Dam Mountain is a spectacular snowshoe route. It would have been even more spectacular if it were not fogged in (there is one clear day picture thrown in from a previous trip to give you an idea).
What's nice about this route is that it follows a groomed track which is patrolled all the way to Dam Mountain. You can get to the Peak of Dam Mountain without too much difficulty; the last part is steep as the pictures show, but it's not that long. Once up top you can enjoy the view, then continue and rejoin a groomed route looping back to the trail you came up. The terrain is spectacular, and on a clear day (and one without avalanche conditions) you can venture a little further -- not so on our visit as 27cm of snow had just fallen over a layer of crusty snow. Nevertheless, our route was safe and open -- as I mentioned, this route to Dam Mountain is patrolled.
The total distance is roughly 3 km return which in deep snow is a workout. To reach the trail, exit the lodge and head north past the skating rink and past the grizzly bear refuge (to your left) and ski runs (to your right). When you approach the bottom of the peak chair, turn west (left) and follow the old service road (bordered by a crag to the north and a steep drop off to the south) until you will reach a large mapboard. From here, follow the trail blazes and signs to Dam Mountain.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
It takes roughly an hour to get to the peak. It's a great cardio workout as there is a fair bit of climbing, but quite doable for anyone on snowshoes. As you can see, I even used my old wooden ones that I had since childhood, however, not long after, I upgraded to Atlas with crampons.
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Posted By: Psilocin
- Thu Apr 15 02:52:44 UTC 2010
UpsideProximity to the city, safety, nice views. DownsidePretty short. CommentPeople complain about the price of getting up....just hike up the BCMC trail and add 2 hours and 1000m elevation to your journey :) I did it today with my snowshoes in my backpack and started using them near the chalet. Still decent snowpack up top.
Posted By: trailrunner
- Thu Sep 13 05:02:44 UTC 2007
UpsideGood short hike for a quick sprint. Decent trails. You can keep runnig to the very top rock at the peak. DownsideWatch for hitting your head onto wires supporting some kind of water pipe that traverses the trail few times. There are quite a few branch out trails and confusing. CommentStarting from Grouse gondola peak station, I intended to do Dam mtn then Goat mtn. After the wide gravel road for several hundred meters, there are some interesting root hopping needed but still wide decent trail continues. After 10mins or so you will see a clearly marked & professionally painted Dog mtn turn off sign in yellow on green. From there trail still stays relatively decent most of the time. It's just there are quite a few of them branching out and you need to stop and think which one to take sometimes. Top is much closer than I thought. I did walk for couple of times for several seconds as I was thinking there was much more to go. But it is so short, if you don't run the whole, it won't consist a proper work out. Suddenly it opens up and you see a big grey-whitish rock and you climb up to the peak. Neat view, some great mtn are hidden by somewhat stunted Mountain Hemlock, but makes a good resting point. My cell phone died but it should have been around 15mins from the Gondola to the top.
After this I tried to get to goat mtn but twisted angle in the flat smooth area on the Goat ridge after the climb (lesson; don't be speeding up & off-guard while looking around the view without checking the footing just because you are in flat area) and limped back to the Grouse top chalet.
Posted By: bueffix
- Mon Mar 05 01:10:33 UTC 2007
UpsideNice wide trails for most of the way, you can walk side by side. Lunch at the chalet is what keeps our little one motivated in the backpack. DownsideExpensive ($30 per person) if you don't have a pass for the gondola. CommentGood snow conditions on fairly packed base. Starting to get a little wet now, though.
Posted By: Marathon
- Fri Jan 02 15:11:16 UTC 2004
UpsideWell marked snow shoeing trail, beautiful views on a clear day. DownsideNone CommentHave done this trail twice over the past week under perfect conditions, including a foot of fresh "powder". Up to the knees in fresh snow, if you went of the trail. Superb.