I momentarily interrupt my Utah/Arizona series for a post from sunny Vancouver. Yup, after months of rain and gloom the last few days have been glorious, and we’ve had a whack-load of snow, with more to come. It has been a fun week in the white stuff— skiing in Whistler and today a gorgeous trek up Hollyburn Peak with my friend Nicole. My mood is so drastically buoyed from the clear skies that I just had to share some photos from Hollyburn Peak in Cypress Provincial Park—one of my go-to winter favourites.
Hollyburn Peak trail is very popular especially on sunny weekends, but today it was beautifully peaceful. The well-marked trail is 7 km (4.3 miles) return and gains 430 m (1410 ft.) It’s a steady uphill but the brutally steep part is saved for the last section where many people are tempted to turn back. Don’t! The 360 degree views at the top (when it’s clear) are outstanding. And, it’s super fun sliding back down on your behind. Some folks bring crazy carpets or garbage bags to enhance the ride. I’ve never bothered and hence have worn through my snow pants.
Cypress Provincial Park is in West Vancouver, about a 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Hollyburn Peak trail starts at the cross country skiing parking lot. Snowshoes are the preferred footwear for fresh snow, but it usually gets trampled down pretty quickly so microspikes will do the trick. If you don’t have snowshoes they’re available for rent.
I’ll be back to the sunny US Southwest in my next post.
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Great photos! Snowshoeing is definitely my favorite winter activity. Around here (Helena, MT) if you don’t have something you enjoy doing in the snow, winter can be a real drag. Here is my new blog – only 4 posts so far, but two of them are snowshoe hikes (lots of photos): https://bigskywalker.com/2016/12/27/casey-peak-in-winter/
Thanks – bigskywalker.com
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