Lynn Peak Hike
Time: 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 720 meters
Season: June – October
Location: 4856, 4900 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7K 3B2
May 23, 2017
My Time: 1h 40mins up + 1h 30mins down = 3h 10mins round trip
As of May there is still a bit of snow.
I totally agree that this is an intermediate hike! I was sweating non-stop during the hike up.
Most of the route were steep hills, comparable to the Grouse Grind but much longer of a route, 9km rather than 2.9km. If you are prone to knee popping/ankle spraining/rolling, then you should bring your knee/ankle brace. I nearly face planted into rocks a few times. Got scratched by trees and nearly rolled my ankles a few times.
The trail is well marked with the yellow tags. It’s easy to follow and hard to get lost. I solo’d this hike and met many other solo hikers too, so finding your way through is doable.
Enter through Lynn Headwaters Park. Currently you are not able to drive through the road to the parking lot due to road being unstable and potential risk. I parked on a side street, a few minutes away from the Lynn Headwaters road entrance. So, you need to walk 750 meters down the road to reach the park.
After reaching Lynn Headwaters Park, cross the bridge with the view of the waterfalls.
Another map will appear after the bridge. The map has details of the hikes available, warnings and precautions. They have a hiker registration, where you write down your information. The registration helps notify Search and Rescue teams, if you are stranded/lost.
Turn right from the map and keep walking on the large gravel road until you reach another map. Enjoy the water rushing sounds while you walk here.
From here you take a left, and follow the Lynn Loop.
You’ll cross a bridge shortly, keep going until you come to a sign that says Lynn Peak route. Follow the route and the yellow tags.
The Lynn Peak route is very steep and full of rocks. There is lots of loosen rocks on trail, so good foot work is needed.
The trees gives you a lot of shade so you won’t be sun burnt.
After hiking for around 50 minutes, there is a viewpoint of Mount Seymour on your right. There is a rock there that’s sort of flat and makes an excellent seat for a break.
After taking in the mountain view, continue back on trail.
After another 30 minutes you’ll see a rock on the left that has a lovely view of more mountains. I am not too sure what mountains they are. But it was so breathtaking to see that I have climbed almost as high as those mountains.
It’s May but there is still snow up here! Quite a bit too. Be careful here as some snow aren’t solid and you can easily fall in. Also parts of the trails became super wet and muddy from the snow melting, so hiking boots here would have been beneficial.
After another 15 minutes you’ll see a sign saying Lynn Peak pointing to go up. Few minutes quickly up the hill, you have reached LYNN PEAK!
It’s a perfect time to enjoy your snacks/meals. Also getting a nice tan too. It was super sunny up here but it was very windy making it fairly cold.
If you’re lucky you’ll get to see some Ravens, I was able to see two this day. They were eating leftover crumbs other hikers left behind. I could tell this raven was comfortable with humans, he approaches you looking for food and can get quite close without fear. They are big birds with even bigger beaks!
I stayed up there for 40 minutes soaking in the sun and view, before heading back down. To get back down to Lynn Headwaters, you basically backtrack from where you came from. Going down the steep hills, take a lot of precautions because you don’t want to accidentally roll down!