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Dog Mountain Snowshoeing Trail

Dog Mountain Snowshoeing Trail

Dog Mountain is a short and easy snowshoeing trail on Mount Seymour with some amazing views on a clear day.  As you’ll see below I’ve gone on both a cloudy and clear day … its worth checking the trail conditions and visibility on the Mount Seymour website!


Trail Details:

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2 hours

Distance: 4.5 km

Elevation Gain: 34 m

Season: November to April


Trail Map:

For a detailed hiking trail guide, check out the Outdoor Vancouver website, which is where I typically find hiking trails!



To get to the trailhead, park at the top of Mount Seymour and walk past the rental building/chairlifts until you see the BC Parks trail board (pro-tip: I always take a picture of the information board before going on hikes).  Start walking uphill and almost immediately you’ll see a sign for First Lake on your left.



After about 1 km you’ll arrive at First Lake (you can’t actually see the lake since it is covered in snow), continue following the signs for Dog Mountain.   The next section has a few more hills but when you get to the top there are stunning views of North Vancouver mountains, Stanley Park, and downtown Vancouver.


Cloudy Conditions:

The first time I snowshoed Dog Mountain with Shannon & her dog @walkwithmax it was snowing and was very cloudy!  The dogs had a wonderful time running through the fresh snow but unfortunately the view was grey …


Clear Conditions:

The next time I went up to Dog Mountain with Emma and her dog @wildwiry I made sure to check the visibility conditions!  Since the snow on the trail was pretty compacted, I ended up not using snowshoes – trail crampons were all you needed.




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