Hiking is a part of life in Metro Vancouver, whether it’s a stroll through Stanley Park or a climb up to a spectacular mountain lookout. The Dog Mountain trail from Mount Seymour is rated as an easy hike, a drive up to the parking lot helping with most of the elevation gain, with rewarding views.
Dog Mountain stats courtesy of Vancouver Trails:
Time: 2 hours
Season: June to October
Dogs: Yes, the trail is dog friendly
“While the trail has minimal elevation gain and is only about 5km return, it should be noted that the path is a bit more technical, requiring careful steps along several sections that are covered with slippery tree roots. Therefore, some hikers may find this trail on the more challenging end of the “easy” rating.”
Outdoor Vancouver lists Dog Mountain as a snowshoe trail from November to April. “If you’ve never been on snowshoes before, a trip out to Dog Mountain is the perfect place to see what the hype is all about. Maintained by BC Parks, the Dog Mountain trail is free to use and dogs are allowed. All these factors make a Dog Mountain snowshoe the perfect family outing. Not to mention the spectacular view of Vancouver from the summit.”
From Vancouver, head north on Highway 1 across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and exiting on Mount Seymour Parkway. Follow the parkway to Mount Seymour Rd and start the winding climb up to the parking lot/ski area.
At the north end of the Mount Seymour parking lot, you’ll find the BC Parks information board that includes a map. Heading north, to the left of the chair lift/ski run, you’ll see signs for the more difficult “3 Peaks” trail, as well as one for “First Lake”, that’s the route you’ll follow for Dog Mountain.
Remember to always be prepared for your hike, and let someone know when and where you are going. For more information about hikes this season, check out Tourism Vancouver’s Top 5 Easy Summer Hikes and sites like Vancouver Trails and Club Tread.