Dog Mountain Snowshoe Trail in North Vancouver

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The view of Vancouver from Dog Mountain on a sunny winter afternoon

Dog Mountain is a great snowshoe trail in Mount Seymour Provincial Park. The trek is fairly easy, and as such is a great place to head for a comfortable trek during the winter months. The trail has some ups and downs along with the odd awkward section, but overall this is a flat and beginner-friendly snowshoe trail. There are plenty of markers and the trail is well used so your chances of straying off-course are minimal. If you’ve never been on snowshoes before, a trip out to Dog Mountain is the perfect place to see what the hype is all about. Maintained by BC Parks, the Dog Mountain trail is free to use and dogs are allowed. All these factors make a Dog Mountain snowshoe the perfect family outing. Not to mention the spectacular view of Vancouver from the summit.


Dog Mountain Snowshoe Summary

Rating: Easy
Distance: 4.5 km
Elevation Gain: 54 m
Highest Point: 1,054 m
Time Needed: 2 Hours
Type: Out-and-back
Season: November to April
Dogs Allowed: Yes, on leash
Est. Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 min
Trailhead Coordinates: N49.367516 W-122.949211

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Dog Mountain Elevation Profile (one-way)


Starting the hike at Mount Seymour parking lot

To get to the trailhead, drive up to the Mount Seymour parking lots (the road to Mt Seymour is a Class A Highway and requires drivers to use winter tires or carry chains between October 1st – April 30th). At the end of the parking lot you will see the BC Parks information board. Check out the map and get your bearings for the hike. From the parking lot you head north, just left of the chair-lift/ ski run.

Almost immediately you will see a sign for First Lake with trails to your left (going straight will take you up the the 3 peaks of Mount Seymour – a much more difficult hike). Follow the sign for First Lake and head left into the trees. You will drop down a bit and begin winding your way through the trail.

Pro-tip: The trail is heavily used, and unless there has been fresh snowfall and you are breaking trail, you can usually fair quite well (or even better) hiking out to Dog Mountain in MICROspikes (or Yaktrax or Hillsound trail crampons). Before heading up, you can also look at the Mount Seymour Provincial Park website to see if there are any updates on the trail conditions.

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Scenery along the way to Dog Mountain

After about 1 km, or 30 minutes of hiking, you will reach First Lake (which will of course be a field of snow). This is about the halfway mark, and if you want a break this is a great place to do it.

Cool fact: “Although the first recorded climb of Mount Seymour was made in 1908 by a party from the BC Mountaineering Club, Mount Seymour was virtually unknown to most of the residents of Vancouver and vicinity until the late 1920s.” 1

Carrying on west of the lake you’ll see a sign for Dog Mountain along the same trail you took to get to the lake. Simply follow the markers, and after some slight uphill, you’ll be at the spectacular viewpoint (assuming you’re lucky enough to have a clear day) which extends from Mt. Baker in the east to Stanley Park and beyond in the west. You’ll also have a great view of Grouse Mountain and several nearby mountains.

Now you can rest, soak up the view, take some pictures and hang out with the resident ravens – all before retracing your steps back to the parking lot.


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Dog Mountain on Seymour

The view from Dog Mountain

Driving Directions and Parking

Drive east on Highway #1 over the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge. Take exit #22 for Mt. Seymour Parkway and follow it for about 10 minutes until you see the signs for Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Here, you turn left at Mt. Seymour Road and follow the road all the way up the to Seymour parking lot. The trailhead is at the northern-most point of the lot.

The road to Mt Seymour is a Class A Highway and requires drivers to use winter tires or carry chains between October 1st – April 30th.

Winter parking designations are in effect from November to April. On peak days during the winter months, parking capacity can be exceeded at the upper parking lots of Mount Seymour Park. These parking lots service the customers of Mount Seymour Resorts Ltd., who pay a fee to ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowtube. Visitors accessing the backcountry, areas outside of the Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. ski area are required to park in parking lot 1 and lower parking lot 5. Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot 1.1

A map of the parking lots is here. Google Map directions are available here.


Editor's and Reader's Hike Rating
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  • Views and scenery - 85%
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  • Not too crowded - 50%
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  • Overall 'fun factor' - 75%
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Summary

Dog Mountain is the perfect place for an easy afternoon snowshoe. The short distance and lack of serious elevation change makes it a popular trail for beginner showshoers and for children.

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Raven on Dog Mountain

A friendly resident raven


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  1. Nos endroits préférés : Dog Mountain | Blogue de MEC | Mar 23rd, 2011
  1. Karl says:

    I hiked it early January. You can check out the current weather/ snow conditions for Seymour Mountain and that should give you a good idea of how much fresh snow there is.

    Live Trails is another good site worth checking out, but no one has any recent updates for Dog: http://www.livetrails.com/

  2. robin says:

    Have you been up on the trail recently? Since we’ve had all this recent rain? I’m curious about the trail conditions and the Parks Canada trail report is a month out of date so completely useless.

  3. Karl Woll says:

    Thanks for pointing out the typo, slight brain-malfunction on my part.
    As for charging for a pass – I’ve never rented snowshoes up there but maybe they are assuming you want to use the pay-for-access trails within the resort boundaries.

    I’d mention you are wanting to use the BC Parks trails

  4. Jen says:

    “To get to trailhead” is a bit confusing, as it states Cypress (and Dog Mt is on Mt. Seymour). I think if you’re renting snowshoes at Seymour, they have you buy a trail pass too.