Vancouver is a beautiful place, but it rains a lot. We haven’t broken any records this season, but it has felt particularly wet and gloomy. Although I’ve lived here for almost 16 years, I continue to be amazed at how a single sunny day—even a half-day— after a seemingly endless stretch of rain can put me in a state of bliss. And it only gets better if I get to spend the day in the mountains, where our sea level rain has fallen in great heaps of brilliant white. It all came together—a perfect “I’m so happy to be alive” kind of day on Al’s Habrich backcountry trail, accessed from the Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola.
I’ve enjoyed Al’s Habrich trail in summer, but this was my first time doing it in winter (technically spring) and it was every bit as spectacular, maybe more so. It’s not promoted as an official snowshoeing route so it doesn’t get much traffic. Another great thing about this trail, winter or summer, is that it doesn’t take long to get to the views. It’s just 1-2 km of steady uphill through the forest before the trail opens up to a ridge with wide-open mountain and ocean panoramas. The entire 12 km return trip is amazing, but this a route where you can turn around after 3-4 km and feel intensely satisfied.
That’s it! Just a short happy post from a great day in the sun and snow. I’m thinking this day will sustain me through the next spell of gloomy weather!
For more information about activities at the Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola, check out my earlier posts on hiking/walking trails and snowshoeing the Shannon Basin Loop.
I’ll be back soon with more of my Spain series.
Thanks for the post. Is there avalanche hazard along the route?
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