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Mike from East Van writes:

Hiked the trail May 8, 2024. Trail is about 60% clear of snow And can be done without ice spikes.
Good spring conditions. Not too muddy.

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    Posted: May 8, 2024 10:31:20 AM PST

    Laure from France writes:

    Beautiful view at the end and trail along the way but this is more difficult that it says and it’s more than 5km.
    I just did it with my parents and aunts who are between 60yo and 72yo and it was challenging for a few. The tree roots and elevation make it difficult especially the second half. And it’s 6.5km not 5km. It took us 3h round trip not 2h, in case some of you are thinking of going with your 60+ yo parents not used to hiking.

      Posted: September 15, 2023 07:13:03 PM PST

      Stephen from VANCOUVER writes:

      Is the trail finally fully open?

        Posted: July 18, 2023 01:21:14 PM PST

        rob c from vancouver writes:

        Awesome that the trail is "closed". Bit of snow in the one long uphill section and descent towards lake. Otherwise fairly clear. Keep it "closed" haha

          Posted: June 25, 2023 05:11:28 AM PST

          Bjax from North Van writes:

          Loved the walk. Moderately challenging. Still snow in places. Had my two dogs on leash and passed a few off leash. I do wish owners obeyed on-leash rules as I try to find on-leash only trails for my reactive dogs and it’s tough when off leash dogs approach mine. New to BC and there are a TON of off leash trails available so I do wish the on leash rules were obeyed on the few on-leash trails that exist

            Posted: June 23, 2023 01:57:47 PM PST

            Jen from Richmond writes:

            FYI as of June 3, 2023. Trail is closed.

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              Posted: June 3, 2023 04:03:57 PM PST

              Sean from Vancouver writes:

              Good views, little difficulty. Very clearly marked, even in the snow.

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                Posted: March 14, 2023 09:13:33 PM PST

                Karen Cooper from Vancouver writes:

                Hiked this mid-day today. Trail was perfect for spikes/crampons--soft on top but packed enough for my poles to bite.

                  Posted: March 3, 2023 06:45:29 PM PST

                  Sydney from Vancouver writes:

                  Beautiful hike BUT THIS IS NOT AN EASY HIKE! I would definitely categorize it more as intermediate- at 5'5" I was very much climbing up some parts of the trail on the way to the view point and sliding down those same parts going back to the Parking Lot.
                  Very busy. Lots of people with off-leash dogs and feeding wildlife regardless of the signs saying not to do so. Very busy trail with LOTS of people. But overall beautiful and totally worth the workout!

                    Posted: August 19, 2022 08:39:01 PM PST

                    Shan from Burnaby writes:

                    Did this hike with a 5 year old and 7 year old. It was a bit technical in spots, but they were able to complete the return trip without problem. The trail is a bit wet and muddy, which I consider standard for North Shore hiking. It was a bit busy, but not bad and we were able to go long stretches without seeing any others. Note that the toilets were closed by the parking lot.

                      Posted: July 24, 2022 06:13:18 PM PST

                      VanHiker from Vancouver writes:

                      Done this hike many times in winter and summer. It is best in Winter right after a fresh snowfall and when it is cold (below 0c). Snow will be fresh and powdery. When it warms up, snow gets very slushy and disgusting. In summer, it gets muddy in places mear creeks. In Winter, did a loop trail. Start on the lower trail to lake and dog mountain. At dog mountain, walk down through trees for rocky bluff with very nice view. On way back, follow the same trail to lake, but go around the north side of lake and look for trail up to dinky peak. This trail is less crowded and quiet. Dog mountain is alright in summer but wait for a period of no rain for at least a week to minimize the mud. There is some views from dinkey peak. Next time, will try Suicide bluff trail when the snow melts but is not on a any map.

                        Posted: January 19, 2022 01:30:16 PM PST

                        Linda from Richmond, BC writes:

                        This used to be a favourite hike, though we had not been for over a year on account of the pandemic. Yesterday (Aug 25, 2021) I was deeply saddened to see the extent of the degradation on this trail. Section of the trail between First Lake and the Dog Mountain lookout are deeply rooted out, to the point that some of the trees adjacent to the trail are showing signs of stress. This trail is beautiful and accessible and at risk of being loved to death.
                        Given the extent of trail degradation, the amount of rocks and roots, and how steep and technical some sections have become, I would no longer rate this as an "easy" walk, but rather a technical hike, requiring good boots and the ability to balance and navigate on slippery surfaces. Winter and the spring runoff will likely cause further damage.
                        Controlling the number of hikers would be a good place to start, while money is found to make the necessary trail repairs.

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                          Posted: August 26, 2021 11:10:06 AM PST

                          Alam from Vamcouver writes:

                          Trail closed June 24, 2021 due to bear activity in area

                            Posted: June 24, 2021 08:20:15 AM PST

                            Mb from New west writes:

                            Usually this is one of our favourite trails. We snowshoed it on New Year’s eve 2020 and it was a nightmare! The trail, which is usually busy, was absolutely packed. BC parks totally dropped the ball when they did not require the same reservation system for popular snowshoe trails like they had for hiking in the summer. This meant that parking was impossible. We ended up on the side of the road about a 25 minute walk from the trail head. I can live with that but on the trail the crowds were terrible. Too many people! And too many people who don’t understand proper outdoor etiquette. Tons of people who didn’t even step to the side and just pushing past others. People must understand that stopping on the trail or even stepping to the side of the trail is not sufficient. During a pandemic we need to give each other space! You need to step off the trail and allow others to pass. There should also have been a limit on group numbers. And large groups again need to have proper etiquette by checking behind them to see if people need to pass. Finally, although dog mountain is a favourite of people who love to bring their four-legged friends, there was appalling etiquette in that department too. Loads of people who let their dogs go to the bathroom on the trail and then don’t even clean up. So it smears and gets all over. Not only is it disgusting to look at but it’s absolutely filthy to walk on. Particularly with children who often end up liking themselves in the snow and licking their gloves! All in all, it was just such an absolutely stressful experience and I was so disappointed that PC parks hasn’t handled winter trail enjoyment in a better fashion. We’ve done a ton of snowshoeing and non-pandemic times and it can be very busy and sometimes less than enjoyable. But during a pandemic, in these particular circumstances, it was a total nightmare and absolutely stressful! Not sure I’ll be coming back up to see more again. We’ve had enjoyable snowshoeing experiences on other mountains and other trails this season and I think we will stick with that.

                              Posted: December 31, 2020 12:27:01 PM PST

                              jeff from ottawa writes:

                              great trail! parking is kind of painful at the top near the ski hill though. And, some people were getting stuck in a jeep! but, this is a great little hike with some great snowshoe trails. it was packed enough we didn't really need snowshoes. It was snowing then it started to rain near the end of our hike. But, overall it was a great up and down hike on a little snowshoe trail. We just made it to dog mountain but next time I'd do the full loop. Fun trail it was. Someone built a neat little snowperson hidden away in the tree. We wanted to do snow angels at the top but it was much too cold and windy. We dressed in layers which was perfect with water proof jackets and good hiking boots. We were pretty soaked after it started raining though even though we had rain gear on. Great hike it was. Traffic and parking was painful though for a friday. I probably wouldn't try this on the weekend as I suspect traffic and parking would be a hassle. But, probably great during the rest of the week. I'd do this hike again.

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                                Posted: December 20, 2020 10:24:16 PM PST

                                Monique Peron from burnaby writes:

                                Good hike and close to Burnby. Very muddy with lots of tree roots and rocks. Would recommend good hiker boots and if its rained recently be prepared for mud and standing water.
                                Slow going over the roots and rocks.

                                Nice vie fro the top. Very popular hike so expect to see people and dogs.

                                Enjoyed the morning hike.

                                  Posted: October 17, 2020 05:43:46 PM PST

                                  Wendy from POrt Moody writes:

                                  We really enjoyed this hike yesterday except for the one simple rule too many folks ignore. A number of dogs were off leash. I do not enjoy dogs runny by my feet. I did not see one black dog and accidentally stepped on it's paw. I felt for the dog as it is the owners who allowed the dog off leash. Luckily the dog paid no head nor did I trip due to this littleness run in.
                                  There needs to be far more patrolling of dogs on this hike.

                                    Posted: September 30, 2020 07:02:29 AM PST

                                    Dan from Burnaby writes:

                                    Went on a weekday morning and saw less than a dozen people on the trail. You do have to reserve tickets but it's plentiful during the weekday and there's enough throughout the day. I suggest you wake up at 6am to reserve the weekend tickets however.

                                    The trail is well maintained, with some areas filled with more roots and rocks. For an experienced hiker and going at an average pace, this hike is on the easier side. Round trip it took me 1h25min to complete, with a stop for lunch.

                                    I recommend going to the lower rocky level once you reach the viewpoint. In general the view was okay as it was a bit cloudy from wildfire smoke.

                                      Posted: September 8, 2020 03:21:52 PM PST

                                      Ben from Vancouver writes:

                                      Great view! The trail is not that difficult but it is a bit more technical than some trails and you have to watch where you step because there are a lot of tree roots on some sections. Flies were no problem.

                                      The BC Parks Pass system is stupid. I got one in the morning but nobody was checking passes, so just drove right up and parked really close. Granted it was a week day, the trail was not busy at all.

                                        Posted: August 26, 2020 10:19:47 PM PST

                                        Sylvia from Richmond BC writes:

                                        I seldom put comment but I wanna warn hikers that are looking for real easy hike, it is NOT an easy hike for beginners or less than average hikers (some other pages or apps actually said "moderate"). So don't be confused by this page info and other hikers' comments. I'm not a frequent hiker and I was confused by the info and comments in this page, I went just yesterday during a dry and sunny day, so I wanna share my comments. For most part of the hike, there're lots of rocks and roots, some parts are little muddy and slippery. We went in a group of 10, age from 10 to 60+, the whole group finished the round trip in about 3 to 3.5 hours with a little stop at the lake and mountain top. For experienced hikers or young people, it's possible to finish in 2 hours, or you go fast! Like one earlier comment said, your eyes have to focus always on the rocks and roots to avoid fall or twisting your ankles. Proper hiking shoes are recommended, not just runners (you may get wet or mud). Other than the small lake and at the mountain top, you're basically inside the forest without much view. If you like a challenge and roughness hike, go for it, but not for me who want just an easy and enjoyable hike!

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                                          Posted: July 26, 2020 01:44:29 PM PST

                                          Linda Wong from Richmond writes:

                                          Tried to do Dog Mountain today but we were told by a care taker in the parking lot that it was closed. We went up to Brockton Point instead which was coincidental. The signage is not very good and many trails were closed. Lots of hikers seemed very confused about their routes. Still nice to get out for the day but be flexible with your plans.
                                          I gave it 3 stars because it was still nice to get out for the day betters signage would be helpful.

                                            Posted: July 19, 2020 10:07:59 PM PST

                                            Jessica from Vancouver writes:

                                            Really nice easy hike we did today on July 15, 2020. Pretty flat with some incline. Not a heavily marked trail although it is quite straight forward. Saw a comment saying it was a four hour round trip and that is incorrect unless you are going super slow. It took us about 2.5 hours round trip. 1h10m each way. A friend had recommended proper footwear which we wore, it definitely supported us but if the weather has been dry, the trail was also dry could do with just runners. Trail was not too muddy for us, but I think it will be very muddy once there is rain. View is amazing. Beware of the ravens at the viewpoint. They stalk around and try to get to your food.

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                                              Posted: July 15, 2020 06:26:38 PM PST

                                              Greg McIntosh from Langley writes:

                                              First quarter is gravel and is very straightforward. After that the roots and rocky/creeky paths begin. Short hike, little elevation gain but very challenging. After the rain, it is as muddy as can be and the rocks are slippy. Signage at the bottom stated it was closed past the first lake but many climbers going to the peak. After the lake, the mud and poor conditions get much worse. Like the others mentioned before, not an easy hike at all. Do not be fooled by the distance/elevation gain metrics. The recent wet weather has made this much more difficult that it may have been during a drier month.

                                                Posted: July 6, 2020 10:32:01 AM PST

                                                Corinne from Vancouver writes:

                                                Great, short hike near Vancouver.

                                                There are rocks and lots of roota so watch you footing. Its best to go in the morning as it gets busy in the afternoon!

                                                It gets very muddy after rain so don't go in white trainers.

                                                Completed in 1hour40 with a quick stop at the top.

                                                  Posted: July 4, 2020 02:24:01 PM PST

                                                  Mark from Burnaby writes:

                                                  Was hoping to hike Dog Mountain today, June 1, 2020, but unfortunately the trail is closed after First Lake to the Lookout. There's still quite a bit of snow on the ground. Hikers should bring crampons if they wish to hike any of the trails on Mount Seymour. A few more weeks for the snow to melt.

                                                    Posted: June 1, 2020 04:11:45 PM PST

                                                    Robert from Vancouver writes:

                                                    NOTE: the hike is 2 hours ONE WAY for a total of 4 hours find trip. This should be clarified on the parks website because we met people on the trail who thought it was one hour to the lookout and then one hour back to the parking lot. It's actually double that!

                                                    I would not call this a beginner's trail due to the amount of mud and tree roots. While the trail doesn't have any switchbacking, you must keep a tedious eye on the ground at all times, otherwise slips, falls and twisted ankles are a reality. Also in the shady areas as if November there is black ice and the ticks get very slippery.

                                                    For me this trail was not hard, but for example I would not take my 65 year old mother on it. With the amount of mud, tree roots and now ice in the late autumn, it has a higher risk level than a beginner trail. The parks info should be updated accordingly. Topographically this trail is easy, but the condition of the trail at certain points requires careful negotiation to traverse.

                                                    The end lookout is gorgeous. You see the whole lower mainland toward Vancouver Island in the west and Mount Baker in the east. It's not worth the 2 hours there and back though, in my opinion. The trail is just super tedious with all the tree roots and it makes it hard to enjoy your surroundings. I'd choose this trail if you want a workout and enjoy a bit if ruggedness.

                                                      Posted: November 5, 2019 06:18:01 AM PST

                                                      James N from North Vancouver writes:

                                                      Everybody needs to relax! If you have an average level of fitness and an average level of agility, then this is an EASY HIKE! Yes, it's harder if it's wet, that goes for any hike with roots, what did you expect?

                                                      Great hike, hate to see it being rated lower because some peoples' can't handle the thought of themselves having less than average coordination and fitness. It's only 5km, it's easy. Chill.

                                                        Posted: September 23, 2019 09:56:26 AM PST

                                                        Arthur from Burnaby writes:

                                                        Muddy, slippery rock, and lot of tree roots. Should be more challenge than EASY. Our 6 year old manged to complete it. Great view! Good shoes are recommended.

                                                        Beware of running dogs! more than 2/3 of dogs were off leashed! A mid-size dog ran way back and forth ahead of owner on the opposite direction that really shocked us. The owner expressed nothing for handling the dog and dog's behaviour, no condensations for other hikers.

                                                          Posted: September 2, 2019 09:38:48 PM PST

                                                          Bob & Jana from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Just completed this hike today. As others have commented it should not be considered an EASY hike. There was a small amount of rain overnight and this made the roots and rocks that dominate the trail very slippery. Absolutely no flip-flops or sandals on this trail and we wouldn't recommend for children under 8. We saw several people who were going to have a challenging time completing this hike. Agility is more important than fitness on this hike as the elevation gain is not much but the trip and slip hazards are many. We would rate this hike as at least moderately difficult. Don't go if there has been significant rain as there will be very muddy areas and very slippery conditions.

                                                            Posted: August 31, 2019 04:28:27 PM PST

                                                            Jeff from Burnaby writes:

                                                            Hiked up Aug 2, and boy was it muddy. Relatively short hike if it weren’t for the mud and the root system which made for a more technical ascent and descent. Some tips: wear shoes with proper support as your typical nike free’s aren’t gonna cut it. On our way back to the trailhead w saw some people wearing sandals and flip flops - this is no walk in the park wear the proper footwear people. The views up top are stunning and definitely worth the mud and occasional slip. Oh, ya. If you’re bringing fido, you can hose em’ off just outside the men’s washroom

                                                              Posted: August 3, 2019 10:20:27 PM PST

                                                              Ali from Vancouver writes:

                                                              There was nothing "easy" about this hike and I am not sure who thought marking this easy on this site is a good idea. Maybe your idea of a hard hike is climbing the chief barefoot.

                                                              The first 15 minutes of the trail is a easy gravel road that give people a sense of security but don't be fooled. You absolutely NEED proper hiking shoes for this trail. After the first lake it is nothing but treacherous terrain, it is extremely easy to slip and break your ankle or worse if you are not properly equipped. Do not go on this hike with your flat bottom sport shoes. It is very muddy, wet and slippery with sharp rocks and roots everywhere. We saw two people with twisted ankles calling for emergency help.

                                                              The view at the end is spectacular and worth doing the hike for, just make sure you are prepared for it.

                                                                Posted: July 28, 2019 06:40:58 PM PST

                                                                Sandy from Richmond writes:

                                                                Nice hike, but NOT an 'easy' rating. Climbing up over lots of tree roots and slippery rocks. Very easy to twist your ankle. Not good for people with knee problems.

                                                                  Posted: July 27, 2019 08:06:11 AM PST

                                                                  Alyssa from Surrey writes:

                                                                  This hike feels more moderate/intermediate than easy due to the tricky terrain. You certainly need to watch your steps which makes the hike a touch less enjoyable. We went in June and there were lots of muddy and slippery sections. I highly recommend you wear good hiking boots. Otherwise it’s a nice hike.

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                                                                    Posted: July 4, 2019 03:26:54 PM PST

                                                                    Julia from Burnaby writes:

                                                                    June 2019, went on a cloudy day. A quite technical trail as large portions are either rocky, filled with tree roots, or rock face inclines. Earlier sections before first lake are also muddy. Unfortunately we went on a cloud day and we couldn't see any view.

                                                                      Posted: June 25, 2019 04:17:32 PM PST

                                                                      Akshay from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                      Did this hike after work on June 13th. Few muddy and slippery spots with the last remaining snow melting. Took us 45 minutes-ish to the end and it wasn't busy at all (but I know it does get busy on weekends). View at the end is always fantastic.
                                                                      However, if bugs are attracted to you, you will hate some parts of it. They are out in full force at the parking lot, by 1st lake and then at the top as well. Make sure you have bug spray but apart from that, one of my favourite hikes.
                                                                      Also saw deer on the drive up the mountain which is always nice!

                                                                        Posted: June 14, 2019 11:27:45 AM PST

                                                                        Jen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Hiked Jun 1, 2019. There is still snow on part of the trail (about 20 minutes) and a lot of muddy parts because of the melting snow. Be prepared for a muddy hike and walking through small streams of water. This trail is really busy - lots of dogs, teenagers, and families.

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                                                                          Posted: June 3, 2019 01:32:56 PM PST

                                                                          Anna from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                          Really fun hike BUT listen to what others are saying..
                                                                          This is not a hike for a nice stroll. Very rooty and still snowy!
                                                                          I went first week of may and the snow was slushy, and slippery so wear proper footwear and prepare yourself! Other than that, the top view point is just amazing and beautiful. You'll be greeted by ravens and chipmunks! Enjoy.

                                                                            Posted: May 6, 2019 09:43:23 PM PST

                                                                            Penny from Richmond writes:

                                                                            Love this trail, it’s easy and so beautiful in the winter. Just need a comfortable pair of boots and some yak traxs. But I was disgusted the last time there with all the dog feces left on and around the trail, does nobody pick up after their pets? There were even bags of the stuff left on the trail. If people abuse trails like that then maybe they will ban all dogs from the area, NO PHOTO PROVIDED! TOO GROSS!

                                                                              Posted: March 23, 2019 07:52:52 AM PST

                                                                              Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              First of all this is a hike, not a walk and I agree with people saying it's not the easiest. There are rocks and roots and a few inclines. It's not hard, just not a stroll in the woods.

                                                                              Anyway I used to love this trail. However with its increasing popularity has come more off leash dogs. This is a strictly ON LEASH trail. Don't get me wrong I love dogs and have two of my own :). However one of them is a little off kilter due to a spinal injury. He loves to walk but gets startled when big dogs run up to him. The other can be reactive when dogs run up to him. On my last visit I had to ask multiple people to call their dogs back and not all of these dogs were responsive. One person got mad saying my dog was the problem. Um if your off leash dog didn't charge him there would have been no problem. LOL.

                                                                              I choose on leash trails for a reason, as do others for varying reasons. People like us file complaints about people not following the rules. The more complaints the more longterm ramifications. We've seen trails moved to "No dogs" (most recently Joffre Lakes, BCMC trail) and with people disregarding the rules I'm sure we will see more.

                                                                              Please take your dog to the trails where they are allowed off leash unless you want to continue to see them stripped away entirely. We are lucky to have these beautiful spaces and it would be nice to see people respecting others around them. Since that isn't currently the case I no longer use this trail.

                                                                                Posted: March 1, 2019 09:22:41 PM PST

                                                                                Kathy from Surrey writes:

                                                                                Beautiful Monday, Feb 25th up Dog Mountain. Fair number of people, wore crampons which were just perfect, Stunning views of the city and beyond. Snow was perfect, soft and trod trail.

                                                                                  Posted: February 25, 2019 01:57:37 PM PST

                                                                                  Patrick from Surrey, BC writes:

                                                                                  Great hike today on Monday January 14, 2019. Beautiful sunny day, trail was busy for a weekday. I only needed my micro spikes on the winter route. Many wore their snowshoes, but this made it more difficult as some snow bridges were melting and getting worn away and trail had some rocks and roots too (very mild winter, no snow in the last 7 days).

                                                                                  My new to snowshoeing friends had fun, one found it easy and one a bit difficult. Lots of large crows on the rocky summit stealing snacks and food from people while they posed for selfies. The view amazing, city below half covered in a blanket of fog.

                                                                                  Only a hours drive from the city and 3 hours return on the slush trail, including breaks and lunch stop. At 10am we parked just near the top of the mountain just before you enter the downhill parking area.....

                                                                                    Posted: January 14, 2019 08:11:24 PM PST

                                                                                    mb from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                    Did Dog Mountain hike on Friday, November 30, 2018. There was about an inch of snow on much of the ground and it started snowing while we were up there. It's that in-between time right now - there isn't enough snow and ice and the ground is not frozen enough to make spikes or snowshoes effective, but you MUST have decent hiking boots with very good tread. The roots and rocks, as others have noted, are thick and slippery, combined with squishy, soupy, slushy conditions on the flatter parts. We found ourselves really picking our way along the trail, navigating a decent path while avoiding ankle deep pools. Also, note that there were almost no trail markers when we were there, and because the terrain looks quite different than when it is the peak of winter, we found ourselves a bit lost at one or two points and had to search to find the trail again. Because of the challenging terrain and nearly winter conditions, and the lack of trail markings, I'd rate this as a fairly challenging hike. But still such a pretty forest, beautiful lake and incredible view (though it was socked in when we were there!).

                                                                                      Posted: December 4, 2018 01:45:55 PM PST

                                                                                      JCM from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      This is a fun little hike for when you don't have all day. You can be up and down in 2 hours, but I would plan to spend some time at the top taking in the view as well. The trail itself has some scenic moments too, most notably First Lake (which I would call more of a pond at this time of year). But the trail is basically made of tree roots, mud, and muddy rocks, so you spend the majority of your hike looking down at the ground, watching your footing. It has been very dry for the past week and there were still lots of muddy sections.

                                                                                      Being such a nice weekend, there were tons of people and dogs on the trail. We were glad to see that there is a good amount of space at the top and we didn't feel crowded at all. We took a few steps down from the main viewpoint and there were only two other people there. I'm sure if we wanted to, we could've found another vantage point further down and we would've had it all to ourselves.

                                                                                      We headed back down with lots of time before sunset, but passed several groups that would probably be hiking back down in the dark. Unless you have experience hiking at night, good boots on, and a decently powerful headlamp, I would really not recommend doing that. It's easy enough to trip, roll an ankle, or slip in full daylight on this trail, thanks to all the roots and mud.

                                                                                        Posted: October 22, 2018 02:23:51 PM PST

                                                                                        Eric from Toronto writes:

                                                                                        Relatively short and "easy" hike but extremely muddy and full of roots - if you are not a fan then you will not enjoy this one. View at the end is excellent

                                                                                          Posted: October 17, 2018 09:22:55 PM PST

                                                                                          Vanhiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                          Easy short hike but with lots of rocks and tree roots. Hiking boots needed. At the viewpoint, go down to the lower viewpoit by walking through the trees for a complete 180 degree view of Vancouver. Two to three hours is enough time. On the way back to parking, you can take a different route from the lake and see dinky peak for a different view looking east. Best to go on a clear day.

                                                                                            Posted: October 6, 2018 08:37:34 AM PST

                                                                                            Petey from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                            Did this hike today on August 14. There is some ongoing construction work to the trail near the beginning, but nothing distracting enough to avoid the trail.
                                                                                            At the top there is mostly a view of smoke from all the wild fires going on.
                                                                                            Fun hike with the kids.

                                                                                              Posted: August 15, 2018 03:29:59 PM PST

                                                                                              Hao from Surrey writes:

                                                                                              Did this trail on July 21, 2018.

                                                                                              The viewpoint is spectacular here... But when I think back to Dog Mountain, the things that immediately come to mind are:
                                                                                              - Bugs (we basically had them attacking us for the entire 2+ hours)
                                                                                              - Tree Roots
                                                                                              - Rocks
                                                                                              Doing this trail is not fun if you don't have proper footwear. It's very tiring to be balancing yourself on the roots and rocks that basically make up what it seemed like 75% of the terrain.

                                                                                              At the viewpoint, don't hesitate to climb down to the lower portion past a few trees. It's VERY quiet down here and you get a completely unobstructed view of everything you were looking at from above.

                                                                                                Posted: August 9, 2018 06:34:47 PM PST

                                                                                                Nicole from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                It was a beautiful view, there is no doubt about that. However, I would not say that the elevation is minimal. It does have its times where it levels off, but even then, the roots and rocks can become difficult over time, which the article does mention. My biggest concern was that we brought our dogs, as it states that it is dog-friendly, while on leash. Now, I understand why the dogs need to be on leash, as with the terrain, it could be very dangerous if a dog darted and created an imbalance with a person. However, at the same time, in regard to safety, the ups and the downs mixed with the roots and the rocks is NO WHERE NEAR SAFE for someone to be holding a dog on leash, even the most well-trained of dogs. We bumped into park rangers that notified us that we must have the dogs on leash, or else a fine could be given. I understand this, however, when someone goes to a dog-friendly, on-leash place, one would expect it to be safe for the owner to hold the dog (no matter how well-trained) safely for the dogs, the owner, and the people around. It got to the point where my boyfriend and I had to take off the leashes, because there was NO way we were going to get to the end without a sprained ankle.

                                                                                                It was a beautiful view, but I think the easy and minimal elevation needs to be changed, as I would assume most people searching this are more novice and would not say this is accurate compared to the other places on here that indicate they are easy and have minimal elevation

                                                                                                  Posted: August 8, 2018 11:29:14 PM PST

                                                                                                  Christine from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                  We made it to Dog Mountain this morning. The visibility was exceptional and we were able to see most of the Vancouver Lower Mainland! It took about 45 minutes each way. It wasn’t difficult however, you do need to keep an eye on the trail due to all the tree roots and uneven ground. The weather has been dry for the last 3 weeks and so there were no mosquitos, maybe a couple at the First Lake. Just go, you won’t be disappointed!

                                                                                                    Posted: August 4, 2018 08:30:37 PM PST

                                                                                                    D from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                    Dog Mountain was a nice and easy trail that can be completed (there and back) in under 1.5 hours at a steady pace. Only concern would just be tree roots that protrude from the ground. As there is not much elevation gain, there were little steep parts.

                                                                                                      Posted: July 29, 2018 06:57:23 PM PST

                                                                                                      Wai-Lee from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                      Just did this hike yesterday! I would say this is an easy hike for someone who is in moderate to good shape - not the type of hike you’ll just be strolling through. Good footwear is super important because for 80% of the hike you are walking over tree roots and rocks. Beautiful scenery and make sure to pack smart! Lots of water and possibly a walking stick or poles if you’re older or unsteady. Would do it again :)

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                                                                                                        Posted: July 29, 2018 03:46:15 PM PST

                                                                                                        Tracy from South surrey writes:

                                                                                                        Just came back from this hike today and I would defiantly not rank it as easy and minimal elevation, which has the same rating as Campbell Valley and Aldergrove lake, which I’ve done lots and is basically a walk in the park. I twisted my knee on this hike today and had to hobble all the way down, took 6 hours. And it’s not a walk in the park!!!

                                                                                                          Posted: July 20, 2018 09:35:20 PM PST

                                                                                                          Jasmine from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                          Did this hike on Sunday July 15. We started at 8 AM and were back down by 10 AM (only spent 15 minutes at the peak due to our schedule but definitely a great spot to stop and have snacks or lunch). The hike itself is easy with some more rough spots. I did the hike in runners but if you aren't used to navigating through tree roots, I would recommend sturdy hiking shoes so you don't roll your ankles. The trail itself was clear and free of snow but some muddy matches (which were all avoidable). My only comment would be the bugs. LOTS of flies! Definitely bring some bug spray otherwise you will be swatting them away the entire hike! They are worse at the beginning and some of the parts along the way but fine once you reach the top!

                                                                                                            Posted: July 17, 2018 03:34:53 PM PST

                                                                                                            Melanie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                            Went on July 8th, should've taken the previous comments more seriously regarding the bugs. There were swarms of them starting from perhaps the first 500m of the hike, all the way up to the peak. I am covered in bites, and I swell up to them so my last couple of days have not been fun...

                                                                                                            There was snow on a good portion of the hike, maybe half? It was very slushy and slippery, difficult to get down from. Would highly recommend that you wear boots, my runners have good grip but did nothing to keep the water out.

                                                                                                            Other than that, the hike itself was nice, and the view was beautiful. Might come back again in early spring when its too cold for the bugs to come out...

                                                                                                              Posted: July 10, 2018 10:26:42 AM PST

                                                                                                              SK from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              July 3rd: still VERY muddy/slippery so if you're new to hiking, best to wait until drier conditions or wear hiking shoes. Definitely not runners. If you don't like bugs then not the hike for you. Even with bug spray we were bombarded the ENTIRE hike.

                                                                                                                Posted: July 3, 2018 07:31:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                Rob from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                Went July 2nd and there's still snow on parts of the trail. Very muddy and cool in the forest. I would recommend hiking boots as I saw lots of muddy and ruined running shoes. Nice view at the end for a relative easy hike, but not my favourite hike due to mud, roots and slush. Still worth it if you are prepared.

                                                                                                                  Posted: July 3, 2018 01:27:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Minnie from New West writes:

                                                                                                                  Hike Day: Monday, June 18, 2018.
                                                                                                                  This is the perfect after-work hike. There is still quite a bit of snow, some sections are slippery but easily doable with hiking shoes. Most people on the trail were wearing runners, with only a few turning back. Also, LOTS and LOTS of bugs. But the view at the peak is definitely worth it!

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                                                                                                                    Posted: June 19, 2018 03:54:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Anna from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                    Hiked the summer trail and there was still snow. With today's warm weather, it melted some and was slushy. Also with the melt, we had to watch out for holes in the snow

                                                                                                                      Posted: June 16, 2018 06:57:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Ksenia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      Great hike, but still quite snow-packed. Hiking shoes recommended, although we scraped/slipped by in runners.

                                                                                                                        Posted: June 9, 2018 08:04:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Bea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        It's really a beautiful mountain but make sure to bring your snowshoes as there's quite a bit of snow still. A lot of hikers had to turn back because of the snow being so deep and them being unprepared.

                                                                                                                          Posted: May 6, 2018 07:15:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Eric from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                          Just did this hike yesterday Apr. 27/2018
                                                                                                                          The last time we went was in July 2017 and it was awful. A big mud pit with the most flies I have ever seen. Gave it two stars in the review at that time.
                                                                                                                          Yesterday, was the opposite extreme. Absolutely no insects and a simply beautiful snow covered trail. The snow is still over a metre deep in many areas.
                                                                                                                          Every other hiker was in runners and they were slipping all over. We had crampons and poles so it was a breeze. The snow is still very soft in many areas so snowshoes will be even better if you wish to venture off the narrow foot marked trail. Catch this one while you can before the snow starts to really melt and the bugs and mud take over.
                                                                                                                          Also should note: The trail is now exceptionally well marked.

                                                                                                                            Posted: April 28, 2018 01:09:08 AM PST

                                                                                                                            Sylvia F from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                            I hiked 2/3 of the trail tonight at sunset and at night. This trail is awesome for day and night hikes. As said above, you do not need snowshoes as it is hardpacked. I used trail crampons which I feel are necessary. There is lots of snow. It is quite beautiful. The snow was soft and not icy at all anywhere. Also the trail is fully covered with snow, no dirt patches anywhere. I didn't have time to make it to the end but I went just past the first lake. A great hike for sure.

                                                                                                                              Posted: January 11, 2018 09:39:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                              mmm from new west writes:

                                                                                                                              Love this trail for snowshoeing - you can bomb up on your own for a good hike, but it's still manageable with kids, though a bit slower. I beg of you, however, please respect "trail etiquette"! Both people on the trail have the right to be there and you should assume that you need to allow others to pass in the opposite direction, just as they should assume the same. One of you will graciously accept the "pass by", but don't assume it please. This is also the case when those wishing to go faster than you in the same direction need to pass. Please step to the side when convenient to let them pass. Especially when you are in large groups. Let's all share!

                                                                                                                                Posted: January 7, 2018 10:02:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                RC from Vasncouver writes:

                                                                                                                                Snowshoes not necessary, trail is quite hard packed.

                                                                                                                                Probably will be this way for the rest of the season, take some microspikes you'll have much better time.

                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 15, 2017 11:36:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                  Kevin from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                  Dog mountain is a great local lookout, but with how busy it's become (Sunny weekend sees 1000+ people), its users need to help with a few things to keep it lovely (or make it lovely again)

                                                                                                                                  1. #dog poop mountain. Please pick up your dog poop. It doesn't disappear forever under snow. In May/June, each poop thaws out basketball sized, and looks just like if you put it in the freezer for 5 months then let it defrost on the kitchen counter. Don't put it in a bag and leave that either...gross. Just bag it a put it in the garbage. Also dogs are allowed, but must be on leash
                                                                                                                                  2. Please don't feed the wildlife, whether it's birds, bears, raccoons, squirrels...all the same result. The whiskey jacks are super bold and aggressive now and lack the knowledge to find their own food. It's not good for the animals, they shouldn't be eating anything that doesn't occur naturally on the mountain, it could (and occasionally does) kill them. Make sure to get the same unique and adventurous instagram photo as 10,000 others though, that's most important. The photo proves you are uninformed and are OK with harming wildlife...not at one with nature.
                                                                                                                                  3. Pick up your trash and bring it with you. This includes banana peels, orange peels, apple cores. Same deal as poop, it just resurfaces in May/June, and often takes more than a year to decompose or gets eaten by wildlife-therefore screwing up # 2 again. Just throw it out at home.
                                                                                                                                  4. Be somewhat prepared. Research the trail, bring water, warm clothes, and at least know what the 10 essentials are, so you are aware the position you are putting yourself and others in by not bringing them. And the position you are putting the lovely totally volunteer North Shore Rescue folks in, when they have to leave there family christmas dinner to come pull you off the mountain in your nike frees and cotton hoody when you left for this 2 hour hike 1 hour before sunset and brought no lights and don't know where you are going. Sunset is no surprise, it happens everyday at a precise time easily googled.
                                                                                                                                  5. Know where you are going. It is a Metro Vancouver Parks trail, not in the provincial park or the resort. Metro has great resources for information. http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/ParksPublications/DogMountainTrailhead.pdf

                                                                                                                                  Respect the nature you have left the city to visit

                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 13, 2017 11:04:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                    Westcoastexplorinf from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    Did this hike on Thursday. It was spectacular going up to the mountains to escape the fog. Such an incredible view. Great hike for beginner snowshoers. Took my 67yr old Mum up and she loved it. It was her first time snowshoeing. Highly recommend this hike for beginners and it is well marked! Bring some snacks for the Whiskey Jacks :)

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                                                                                                                                      Posted: December 8, 2017 09:24:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Kealy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      FYI: as of Dec 5, the rental shop at Seymour confirms there is enough snow for snowshoeing Dog Mountain.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: December 5, 2017 01:49:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Alex from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                        Does anyone know if there is snow up on the trail yet? Looking to breakout my snowshoes this weekend.


                                                                                                                                          Posted: November 27, 2017 02:58:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Craig from New West writes:

                                                                                                                                          In response to the previous comment: this is not a WALK, but by any reasonable grading scale this is an EASY HIKE. On a scale encompassing the range of hikes in the north shore mountains this is about as easy as it gets and definitely the least work for the most view.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: November 19, 2017 11:53:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                            Sarah Cook from Vancouver, Canada writes:

                                                                                                                                            AVOID AT THIS TIME OF YEAR IF LOOKING FOR AN EASY HIKE.
                                                                                                                                            My boyfriend and I did this hike yesterday. Although marked as 'easy', the present weather makes this a challenging hike due to the snow and ice. Not as easy to follow the trail as a result. In fact we got lost on the way back and ended up on Suicide Bluff. No views either from Dog mountain given poor visibility in light of the weather conditions.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 12, 2017 02:20:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Helen from Lake Country writes:

                                                                                                                                              Echo other recent comments - NOT an easy hike, and not really that enjoyable due to the attention needed to constantly watch your footing. There were dozens of people - to be expected on such a well publicized trail but honestly I'm not sure what the fuss was about. The view WAS wonderful, but actually for most of the day as you're looking out at the view the sun will be into your eyes so it wasn't a crisp, clear view (And not great for photos since you're pointing into the sun!). Still we sat back and enjoyed the rest and a snack before heading back the way we'd come.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 9, 2017 08:49:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                Alissa Reed from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                First of all, this is NOT an easy hike. I repeat, this is a NOT an easy hike. Sure, it's short and elevation is minimal, but trail is in poor condition, muddy, full of slippery rocks and roots.
                                                                                                                                                The view is quiet nice, and is worth the hike, but one should wear proper foot-ware when attempting this trail.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 30, 2017 10:48:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  KFOX from Seattle writes:

                                                                                                                                                  First quarter is beautifully manicured and level. After that, the mud, slippery rocks and roots pretty much take over. At one point, the walking bridge was gone, we lost the trail & had to back track and find our way back to the trail. Our views at the top were lovely; it was sunny and dry. Birds and squirrels are very people friendly.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 29, 2017 03:26:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Kat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Is there snow on this trail already?

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 26, 2017 03:53:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Juliet from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Oct. 13, 2017 - This hike was challenging with snow, slippery roots and rock, plus very muddy throughout the trail. Hiking time was 3hrs return. The amount of tricky root sections and effort to try and not trip up on them made the whole focus on the ground. I would not class this as an "easy" hike nor enjoyable. I would rate it as an intermediate hike because of the technicality throughout the trail and easy as far as elevation only. There was no view from the top with the cloud cover. There are much better hikes to do in the Vancouver area.

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 16, 2017 09:17:15 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Ray N from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Good trip, great views. quite technical in places and NOT flat. Would not consider it a "beginner" trail due to this.

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 15, 2017 10:10:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Barb from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Far busier than I expected, not a peaceful forest hike if that's what you're looking for. There were hundreds of people on the trail and many times you wait for the people coming towards you to pass before being able to proceed. View from the peak is absolutely spectacular. Watch your lunch as the birds are bold and a raven stole an entire brown bag lunch! Most of the trail is criss-crossing tree roots over heavily eroded trails so you have to really have to watch your footing.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 24, 2017 08:35:12 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Rhea T from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Currents conditions very dry, almost no mud. Bugs not a problem; they were around but I didn't spray and they didn't bite. View is spectacular. Signs on site had 30 minutes to First Lake (more pond than lake but very pretty) and 45 minutes to lookout, and that's just about what we did, but I am mid-60s in age so not your average hiker. Low star rating is because we have so many beautiful trails and this one seemed designed to twist ankles or knees, so not my favorite among so many good choices.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 27, 2017 06:38:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Gia from new westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Overall a good hike as it was challenging in the going which makes it all the more rewarding in the end. Not really "easy" as other trails are on this website. The possibility of getting lost (I would imagine hikers with very little experience may have trouble discerning the trail at a number of stretches), the weather-dependent and thus unpredictable condition of the trail (some muddy/slimy areas I can imagine can be hard to trek), and the precarious footholds in some places were not what I had expected going into a trail categorised as "easy".

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 8, 2017 05:01:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Jayne Akizuki from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                This is a lovely hike and not very difficult, however, I think it should be rated Intermediate because there are a few technical spots (roots, rocks) and "Easy" ratings tend to make some people think the trail is as easy as walking the Seawall.

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 7, 2017 07:58:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Lisa from Vancouver BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  No snow, mud can be avoided, buggy but not as much as in July it sounds like, but you will be happiest wearing bug spray for sure. Only downside is no views because of the smoke. On the upside, you're in the sun!

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 7, 2017 06:46:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Vania from New West writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked today. Yes, lots of bugs... but I kinda expect bugs when I am hiking on summer! I used bug spray and didn't get any bites. Trail is muddy in few sections, but nothing too bad. Patchy snow in just one spot along the trail, easy to go through. I went early and had the trail and the top almost to myself, but coming down there were lots of people going up and parking lot was getting full. Overall, it is an easy hike when I want something short and sweet with a view at the top.

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 30, 2017 04:17:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      C M from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked Dog mnt July 25th - a little snow still along some parts of the trail along with muddy and wet bits. Nothing that a good pair of hiking shoes can't take! Wasn't super buggy like in some of the other comments. Gorgeous view at the top.

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 25, 2017 03:23:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Mary from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        The amount of flies that swarm you for the first 5 mins walking out of your car is ridiculous. And as everyone else said.. bug spray was useless. Literally kept picking more flies out of my hair and ears for hours after. Like they came out of no where.

                                                                                                                                                                        Be prepared for lots of thick mud you can barely avoid. And snow. Went on July 6 expecting it to be dry as the weather conditions in the lower mainland were quite hot for the last few weeks. Definitely not. Watch out for melting holes in the snow as your leg could easily fall through. Trail signs were not obvious. My group as well as other hikers would go off to dead ends (that looked like a trail but wasn't) or ask others if we were going the correct direction.

                                                                                                                                                                        Only giving it over 1 star because the view was beautiful. Getting to the top was a nightmare. Bugs, mud, snow in July... oh and a ton of tree roots sticking out - watch your step!
                                                                                                                                                                        My shoes were soaked completely. As they got stuck in the thick mud and I tripped (lol ((my fault for not being prepared with proper gear))) washed it off with snow though. If you bring your dog, accept the fact that they will be completely covered in mud and be sure to have water to rinse off with in your car as there is no proper water source for cleaning up all the mud.
                                                                                                                                                                        By the time we finished, the washroom sinks were clogged by improper use most likely from dirt and mud and/or the drainage system sucks.

                                                                                                                                                                        I would probably rate the hike as moderate due to conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                        Definitely makes me appreciate the other hiking trails
                                                                                                                                                                        that are more worn down (and dry!) - Lynn, deep cove, chief etc
                                                                                                                                                                        Honestly those hikes seem like a walk in the park after experiencing Dog Mountain.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 14, 2017 10:58:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Eric from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          In comparison to Lynn, Grouse, and Cypress, Mount Seymour just does not seem up to par. We planned to do the Seymour peak hike but could not find any signs showing the start of the trail. We then saw the sign for Dog Mountain so decided to do this hike instead. Like everybody says, the flies are overwhelming and they will bite. The hike was very hard to stay on course at times. Towards the top, we were just carefully watching and following the pink ribbons on the trees. Unfortunately, these ribbons led us past the peak and down the other side. We sat in the middle of trees, snow, and bugs and ate our lunch; very disappointed. Then on the way back, I found the actual path that goes to the peak. We went up then and the view is amazing. However, this hike will not be worth doing until the snow melts in late August and remember, the pink markers are WRONG.

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 10, 2017 10:22:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Rachel from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Beautiful view but the bugs were horrendous tonight. It definitely didn't make the hike enjoyable at all and got a tick bite which is par for the course. We tried to sit and enjoy the view but the flies literally swarmed us. Bug spray did nothing :( still lots of snow, wear boot spikes for those sections for sure and watch for free snow gullies. Lots of super muddy sections too so be prepare for mud fest lol

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                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 10, 2017 12:29:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Maddie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              FLIES GALORE. We didn't even last 5 minutes outside of our vehicle before we abandoned the mission. Big spray doesn't even help.

                                                                                                                                                                              It is like Lord of the Flies.

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 9, 2017 11:44:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Juno from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Great hike but there were a tonne of little flies everywhere that made the hike very hard to enjoy. The viewpoint was beautiful but the flies made it unbearable. We left after 10-15 minutes because we couldn't take it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                Definitely bring bug spray and lotion with you. We got chewed up pretty bad. Once the wind picks up it was manageable but that's was not often.

                                                                                                                                                                                About 1/4 to 1/3rd of the trail still has snow on it (July 8th) so make sure you have shoes that have good traction or bring microspikes. It's doable with a good pair of runners if you're in a pinch but I don't recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 9, 2017 04:18:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Madison from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked on July 4th. Still lots of snow, slippery so be careful but you can defiantly do it in runners (I wore a pair of Nike frees). One of the major down sides we experienced was the fact that there were hundreds of these tiny annoying bugs everywhere. They swarm you once you get out of your car and aren't as bad on the trail but they are everywhere. They fly in your face and land on you. We had to turn around because we were so irritated. If you don't like bugs, I would suggest another hike or wear bug spray.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 7, 2017 08:53:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Katherine from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hello, I agree with Cassandra, microspikes would be a very good idea for safety purposes.Going to get a pair. I had new Keen hiking boots with multidirectional treads and love them but even with me there were some slippery sections. There are more roots on the trail then the last time I hiked it 2 yrs ago and lots of snow on the trails and with ups and downs along the trail and the warmer weather make for slippery sections. There were people hiking the trail in runners, people unprepared for what to expect especially people who do not hike often or have never hiked ie tourists.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The trail is marked somewhat with red posts but with all the snow, the trails need to be better marked I think as it is easy to get off the trail as myself and another couple did. Thank you City of Vancouver for doing that :)
                                                                                                                                                                                    The view at the top was just as I remembered, SPECTACULAR view of the city below and all around and well worth the hike!. My friend the raven was still at the top, beautiful bird! Great to see him :)
                                                                                                                                                                                    We live in a truly Beautiful city!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 25, 2017 11:15:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cassandra from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      I recommend microspikes. There are some icy and slippery ridges you have to scramble over. Snow might take another month to melt or more.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 13, 2017 05:37:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        J Lee from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Went up this past weekend and there was still snow for most of the hike. The snow is slowly starting to melt which makes parts of the trails really slippery. Dress in layers and wear hiking boots! Sneakers/runners won't cut it as your feet will get wet and cold and you need the traction from hiking boots.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 13, 2017 09:27:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Melissa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Very beautiful , but still more than two thirds of the trail is covered in snow up to a metre high and can be slippery

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 11, 2017 06:17:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            D Cheung from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Any updates on the conditions right now? I would like to go in the next couple of days. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 3, 2017 07:00:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Arthur S from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Just an update on conditions. From the cold winter there is still over 1 metre of snow and often over 2 metres. With the warm weather it is very slippery. I would wear traction aids if you want to do any hikes in this area. Lots of people were still snow shoeing around the top of the mountain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 22, 2017 01:21:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Silvia from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Been itching to hike this trail for weeks. I kept getting the "snowshoes recommended" from the mountain, but didn't want to use my snowshoes, so I stayed away. Yesterday (April 21 - sunset hike) I finally decided to go see for myself. So, yes, tons of snow up there still. if you are a beginner, snowshoes would be best. However, snowshoes are absolutely not necessary. I was able to run most of the trail in proper hiking boots. The snow is hardpacked. A few times when I accidentally slipped and stepped off the trail, I sunk in knee deep. For this reason I would recommend gators. There are areas that you should obviously stay away from, like the lake and creeks running below the trail. Just stay on the trail and you should have no problems. I find the trail much easier in winter conditions, cut 20 minutes from my time. I am in ok shape, made it out and back in 1 h 10 min, running most of it. Love this trail, so close to the city. Good for all levels of hikers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 22, 2017 09:18:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is there still enough snow to snowshoe on dog mountain?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 22, 2017 07:16:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went up 2 days ago and had no issues with using just hiking boots and trekking poles. I don't think snowshoes are necessary. Spikes/traction devices may be helpful if you're scared of slipping but I dont think completely necessary either. The trail wasn't particularly icy, snow is hard packed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope this helps :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 26, 2017 07:13:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bruce Fulton from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone got any information regarding the current trail conditions? Going to be heading over this weekend but unsure if I need snowshoes or spikes at all?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 24, 2017 08:41:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jason Monk from Portland writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is there any update on the condition at the mountain right now? I'm wondering how the trail is now after the recent snow storm. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 12, 2017 08:45:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ropb from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't need snowshoes, or spikes even, unless you plan on going off trail. Very hard packed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I went in my salomon speed asaults, basically a very aggressive lugged trail running shoe. Blew by everyone on snowshoes who were mostly just blocking the train for the most part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 1, 2017 11:21:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jay from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any updates on trail conditions? I heard it snowed up there quite a bit the past few days...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 29, 2016 12:48:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snowshoed on Dec 17, 2016. Because we are not paying customers, we had to park at lot P5 (aka along the road) which added another 1-2 km (uphill) to the hike. Trail was very busy. All the dogs were off leashed which i dont mind. The only thing is that some inconsiderate dog owners did not pick up after their dogs so you will see dog poop on pure white snow every now and then. The trail is very easy when covered in snow (no need to navigate around exposed roots and rocks). We reached the top in less than an hour walking in a steady pace. While the views is very enjoyable, the amount of traffic dampens the fun and even somewhat annoying at times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 20, 2016 07:17:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                rob chan from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snowshoes completely unnecessary unless going off trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In fact more annoying than anything. Bring microspikes for on trail. Much faster and less akward.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Incredible view, trail was extremely busy today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 17, 2016 05:06:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  queenbean from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Update on conditions? I imagine snowshoes may be useful now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 10, 2016 10:18:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Macy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Completed the trail in the evening. Snowshoes not necessary, but do dress warmly as it was at least -10 degrees up there. Spikes may be helpful in certain sections of the path, but not mandatory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: December 7, 2016 06:22:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maria from Surrey writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Planning to do this trail next Sunday for the first time. Is there many snow up there right now? are snowshoes necessary? Thanks :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: November 30, 2016 06:03:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lidnsay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amazing Hike for a sunrise in September! Super easy going trail but I would like to see more trail markers as my friend and I got turned around on several occasions

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 30, 2016 04:15:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Courtnae from burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this hike with my fiance, our 6 yo daughter and her 7 yo friend this past Sunday (Sept. 17, 2016) It was very busy. We had fun but the info is misleading. I would say it is on the upper side of easy and there are parts that would be lower intermediate especially when it has rained; 3/4 of the trail was really slippery tree roots and rocks and mud. It took us 5 hours return but our two littles were champs and they kept on going despite falling in the mud a few times. The lookout is amazing and the cheeky Whiskey Jacks were a huge hit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 20, 2016 03:04:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Craig from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The hike was great and my 9 year old daughter had a blast. It was challenging enough that it didn't just feel like a walk in the woods but the trail was never intimidating. The view at the end was incredible. Even the muddy parts weren't absurdly muddy. Some of the rocks and roots were slippery but it was a great hike. Except....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Man, was it ever crowded on a Sunday. I might have thought that half way through September with school in etc. that the weekends wouldn't be that bad but we were parked at the far end of the parking lot and there were lots and lots of people on the trail, and why do people insist on playing music loudly on speakers in their back packs when hiking in the woods? I don't get it. We ended up sitting on the mountain view side to eat lunch because we couldn't find a spot on the city view side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still, the view was worth it and we'll do the hike again. I'd go on a weekday next time and hope for less of a crowd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 11, 2016 11:35:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jhiker from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Finished it on Sept 10, wont do it again, basically a muddy Creek bed roots roots roots roots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 10, 2016 06:17:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jennifer from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this hike today - a sunny Thursday - at 11am. Trail was dry, bugs were present but manageable (I was wearing bug spray). Lots of roots and rocks to navigate, but just take your time and watch your footing. It's doable in running shoes but it's easier with hiking shoes with all the hopping and stepping on and around the roots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Encountered about a dozen people going up and about the same number going down. The peak was crowded but it was around midday. Took me 45 minutes going up at a semi-leisurely pace, and 40 minutes coming back down. The view at the top is definitely worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 25, 2016 11:25:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Strat from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Easily the best hike-to-view ratio near the city! Hike is pretty simple, making for a great day trip, and the view over the city is beautiful

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 16, 2016 09:32:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kristi H from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did this trail on Aug 8th this year. We started the hike about 10am on a Monday, and the trip out to the viewpoint was empty. We met about a dozen people on the way back. Only a couple muddy spots but my shoes barely got any on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The view was great (although partially hidden in clouds).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The trail is very technical, with many roots and rocks to navigate over. I would not mark this as an easy trail for that reason. Elevation gain and distance fall into the easy category though. I was surprised at how sore I was after the hike, and think it was mainly to do with the impact level (jumping down from rocks, etc).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like the trail though and will do it again. Took my two small dogs (a shihtzu cross and a Chihuahua) and they had no problems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 12, 2016 01:36:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Annette Fung from Burnaby BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have done this trail numerous times. I love this hike and find it very technical and interesting. It is not an "easy" trail as it is labeled. There are a lot of large exposed tree roots, rocks, mud and ups and downs to maneuver yourself through. I just did this hike again the other day and it seems that it changes each time I do it. Erosion is wearing this trail down big time. I wonder if there are any plans to restore it? In some ways I hope they don't as they may take away some of it's charm and the technicality of it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 12, 2016 09:10:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Silvia from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aug. 8, 2016 - Loved the trail, which is very beautiful and intricate. It was my first time hiking this trail. For me, as an active but mediocre hiker, this was a very easy hike. Got my heart rate up. Good work out. The trail was mostly dry (little puddles here and there). Even with my poor choice of footwear, I was able to run part of the trail, though the tree roots did slow me down. TONS of beautiful tree roots. Next time I do this trail, I will wear my hiking shoes. It's doable in runners but NOT ideal. I didn't pay attention to the flies, bugs, worms, butterflies, birds, dogs... They didn't bother me. I was happy to be out hiking. :) Beautiful view at the top. Took me less than 2 hours round-trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 9, 2016 12:20:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jennifer from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this hike today-very, very, busy. We enjoyed it but due to the number of other hikers it wasn't quite as enjoyable as it might have been. We often had to stop to allow others to pass in both directions. We stopped for a snack at First Lake. The view is wonderful and worth it at the end. The whiskey jacks were enjoyable to watch as they ate out of the kids' hands! Lots of families on the trail. We found it tough due to all the roots; you definitely need to be sure-footed to manage this trail. We had read in the reviews that there are a lot of roots, but it hadn't prepared us for how many roots there are: THERE ARE LOTS OF ROOTS! We also saw lots of dogs, some on leads, some not, but all were well behaved and under control. There were some mosquitos on the way up, but not too many. Tons of flies near the top on the way down, but they didn't bother us, thankfully. We were wearing bug dope. We returned via the trail north of Dinkey Peak that departs from the Dog Mountain Trail at First Lake and joins up with the Main Seymour Trail. This trail is rockier than the Dog Mountain Trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think the return trip would have taken us 3 hours (not the 2 hours shown) had it not been so busy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 2, 2016 11:35:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jennifer from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We did this hike today-very, very, busy. We enjoyed it but due to the number of other hikers it wasn't quite as enjoyable as it might have been. We often had to stop to allow others to pass in both directions. We stopped for a snack at First Lake. The view is wonderful and worth it at the end. The whiskey jacks were enjoyable to watch as they ate out of the kids' hands! Lots of families on the trail. We found it tough due to all the roots; you definitely need to be sure-footed to manage this trail. We had read in the reviews that there are a lot of roots, but it hadn't prepared us for how many roots there are: THERE ARE LOTS OF ROOTS! We also saw lots of dogs, some on leads, some not, but all were well behaved and under control. There were some mosquitos on the way up, but not too many. Tons of flies near the top on the way down, but they didn't bother us, thankfully. We were wearing bug dope. We returned via the trail north of Dinkey Peak that departs from the Dog Mountain Trail at First Lake and joins up with the Main Seymour Trail. This trail is rockier than the Dog Mountain Trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the return trip would have taken us 3 hours (not the 2 hours shown) had it not been so busy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 2, 2016 12:23:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked it today and it was super muddy. Pretty quiet on the trail but it was slippery so dress appropriately. The mosquitoes were out but not too bad right now. If you stay put too long they really start buzzing around your head but on the trail while you are moving it wasn't too bad...but I was also wearing bug spray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 23, 2016 01:57:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                scott from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                first time for me on this trail. very enjoyable. busy...but enjoyable. with the right equipment – i.e. hiking boots – this is an easy trail. technically challenging yes, but not difficult. as others have said, some people are trekking in sandals and even white tennis shoes! i would not recommend that at all. the trail consists of wet rocks, slippery tree roots, mud, some elevation, and coming back down can be a challenge. i will be going again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 17, 2016 07:50:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yong from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never underestimate the danger and risks of being lost if you are the first timer to the Dog Mountain trail. Returning from the Dog Mountain on a foggy rainy day I was lost and mistakenly followed Suicide Bluff trail with no soul seen or heard around. I had (which turned out to be the right decision to call for help) call 911 and North Vancouver Search and Rescue team saved me in 2 hours. In wet clothes on a foggy windy raining ridge . The body temperature dropped suddenly. The cellphone battery goes down faster as well. Very scary and dangerous experience. Never go hiking without the essential equipment food extra cloth and extra battery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 6, 2016 01:26:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dan from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A wonderful hike culminating in some fabulous views, although terrain a little challenging in parts. Definitely recommend a pair of good hiking boots!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 3, 2016 08:03:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dede from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cardio easy. Technically challenging.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are many roots and rocks, and it was wet and muddy even though it hadn't rained in several days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You need hiking boots or good trail runners. We saw several people in keds or other flimsy shoes covered in mud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of off-leash dogs, but all are well behaved. If rangers are giving tickets, I want them to ticket the idiots who feel it necessary to hike with their radios blasting. Thank god we only encountered them (several of them!) in passing on our return trip. How annoying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 28, 2016 02:17:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dan N from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked Jun 18, 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Raining pretty hard, so fairly slippery and muddy. Hike was a nice length, and I would like to see how it is when it's nice out! Didn't really get to see much at the end of the trail. Not too difficult regardless of today's weather.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 18, 2016 09:04:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shar from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this hike along with suicide bluffs & mystery lake on Tues June 7th. The snow is almost completely gone from the bluffs trail and there was none along the dog mountain trail. However, the main drawback was the black flies. If standing still for more than 10 seconds, they would swarm your face. It wasn't any better along the trails, with bugs constantly swarming you as you're walking. It was actually difficult to see at times due to the amount of bugs flying into my eyes. I would recommend some kind of protective gear for your head/face as well as using bug spray. Other than that, spectacular views from all of the lookouts and a fun trail given all the of the rock and root obstacles that one must navigate along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 11, 2016 03:38:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kolja Gruznbojm from Victoria bc writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From the moment we got out of the car we were swarmed by black flies. We had no clue that these even existed around Vancouver. The only other people we saw had hats with netting around their face. We had to leave because of the plague.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 8, 2016 02:39:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cam from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this trail today and the snow is almost entirely gone. There are a few patches off to the sides of the path but it only actually sits on the trail in one place, which is easy to circumvent. It's still quite muddy in a few places but generally it's pretty great shape. For the most part this trail can be considered open for business for the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 7, 2016 10:47:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caitlin from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beautiful view, a good challenging and easy hike but be prepared to slip and slide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snow caved in a couple times, slipped in snow more than once (haha) and exposed tree roots are slippery. If you're not scared of a little mud, water and snow you're fine! Wear hiking shoes, runners don't cut it. Well worth it though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 23, 2016 11:06:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked the trail May 22, 2016. Bit of snow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This trail is Intermediate. There isn't a net elevation gain, but there are lots of little ups and downs. It isn't a very long hike; there are lots of exposed roots and it is rocky in spots. If you wear shoes, you'll have wet muddy feet. Hiking boots recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 23, 2016 12:47:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We went and hiked part of the trail today, May 12th. I say part because starting at about 1/3 up there is still snow covering parts of the trail. There were also some muddy sections that were quite slippery. At some point, one of us slipped due to the icy snow on the trails and we decided to turn back because the fall was quite dramatic - better safe than sorry! But apart from us, there were many other groups of hikers and they seemed to be okay with the snowy trail. We would probably only recommended the hike for fit individuals while the snow is still around. Otherwise, waiting until June might be safer for the rest of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 12, 2016 04:59:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sheila from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked this trail last weekend of April, 70% of the trail was covered in compacted snow. Expect it to be wet and slippery, sometimes muddy, and to also step into areas where the snow is unexpectedly deep. Hiking boots/snowshoes would be best right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 3, 2016 05:38:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eugénie from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anybody done this in the last week? Is there still snow? Slippery?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 19, 2016 11:32:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RespectTheRules from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Apparently some people think that with their dog(s), they have purchased a whole bunch of parks as well. The rules are there for a reason whether you like it or not. Again - you bought a dog. You did not buy all the parks with it. Following the logic that it is not "illegal" to have dogs off-leash and that it's only a "park" rule, then it should also be okay for smokers to disregard "park" rules and light up on our trails. Or maybe campers should feel free to start a bonfire anywhere they like. After all, they are just "park" board rules, not "illegal" activities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rules/laws are meaningless if they are not implemented. Put your dog on a leash when required so others can enjoy the outdoors as well .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 3, 2016 03:08:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Horizon from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Walked the trail today. The snow is quite packed down. Snow shoes are not must, but easier to keep you from slipping. I saw lots of people only wear their normal hiking shoes walking on the trail. Not recommended though. Some places are quite slippery. Saw a few people fell. Better with micro-spike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BTW, an unleashed big dogs suddenly running towards me and roaring scared the shit of me. Luckily the owner caught up and barely controlled the dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 27, 2016 08:21:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              C from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If the rules are that dogs are to be on-leash, they should be on-leash - not all of us like dogs sneaking up on us and tripping us - I have had dogs jump on me which wasn't welcome, especially at the top of St. Mark's Summit - if I hadn't seen the large St. Bernard approaching me, I wouldn't be here today. I love dogs but rules are there for a reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 23, 2016 11:09:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sally from cranston writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's too bad that the free snowshoe trails have been taken over by swarms of people who suddenly feel they own the place and don't want to encounter dogs. The trail to Dog Mtn is far too busy these days and some loud people have complained about off leash dogs and now the trails are monitored by surly parks guys who can't tell a good trail user and dog from a bad one. The trail was empty today and they still handed out tickets to two of three groups. I was in one of them. Three small groups of people on the peak trail in 2 hours and two had off leash dogs that were well behaved and walking with their pack. Why weren't these bros down on the dog mountain trail where the actually crowds were? Why say you're "cracking down on illegal off leash dogs" when it's not illegal to have a dog off leash, just against park regulations. Why threaten me and those in my group with all sorts of fines and charges? Was that necessary? Why justify your action by saying some lady was attacked? I didn't do it! My dog didn't do it! Why punish all the good users and dogs because of a few complaints that aren't even provable! If we ran the country based on a few busy body complainers, we'd have a problem. Why not make Dog Mtn trail a leash only trail because that's the busy section with lots of walkers and families, and let those of us with dogs who enjoy the back country have our off leash adventures on the peak trail?! If you're a dog owner who uses any of the north shore wilderness areas please consider contacting your MLA (provincial rep) about this issue and write to the parks people too. The UBC endowment lands has managed this issue with leash and off leash paths and areas were horse and bikes can and can't go. People tried to shut down mountain biking on the shore because they argued it was dangerous and ecologically damaging and the bike community got together and fought this. They are now an established an accepted part and presence on these mountains. I'd like to snowshoe with my dog off leash because the trails are tricky to navigate. I pick up the poop and hike it out. Don't punish use all for a few bad apples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 28, 2016 10:51:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Diana from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone know if there's enough powder for snowshoes in Feb?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 14, 2016 06:22:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just did the Dog Mountain trail today and it's packed down pretty good. Definitely don't need snowshoes unless they get a good dump. I used my Hillsound Trail crampons and was just fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 19, 2016 07:20:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bryan Smith from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just want to know if anyone has recently done the hike and how the conditions were. I haven't done the hike yet and want to know what foot wear is required.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 4, 2016 12:40:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        James Carruthers from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We got a written warning today from a park ranger about our dog not being on a leash on the dog mountain backcountry trail on Mount Seymour. I’m writing to submit for the record that we feel it is wrong, unnecessarily punitive and short sighted to issue warnings and tickets as a blanket, across-the-board response to all dog owners. Why punish hundreds (or maybe thousands?) when only a small handful are the problem? Where’s the sense in that? The ticketing of dog owners should occur based on behaviour; based on incidents. You shouldn’t just have a blanket rule to willy-nilly issue tickets for all unleashed dogs. I would even welcome far sterner consequences for aggressive behaviour or uncontrolled behaviour in dogs, rather than just be punitive to everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The ranger (#134122) told us that their #1 complaint from park users was regarding off-leash dogs. Well, please document this response as an official complaint to the contrary!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Punishing everyone because a few per year are badly behaved - how childish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is doubtful we will return to this park. You may say, “good riddance,” but we’re the people who help others out when they’re lost, or we pick up litter we find along the way, and we spend money in the parks we visit. We pick up after our dog, and even other people’s dogs sometimes. Our dog is always very well behaved and under control and everywhere we go we meet complete strangers who love to pet and play with our dog because he’s so approachable, outgoing and friendly. If we’re not the kind of people you want in the provincial parks…well, then have fun policing all the others!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: December 19, 2015 04:49:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Delaney Hendricks from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I was to do this trail next week, would you sugget yaktrax or snowshoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 15, 2015 10:49:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kuldip from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hiked Dog Mountain last Saturday Nov 21. There were a lot of people up there as it was a gorgeous day. Many people where just in running shoes...well I mean they had clothes on as well but as far as footwear it was just running shoes. That slowed the dog and I down. There isn't enough snow for snowshoeing but it's hard packed ice in a lot of spots. I definitely could have used my spikes. it was a beautiful hike as usual.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 26, 2015 03:28:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went up to Dog Mountain today. Super muddy, slushy and slippery in runners with the snow on the trail + rock and roots still exposed in places. Regardless, a great time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 14, 2015 11:43:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vincent Morris from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great trail, lovely views but the volume of dog poop bags (why pick it up only to throw it or leave it on the trail side?) along the trail was depressing. The gobs of toilet paper strewn around weren't that aesthetically pleasing either. I don't expect the maintenance staff to have to deal with this kind of thing. I'm surprised that dog owners in the area behave this way, it's uncommonly bad in my opinion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 17, 2015 02:04:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tracy from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We did this trail first time on Sept 13 with 6 of us...... Trail marked easy but I would say it is a bit more challenging with the roots and mud that we went through. Trail was busy..... Parking lot was full we got a warning letter on our truck because we were not parked inside of lines. Must wear good shoes I wore runners and was slipping.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely bring water and a snack to enjoy the amazing view at the end so worth it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Didn't notice bugs till it started cooling off. We all wore lights jackets got warm as we were hiking but cooled off fast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bring bread for the whiskey Jacks and chipmunks and be careful at the top of the Giants Ravens that will grab your food!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great hike!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 14, 2015 09:43:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked this trail on Sunday Sep 6, 2015. The description from this website is accurate - it's not physically demanding but dealing with slippery rocks and tree roots can be somewhat technically challenging. Although most people I saw that day wore runners, I would highly recommend wearing proper hiking shoes for a better grip and avoiding getting mud inside your socks (the trail was quite muddy after receiving a week of rain).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was foggy when we reached the top. We couldn't see far but still enjoyed the open space at the top. I will hike this trail again when the weather is nicer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 8, 2015 03:48:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frank from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went up Fri Sep 4/15. Trail in great shape, no bugs, cool in shade. Most hikers wore runners but hiking shoes recommended - lots of puddles which you could walk around, lots of wet roots to walk over but not too slippery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 5, 2015 09:41:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grant Andersen from Delta, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Very nice hike. Trail was dry, went slow, 40 minutes each way. A bit technically challenging for footwork as trail has many cross slopes and tree roots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 28, 2015 11:30:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mary Alice Elcock from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this trail with a group of 5 yesterday and had a great time. I would rate this as the harder side of easy - I didn't feel that my runners were up for the task and wished I had worn hiking shoes. There are quite a few spots with complicated root systems that make the climb more difficult. The trail itself is quite sloping, and you never feel that the incline is particularly steep. This is one that I would definitely do again - especially with the reward of the spectacular view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 24, 2015 02:47:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @ Kay - there were no bugs up there (other than the odd one) when I was up there yesterday, August 23/15

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 24, 2015 08:42:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Relatively easy hike for such a stunning view! Haven't been up since last year but I remember it being extremely buggy.Can anyone who has been up there lately share how the bug situation is? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 13, 2015 11:25:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Suzanne from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you do the full first lake loop - not out and back trip - I would say it is not an easy hike for people that are not fit. Other tourists that we met that did the full loop felt the same way would rate this moderate. It is worth the hike for the view.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 30, 2015 04:26:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jake from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For anyone who found this trail a little too easy, and would prefer a bit more elevation gain, I would totally recommend coming back from Dog Mountain via the Suicide Bluffs Trail. The trail is not as treacherous as the name lets on, but does offer a bit more of a challenge than the Dog Mountain Trail, and has some spectacular viewpoints of both the city and the back country mountains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 28, 2015 06:49:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went on Thursday, June 25. Great day out, and we rushed up the mountain in 43 minutes in one go. We are not by all means fit persons, and this trail was definitely very doable within the timeline guide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's easy in the sense that there's not much elevation gain, but the trail itself is quite technical, with a lot of tree roots and some rocks to climb around/over, so for those that prefer a steady trail climb, this may be a little more intense than you would expect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great view when we got to the top though! Definitely worth it for the small amount of time invested into the hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 26, 2015 08:13:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SC from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went up there morning of May 23rd, 2015. Was a very foggy morning, but the parking lot was pretty full at 10AM and lots of activity. The first third of the hike was fairly dry (only a few places that were slightly muddy) and cool/breezy. The last 2/3rds of the hike up to the viewpoint got really hot and mosquitoes started to become an annoyance. The viewpoint itself was gorgeous but we couldn't see much aside from a beautiful landscape of cloud (still wondrous to see, though). Lots of mosquitoes up at the viewpoint as there wasn't much of a breeze up there when we went. There were only a few people who brought dogs that day, and they were well-behaved so no problems, there. None of us were wearing hiking shoes and though there are lots of roots and rocks to step over, it wasn't too difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 8, 2015 01:37:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have done this trail a few times, but was up there last Thursday night for the first time this season (May 21st/15) and the ground was very wet and there were tons of mosquitos and flies around (flies were especially bad in the parking lot) which made it very unpleasant to the point that we just turned around part way into the trail. Will be waiting for a late summer day to go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 25, 2015 10:12:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kathy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No snow guys :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 14, 2015 05:57:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pete from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looking to do this hike for the long weekend. Does anyone no if there was any snow ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 13, 2015 03:54:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vix from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Was thinking of doing the hike this long weekend - Is there any snow up there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 12, 2015 11:11:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kat B. from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked this morning. Amazing views at the peak considering this is such a short hike! It was very muddy in spots but overall it's a great trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 3, 2015 05:49:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dave from richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  im looking to catch the sunsetting up on dog mountain, does anyone know what time the park gate or road closes in the evening? i just want to make sure i don't get stuck up there with my car!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 30, 2015 09:37:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Annie L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As of April 25, lots of snow on the trail and quite slippery, with sections of mud and slush on the way. Right now you'd do well with spikes and could potentially even wear snowshoes. Poles may help, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 25, 2015 05:01:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dana from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      98% free of snow/ice on the trail, but very muddy at this time. If you've got high boots/gaiters and don't care about getting very dirty, you shouldn't have any problems. Otherwise, add an extra ~30 minutes or so to your round-trip time to account for the very wet & muddy conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 12, 2015 01:02:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bree from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Went on this trail a couple of days ago over the Easter Long Weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's still very snowy up there! I looked at the snow report before going and it said no snowfall in 7 days so that was unexpected. I took my dog and we both had trouble slipping on the ice along the trail, and got very muddy in the areas it had started to melt. I would call it intermediate with the current conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That said, it was beautiful with the frozen lakes and snowy trees and it's definitely doable, just takes a little longer keeping an eye on not slipping. And the view at the top is spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 8, 2015 10:43:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kate Johnson from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone been up on the trail lately? I was wondering about the trail condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 25, 2015 10:07:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sphagnum moss from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's perfect, but be careful of the rocks approaching first lake from parking lot. Some have black ice. They look like you can step on them but a few are as slippery as a skating rink. Test every step. The conditions are muddy and slippery but reasonable with waterproof day hikers. First timers should note that while the gradient change is easy, it is a bit of an obstacle course of rocks, slippery roots and mud. It's not Capilano hatchery or Lynn canyon easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 10, 2015 01:39:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jane from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone been on this trail in the last couple of days? Want to know if it's still icy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 8, 2015 08:33:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                David from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went up there yesterday, no snow but the trail is fairly icy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 4, 2015 08:18:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mabel from Lam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wondering if anyone's been on the trail recently? Thinking of heading up this weekend and wondering about the conditions of the trail. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 3, 2015 05:21:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kaley Weston from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My boyfriend and I hiked Dog Mountain today. The trail wasn't overly busy, maybe passed 20 people along the way. We wore only our winter boots and managed (had to be very careful with our footing through some super icy sections). I don't think there is enough snow right now to need snowshoes.. although this will probably be a different story after the rainy week coming up! The trail is a mix of snow, exposed ground (rocks, roots, mud) and ice. I think microspikes would be ideal for the trail right now or hiking poles at the very least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a park ranger at the beginning of the trail ticketing people who had their dogs off leash. It is very clearly stated to keep your dog on leash, but usually I find this pretty loosely enforced. We were disappointed to have to keep our dog on his leash the whole walk, we like doing mountain trails for the sake of letting him run. It also made it much more challenging having him pull us along the icy trail the whole way! So if your dog likes running free like mine, this probably isn't the trail you should do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The view from the top was spectacular nonetheless! Vancouver was blanketed with fog but it was beautiful. Sunny and warm! This is a very accessible and relatively easy hike to do. Definitely worth it if you don't have an entire day to devote to climbing a mountain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 14, 2015 06:58:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Andrew Clark from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was up on the ski hill today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Most everybody heading off on that trail was just wearing boots. Of course no idea how far they went

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 9, 2015 10:58:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love this trail for snowshoeing and thinking of heading up this weekend, but wondering if there's enough snow. Has anyone been up this way over the last week or so?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 9, 2015 11:30:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          p.s. My objective was to try out my new aluminum-frame snowshoes, having previously only used wood-frame ones, and mainly in Ontario and New Brunswick. Dog Lake trail wasn't great for that, for the reasons I and others have mentioned, but the Mount Seymour winter trail was super. I wonder why it's not more widely known.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 1, 2015 11:43:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maxine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I took the Mount Seymour shuttle from Park Gate mall for the first time, today, and was thrilled that for just $6 each way, I had access to Dog mountain and other free trails. There was too much ice and lots of exposed roots today, though, so I was grateful when someone directed me to the Mount Seymour winter trail, which starts a bit steep but is mostly relatively flat and with much better snow cover than lower down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: January 1, 2015 10:07:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phil from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went for the first time yesterday. there is still quite a few roots, rocks and icy patches so snowshoe at your own risk. The views at the top were worth it, but was talking to one of the locals as she was mentioning this was the least amount of snow she has seen in a long time. Met a friend heading up on snowshoes and he mentioned later he took them off past First Lake and left them off on the way back down. I am going to wait for more snowfall before I attempt to snowshoe this trail again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 31, 2014 10:07:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yuriy from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went up for the first time today. Nice little trek. Generally a very easy hike with a few small hills, but also some slippery roots here and there. Quite busy, lots of very slow people, but not the end of the world. There, 10 minute scenery stop, and back took just over an hour at a good pace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trail is currently covered in packed snow. People wearing snowshoes were suffering and moving slow - they're not necessary and get in the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 28, 2014 03:50:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rachel P from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know when conditions are usually snowy enough to snowshoe?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 13, 2014 01:06:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Allyssa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Raining today and trail was about 75% flooded and very muddy.That being said,never slipped once on any roots or rocks. If the conditions had been more ideal and the trail dry, it would have been a great easy hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: December 11, 2014 02:07:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hélène from Rennes, FR writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Always have a great time at Dog Mountain. Wanted to update the comments to let people know that the trail was REALLY icy when I went this week (on Dec 2). We met a couple of other parties that had crampons and I would definitely recommend that unless you're like me and my friend and willing to improvise a bit as you go. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: December 6, 2014 02:43:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Annie from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked the trail this past weekend. It was snowy and frozen at some parts of the trail making it hard to go ahead. Trail was busy and everyone managed to get through the icy parts. First lake is frozen solid - took some time to slip around with the dogs. :-) The view was well worth the trouble!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: November 19, 2014 07:56:03 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Teresa from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked the trail today, October 12. The write-up describes this trail as easy with very little elevation gain and while this is true, it can be a deceptive comment for folks such as myself who are heavier and working on improving their fitness. I'm writing this review for others like me. Most of the trail is made up of rolling hills with a lot of roots and rock to manoever over and around. I found it a little tricky and tiring but worth the experience. We got to the trail at 8:30 so there were very few others around until our way back down and even then we only passed a few other people. I enjoyed the trail despite finding it challenging but am only giving it a 3 as I found the terrain difficult for an out of shape beginner. That said, I'd do it again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 13, 2014 05:44:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barb Head from n. Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would not classify this as easy - lots of rocks and slippery roots,some wet spots . Did this early Sept. - no flies or mosquitoes, beautiful crisp air and some lovely views. Blueberries galore, but thankfully no bears were seen. Was moved by the Tim Jones memorial along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 5, 2014 06:23:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bronwen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hiked this trail yesterday, early evening. I'd done it once before and enjoyed it, and it was just as nice this time as a post-injury rehab hike. No elevation gain to wear out my legs, but lots of tree roots and small streams to climb over to keep things interesting. And, of course, the reward at the end is that stunning view. It's a perfect hike for out-of-towners: short, not too difficult, and totally worthwhile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yesterday the rocks were wet and a little slippery, but we encountered very few bugs and not too many people. As other people have said, do watch out at the fork near the trailhead. We almost took the wrong path on the way in, and then did indeed take the wrong path on the way out. We lost maybe ten minutes that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 19, 2014 02:36:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Petey from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This was a really cool hike, very technical as others have mentioned. Lots of roots, rocks, bridges to climb over and around.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not too hard, but not easy. I would rate it in between Easy and intermediate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some tips would be to try to go in the early morning or afternoon when the temp would be lower, the sun really takes away some of your energy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, as someone else mentioned, be cautious of the first fork you arrive at, near the start of the hike. Stay right, as left takes you down to a deadend, And likewise, Stay LEFT on your way back. We made that mistake and was taken to the deadend and nearly went back up the mountain after we turned around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 31, 2014 05:36:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This was a challenging trail and I would rate it more intermediate than easy. It is deceiving being rated as "easy".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My boyfriend and I started the trail at around 5:30 Friday night and it got dark when we were still out on the trail so we didn't make it to the top (this time anyway :)). Thank you to a couple who passed us on the way back but came back to find us to see if we wanted a guide back by their headlamp. Very nice of them but we declined their offer, which we then regretted after getting off trail. We did find our way back to the parking lot at around 9:30. Will definitely go back early in the day and have lunch at the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 28, 2014 09:14:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trevor Meier from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trail was mostly dried out today. Most of the creeks are not running either. Bugs weren't too bad in the heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's a switchback near the beginning (maybe 200m from the start of the trail) that I noticed a few people getting lost on and having to double back. One trail (to nowhere apparently) cuts down to the left, while the main trail continues down to the right. It's not well marked so keep a lookout!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Definitely a more technical trail despite the lack of vertical. Good fun for knee & ankle strengthening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 13, 2014 03:37:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Steve from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did this hike yesterday in the scorching heat . It was pretty exhausting but the view at the end was well worth it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There were a few other people hiking but not enough to be anoying.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Still a fair bit of mud on the trail and watch out for the tree roots .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saw the biggest raven ever at the top .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 13, 2014 12:58:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Naomi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        July 6th, 2014: The trail was muddy and rocky with lots of slippery tree roots... ankle spraining terrain for sure. There was no view at the end because of the fog but it was still a fun adventure and we enjoyed it... walking through the woods in the rain is so beautiful. We passed about 5 other groups on the trail but we were alone most of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 6, 2014 03:15:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          patchez001 from pitt meadows writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is the 2 hr time estimate for one way or return trip?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 2, 2014 02:17:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lynne from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great hike! My friend and I just went today and though it was cold and rainy for a good 30 minutes, the hike itself was enjoyable. Not difficult, though be careful as there are lots of rocks to potentially sprain an ankle on. The view from the top would be awesome on a clear day, but all we got was fog:-(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will likely go up again sometime!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 15, 2014 11:49:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lana from West End writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Weather conditions okay for shorts and a T-Shirt. Some snow and lots of fresh glacier water! Be careful it is slippery and injuries can happen. Make sure to bring a picnic for the view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 9, 2014 09:58:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Natalie from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this hike today (June 5) after work with some friends, even with the heat lately there quite a bit of mud but there's definitely more snow than mud on the trail. Recommend hiking boots not regular street runners if you head there soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Still, worth the view and a great evening hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 5, 2014 10:45:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gina from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked Dog Mountain for the first time today, May 24. Muddy and still lots of snow on the trails and wished I should have worn my snowshoes. Some roots are slippery and be careful stepping on the non-compacted snow on the sides or you will end up knee high buried. Watch for dog poops too. Surprised how the wet rocks weren't slippery at all. Reward of an awesome view of Vancouver is amazing for an easy 2-hour hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 24, 2014 09:15:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jan from Ladner writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We went up to Dog Mountain yesterday (May 11, 2014) for the first time. Even with some snow it was a nice, easy hike for a few old folks. Some narly root bits here and there. Great views at the top and the whiskey jacks will eat from your hand. The really disturbing element was the enormous number of dog poop bags that littered the trail. Some had been stepped on and of course, burst open on the trail. In one tree stump there were 11 bags alone. It maybe that people have good intentions of picking them up on the return down, but evidently, not everyone remembered. It was more like Dog Poop Mountain! It would be great if all dog owners could remember that this is a shared trail. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 13, 2014 03:19:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tyler from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know If there is still snow on the trail?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 3, 2014 08:35:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dawn from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tyler, I was wondering that myself. Did you go snowshoeing yesterday? Based on the snow reports today looks like heavy rain by this afternoon? The rest of the week looks better. On a clear day Dog Mountain is absolutely gorgeous! We eat a light lunch while pondering life looking at the city. Always a treat. Even on a cloudy day the moderate exercise to get there and back feels amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 15, 2014 09:08:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tyler from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          anyone been up there? going tomorrow and want to know if we rent snow shoes or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 14, 2014 09:43:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aimei from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone been on the trail to Dog Mtn or Dinky peak or anything else in the area? I'm planning on going next Monday (March 10th) with a group and would like to know if there is enough snow to go snowshoeing?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 4, 2014 11:18:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ACLL from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone done this trail this week? I'm planning on going this Saturday Feb 8 2014 but not sure about the conditions of the trail. Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 6, 2014 10:29:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cee from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No need for snowshoes! Very little snow and lots of knarly tree roots. Somewhat easy to get lost as not all marker poles in. Definitely need some more snow...View worth it in the end though

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 1, 2014 08:16:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peter from burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tried Dog Mountain again on Sat., Jan. 18 and would recommend avoiding it at this time, at least until there is some more snow. At this point, the forested parts of the trail are at least 25% rocks and roots, due to the popularity of the trail and lack of snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With that in mind, we made a turn at First Lake and looped back via Dinky Peak, which proved to be much more enjoyable. As that part of the trail is more open it has received more snow, and as it isn't as popular the snow has not been tramped down. Note that if you take the Dinky Peak route to First lake there are two creek crossings you will have to make as you near the lake. They are not impassable, but will require a bit of nimbleness to cross, especially in snowshoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't make it all the way to Dog Mountain, but was told by other hikers that the route from First Lake to Dog Mt. is in equally rough condition. Great view, not so great hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: January 20, 2014 09:36:45 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tiffany from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone been up this week? is there enough snow to snowshoe? Also, is this area considered back country? Would an avalanche ever happen here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 16, 2014 03:59:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      peter from burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried out the Dog Mountain trail on Sat., Jan. 11th and it was mostly snow-covered at that point, and pretty firmly packed. There are a few creeks you'll have to navigate which makes the going slightly tricky, but nothing impassable. We made it to approx. halfway between First Lake and the Dog Mt. lookout before turning around. With the lack of snow to this point in the year, the trail is not well marked beyond the permanent orange tags, so it would be easier to get lost than you might expect. I'm sure the trail poles will be up soon with all the snow coming down, which will make navigating the trail much easier. We headed out at 9 am and only ran into two other hikers, but by noon as we were returning to the parking lot we must have passed at least 8 to 10 other hiking groups. Snow shoes were not necessary for most of the trail as the snow pack is quite low. Obviously, that can change quickly with the weather becoming more wintery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 12, 2014 01:42:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stuart from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey, has anyone been up to the trail in January? Thinking of snowshoeing this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 3, 2014 07:45:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey Brad, just got back from Dog Mountain and conditions are ok for snowshoeing. there are some sections that are rocky and the roots break the snow surface in many places but overall it's fine. ran into many groups of people both snowshoeing it and hiking the trail. Hopefully Seymour gets more snow soon otherwise the amount of traffic on the trail is going to degrade its condition and expose more roots/rocks pretty quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 21, 2013 12:50:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brad from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone been up to dog mountain for snowshoeing this month yet? What are the conditions like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 18, 2013 08:53:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tammy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A bit rocky and muddy in places, and you have to watch out for roots all over the trail but it's well worth the view at the end. A fairly easy hike. Bring a lunch and some nuts or seed for the whiskeyjacks once you get to the end. We even saw a partridge on the trail!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 28, 2013 03:38:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kay from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NOT, NOT, NOT EASY!!!!! We saw tourists in shorts and running shoes trying to climb the wet, slippery roots that make up about half the trail, and they were confused and falling all over the place. NOT FAIR! Lots of thick, sticky mud.... and then more slippery tree roots. You're climbing up a CREEK BED, folks! It's either roots or mud or rocks. PLEASE CHANGE THE TRAIL DESCRIPTION TO (AT LEAST) INTERMEDIATE BEFORE SOMEONE GETS TERRIBLY INJURED!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 21, 2013 10:41:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tracy from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I find most hikes on this site take me about 60-70% as long as they state...not this one! Definitely not an "easy " hike. Took the full two hours. yes, there's no elevation gain, but it is a very technical rooty, rocky trail. Great hike anyway, but was surprised it was listed as easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 18, 2013 06:38:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mecredes from Vancity writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good short hike when you want a nice view in the end and don't have much time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We hiked with our kids (under age of 9) and my youngest didn't enjoy some brief climbs over the rocks as much, my son loved the mud! After rainfall the path can be quite muddy, but with good hiking shoes it's easily passable. Nice shady areas if you want to hike during the summer. The first part of the hike is 1KM to a small lake. Nothing too difficult with some rocks to walk over and some incline. But, this can be a challenge for younger kids (unless they're like my kid who loves to clammer over rocks/grab onto roots). We met a few seniors who were a lot better hikers than me/husband, but some commented on the clammering over rocks/roots a bit of a challenge for their knees. From the small lake to the top is 1.5KM of pretty much the same obstacles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Make sure you bring some snacks/ lunch before you start the hike so you can enjoy the panoramic view of mountains/Second Narrow bridge with a picnic lunch. The kids wanted to stay for a long time and explore. The kids fed the Whiskyjacks (birds) with pomegranate seeds and make sure you zip up your bags because the Ravens are watchful of any treats they can fly away with. Our cookies were stolen but I had backup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The descent seemed easier! And we made our way home barefoot in the car! Bring extra shoes or flipflops for ride home. Our hiking boots were muddy/dirty and stayed in the trunk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm sure in the summer there must be mosquitoes with muddy areas we've come across but the view would be worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy hiking!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 15, 2013 10:00:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ann from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree with most people on the rating - absolutely not an 'easy' hike as it entails a lot of climbing over roots, slippery stones and dodging frequent muddy patches (obviously seasonal). It is a nice fall hike, no flies this time of the year and the weather was perfect with an amazing view over Vancouver & the Lower Mainland. There were a lot of people on the trail this Thanksgiving Sunday, lots of dogs and kids as well who seemed to do fairly well (as long as they can be lifted here and there). Great hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 14, 2013 08:23:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agree with Alex from Burnaby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is not an easy level hiking route. Should be an intermediate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My personal experience is that this route is somewhate comparable to "Lower Hollyburn" though this dog mount route is shorter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Worth a try. Takes averagely 3.5 hours for round trip if you do not stay on peak at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        View is good. Trailhead easy to access. Close to town. Give it 4 star if we leave alone whether it's "easy" or "intermediate".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 11, 2013 10:20:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alex from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is an INTERMEDIATE trail with frequent gnarly roots & small hills to contend with. The muddy creek/trail paths are seasonal, but if you try this in anything other than proper hiking footwear, you'll be S.O.L. The rating needs nudging out of the 'easy' range, and I encourage others to send a comment in that regard to this site's admin, as I have just done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 27, 2013 10:12:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Doug from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not an easy hike depending on your experience, skill, and fitness level - if you hike regularly you will find this easy but if you're recreational it can be a small workout. I would call this a Medium or an easier Intermediate because of the slippery roots, mud and muck, continuous ups and downs, large boulders and creekbed pathways. Doesn't seem to be a very busy trail, and the bugs were almost nonexistant. A fun hike but because of the technical footing you don't get to enjoy the scenery that much until you reach the top!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 16, 2013 09:45:03 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gerry from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This trail is not as easy as it seems. It is a washed out creekbed full of gnarly tree roots. Would not recommend it without walking poles and would not recommend it with small children or a baby on your back. Treacherous at best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 3, 2013 02:09:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mariana from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                awesome hike... no flies or mosquitoes yesterday (Sat Aug 31) it can be muddy. good shoes are a must... lots of roots and rocks. the view at the top is amazing. we took our dog and she was OK most of the time. this trail is definitely much easier in the winter when covered with snow as the surface levels out...enjoy your hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 1, 2013 09:27:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kim from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great hike, but wouldn't exactly classify this as 'easy' relatively speaking. And while "dog friendly" it's not advisable as you are climbing in/on roots and rock-faces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 13, 2013 06:53:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Christina + Chris from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Took us an hr up to the top. Stopped a lot, but also had to run from the horsefly's, and mosquitoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    View up top is beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the way down running most of the way it took 28 min.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lots of roots, and rocks on the trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 11, 2013 10:23:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grant R Andersen from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awesome hike. Still a few flies, but they did not bother us. The best local hike for the reward of the view.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 5, 2013 04:54:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thpme from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can‘t believe the amount of flies still up there at 2pm today (July 13)! Right out of the car, we were attacked by the tiny flies. We thought they will stop following us after a while, but they followed us for 15 minutes. Eventually we went back to the car and drove away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 14, 2013 12:51:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          David from N.Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Still crazy number of fly's up there (Jul-13).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 13, 2013 04:13:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went up 9 am Sunday July 7, the amount of tiny flies was NUTS!!! Some people were afraid to get out of their cars and left. Swarms of them get in your eyes, nose, mouth and ears, bug spray does not help. They do not bite, but if that kind of thing bothers you then wait until later in the day, there were way less when we came back after noon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apart from that, it's an excellent hike if you are taking kids over 5. Allow up to 3.5 hours with kids and bring snacks and lots of water if it's hot. The view of Greater Vancouver at the end of the trail is awesome on a clear day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 8, 2013 01:31:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Margot from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WAY too many bugs at the moment!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 7, 2013 05:36:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A little muddy and definitely buggy, but super worth it for the great views. If you are ok hiking back in the dark for the last 30 minutes, time it to catch the sunset at the lookout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 7, 2013 08:12:45 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gerry from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wet in a few places but fine. Good views of Vancouver. For an extra reward take the Suicide Bluffs trail back for more views and solitude.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 6, 2013 07:47:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    G from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canada Day: mucky, just a little bit of snow left.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 1, 2013 02:48:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mark from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      any updates? how's the snow now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 30, 2013 11:43:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did it last Saturday on Jun 22. Be careful with hidden snow bridges. The trail is different and fun except flies. Highly recommend to beginners with hiking poles if you don't feel comfortable walking on ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 24, 2013 08:17:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lev from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Belle from Vancouver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 22, 2013 06:05:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Belle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked the Mountain on Saturday and it was very treacherous. 3/4 of the trails covered in snow and very slippery, slushy and muddy at some parts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BE CAREFUL and be prepared!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 18, 2013 07:30:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A group of 10 of us did in in hiking boots and running shoes yesterday. Everyone else we encountered on the trail either had crampons or snowshoes, and we found it challenging but totally doable, if a little slippery. The trail is still entirely covered with snowpack, and snow is geting softer and softer with the warm weather we've been having. I'd recommend bringing something to slide down on your butt with, which was the most fun part of the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 31, 2013 10:01:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amanda from Stevenson writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Current conditions? Did anyone need snow shoes that hiked it this past week?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 21, 2013 02:45:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lina from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful hard packed snow covered trail today, with the sun glistening upon it. Gorgeous unobstructed view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 17, 2013 09:35:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Daniel from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just hiked it this morning with snowshoes. Even after all the rain this week there is plenty of snowpack underfoot (to answer your question Brenda) the whole length of the trail, not hard or icy, but heavy wet snow. Lovely trip, quiet morning, foggy woods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 15, 2013 03:19:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brenda from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know what the current conditions are for snowshoeing Dog Mountain? Is it still open, is there snow with all this rain??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 13, 2013 10:48:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trevor from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is there much avalanche risk for this trail. I am told no, but with little kids I want to be sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: February 22, 2013 09:59:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bmoore from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A interesting hike to Dog Mountain in the late sunny monday afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of friendly faces and happy dogs along the trail, but it wasn't too busy. My first time snowshoeing so I managed to slip a few times along the way. Some steep spots were a little tight and icy, so I had to proceed with caution. Overall, a fun challenge and rewarding experience. I would recommend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shorter snowshoes with a better grip on the hills as mine where large and cumbersome at times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 22, 2013 03:51:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Adrian from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just beautiful up there today, perfect for a snowshoe hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Incidently I've never been chased, nipped or barked at by any dogs on this route (or any others I can think of). Perhaps Bob you're doing something to upset them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love seeing all the pooches running around, getting their exercise and playing in the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: January 20, 2013 09:07:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bob from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't tell you how many times I've been chased, barked at and even nipped by freaked out, out-of-control dogs on the trails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LEASH YOUR DOGS, JERKS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: January 7, 2013 02:55:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jean from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm with you, Matt - I love seeing dogs up there, especially because they're all so happy!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I find they don't get in the way at all, and for the most part, their owners are very careful and courteous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: January 1, 2013 10:53:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matt from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't be such a baby, Chris. Dogs are awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 29, 2012 11:36:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chris James from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a great trail for either a beginner or when you just want to get outside for less than half a day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The HUGE downside is the insane number of off leash dogs!!! It certainly takes a lot of the magic out of being in the wilderness to have packs of dogs running everywhere. Despite the signs telling dog owners that they must keep dogs on leash, no one keeps their dog on a leash. Why have the signs if this is not going to be enforced?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: December 27, 2012 09:20:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      C from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a great hike today on Dog Mountain! The view was just spectacular! Please be aware that the trail is quite rocky with many roots in the way - if you have some issues with balance you may find the hike really challenging. Also, wear good footwear with ankle support (hiking boots), you will be very thankful you did!! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 6, 2012 08:14:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vicki from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        holy mountians....we hiked to first lake then to the first look out then followed suicide ridge then over another mountain then over another one up one side down the other .whew...parking lot were r u....lol...awesome lookouts ......looking forward to go back ...that took us about 4 hours...yaya

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 3, 2012 09:53:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tim from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not as easy as this would have you believe. Overall no net climb, so easy in that regard, and obviously easy to navigate, but a number of short steep sections that are very rocky and root-y, lots to trip you up. No time to take your eyes off the trail until the vista at the end, because you'll trip and bust your head if you do. Also trail was very crowded. Poles would come in handy on this one. For the folks who were about to head up based on the easy review, don't head out there in sneakers or Sketchers Shape-Ups! Wear rugged shoes and your feet and ankles will thank you later. The view is indeed beautiful, but the trail getting there is not the most enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 15, 2012 04:05:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sasarai from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not exactly 'easy', more like an intermediate trail. Very rocky, and lots of tree roots that could get slippery during rainy days. Amazing view at the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 2, 2012 12:14:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carson from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great hike - varried terrain, wouldn't call it "easy", but certainly not difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amazing view - probably the best view of the city from any of the north shore peaks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 4, 2012 09:38:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Susanna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this hike for the first time this morning and there's still tons of snow. We had never been there before so it was very difficult finding our way. It's not a long hike so if you know the trail you should be fine. Most of our time was spent going the wrong way and then backtracking. Hot weather is finally here though so the snow should melt soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 7, 2012 04:46:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R. Burt from Barrie writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How about someone starting a ~pet friendly~ cafe at the beginning of the Dog Mountain trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  search internet: Williams Coffee Pub and dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It`s at Toronto`s Harbourfront and welcome humans, cats and dogs inside the restaurant!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The name of Dog Mountain and the restaurant theme seem to go together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 11, 2012 06:29:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Icerbgrergy from Denswell writes:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 8, 2012 09:42:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heather from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We hiked to Dog mountain yesterday (June 3). Still lots of snow on the trail. A bamboo pole marks the entrance to the trail. Slippery and wet, wear proper hiking boots! Watch for the trail markers and where others have gone before you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The snow is melting so be cautious of stream crossings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is generally an easy hike but it took us about 4 hours return yesterday, so give yourself extra time if you are going up later in the day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Totally worth doing if you are prepared though, very few people there, and gorgeous in the snow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ATTENTION DOG OWNERS:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please Please Please do the rest of us a favour and if you are picking up after your dog, either fling it into the woods, eu naturale, or pack it out! this lovely trail is littered with dog poop in little plastic baggies that will take hundreds of years to degrade! how disrespectful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 4, 2012 11:04:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Melissa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        May 26th - still a lot of snow up there. A little difficult to find the trail head. A lot of uphill and downhill - quite slippery with the snow. Some of us fell at least 10 times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There were a lot of trail markings but some of the signs were buried up by the snow. A lot of flies up top - can't imagine how it's it going to be deeper into the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        View up top was spectacular. The snow def. made it an adventure but we are looking forward to going on it again in Aug. We went at 4:30pm and we did not see a single person on the trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 26, 2012 09:46:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paul from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just got back from hiking to Dog Mountain, May 19, 2012. It has been a sunny day and the trail is still completely snow covered and easy to follow. Be sure you wear shoes with good treads so you won't be slipping around like me in my tennis shoes. The snow makes the trail easier - no mud, streams to cross or roots to clamber over. It took a little over an hour to walk in and exactly an hour to walk out. This is my first time on this trail and I would do it again with friends as the view from Dog Mountain is great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think it's called Dog Mountain because of all the bags of dog shit lining the trail. My friend found a shopping bag at the summit, so on the way back we picked up twenty bags of dog shit and deposited them in the garbage can at the start of the trail. Come on, dog owners!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 19, 2012 11:47:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seth from England writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I should add after watching the video posted that if you go when there is no snow this is a lot harder than you might expect as it is very rooty. Just be prepared for that as those who are less mobile might see it listed as easy and will probably have a harder time with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 18, 2011 10:31:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seth from Somewhere in England writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just hiked this today. Was a really fun hike and not too difficult. We ended up getting there quite late so didn't have a lot of time at the lookout point as wanted to get back before it got too dark. There wasn't any snow and it was very easy to know which way to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strange occurrence at the end when we were met by a single big raven that watched us then followed us part of the way back. The mist and impending darkness made this a very eery experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 18, 2011 10:22:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chris from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tried this trail on Sept 11, 2011. I wouldn't say it is an easy one. The trail is quite rocky. A lot of trees and bushes are in the way of the trail, and they need to be trimmed down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The most annoying part there were a lot of flies and mosquitoes bugged us non-stop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 12, 2011 01:29:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Adrian from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this route Labour Day, early morning around 9am. Beautiful !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trail is almost completely dry, very few muddy patches and those few that are easy to skirt around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still buggy though. Lots of small flies/mosquitoes. I'm sure in previous years there weren't so many around this time of year ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lovely morning walk on a sunny day though and the dog loves swimming in First Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 6, 2011 02:09:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mahsa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We hiked this trail in july. It was not an easy one at all. There was still a lot of SNOW and the rest of it was muddy. It was actually frustrating for us to climb up that much snow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have to say the look out at the end of the trail was spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 25, 2011 10:47:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We hiked this today. There is still quite a lot of snow, but it's melting. As a result, sometimes your foot will go all the way down to your hip through the deep snow. I'd recommend that you wear Goretex hiking boots with warm wool socks. I was in shorts and every time my foot would fall down through the snow it scraped up my leg quite badly. There is some brush/trees that also need trimming along the trail that will scratch up your legs, so do wear pants even if it's warm. The view was spectacular at the top and it took us about 45 minutes to hike there. I slipped into a little stream on the slippery rocks and slid on the snow a few times in running shoes. Dress properly and you'll have a blast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 10, 2011 10:26:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alexandria from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for your feedback. I didn't go in the end, but am eager to learn when it does become passable to the end without snowshoes :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 9, 2011 06:16:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caitlin from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alexandria - this is probably too late for you, but we went up on Sunday and there was still quite a bit of snow - did you end up going that day?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We went to the trail head - saw that the first little bridge was still quite snowy and decided to come back again in mid-July. There were some people snowshoeing there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 29, 2011 03:56:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alexandria from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            any comments out there with more details about how much snow is still there? I'm interested in doing it today, but wondered how deep it is, at what point the snow starts, and if its passable with just regular hikers or trail shoes? It sounded like maybe you couldn't make it to the very end? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 26, 2011 11:06:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Darlene Monette from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just started hiking this year. The first time it took us a bit of time to get there, now I can do it in almost half the time and that is with snow. I can't wait to do it now with no snow as the view will be so different and I should be able to do it even faster.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But I think it is a good hike for a beginner just take your time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 26, 2011 10:40:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked it this weekend and it was great. Still a few meters of firm snow all the way through so the path is smoother than when you're on the actual trail. Snowshoes help but no problem with just (waterproof) hiking boots. The bridge at the lake was buried by at least 3 meters but there is a crossing nearby so you don't have to wade the stream. The view is spectacular on a clear day. On the descents be careful not to slip off the trail. The softest snow seems to be near the trees so stay clear to avoid sinking deep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 16, 2011 01:53:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mark from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We snowshoed this in mid-April. Constant small undulating hills throughout with no real sense of overall gain or loss of altitude. This took 45 minutes each way, with plenty of rests. The view from Dog Mountain is potentially quite nice, though we had fog and snow. Great experience!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 15, 2011 12:05:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Patricia from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We (two seniors) snowshoed up Dog Mountain this morning. The peace and quiet, not to mention the amazing amount of new snow, made for a magical 2-hour hike. The view of the city, always spectacular, was obscured but wonderfully "ghostly".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: February 28, 2011 09:16:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Linda from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dog Mountain is a really nice snowshoe hike and not too long. The weather was perfect today and there was lots of people on the trail. Great view of the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 9, 2011 10:15:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        simon from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We hiked this yesterday with our two kids (10 and 6). This is no grouse mountain or lighthouse park walk in the forest. It was a real adventure for them (and us). Muddy and icy underfoot (we set off early). Slippery rocks and roots to clamber over. The trail hasn't been taken care of. Lots of careful picking your way along what seemed to just a rock filled stream of mud. We had our share of incidents. Somebody will lose a shoe. Not an easy hike in October. But a great time. We all loved it. The view was spectacular. And the adventure fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 18, 2010 05:36:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Karlly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hiked it on July 31st and it was pretty easy. There are lots of roots and rocks so it's good to have boots that protects your ankles. I went with two teens and they found it was easy as well. I even saw people hiking with the toddlers! View at the end was FANTASTIC! wouldn't recommend this hike after the summer months though because it will get too muddy and slippery. Its easy in the summer but would be quite a bit harder in the fall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 6, 2010 09:27:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ben from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked Dog Mountain on July 24th and it was easy, yes there are roots that stick up but really this is an easy hike. If you're looking for an alternative hike back I recommend checking out the Suicide Bluffs. The junction for Suicide Bluffs is right at the end of the Dog Mountain trail, instead of veering left and coming to the end of the trail continue straight ahead there will be a metal sign on the tree indicating this is the Suicide Bluffs trail. It also notes that it is a "rough" trail, translation there are some STEEP sections. For the most part the trail is easy with the exception of a couple of spots where you have some steep climbs where there have been cables added to make it easier. However the views are unbelievable and better than the ones provided by Dog Mountain. The trail isn't much longer and the Dog Mountain Suicide Bluff loop shouldn't take more than 2.5 hrs. The trail comes out on Mount Seymour about 1km above the start of the Dog Mountain trail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 28, 2010 12:57:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              S. Willett from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked to Dog Mountain today and it was a fairly easy hike minus the over abundance of flies. We were there at 9am and the flies were crazy. On the way back (10am) they seemed to have become less frequent. Other than that the view is fantastic and it's a good hike if you arent looking to do something too hard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 11, 2010 05:53:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carla from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this hike yesterday. Temp on top was about 10 degrees lower than in the city so you want to make sure you dress accordingly. Still quite a bit of snow, in some parts there was about a foot of snow but its packed so you don't sink into it too much. Walking over the snow makes for some good falls as its pretty slippery. 85% of the trail was mud and at certain points its hard to avoid it. View at the end is definately like a mini chief, just don't know if going through all the mud is worth it though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 2, 2010 12:12:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christina from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The trail is really nice and the view totally worth the walk! But still today, there was lots of snow and the walk was quite difficult. A lot of slippery roots and rocks and on top the snow, which was melting and slippery too, was quite an adventure sometimes. We also would say, the trail is definitely not easy, especially when there is still snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 5, 2010 09:43:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brian from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked this one yesterday with a friend was totally caught off guard by all the snow but still continued on to the peak. Was quiet the adventure with still about 6ft of snow in areas. It even snowed while we were hiking on this 20th day of May 2010. Will be doing this one again in about a month. trail though is well marked and easy to follow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 21, 2010 01:10:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jenn Goodlad from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have snowshoed this trail many times over the past few years, usually many times each season. Sometimes in the daylight, sometimes by headlamp. I think this is a wonderful trek with an amazing view over the lower mainland. What a reward! I would rate this trail as easy to medium. You can do the loop in an hour round-trip if you are in good shape and can book it. You can easily do it in two hours round-trip if you take your time. I wouldn't recommend doing this trip at night if you don't know it very well by day. However, if you do know it very well by day, it is a TON of fun at night by headlamp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Needlesss to say, I need to do this trail in the summer to see what it all looks like without the snow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy trails!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: December 30, 2009 08:06:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        B from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Very easy as in you don't have to be in great shape to do this hike, but you have to have good footing. There is tons of tripping hazards and it was very slippery (october 09)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 3, 2009 04:21:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nicole from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this trail on a sunny day in September 2009. We took the back trail by Suicide bluffs to return to the parking lot. This trail definitely has more ups and downs than the trail that passes First Lake. Several of the 'peaks' offer great views of the city and the trail also has great views to Grouse, The Needles and Lynn River. When the trail merged with the main Seymour trail - that returns to the parking lot - we noticed that this back trail to Dog mountain had rocks in front of it as if it were closed.I agree with previous comments that this trail is root-y and slippery and not 'easy'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 23, 2009 10:26:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chris from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dog Mountain is definitely NOT easy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We are experienced hikers, but because my son is 5 years old, my wife is 5 months pregnant, and I have an injured knee, my family decided it would be a great Labor Day weekend hike based on the "easy" designation and the description. However, I would not call it "easy," and I had to hold my son's hand for many parts of the trail and had to assist my wife at times. I regret not reading the comments before we headed out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was raining, and after going about 20 minutes into the trail, we decided to turn back because of the very slippery roots and rocks and the uneven terrain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, I would like to do this trail again when it was not so rainy, and now that we know what to expect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 6, 2009 03:40:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Robert Werner from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I took 11 people up this trail today. It was a good hike and the view from the top was most enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But several of my friends rightfully complained that much of the trail was not "easy". It involved walking over slippery roots and rocks and some people slipped & fell on occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do think you should consider changing the hike to "Medium" difficulty or at least noting the obstacles along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 23, 2009 10:30:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Annie Boudreau from New Brunswick writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                very nice trail to hike! amazing view on top of the mountain!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 20, 2009 09:45:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Malcolm from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  June 14 - The trail does still have some snow, but it should keep you from hiking it. It's usually pretty clear where to go, and how to get around the patches. Lovely view at the end, and lots of great break-out sections in the forest. Well worth the trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 14, 2009 09:01:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeffrey Ai from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tried the trail on June 7, 2009. The trail is still almost covered by snow. It's very hard to find the trail head. We did see some snow holes, so we feel unsafe to continue and abort it after about 200m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 9, 2009 10:50:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jeff from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, this is a short, but beautiful hike. To add interest, instead of returning the same way, continue on the trail that loops around the back alongside Suicide Bluffs. It is a bit longer, but at the end, merges again with the main Mount Seymour Trail. From here, it's not a long walk out to the parking lot. This trail provides beautiful panaramas of the mountains in behind as the trail, for the most part, follows along the bluffs. It's a good, well-worn trail, but there are a few areas that have ropes to help get you up and over the exposed root inclines. (my dog had no problem). Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 3, 2009 12:49:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shasta Rees from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a great trail to do if you're looking for a short hike. You can go up in the morning and hang out for a while at the peak and enjoy the view and still be back in time for lunch and have the whole day ahead of you! Nice easy trail, great snowshoeing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 17, 2009 03:06:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elisa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of my favourite trails to snowshoe in the winter in Vancouver. We went snowshoeing along the Dog Mt. trail after last weekend's first dump of snow and it was beautiful, with all the snow still clinging to the trees. Looking forward to trying a few more trails this winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 24, 2008 01:42:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rob from Vancouver BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great trail! Not too long so take your time and enjoy the view from the top. As mentioned above it too was quite muddy but for me it hadn't rained in at least 5 days so keep this in mind if you prefer more stable terrain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 28, 2008 09:37:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jordan McDonald from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nice easy trail with a spectacular view of the city. We did this hike after a few days of rain, so the trail was really muddy and the tree roots slippery. But really easy trail to follow and a great hike for those getting a late start on the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 9, 2008 06:15:27 PM PST

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