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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

August 29, 2017
Edition #55

The Best End of Summer Hikes

Late summer is the perfect time for hiking. The temperature is starting to cool. The bugs are fewer. Mud on the trails is at a minimum. Snow is finally clear from most of the trails. And there’s still enough daylight to tackle some big objectives.

After building up your fitness on shorter hikes during the early summer, late August and early September is a great time to get out and tackle the big, challenging hikes. In this guide, we present 14 of our favourite long day hikes for this time of year (along with some honourable mentions).

See the hikes here.

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. 'Everyday-heroes' rescue dog stranded in Chilliwack mountains for four days. @Van Sun
2. American hiker injured after snow bridge collapse near Cypress Bowl. @CTV
3. Three 12-year-olds rescued from chilly water in North Shore canyon. @Global
4. Bear-human interactions nearly double in B.C. in 2017. @Van Sun
5. Switch the rails to trails on Vancouver Island, group urges. @CBC
6. Tiny toads close road in Whistler, B.C.. @CBC
7. Mountain resort to be tapped on chipping in for Grouse Grind upkeep. @Van Sun
8. Snowboard recovered in B.C.'s alpine 6 months after avalanche. @CBC
9. How Not to Hike Like An Asshole. @303 Mag
10. B.C. parks feeling the strain. @Pique
11. B.C. to end grizzly bear trophy hunting . @CBC
12. Residents near Capilano Bridge say tourist traffic has neighbourhood jammed. @CBC

Run Wild Vancouver!

Run Wild Vancouver Society is a non-profit, volunteer-based group of trail runners dedicated to raising awareness of safe trail running by providing education and information, and raising funds for volunteer Search and Rescue teams around the Province.

There are two great things to share from Run Wild Van this month.

1) They have just announced their 2017 Vancouver Trail Running calendar raised over $16,000 for B.C. Search and Rescue!

2) Run Wild Van has also launched a Survive Outside program in partnership with AdventureSmart. These free presentations are geared to get trail runners out in the backcountry safely.

"Are you new to trail running? Maybe you’re experienced, but looking to push your limits a little and explore further and higher. In our presentation, you’ll hear from seasoned trail runners with first hand experience who will share personal stories and practical tips to help you play safe on the trails when traveling fast and light."

Check out the Run Wild Van website to learn more and follow them on Facebook to be notified of dates for upcoming events.

Two New Hikes on the Website

We've added two, great new hikes to the website.

Sawblade Falls

Sawblade Falls is a scenic waterfall located on Burke Mountain in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, Coquitlam. The Woodland Walk Trail takes you 4 km up to the base of the falls. Along the way, you walk through the beautiful forest of Burke Mountain and pass by the smaller Woodland Falls.

Read about it here.

Murrin Park Loop Trail

The Murrin Park Loop Trail (also called the Quercus Trail) is located in Murrin Provincial Park, Squamish. Murrin Park is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and rock climbing.

The Murrin Park Loop Trail takes you to some incredible viewpoints, including Quercus Viewpoint and Jurassic Ridge. The view of Howe Sound has been compared to that of the view the Chief gives you, but from a lower elevation and with less effort.

Read about it here.

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Until next month,


Frosty Mountain Trail Run
Sep 16, 2017
Coho Run
Sep 10, 2017
5 Peaks, Buntzen Lake
Sep 30, 2017

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Murrin Park Loop Trail in Squamish
  2. Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 Backpack Review
  3. Sawblade Falls Hike in Coquitlam


  1. Black Tusk (Whistler)
  2. Mount Elsay (North Vancouver)
  3. Crown Mountain (North Vancouver)
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