Take a morning dip along the
Mystery Lake Hike
A morning hike is a perfect way to beat the crowds and get the day started on a positive note. Mystery Lake hike is the perfect short summer hike that isn’t too far from downtown.
– Mystery Lake Stats –
Time: 1.5hrs (I spent 2h 26m on the hike)
Distance: 4km round trip
Elevation Gain: 235m
Difficulty: Easy (but with opportunities to get that heart rate up)
Time from Downtown Vancouver: 50min drive
Finding the Trail: You can find good instructions on vancouvertrails.com but I like to load the trail in the Al lTrails app so I don’t get lost!
– Mystery Lake Notes –
Perfect for: A short excursion and light exercise. Make it a half day outing by heading to Deep Cove for doughnuts after the hike.
What to wear: This isn’t a difficult hike, no technical gear required. There is a quite bit of incline and some loose rocks so flat lace-up shoes are best (I wore runners).
Getting There: Take the road up to Seymour, it’s paved and there is plenty of parking. No public transit there.
Best photo opportunities: The lake is, of course, photogenic. Past the lake, you get to higher elevation for a great shot of the lower mainland and if you follow the Mystery Peak loop around you might even find some snow! Head out in the early morning or late afternoon for better photos (and less people)
What to bring: Water, snacks, sunglasses and a hat in summer. Also, you can swim in the lake.