhead
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