Hike: Elfin Lakes (Winter Route)
Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park
Distance: 22 km
Dogs allowed: No
Elfin Lake is a personal favorite for many because of its well-marked route and spectacular views.
The trailhead is only about a 30 minute drive from downtown Squamish, although tire chains are mandatory to access the Elfin Lakes/Diamond Head trailhead parking lot. The trail itself is a steady uphill climb of 11 km to reach the hut at Elfin Lakes, and will take around 3 – 5 hours, each way (with great variability depending on weather and snow conditions). The elevation gain is 600 m, with the highest point of the hike reaching about 1,660 m along Paul Ridge before you descend to the Elfin Lakes hut at 1,470 m. There are spectacular views of nearby mountain peaks along the way to the lakes as you make your way along the marked snowshoe trail.
Travelers must be prepared for winter conditions and avalanche terrain.
Hike: Goldstream Trestle
Distance: 3.5 km
Dogs allowed: Yes, on-leash
The hike to Goldstream Trestle is one of the more popular hikes around Victoria. The hike is located within Goldstream Provincial Park and can be accomplished within about 2 hours. The hike to the Goldstream Trestle has a fair amount of elevation as well, making it a good workout.
Along the way you are treated with an up-close view of the gorgeous Niagara Falls. While not as big as that other Niagara Falls in Ontario, this waterfall in Goldstream Park is an impressive 156 feet (47 meters). A word of caution: While the Goldstream Trestle is not an active railway line, maintenance crews do come through on these tracks. There is also talk of the line re-opening in the future. Furthermore, one wrong slip on the tracks would have disastrous results. For these reasons, everyone is discouraged from going on the tracks. While most of the trail leading up to the trestle is B.C. Parks land, the final stretch of trail, and the trestle itself, are on private property.
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Hollyburn Mountain. *Important note* The South Coast avalanche forecast is currently at moderate in the treeline, shifting to high tomorrow. An avalanche was triggered in the backcountry of Mt Seymour yesterday. If you do not have avalanche awareness training it's best to stay out of the mountains and save trails like this for another time when the risk is lower, and stick to the poled routes.
"Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way - Dr Seuss
Sunsets over The Lions while skiing is something else. So stoked to be back to the mountains and to dive in deep to a lot of upcoming winter adventures 🤙😁 ." | 📷 by @madeleyjay
Hike: Hollyburn Mountain (Winter route)
Location: West Vancouver
Distance: 7.5 km
Dogs allowed: Yes, on-leash
Hollyburn Mountain (aka Hollyburn Peak) in Cypress Provincial Park is one of the most popular winter trails around Vancouver. On a sunny weekend day, hundreds of people flock to the trail to get some fresh winter air and soak up the spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains.
The Hollyburn Peak Trail is marked by B.C. Parks and takes you 2.5 km to the end of the Cypress Mountain Nordic ski area and up to an amazing look-out of the city of Vancouver. Those that have the stamina and avalanche awareness to make it to the summit of the mountain, are rewarded with an unbeatable view of the Cypress Bowl, The Lions and many other mountains in an incredible panorama shrouded in brilliant white snow.
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