Did you know? The lookout at Lynn Peak was once a blimp tethering station.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

April 30, 2015

A Hiking Guide to South Needle

South Needle is a very challenging hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, which flies under the radar compared to a lot of the other nearby hikes like Norvan Falls and Coliseum Mountain. The hike takes you up to the popular Lynn Peak lookout, but then pushes further along Lynn Ridge and beyond Lynn Peak itself to a spectacular view at an elevation of 1,160 m at the summit of South Needle. From South Needle you look over Lynn Ridge below, Lynn Valley to the west, and the Seymour Valley to the east. The hike is very challenging, but navigation is relatively easy and it is well-worth the effort if you’re looking for a strenuous day-hike. The view is one of my favorites on the North Shore, for the unique perspective it provides of Lynn Peak and Lynn Creek.

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(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Rescue crews help woman who overturned her canoe in Seymour River. @Global
2. Carson Air Flight 66 fell from sky to rugged North Shore mountains. @CBC
3. Woman rescued after falling 10 metres in West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park. @NS News
4. Caught on camera: Backcountry skier hit by avalanche in Revelstoke. @CTV News
5. Buried alive: An avalanche survivor breaks his silence. @Maclean's
6. Cougar hunting pets in Lynn Valley. @North Shore News
7. Man falls down North Vancouver ravine, spends night in cold, manages to crawl out. @NS News
8. Early tick season has Vancouver's dog walkers feeling the heat. @CBC News
9. Hidden Hikes on Vancouver Island. @Hello BC
10. 10 places to go in B.C. for your summer vacation. @Georgia Straight
11. 10 BC Parks to Visit For Camping Season. @Miss 604
12. Blogger Leigh McAdam wants outdoor adventurers to Discover Canada. @Georgia Straight
13. Wild About Vancouver festival highlights benefits of outdoor education. @Georgia Straight
14. Tim Leadem never tires of Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island. @Georgia Straight
15. Where is the best mountain biking in Canada? @Globe & Mail
16. Hiking-only trails request sets mountain bikers on edge. @Pique News
17. North Vancouver woman accused of trail sabotage intends to plead guilty. @NS News
18. The 7 Natural Wonders of British Columbia. @Spirit Quest
19. Trail Runners Invade Squamish Trails. @Squamish Chief
20. How Western Canada's glaciers will melt away. @CBC News

BC Hike Chat

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The chat takes place on the first and third Sunday of each month, with the next one taking place this Sunday, May 3 at 9pm PST.

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Until next month!


BMO Vancouver Marathon
May 3, 2015
5 Peaks Golden Ears
May 9, 2015
Iron Knee, Tender Knee Trail Race
May 24, 2015

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