Did you know? Opal Cone is an extinct cinder cone volcano.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

July 28, 2016
Edition #42

5 Amazing Hikes for August

It's peak hiking season and now is the perfect time to get out and explore some of the big local peaks which will finally be clear from snow. Here's a list of 5 great options for the month ahead.

1. Black Tusk
     Where: Whistler 
     Time Needed: 9 - 11 hours
     Dogs Allowed: No
     Details: There are few, if any, better hikes around Vancouver than a trek up to Black Tusk. Through meadows of wildflowers, up to a unique, ancient landscape of volcanic rock, this hike is one on the bucket list of  many local hikers.

2. Opal Cone
     Where: Squamish 
     Time Needed: 10+ hours
     Dogs Allowed: No
     Details: The views from Opal Cone simply can't be beat. While the total distance is long, the trail isn't overly strenuous.

3. Crown Mountain
     Where: North Vancouver 
     Time Needed: 5 - 7 hours
     Dogs Allowed: No
     Details: Tucked in behind Grouse Mountain, Crown Mountain offers an astounding view. It is one that will leave you exhausted, yet feeling rewarded at the end of the day.

4. Mount Elsay
     Where: North Vancouver
     Time Needed: 8 - 9 hours
     Dogs Allowed: Yes
     Details: In Seymour Prov. Park, Mount Elsay is a challenging hike. It makes a great adventure for experienced hikers, looking to get well off the beaten-path.

5. Yak Peak
     Where: Coquihalla Summit
     Time Needed: 7 hours
     Dogs Allowed: Yes
     Details: Yak Peak is a steep and challenging hike. However, since it's a long drive from Vancouver, it's a great hike if you're looking for something different, away from crowds.

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Girls rescue lost hiker on the North Shore's BCMC trail. @CBC
2. Man dies while hiking up the Grouse Grind. @Daily Hive
3. Hiker regrets not preparing for overnight stay. @CTV
4. $3.5-million 'hut' project to open up Whistler backcountry to thousands. @Vancouver Sun
5. Chasing Waterfalls Along the Sea-to-Sky. @Hello BC
6. Foreigners, unscrupulous agents not to blame for B.C. campsite shortage. @CBC
7. North Shore backcountry hikers invited to join climate study. @NS News
8. The Ten Essentials for Safe Backcountry Adventures, Trail Runner Style. @Gary Robbins
9. Testing your limits on Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail. @Globe & Mail
10. Chilliwack lakes call out for summer hikers. @Jack Christie
11. Dog Friendly Hikes in Vancouver. @Van Trails
12. Cheeky signs aim to warn young Lynn Canyon cliff jumpers. @NS News

#BCHikeChat Twitter Chat

The next #BCHikeChat is taking place Sunday, Aug 7 at 9pm PST. The theme for the chat will be 'North Van Hikes'.

If you haven't joined #BCHikeChat before, it's easy. All you need is a Twitter account to follow the conversation and add your own input. Details about the next chat and how to participate can be found here.

Until next month!


MEC North Van Race Four
August 6, 2016
Squamish 50
August 20 - 21, 2016
5 Peaks Whistler
August 27, 2016

(Click for full events calendar)


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  3. Review: Hennessy Hammock Expedition


  1. Panorama Ridge (Whistler)
  2. Hanes Valley (North Vancouver)
  3. Coliseum Mountain (North Vancouver)
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