The upcoming May Long Weekend offers a good opportunity to get out and hit some hiking trails. While we’ve been experience plenty of sunshine as of late, many of the trails at the higher elevations still have plenty of snow on them. However, there are several great hiking trails which are accessible and snow-free.
Sea To Summit Trail
The Sea To Summit Trail takes you from the bottom to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish. The trail is 7.5km long with an elevation gain of 918 meters, however you only have to hike up the hill and can purchase a $10 ticket to take the Gondola back down. The hike itself has steep sections but it also has several points of interest, including passing next to the top of Shannon Falls and over a rocky ridge that offers a stunning view of Howe Sound on a sunny day. Enjoy a beer, food, and explore the views from the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola before heading back down.
A day-trip to Bowen Island can give you the sense that you went away on the weekend while not having to venture too far from the city. The hike to Mount Gardner begins after you make your way towards Killarney Lake. Follow the steep section uphill, through the maze of access roads and trails, with the Skid Trail being your best option. The view from the top looks out towards West Vancouver and the entrance of Howe Sound. After enjoying the view, head back down towards the lake and return to Snug Cove, grabbing a bite to eat before returning to the mainland by ferry.
Located near Chilliwack Lake, the drive to Lindeman Lake is long but the incredible scenery and turquoise coloured lake makes it worthwhile. The trail is not too strenous and there are a few points of interest along the route, such as the crossing over Post Creek. The beautiful lake appears as the trail levels out but make sure to walk to the far end where the rock slide is for a different view of the lake.
For a second hike in the area, if you have time, you may want to check out Bosumarne Falls which is located a few kilometers down the highway from the Lindeman Lake parking lot. The hike to Bosumarne Falls is short but seeing the waterfall drop from high above is incredible.
Sendero Diez Vistas
The Diez Vistas trail in the Buntzen Lake area offers a slightly more challenging route as you hike up the mountain on the west side of the lake. The views are gorgeous as one overlooks the Buntzen Lake area and several others look out towards Indian Arm and across to the North Shore mountains. The route continues through a long forested section, gradually descending until you reach the north end of Buntzen Lake. Cross the suspension bridge to the quieter beach area, then return by following the trail along the east side of Buntzen back to the parking lot.
A popular day adventure is the combination canoe and hike to Widgeon Falls in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. Canoes can be rented from the Grant Narrows area in Pitt Meadows and then you begin by paddling across Pitt Lake towards Widgeon Slough. Follow the peace waterways until you reach the campsite, then it’s a 30-minute or so hike to the waterfalls. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to paddle back to the Grant Narrows area.
Where are you planning to hike this May Long Weekend?