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Needle Peak

Seymour Conservation Area

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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  • The trail often begins with a flat pavement walk to the Lynn Headwaters Park.- Needle Peak
  • Heading for Lynn Peak starts on a busy broad gravel road before climbing through a trail of rubble from the eroded Lynn Peak Trail. - Needle Peak
  • The Lynn Peak viewpoint is a pretty common place for people to visit. The trail will be plenty busy here. - Needle Peak
  • The summit of Lynn Peak. Most folks will stop here. The junction for this trail is a large fallen log. Left goes to the summit, and right goes down across the flank of Lynn Peak.

A special note if you are here in Winter. Past this point the flagging get- Needle Peak
  • Once you've left Lynn Peak behind, the trail becomes a lot more fun. It's serene and quiet. It does a lot of upping and downing, but if you love mossy old-growth forests, it makes for a delightful contrast. - Needle Peak
  • The route follows the peaks as they rise and fall along the ridge. You basically are in the center of the ridge for most of the way. - Needle Peak
  • The trail steepens as you get higher. - Needle Peak
  • Toward the actual Needle Peak things get pretty steep. If there were exposure, this would definitely count as a scramble, but the terrain is well sheltered.- Needle Peak
  • The crux of the route is this slabby, juggy section of third class scrambling. It really isn't challenging in summer, though if you are here in winter, it might require some special tools. It's definitely steep enough to avalanche, even with the trees. - Needle Peak
  • The summit of the South Needle is a great viewpoint to Grouse, Crown, Goat, the Camels, and beyond. - Needle Peak
  • Heading back down with the full ridge in view.- Needle Peak
  • Descending from Needle Peak.- Needle Peak
  • The trail marker for the Seymour Valley exit is difficult to locate. This is preferable to walking back along the ridge because you just lose elevation. - Needle Peak
  • Heading down through peaceful forests. - Needle Peak
  • Right at the very end of the downhill is a beautiful mossy grove of trees. There are actually signs for "The Temple of Life." It's a worthwhile spot to stop, take a rest, and drink in the beauty. - Needle Peak
  • The creek is a marvelous spot to take a drink.- Needle Peak
  • On the flat trail you wander through a beautiful field of ferns. - Needle Peak
  • As you walk down a bit further across the paved roadways you will reach a pavilion with these two viewpoint chairs. The Fisher's Trail, which winds scenically along the river, is to the left (south).- Needle Peak
  • The Fishers Trail is fairly busy with gravel bikers and walkers. It goes by rather quick. - Needle Peak
  • The final climb out of the Seymour Valley. - Needle Peak
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful old-growth. Public transit access. Crowds dissipate the further you get. Flat walk out.
Cons: 
Rolling hills. Not much in the way of views until the end.
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Region:
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
1,220.00 m (4,002.62 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
19.99 km (12.42 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
1,630.00 m (5,347.77 ft)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
190.00 m (623.36 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Needle Peak Trail is a lovely classic North Shore Ridge Trail. While you don't get a lot of views, you are sheltered in beautiful coastal rainforest, and the view at the end point is marvellous. If you enjoy a good cardio day going up and down a lot with a great steeper section at the end that is ideal for nervous scramblers, then this is the peak for you. 

The trail begins at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. You may have to park a little further back due to crowds, or you can also take the Number 228 Bus from Lonsdale Quay to get here. There are signposts direction you across the damn bridge. Be sure to leave your details at the giant placard to where hikers are meant to check-in; they check this at the end of the day and will try and call you if you haven't deposited your ticket by 7 p.m. This is a loop route, so remember that you aren't going to come past this check-in again. If you do take a stub, be sure to text the details that you have returned safe and sound when you are done. 

The trail is wide gravel road to the right. It follows downriver for a bit before sharply turning uphill when the trail narrows. There are several junctions, but if you follow the signs for Lynn Peak, you'll be good. The trail to Lynn peak isn't especially nice. It is eroded and covered in rocks that are rolling and large. If you have weak ankles, trekking poles and boots (not just mid height hiking shoes). After a decent climb you get to the Lynn viewpoint just off to the right. 

Just beyond this is the felled tree. To the left of the tree is the trail to the anticlimactic summit of Lynn Peak. It's basically a fully shaded open space in the woods with no view. Honestly, it's not even really worth stopping for. If you take the left track that heads downhill, you are on your way to Needle Peak. 

The trail rolls along the ridge, going up and up and then down and down over several sub peaks. Eventually you'll reach the very steep face of the South Needle. Head up this trail, which is quite steep. The trail begins to loose quality here, and you'll get flat and tricky slopes of dirt rather then good steps. Proper hiking traction footwear will be appreciated. Just beneath the viewpoint you will run into some rocky steps that are fairly easy to scramble. At most they are easy third class. They aren't exposed, so it's a good spot for those who are nervous. You don't even really need to use a hand here, though nervous hikers will appreciate it. 

Above this the trail winds near the edge of a cliff, but the ground is solid. It is sloped, so the nervous folks will need patience and reassurance, but the footing is solid, mostly flat, and there are trees to hold onto. Just beyond this is the summit, and gorgeous views of Vancouver. 

The trail is a quick descent before you drop down to the saddle. From here, find the trail junction you would have passed earlier. The descent takes a little while and is fairly steep, but it gets you quickly down to the road. From here you cross down following the signs to the Fisher's Trail. This gets you to a gazebo and red chairs. To the right is the Fishers Trail, and it's a brisk walk back to Lynn Canyon along the beautiful river. Be aware that bears are a common sight here in salmon spawning season. Eventually the trial comes out beside Rice Lake. There will be signage back to Lynn Canyon from here. 

Recommended gear:

  • Ten essentials
  • Trekking poles
  • Water (there is nowhere to refill along the way)
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