Did you know? Goat Mountain received its name after the first party to climb it killed a mountain goat on it.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

October 30, 2014

New Trail Guide: Goat Mountain & Ridge

Yes, the snow is starting to fall in the mountains, but I'm still working hard to get some new hiking guides up on the site. The latest is a great hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, and is still accessible if you go soon (and mind the shorter days).

Goat Mountain is a relatively easy hike starting at the Grouse Mountain Resort. The trail is well-marked, with a few steep and challenging sections near the summit. The route takes you through forest filled with yellow cedar and hemlock before emerging to great views of Crown Mountain, Hanes Valley, Vancouver and much of the Fraser Valley all the way down to Mt. Baker. You also have the option of extending the hike a few extra kilometers by meandering along Goat Ridge for more amazing views and a different perspective of Hanes Valley.

See the full trail guide, photos and video here.

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Autumn camping rewards hardy B.C. hikers. @Georgia Straight
2. Are you ready for fall? @Coquitlam SAR
3. Jury is still out on impact of downtown Vancouver bike lanes. @Vancouver Sun
4. N.W. Marine Drive cycling crackdown is dangerous, say riders. @CBC News
5. Vancouver's HUB Cycling launches Fall Bike to Work Week. @Vancouver Sun
6. NEB rules in favour of Kinder Morgan over Burnaby Mountain. @Burnaby News Leader
7. Burnaby Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline protester chains himself under vehicle. @The Province
8. Kinder Morgan crews blocked by citizens on Burnaby Mountain. @Vancouver Observer
9. Canadian ski icon JP Auclair dies in avalanche. @Globe and Mail
10. Rope found strung across Nanaimo trail at neck level. @CBC News
11. Saluting the Spawning Sockeye at the Adams River. @Hello BC
12. Hiking to Burke Summit in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. @Georgia Straight
13. Daredevil mountain-biker takes precarious path down a vertical rock face in Whistler. @Daily Mail UK
14. Great Bear Rainforest photographer urges a halt on tar sands oil. @Vancouver Observer
15. Places to Be: Scuba Diving in West Vancouver. @The Ubyssey
16. TrailRunning Canada Magazine: Issue 9. @Trail Running Canada
17. Trail Running around Squamish, BC. @Hello BC
18. Oliver Bibby @ FEAT Kids Canada, Talks Grouse Grind Record. @YouTube
19. Lynn Canyon Park — Scenic hiking trails amidst a lush rainforest. @Digital Journal
20. B.C. resorts build summer business bonanza. @Business in Vancouver
21. MEC moves into new East Vancouver Headquarters. @Vancity Buzz

2014 Adams River Salmon Run

In last month's newsletter I wrote about the salmon run taking place this year, which is a dominant run, and some great local spots to see the spectacle. In mid-October I was able to go camping on the Shuswap Lake and see the run for myself. 

I'll have a post up on the website shortly, but for now you can get a sneak-peak in a short video I put together from the scene on the Adams River.


Until next month and Happy Halloween!


MEC Snowfest North Vancouver
Nov 15, 2014
The Phantom Run
Nov 15, 2014
Bear Mountain 10k and Half-Marathon
Nov 22, 2014

(Click for full events calendar)


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