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September 2, 2014

5 Vancouver Hikes To Fall In Love With

The summer is drawing to a close, but there is still some time this year to cross a few more hikes of your to-do list. In fact, September is one of my favorite months for hiking. The trails are less crowded, the air is much cooler and the bugs are fewer. It's hard to predict when the snow will start falling at the upper elevations, but it won't be too long. So, if there are any sunny weekends ahead for us in September, take the opportunity to get out and explore a new trail. Just be extra bear-aware, as our furry friends are stocking up on the remaining berries before the winter months.

The CBC recently ran a feature, looking at 5 great local hikes to check out:
  • The Chief, Squamish. The granite monolith known as The Chief is one of the most distinctive features in the Sea-to-Sky region. Three separate peaks can be hiked individually or all at once.
  • Dog Mountain, near Mount Seymour. This one’s really beginner-friendly, with little change in elevation and easy-access from the Mount Seymour parking lot area.
  • Crown Mountain, North Vancouver. This one’s more challenging, with an exposed rock scramble at the end.
  • Garibaldi Lake, near Squamish. Though it is a strenuous hike, the trail itself is beginner-friendly. Hikers travel up on a non-technical, well-groomed trail that even young kids can handle to a glacier-fed lake.
  • Joffre Lake, North of Pemberton. ​​This one takes you to a remote location, but it’s not too strenuous. The route goes past creeks, lakes and waterfalls and the water comes from Matier Glacier.
You can read the full article here. Trail guides for all these hikes can, of course, be found on Outdoor Vancouver.

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Two missing hikers emerge from Cypress backcountry after searchers scour route. @The Province
2. BCMC trail erosion a safety issue, hiker says. @North Shore News
3. Helicopter rescues injured hiker from world renowned West Coast Trail. @Vancouver Sun
4. Hiking: Fatal origins of Cypress T-33 ski run. @Vancouver Courier
5. Cycling: Crank it up at Whistler. @Vancouver Courier
6. As summer ends, running season begins: 6 Vancouver races to check out. @The Province
7. 7 End of Summer Runs to do in Vancouver. @Vancity Buzz
8. Black Creek woman to run the length of Vancouver Island in 17 days for MS awareness. @Global News
9. Vancouver sees record number of cyclists using separated bike lanes. @Vancouver Sun
10. Canadian Surfski Championships comes to Squamish. @CBC News
11. Decker Glacier lake at Whistler a sign of melt to come. @CBC News
12. Hiking: From easy to intense, circle Buntzen Lake or climb Diez Vistas. @Vancouver Courier
13. Golden Ears Summit Trail Running Trip Report. @Jeff Pelletier
14. Hiking Books for Southwest British Columbia. @Vancouver Trails
15. Sea to Sky Gondola Hikefest Coming. @Sea to Sky
16. The Squamish 50k and 50 mile ultramarathons. @Running Ultras
17. New Fastest Known Time on the Howe Sound Crest Trail. @Skintrack
18. Theo Dombrowski explores popular day hikes and seaside walks on Vancouver Island. @Georgia Straight
19. 5 Stanley Park Trails You Should Explore. @Miss 604
20. Places In Canada You Won't Believe Actually Exist. @Huffington Post

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Until next month!


Sea to Sky Gondola Hikefest
Sep 13, 2014
Terry Fox Run
Sep 14, 2014
Rubble Creek 25k
Sep 28, 2014

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