Snowshoeing at Mt Seymour is fantastic as long as you go properly prepared and follow the rules of Backcountry travel in Winter paying close attention to the Avalanche advisories that the website http://www.avalanche.ca/ puts out on a regular basis. You have to travel alongside the Mt Seymour downhill ski area at first before getting to the backcounty area. Snowshoes and/or Crampons depending on the trail conditions are needed as the backside on the way up can get pretty steep. There are many viewpoints along the way to view the lowermainland of BC and beautiful views of the Fraser Valley and beyond out into the Strait of Georgia. Second pump is far more accessible than the third pump aka the main peak as it becomes very windswept and icy and the trail can become very harrowing if a sudden west coast storm decides to drop in and prevent visibility from allowing you to safely continue. Always be prepared to spend an emergency over nighter in this case and you'll enjoy the trip a lot. Safety first.
Take the Trans Canada Highway over the 2nd Narrows bridge and get off on the Mt Seymour Parkway Exit. Then follow the signs for the Mt Seymour Provincial Park Ski Area until you finally arrive at the main aprking area. Go to the very end of the parking area where you will see trails marked with orange marker tape. Follow the the trails along side the Ski Runs up and over the Maintained Downhill Ski area unitl you come to the backside of the hill and then follow closely to the trail markers and your final destination awaits you.
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Posted By: Rambo
- Sat Nov 14 23:04:27 UTC 2009
UpsideThe views and the trees and the snow and the beauty of the Rockies behind it all DownsideIt's busy, but it's worth it. CommentIt's harder than the first peak but the views are worth the excess effort. We were a larger group with unhealthy people. They were sore for a day or two after doing it but nobody regretted it!
Posted By: ChrisO
- Tue Feb 26 04:47:35 UTC 2008
QuestionI was out the back of Seymour, and came across some sweet but short steep lines of the back of Seymour over the weekend. Avalanche conditions were unusually stable. It was out past the 2nd pump, before the summit of Mt Seymour. Anyone aware of similar lines up there?ANSWERS are in this forum: Anyone know of any steep lines to ski off the back of Seymour?
Posted By: vpigeon
- Sun Apr 30 23:06:58 UTC 2006
CommentDid this again on April 30, 2006. Still tons of snow up there, starting right at the trailhead at the NW corner of the parking lot. No markers beyond Brockton Point, so get the GPS data to be absolutely sure of where you're going. Potential avalanche conditions.
Posted By: farmer
- Sun Apr 02 21:22:23 UTC 2006
Commentthere is only 1 pump on seymore, that is the 1st peak, the second and third peaks are peaks, not pumps. I think at one time there was a water pump on the 1st pump, that is why it is called that
Posted By: vpigeon
- Mon Dec 12 01:09:12 UTC 2005
UpsideA great snowshoe outing. The snow makes the trail much easier to manoeuvre than on rocks in the summer. No snowshoeing ticket needed for this as you use the Provincial Park trail, not the Mt Seymour trail system. DownsideCan't think of any on a beautiful day. Total climb of 400 m. Beware of snow storms though, you could easily become lost. CommentDec 10, 2005: an absolutely beautiful day to snowshoe up to Mt Seymour's 2nd peak. Start at the NW corner of the Mt Seymour ski parking lot, near the chair lift. Look for the sign that reads: "Mount Seymour Provincial Park Backcountry Corridor, Access to Seymour Main Winter Trail, etc...". Coordinates are: N 49, 22.020 W123, 56.935.
Head north in the corridor to the left of the ski slope. Approx 200 m further, you'll come to another sign: "Mount Seymour Winter Trail, 7 km Return". Keep heading north.
Follow the GPS track (and trail markers) basically north. After approx 2 kms, you'll come to the marker for the Mt Seymour peaks and Elsay Lake (it could be buried in snow, but it's at N49, 23.167 W122, 56.169) Head west and up towards the peaks. At N49, 23.252 W122, 56.461, you can go left and up to Peak 1. Head slightly right (NW) and up to Peak 2. You'll drop approx 25 m into a gully and then head up the final 65 m to the summit of Peak 2 at N49, 23.419 W122, 56.613.
Unless you are very experienced at mountaineering, DO NOT venture to Peak 3 in winter. The ridge is too narrow, probably unstable and slippery and the canyon very steep. Enjoy lunch on Peak 2, before heading back down. We slid on our nylon pants on several of the steeper slopes. Others headed down on snowboards. Looked like great fun. Total time: 4 hours for 7.5 kms.