Mount Bishop (South Trail)
||12 - 14 hours
||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.
Follow the trail towards Mount Elsay, the route to the west of Mount Seymour avoids the long hike up the talus slopes on the south east of Elsay so is to be preferred. As you follow the ridge up the south shoulder of Elsay, you will encounter the BCMC red & silver trail marker in the photo. Follow a very rough trail around the west flank of Mount Elsay and along the ridge, descending to Vicar Lake. Pass around the west side of Vicar Lake, joining the west trail which has been clearly flagged by the NSR. A steep hike up the West Ridge, leading to a field of hard snow most summers. Whether you approach the peak from the North or the West, the last bit of climbing should be tackled with caution. Glorious Views from the peak in all directions, with Mount Dickens temptingly nearby....
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