The winter route up Mount Seymour to Brockton Point is a great hike day or night. With epic panoramic views, it’s stunning during the day as well it’s well-marked and a short distance making it a great route for a sunset or night hike too.
Closest City: North Vancouver
Park: Mount Seymour Provincial Park
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Camping Allowed: No
4 X 4 Needed: No (winter tires requires though)
Round Trip Trail Distance in KM: 4.3
Hiking Time in HR: 2
Average Grade %:
Elevation Gain in M: 295
Highest Point in M: 1,279
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Located in Mount Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver, the trailhead is only a 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. While it is not public transit-accessible, there is a shuttle that brings you up to Mount Seymour Resort for a fee.
The trailhead is accessed from the farthest end of the Mount Seymour Ski Resort’s parking lot. Walk up towards the ski hill and the trailhead is on your left. There is a sign for Dog Mountain and the Mt Seymour trail (which takes you to Brockton Point). The trail that leads into the forest is for Dog Mountain, while the trail for Brockton Point continues straight along the left side of the ski hill. Note that during the day on weekends especially it is very busy up there so you may need to park your car in a lower lot or on the road so be sure to plan for extra time to walk to the trailhead. If hiking in the evening though, you can usually snag a parking spot very close to the trailhead. In the winter the road up is often snowy and icy so winter tires are required.
Follow the reflective orange trail markers on poles stuck in the snow. There are a couple of steep climbs before reaching the first viewpoint looking westwards over the mountains at about 1 km up. The trail then descends briefly before another two steep climbs before reaching the end of this hike (Brockton Point). There is a wooden post saying Brockton Point but it’s often covered in snow so it’s easy to miss. From the top here you have 360 degree panoramic views – north, east and west over some more mountains, and south over the city and the ski resort. There is a sign with the trail continuing on to access to First Peak (aka First Pump) and beyond travelling through unmonitored avalanche terrain so best to stop here unless you have avalanche training and gear.
Regardless of which hike you’re doing, what time of day it is, what time of year, the length or difficulty level of the hike, or even how familiar with the trail you are, you need to ALWAYS be prepared and leave trip plan before venturing into the great outdoors. Read our safety overview for more information like carrying the 10 essentials.
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