#NorthVan365 Day 21
Some may say this hike is easy, but when you’re hiking an elevation of 150 metres on an alpine of loose rocks in only 3km… it’s not that easy. It’s worth it though, especially on a crystal clear North Vancouver day. If the clouds are low you may find yourself hiking through the fog.
Take the scenic drive to the top of Mount Seymour and park at the main parking lot. It’s free! The hike to Mystery Lake is pretty straight forward, you hike straight up the alpine switchbacks. Keep to the right near the top of the trail and you’ll find the lake. If you’re unsure of where to go, just follow the trail signs or ask another hiker nearby. There’s usually a steady flow of hikers going to Mystery Lake.
When you reach the lake there is a small trail that takes you around it where you’ll find some large rocks near the water to sit on. On a hot day the lake is usually quite crowded so get there early if you plan to stay a while. It’s always recommended to pack light but you will see some carry their favorite floatation device up the mountain to relax on in the lake. Just make sure you bring lots of water, drinking the lake water is not recommended.
The descent back to the parking lot can be fun and it goes a lot faster than the hike up. Just watch your step as the alpine trail has very loose rocks and slippery patches. If this short hike wasn’t quite enough, Mount Seymour has several other trails to choose from but make sure you’re well equipped for a full day of hiking!