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Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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  • The trailhead.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • The snowshoe trail runs alongside the groomed cross-country trails.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Wander through frozen tarns and meadows.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing to Hollyburn Mountain.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • The marked trail ends after 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), with the summit another 500 meters farther.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Some portions of the trail exceed 30% towards the summit.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Stunning views over the city and into Washington state.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Hollyburn Peak is just the starting point for peering into the north shore backcountry.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing to Hollyburn Mountain.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Views in all directions, including north across the Cypress Ski Resort and Howe Sound.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing to Hollyburn Mountain.- Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Marked trail.
Cons: 
Crowds.
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Region:
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Groomed trail: 
No
Highest point: 
1,316.00 m (4,317.59 ft)
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
6.00 km (3.73 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
459.00 m (1,505.91 ft)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
900.00 m (2,952.76 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Hollyburn Mountain could be the most popular winter trail on Vancouver’s north shore. On a bluebird weekend, it’s not uncommon for hundreds of people to be on the trail at any one time, from backcountry enthusiasts to ambitious tourists.

The mountain has a rich winter sports history dating back nearly 100 years, and it was the first ski "resort" on Vancouver's North Shore Mountains. Today that winter sports tradition continues with the groomed cross-country trails of the Cypress Nordic Ski Area, which runs parallel to the Hollyburn Trail.

The trail follows an old access road beneath the power lines from the ski area parking lot. After a kilometer, the trail begins to weave through the forest and skirts a handful of meadows and tarns.

The gentle meandering singletrack trail abruptly gives way to a final third that resembles a stair master. Steep, straight sections of trail are mercifully interspersed with mini-plateaus, providing an opportunity to turn around and admire views over the city and Georgia Strait below.

The steepest section is, of course, reserved for last. However, once you reach the peak you’ll be greeted by spectacular 360-degree views as well as a handful of whisky jacks and likely a raven or two.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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