My Annual Hiking Plan


People always want to know what my favourite hikes are. It is SO HARD to answer that because there are simply so many amazing trails. They’re also curious about how I tackle so many trails and how I plan. So I’ve decided to create this blog post. Here, I will share with you my annual hiking plan, and update it each year.

I work a 9-5 so I’m a Weekend Warrior. I do most of my big hikes on the weekend. I am, however, so obsessed with hiking that I often hike on weeknights as well.

I’m a summer baby. While snowy mountaintops are oh so pretty, and I do love the occasional snowshoe trip, winter is a particularly dangerous time to navigate steep slopes due to avalanche risk so most of my hiking is done during those precious months of snow-free security. I usually make plans from Spring through Fall, starting with lower elevation peaks and gradually working my way up to higher elevation peaks closer to the end of the summer when the snow will be melted.

Discover snow-free Winter and Spring hikes near Vancouver here and here.

At the end of every year, I always post on my @hikesnearvancouver Instagram my top ten favourite hikes near Vancouver that I completed that year. I will link to that here as well.

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Frosty Mountain, one of my favourite hikes from 2018

My Annual Hiking Plan – 2019

I must first explain that my 2019 plan is a bit different than other years because it includes a lot of trail runs. I am training for my first ultra marathon in September, the 55km Whistler Alpine Meadows race by Coast Mountain Trail Series so each weekend I will be tackling one hiking trail as a trail run. But without further ado, below is my annual trail plan for 2019.

Apr 13 Lynn Lake run
Apr 21 Elk River Trail to Landslide Lake hike
Apr 27 Mt Steele run
May 4 22km run (?)
May 5 Slollicum Peak hike
May 12 Coliseum run
May 13 Crown hike
May 17-26 Sunshine Coast Trail
June 1/2 Semaphore Lakes, Locomotive mountain
June 9 20km run, Madeira Park somewhere
June 15 Silisea Creek run, Winchester Mtn camp
June 16 Yellow Aster Butte hike
June 22 Zupjoc Alpaca run
June 28-Jul 7 WA Road Trip:
SAT run chain lakes clockwise from lower lot (9km 555m gain), then run Ptarmigan ridge (12km 476m gain).
SUN run Hannegan Pass (20km 1092m)
MON backpack hidden lake lookout to camp (11.7km 1027m)
TUES run black Peak (16km 1341m) via Maple pass loop counter clockwise hike, return finish loop (~6km 300m)
WED rest day hike blue lake (8.5km 292m)
THURS & FRI backpack Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier (17km 1337m)
SAT hike Vesper Peak (10.6km 1251m)
Jul 13 Mt Macfarlane Upper Pierce Lake run
July 14 Williams Peak hike
Jul 20 Mt Price run
July 21 Brandywine Mountain hike
Jul 27 Slesse + McGuire hike
July 28 Porcupine Peak hike
Aug 3 Mt Albert Edward run
Aug 4 Flower Ridge hike
Aug 9/10/11 heli to Lake Lovelywater, local peaks run
Aug 17 Mamquam Lake run
Aug 24 Baden Powell run
Aug 31 Mount MacDonald + Webb run
Sept 7 Vantage peak run
Sept 8 Weart hike
Sept 14 Howe Sound Crest Trail run
Sept 22 WAM!!!
Sept 28/29/30 Rockies hikes en route to Dinosaur Park: Ha Ling Peak, Pharaoh Peak
Oct 5/6 Widgeon Lake sup camping
Oct 12/13 Strathcona: Landslide Lake, Lake Beautiful, Circlet Lake hike
Oct 19/20 Cathedral Mountain Lodge hiking and camping somewhere
Oct 26/27 Ford Mountain + Hope Mtn hike camping
Nov 1-4 Enchantments camping, Aasgard Pass
Nov 9/10 Mount Norman, Pender Island hike

Favourite Hikes Near Vancouver from 2018

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Everyone posting their “best nine” got me thinking of my favourite hikes I’ve done this year. I have less than a week before I head to Ontario for the holidays so unlikely I’ll get much or any more hiking done this year. In 2018 I hiked 78 trails, covered 502 km and climbed 28,607 metres. It was a pretty rad year I must say. Met a ton of cool people and summited some pretty epic peaks. I only missed 11 hikes I had planned at the beginning of the year so overall I’m quite pleased but I’m definitely stoked to up my game in 2019. My goal is 100+ hikes, 1000+ km and 50,000+ metres. My favourite 10 hikes from 2018 are: 1. Frosty Mountain 2. Brunswick Mountain 3. The Nub 4. Crystal Peak 5. Watersprite Lake 6. Mount Outram 7. Mount Harvey 8. Mount Seymour 9. Leading Peak 10. Statlu Lake What are your faves from this year? . . . . . . . . . . . . #hikesnearvancouver #lovelowa #bcparks #explorecanada #girlswhohikebc #bcadventuregirls #wanderwomeninc #mountaingirls #womenwhohike #alpinebabes #herpnwlife #womenwhoexplore #sheexplores #outdoorwomen #likeamountaingirl #girlsgoneadventure #mtnchicks #radgirlslife #girlswhohike #womenofthewestcoast #pnwoutdoorwomen #sheisthewild #hikebc #discoverbc #hellobc #bctrails #outdoorvancouver #604explore #vancouvertrails #vancouverhikes

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My Annual Hiking Plan – 2018