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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:22 PM

Thanks to our amazing dry and warm September I did the "Chief" in Squamish last weekend and really enjoyed it. Awesome climb with the perfect challenge. Now I want to go again this upcoming Saturday.

What my question is. Does anyone know any good hiking trails close to the lower mainland that are about the same as the chief which aren't "Walk in the park" hikes but rather a rather more difficult.

I heard about Golden Ears but don't know anything about it? Or any other suggestions that aren't the Grouse Grind?
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

Lynn Valley/Headwaters and Seymour Demonstration Forest area have lots off good trails with plenty of easy to hard options and connecting to parts of the West Coast Trail.

Try this web page:

http://www.vancouver...ls.com/regions/

There's TONS of trails all over the GVRD including over by Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission etc too.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:38 PM

Lynn Valley/Headwaters and Seymour Demonstration Forest area have lots off good trails with plenty of easy to hard options and connecting to parts of the West Coast Trail.

Try this web page:

http://www.vancouver...ls.com/regions/

There's TONS of trails all over the GVRD including over by Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission etc too.


Awesome thank you. If anyone has been on any of them and has any opinions to share that would be great.

I like this one.

Its intermediate, 2 hours and there's a beautiful lake to go for a swim in after!

http://www.vancouver.../lindeman-lake/

Mount Cheam also looks cool! No lake but way higher elevation and look at that view.

http://www.vancouver...ls/mount-cheam/

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:44 PM

This is where I proposed to my wife :wub:

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(Easy so we wouldn't be all gross and sweaty after :lol: )

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:47 PM

Sorry, meant Baden Powell trail, not West Coast...duh.. :rolleyes:
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:48 PM

My girlfriend went to Lindeman lake last week, she loved it. There's a good one in port moody called Diez Vistas..its a good day hike. or if you feel like venturing into pemberton, I really suggest Joffre lakes, about a 6 hour day hike. 3 amazingly blue lakes, you can even scramble up the far side of the lake and touch the glacier. ( I was going to post a photo I took of Joffre, but my lack of technological skills is limiting me)

If you're into overnight hikes, theres so many amazing ones around here as well.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:51 PM

Just went to Lynn canyon for hiking on Saturday. Beautiful place. We did an easy hike but there are harder options. Will go back this weekend.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:54 PM

Another option I like too if you don't have time for the longer/harder intermediate or difficult trails is to simply up the pace. An easy to intermediate trail becomes a much better workout at a brisk walk/light jog. The people that actually RUN them though are freaking mental! :P

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

Awesome thank you. If anyone has been on any of them and has any opinions to share that would be great.

I like this one.

Its intermediate, 2 hours and there's a beautiful lake to go for a swim in after!

http://www.vancouver.../lindeman-lake/

Mount Cheam also looks cool! No lake but way higher elevation and look at that view.

http://www.vancouver...ls/mount-cheam/


I did cheam years ago. It was nice. You'll need something other than a car to get up there. A friend did it this summer and apparently they've deactivated the access road or something and it's rather difficult to get to. There was still snow at the end of July. I would hope that would be gone by now.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:07 PM

My girlfriend went to Lindeman lake last week, she loved it. There's a good one in port moody called Diez Vistas..its a good day hike. or if you feel like venturing into pemberton, I really suggest Joffre lakes, about a 6 hour day hike. 3 amazingly blue lakes, you can even scramble up the far side of the lake and touch the glacier. ( I was going to post a photo I took of Joffre, but my lack of technological skills is limiting me)

If you're into overnight hikes, theres so many amazing ones around here as well.


Definitely planning an overnight next year.

I forgot how much I loved hiking and now its so late to get in that much, especially with school and work.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

Definitely planning an overnight next year.

I forgot how much I loved hiking and now its so late to get in that much, especially with school and work.


You can hike locally a lot of places year round. Just dress appropriately ;)
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

Lindeman is fun. Nice lake. Quite a ways to get to though even after you get off the highway and pass the cultus lake turnoff. Did it fairly recently and it's shorter than I remembered. Not as steep or challenging as the Chief. 1.5 hours? Perhaps if you included Greendrop Lake too..

You might consider doing the 3 peaks of the Chief. Do 1, 2 and 3 in that order. I'd recommenddouble backing to 2 from 3 though to avoid the backwash ungroomed area after the 3rd peak. That's around 5 hours.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

^Ya did that on the Chief this past Sunday, was amazing. Much better than the Grouse Grind.

Its about a 2 hour drive from Coquitlam according to google maps but I don't mind driving. I think I definitely will be going to Lindeman this Saturday with my friends and take a dip!

You can hike locally a lot of places year round. Just dress appropriately ;)


During the winter its straight skiing but hiking in the backcountry + skiing sounds like a blast.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:33 PM

Yeah for sure, its a shame its a bit too late this year for the majority of them(unless you have some kick ass low temp gear), I only did a few overnighters this year Blacktusk, Tenquille lake, and Cape scott.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:39 PM

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after Lindeman though.. =P
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:52 PM

How do you get there^?
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:09 PM

Lynn Valley/Headwaters and Seymour Demonstration Forest area have lots off good trails with plenty of easy to hard options and connecting to parts of the West Coast Trail.

Try this web page:

http://www.vancouver...ls.com/regions/

There's TONS of trails all over the GVRD including over by Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission etc too.


Connects to the West Coast Trail?? That's on the island, I'm assuming there is another trail with the same name in the mainland.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:42 PM

Connects to the West Coast Trail?? That's on the island, I'm assuming there is another trail with the same name in the mainland.


Sorry, meant Baden Powell trail, not West Coast...duh.. :rolleyes:


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:49 PM

Diez Vistas. At Bunzten lake. Long hike, beautiful looks at the Indian Arm. Highly recommended.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:51 PM

My girlfriend went to Lindeman lake last week, she loved it. There's a good one in port moody called Diez Vistas..its a good day hike. or if you feel like venturing into pemberton, I really suggest Joffre lakes, about a 6 hour day hike. 3 amazingly blue lakes, you can even scramble up the far side of the lake and touch the glacier. ( I was going to post a photo I took of Joffre, but my lack of technological skills is limiting me)

If you're into overnight hikes, theres so many amazing ones around here as well.



When I saw this thread this first place I thought of was Joffre Lakes. I have actually never been, but my friend went recently and she showed me pictures and it looked amazing.

I'd love to one day do something like that.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:54 PM

When I saw this thread this first place I thought of was Joffre Lakes. I have actually never been, but my friend went recently and she showed me pictures and it looked amazing.

I'd love to one day do something like that.


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You can touch the Glacier there too off the lake.

Thank god we live in the most beautiful place on this planet.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:29 PM

Golden Ears is looong and difficult. Only attempt this as a day hike if you're crazy or super fit. Most people camp at Alder Flats part way up for one night.

Joffre Lakes is gorgeous but a little far to go for a day hike from Vancouver, it's about 30 minutes north of Pemberton so you're looking at close to a 3 hour drive. A good alternative to this is Garibaldi Lake which is just north of Squamish and about 1.5 hours from Vancouver.

Lynn Headwaters has already been mentioned. It's a nice spot because it's close to town, transit accessible and has a wide variety of trails to choose from (from really easy to difficult.) I really like Lynn Peak but it is becoming the alternative to the Grouse Grind so you'll have to watch out for trail runners on weekends.

If you're really feeling up for a challenge you can try the Hanes Valley Route which starts in Lynn Headwaters then goes up to Crown Pass, over Little Goat Mountain and eventually ends up on Grouse. Best to do this one with someone who knows where they're going as there are sections of steep, unmarked scree slope and you really wouldn't want to get lost up there. Also you need two cars for this one because the trail is one-way (or else take transit as both the starting and end point are transit accessible!)

There's also a couple of trails that start at the top of Grouse Mountain (Little Goat and Crown Mountain). Of course this means you have to get to the top of Grouse first. If you want to avoid the Grind you can hike up the BCMC trail instead. It's a little longer but less crowded.

Aaand just going to throw this one out there. If you really want to avoid the crowds or maybe take your significant other on a romantic walk in the woods, try Brother's Creek out in the British Properties. It's not really all that challenging but it's beautiful and very quiet. It's also a good place to find old growth trees!
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:01 PM

I do a lot of hiking around, so if you have questions/want to get into hiking/climbing more seriously, shoot me a PM.

The first thing you need to do is buy a book called Scrambles in NorthWest British Columbia by Matt Gunn, you can buy it from Cairn Publishing. It's an outstanding book with detailed route descriptions and driving details.
http://cairnpublishi...s/scrambles.htm

Some excellent day trips are:
1) Black Tusk (take the chimney and climb all the day to the top), should take around 8-10 hours
2) Wedgemount Lake - This is just a little past Whistler (a couple of kms), this is surrounded by massive peaks and glaciers. There's a really cool ice cave right there too. From Wedgemount lake you can climb Mt. Cook as an easy day hike, or Mt. Weart/Rethel/Parkhurst as more complicated climbs. However just getting up to wedgemount lake and exploring around the ice cave, the glaciers and the camp site is an outstanding way to spend a day as well.
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3) Brandywine Mountain is awesome. Pretty easy quick day hike from Vancouver, I'm doing this in a couple weeks with a couple buddies. (Middle peak) The route to the top goes waaaaay left and then right along the ridge, you don't go straight up, it's just hiking on scree/talus)
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5) There's always Manning Park too which has a ton of awesome trails that are pretty easy to follow.

Once you start getting more experience, you can start to do some really exciting hikes and climbs like Ashlu Mountain, Ossa Mtn, Tricouni, Skypilot, Welch, and a lot more. The BC Mountaineering Club and Alpine Club of Canada are great orgs to join to get into groups and get some experience. I did Skypilot with the BCMC last year and had a great a great experience. Let me know if you want more info! We need more people to get outside and enjoy the BC Parks and outdoors so the BC Parks budget isn't the first one to get slashed ever year.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:38 PM

Another good hike which starts near the entrance to Lindeman/Greendrop is flora lake.

In fact you can bushwack a loop to all three.

Flora is a fantastic hike but its a lot of steep switchbacks at the beginning.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:04 PM

There is also Mt. Elsay somewhere near Burnaby, however I have never been there and not really sure where the trailhead is.You can get more info at www.clubtread.comThe trip reports section of the forum is awesome!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:08 PM

How do you get there^?


The trailhead is at the Rubble Creek parking lot. It's really easy to get to and well signed along the sea to sky past Squamish. It's a paved road right up the trailhead with a MASSIVE parking lot. It opens up great hiking to Garibaldi Lake, Mt. Price, Black Tusk, Panaorama Ridge,helm peak and cheakamus lake (although there's another trailhead that closer for cheakamus. All of those are excellent hikes. I wouldn't really recommend over night camping up there on weekends though. It's a zoo on weekends and proper back country etiquette is not observed with people pissing into streams, lighting camp fires, and littering. They are all excellent day trips during the summer when you have lots of light though. During the week it's decent for camping, just purify the frack out of the water.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

Thumbs up to Diez Vistas and Joffre Lakes. Both longish hikes too - 6-7 hours? Been awhile since I did them. Did Diez Vistas on an incredibly hot day and ran out of water 2 hours into the hike. Thw switchbacks were steep and not fun. Didn't really care about all of the 10 views after the 4th hour. I just wanted water. I'd do Joffre only if you're staying in Whistler the night before.

8-10 for Black Tusk? Yeah, no freaking way for me. 11 hours. Have a spotter if you climb the cone.
Wedgemont is difficult. Like 3 grouse grinds. AND you don't have a gondola to come down it all.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:56 PM

Yeah Garibaldi lake is amazing, been up there 4-5 tiems and get amazed by the view everytime. It's worth it, the glacier there's called Sphynx glacier btw if anyone's curious.

http://www.vancouver...garibaldi-lake/
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:05 PM

Check out this website http://www.vancouver...garibaldi-lake/

Garibaldi lake is beautiful. Best to go on a hot, sunny day (within the next 2 weeks) since you can go for a swim, etc. then hike back down. :)
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:05 PM

Agreed, Garibaldi Lake is awesome.
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