Hiking: Lynn Peak (Vancouver, CA)

For a full breakdown of the journey, I have a short video of the whole trip on myΒ YouTube channel. I encourage you to take a peekΒ πŸ˜‰


 

For this weeks adventure into the wilderness, I decided on Lynn Peak in North Vancouver. After my lung buster of a hike last week, I thought I would take it a little easier, since the legs were still recovering after all that output. I played in a charity softball the game the day after which did not help my cause.

Anyway, back to the task at hand.

Lynn Peak.

Here we come.


Lynn Peak

The trail to Lynn peak is a 9 km round trip, with a start point at Lynn Canyon Bouldering Field, that is open from June – October, with an elevation gain of 720 metres.

The trail sign says to allow for 4 hours to complete the trail, which is a generous allotment of time. It might have taken just over an hour and a half to get to the peak, which was interrupted at regular intervals for photographic exploits and just soaking in the mountain air.

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The journey begins in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Once you’ve crossed Lynn Creek, follow the signs for the Lynn Trail Loop, which is a right turn after the creek, a left towards Lynn Trail Loop, and and shortly after you will see a sign for Lynn Peak which has you veering off to the right.

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Trail to Lynn Peak. The Lynn Loop continues on to the left.

 

It doesn’t take long for the gradient to increase sharply. The trail is strewn with rock and roots, reminiscent of the Grouse Grind, in a series of switchbacks which will get the heart rate racing. After 40 or so minutes it levels out for a little bit, with some clearings along the way that give you a view to the surrounding mountains.

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Much steeper than it looks. This will be your view for the first 40 minutes

The trail is clearly marked the whole way up, which makes staying the course a breeze. After last week at Goat Mountain, with large fields of snow, it was a challenge in itself just picking up the trail again.

I was on the trail just before 8 am, and had only one keen German pass me on the way to the peak. The trail was extremely peaceful, with only the chirping of squirrels and chatter of birds providing the background noise.

Lynn Canyon is a hot spot for tourists, who flock to the area to swim in the glacial temperature pools and take photos from the Suspension Bridge, so it was nice to have a quiet trail all to myself.

Back on the trail, you get most of the hard work out of the way at the beginning, as you negotiate the steeper incline over rocks and roots. Once you make it to the ridge line, the gradient eases slightly and the rocks begin to give way to roots and pine needles. You’ll still be sweating, don’t worry.

There’s a sneaky view point to Grouse Mountain to your left as you’re nearing the last stage of the trail. It’s easy to miss, but keep your eye out for trail markers deviating from the main trail, and a rocky outcrop to take in the view.

The final stage is a bit of a scramble, and you emerge at an expansive viewpoint that covers downtown Vancouver, Burnaby and on to the USA on a clear day. I dallied here for about 40 minutes, just taking in the views and wondering why my bluetooth camera button was giving me grief. Once I had taken the happy snaps I needed, it was great just to sit in silence and take in the incredible view.

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Bluetooth camera button working, Vancouver on the far right, Burnaby middle left, USA off into the haze.

On the way back down I picked up the pace, almost at my peril. I advise you to take it easy once you get down to the switchbacks covered in rocks. Rolling an ankle is an extremely easy feat if you’re not careful.


That’s a wrap

It took less than an hour to descend, which made my total trail time just shy of 3 hours. It is an incredibly easy trail to follow from start to finish, the only thing is to keep an eye out for the start of the Lynn Peak trail deviation, which is still easy enough to spot.

As I neared the beginning of the Lynn Peak trail on my descent, the foot traffic was steadily increasing, with audible whoops and shouting off in the distance. If you enjoy peace and quiet in the wilderness, I encourage you to get going early, preferably on a weekday. I haven’t seen this trail on a weekend, but I can only imagine the number of visitors it is likely to attract.

As with a lot of North Shore trails, this trail is easily accessible via public transport. A simple trip planned with Google Maps is all you need, along with a few $$$ for bus fare. If you’re just visiting Vancouver, it’s still a good idea to pick up a Compass Card for all your public transport needs. The travel is cheaper, and you get one free transfer if it is within an hour of starting your journey. Just tap on for each leg of the trip, simple as that.

Seeing as I’d worked up a bit of a sweat, I decided a cool off in the 30 ft pool in Lynn Canyon was an acceptable way to end the trip. You can find it easily by following the directions at all the trail maps along the way. The water was VERY refreshing, and my prowess at the Wim Hoff method was left wanting.

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30 ft Pool.

It’s a great spot to cool off and watch people walk into the swift currents and promptly cry out as they watch their flip flops begin their own journey downstream. Once I’d finished my lunch it was time to barge my way across the Suspension Bridge and start the journey home, already planning on where to go next.

 

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It’s home time, make way! – Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

 

Be sure to check outΒ Vancouver TrailsΒ if you live in the area to get the low down on all the best hikes in South West British Columbia.

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Happy hiking everyone.

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