I joined a short trip to Cypress Provincial Park yesterday. It’s just a 30-40 minute ride from downtown Vancouver – on a Saturday mid-morning. It was snowing when we arrived. It stopped for a while and snowed again. Coming from Toronto, that snow was nothing but a shower. 😉
Since the trail was a bit slippery, our hike leaders told us that we better get a pole – for safety reasons. I got one – because I wasn’t confident in my shoes. 😀
We followed the Hollyburn Lodge Hiking Trail. From the parking lot to the lodge, I thought it was quite long. We were told it’s about 30 minutes – but I did it in less than 20. Maybe less – if I wasn’t such a camwhore.
Since we were told to be staying at the lodge for 45 minutes, we didn’t do much fun in the snow. Walkers have no choice but either stay inside the lodge or sit/stay in a small space in front of the frozen lake. Yep, you can’t just walk or explore around – unless you’re in your skis or snowshoes. If we had time, I would have loved to do either one of these activities. On the other hand, right next to the parking lot, ski beginners can practice their skills. For those who want less exhausting activity, there’s snow tubing for all ages and family fun.
If you’re used to winter hike, perhaps you’re already an expert trudging the snow and avoiding slippery trails. Of course, wearing good winter boots help a lot. I think the level of difficulty is intermediate. There’s just one part of the trail which can be dangerous to trek/climb because of its melting snow. The good thing though is that park officials made sure to have the rope on the side for hikers to cling on to. Once you pass that part, the rest will be easy peasy. 😀 Ok, not for the oldies. 😉
Though the hike was very short, I made sure I had the best photos! 😀 😀 😀 A few photos here aren’t necessarily on the trail. You have to go a bit away from the trail to get the best shots. 😉