The Chief – Squamish

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Elevation : 600m
11km, 6h for the 3 peaks
1h15 from Vancouver

A classic. The Chief. Good work out for sure, different terrains (stairs, rocks, ladders, exposed peaks… up and down between the peaks…) and lots of fun. Great, great views of the Squamish Valley and Howe Sound. A must :o) !

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Mount Harvey – Howe Sound

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Elevation : 1500m
13km, 7-9h
40min from Vancouver

One of the first trail I did when I moved out here… I don’t know what I was thinking ahaha! 4h of steep uphill non-stop before you get to the exposed and rocky peak. We actually decided to go down on the other side of the peak (goes down in the valley between Harvey and The Lions)… the trail isn’t well marked on that side and it took us some time and map/gps to find the trail back to the main lodging road, but we did! Amazing view. Difficult trail for sure. To do on a nice day… The effort isn’t worth it if you don’t get a view up there!

Goat Mountain – Grouse Mtn

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Elevation : 300m
8km round-trip, 4h
40min from Vancouver
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The trailhead is on top of Grouse Mountain. You will either need to hike up (Grind, BCMC, Flint&Feathers) to the main chalet and then go to the trailhead. Remember you will need to pay 10$ to go down with the skyride from Grouse resort.

This is one of the first trails that I’ve done when I moved to BC. I love it because the views are great and the trail gets technical at the end. Would highly recommend it!

Grouse Grind

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Still learning how to use that blog.. .couldn’t figure out how to turn this picture. Just stretch your neck and turn your head :D!
Elevation : 853m
2.9km, 1.5-2h

I know I know. The Grind is a classic of the North Shore. Remember you will have to pay 10$ for the skyride down if you don’t have a Grouse Mountain membership pass. I hate this ‘trail’. For me, it’s just a giant staircase with people who wants to go up too fast and run and train. This isn’t a hike… But if you want to say ‘ I’ve done the Grind ‘ , go for it!!! I’ll take my own little hidden trails on the side ! 🙂

 

Cheakamus River – Whistler Bungee Bridge – Brandywine Falls

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Cheakamus River (until the bridge)
Elevation : Not a lot… some up and downs
4km round-trip, 2hrs
2hrs from Vancouver

We did this trail in February and didn’t get too much snow on the trail. Just needed some little crampons at some areas as it was slippery but, nothing that can’t be done only with boots. Easy trail for a relaxing time outside.

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Bungee Bridge
Elevation : minimal
6km round-trip, 2-3h (depending how long you end up watching the people jumping…)
2hrs from Vancouver

Some part of the trail were a little bit hard to follow as it wasn’t well marked. We followed the previous footprints in the snow and ended up at the right place (markers not really close to each other in some areas.. maybe better during the summer). Easy trail, and easy access from the highway.

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Brandywine Falls… we stopped there on our way back from the Bungee Bridge. Worth the stop but not what I would call a ‘hike’ or a ‘trail’.

Hollyburn Peak – Cypress Mtn

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Elevation : 400m
8km round-trip, 4hrs
40min from Vancouver

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I have a love/hate relationship with this trail… I have done it a few times already, but for the first time  this year have I had a beautiful view at the top. Often right in the middle of the clouds… It is a good training as the trail is steep all the way to the top. And don’t get fooled ; there is 3 last steep slopes at the end before you reach the top. Great views of the Lions and Howe Sound if you are on a great day!

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