Lynn Peak

June 23rd 2010


Route from Lynn Headwaters parking lot up Lynn Peak to the lookout

Total Distance: 9.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 4 hours
Average Grade: 16.2%
Structure: Linear – Return
Elevation Gain: 731 m
Start Elevation: 190 m
Max Elevation: 921 m

This is a well marked and well used trail that climbs up through second growth forest at first, before winding through a stand of old growth forest at the 650m level.

From the parking lot, cross the bridge over Lynn Creek and turn right at the bulletin board. Walk along the gravel road and look for the Lynn Loop Trailhead on the left. Follow this trail uphill past a forest of gigantic tree stumps to a junction, where you’ll go right and follow the steep, well worn track up to the Lynn Lookout.

From the junction with the Lynn Loop Trail, this well-marked and well-used trail starts out by climbing through a second growth forest. At the 650 m level (or about 45 minutes of hiking…depending, of course, how strong a hiker you are and how many breaks you take), the trail passes through a stand of old growth. About half an hour later, the trail past a old blimp mooring from the days when they were used to log in this area (little remains other than a lookout over Seymour) and on to the top of the mountain, which isn’t really the top of the mountain at all, but an outcropping of rock from which you’ll get good views out over the Vancouver skyline. Good, but not great, as the trees close in on three sides. There are also limited views at several viewpoints along the way, at 600m, 750m, 890m, and 905m.

The Lynn Peak trail is moderately challenging, and offers moderate rewards.

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