- Difficulty Easy
- Time 2 hours
- Round-Trip 3km
- Elevation Gain 100 meters
- Season June - October
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 50 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
Located on top of Mount Seymour in a scenic forest setting, the trails to Goldie Lake offer a great outdoor hike that is perfect for families to explore.
From the parking area at Mount Seymour, walk to the BC Parks signboard at the far end and orientate yourself with the trails to Goldie and Flower Lakes. Once you have studied the map, walk back towards where the Goldie Rope Tow towers stand, without rope, during the summer season. Walk down the hill, continuing in a straight path, to where the trail enters the forest and continue along the trail to Goldie Lake.
Not long after leaving the ski area you reach a junction that connects to the Flower Lake Loop. Continue along the trail to the left towards Goldie Lake as you enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the occasional sounds of birds in the trees. The trail weaves its way through the forest before reaching a second junction. Go left to start the loop around Goldie Lake. After walking a few minutes, the trail opens up to a scenic view of Goldie Lake nestled between the rocks and forest.
Continue following the trail as it climbs a small hill at the far end of the lake, before descending and crossing a bridge, and following alongside the rocky mountain side. Pick your area to stop and have lunch. Or, to get to the section on the west side of the lake that looks as though its an island, continue around the loop and go right at the first junction before taking another right and walking out onto the gravel area.
After enjoying Goldie Lake, you can either return via the route you arrived to the Mount Seymour Parking area or you can extend your hike to do the Flower Lake Loop. To reach the Flower Lake Loop, walk south to the 4-way junction that sits between too small, unnamed lakes. Check the sign for the directions to Flower Lake and take the route that passes one of the small lakes on your left. This trail is a little less used then the others and can be muddy after a rainfall or in the spring. Weave your way through the forest until you reach Flower Lake on your right.
At the far end of Flower Lake, you can choose to exit the forest to where the ski lifts are, however you will have to hike back up the hill in the ski area. A nicer option is to go right and loop around the entire lake, returning to the junction that connects Flower Lake Loop to the Goldie Lake Trail. Go left at this junction and a few hundred meters later, you reach the junction with the Goldie Lake trail where going left will return you to the parking area.