May Long Weekend Challenging HikesMay 16, 2013
The May long weekend is almost upon us and with the recent sunny whether, you’ve done some hikes but are looking for something a bit more challenging. While the snow pack is quickly melting, there is still plenty of snow on the local mountains, creating dangerous conditions in the back-country.
However, there are several trails that are accessible right now and offer a challenging workout and scenic views on a clear day. The forecast for this weekend calls for some rain and some sun, however if the overcast is high, these trails can still offer a scenic view. Plan for some rain by bringing a light rain jacket and wear shows with good grip as the rocks can become quite slippery when wet.
Here are some of the options:
Grouse Grind (North Vancouver) – The Grind, or Vancouver’s outdoor stair master, opened last weekend, much earlier than normal.
The Chief (Squamish) – The Chief is a great workout and has incredible views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.
Upper Shannon Falls (Squamish) – Much less popular than the Chief, the top of the trail also offers a great view of Howe Sound.
Elk Mountain (Chilliwack) – The trail is snow free and on a clear day, one can enjoy an incredible view of the Fraser Valley.
Diez Vistas (Port Moody) – The trail wraps around Buntzen Lake and offers several scenic views of Indian Arm.
These hikes will certainly be good “starters” for some of the alpine trails accessible in the summer. However, remember to use caution as there are many areas that are still experiencing winter-like conditions.