One of Vancouver's most popular hikes.
||7.6 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.
Net elevation gain is 455m, cumulative gain may be closer to 600m.
The route follows north , parallel to the ski run, then swings right though a meadow, then left to follow the ski run before making its way up to Brockton Point. Soon the trail goes right and downhill, skirting the eastern slopes below Pump Peak. Then you'll cross an open area on your way to a prominent gully that leads you up to Second Peak. From the top of the gully you'll carefully move downhill, then to your right as you traverse the north side of Second Peak, then follow the obvious ridge up to another plateau. This will lead you to another gully that the trail uses to access the summit of Mt Seymour, also called Third Peak.
You may choose the old route up the mountain by looking to turn left just past the tarn at Brockton Point and climb the south face of Pump Peak. Depending on which route you choose up the face, you will be scrambling some Class 2 and 3 rock in some areas. This route will join the main trail on the plateau beyond Pump Peak.
It should be noticed that some popular Vancouver hiking guides incorrectly list this route as requiring scrambling. The trail does not require any scrambling (using your hands) under ideal conditions.
It should be noted that during the winter this trail can be a serious undertaking, complete with avalanche hazards. The trail's popularity combined with many cliffs and bluffs on the mountain results in an above-average number of search-and-rescue operations on the mountain. Plan your hike accordingly and make sure you are prepared.
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