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Hollyburn Mountain hike

Hollyburn Mountain hike

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At just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Cypress bowl ski area is one of the best places for a hike when you just need to escape the city but don’t want to go too far. There are plenty of trails for people looking to go hiking the Cypress Mountain area. Hollyburn Mountain, one of the three mountains making up the area (the others being Black Mountain and Strachan) is one of the most popular hikes in the area alongside St Mark’s Summit. Great as both a snowshoe and a summer trail, Hollyburn Mountain has fantastic views with relatively minimal effort.  

If you’re planning on doing the Hollyburn Mountain hike in Cypress Provincial Park, here’s what you need to know.

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Hollyburn Mountain hike

Cypress mountain hiking offers accessible hikes that are ideal if you don’t want to travel far. One of my favourite Cypress Mountain trails is Hollyburn Mountain hike as has great views of The Lions and downtown Vancouver. It’s the perfect hike to do if you only have half a day, or aren’t quite up for a full day’s hike. 

How to get to the Hollyburn Mountain trailhead 

The trail for Hollyburn Peak starts at the cross-country area of Cypress Mountain Ski resort. Parking is free, though during ski season often gets busy with both skiers and snowshoers as this is a popular snowshoe near Vancouver.

What to know before going

  • Best time to hike Hollyburn Mountain: You can hike this trail year round though please pack microspikes when hiking late autumn – spring as there’s often snow/ice on the trail. 
  • Be adventure smart: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentialsAdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.
  • Pack your 10 essentials 
  • Remember to leave no trace
  • This trail is dog friendly (on leash)
  • If you’re snowshoeing Hollyburn Mountain, avoid entering the paid trails belonging to the Cypress Nordic area. To do this, walk back along the road (towards the downhill area) and look for a trail marked with flagging tape that signals the free access to Hollyburn Peak.

Hollyburn Mountain Hiking Guide and Hollyburn Snowshoe Guide

The winter and summer routes to the Hollyburn hike vary slightly. This Vancouver hiking guide covers both.

Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoeing

If you’re planning some Hollyburn trail snowshoeing this is the route you need to follow.

From the parking lot, walk back along the road and look for flagging tape on your right that signals the free Hollyburn snowshoe trail. 

For the Hollyburn Mountain winter trail you’ll soon meet up with the main trail, but this way means you don’t need to pay for a trail pass. 

As you head uphill, to the left of the power lines, you’ll pass between second and third lake after 10-15 minutes. Continue straight following the, often well-trodden, path as you hike past fourth lake on your right. 

As the trail begins to flatten out, you’ll come to triangle lake Walk around the right hand side of triangle lake and soon you’ll meet up with the summer trail to Hollyburn Mountain. 

Continuing onwards you’ll come to a signpost, make a right here and head uphill some more as the trail weaves back and forth. 

Continue uphill until you reach a bench with a good view of Grouse Mountain. From here, head uphill again until the trees begin to thin out and you come to a rocky area which is Hollyburn peak. 

Make your way to the top of this rocky area and you’ve arrived! 

Enjoy the views of Georgia Strait, The Lions and surrounding north shore mountains.

Head back downhill the way you came and enjoy the views of downtown Vancouver along the way. They’re especially great if you’re timed your hike with the sunset! If you did buy a trail pass, why not stop off at Hollyburn Lodge for a warming hot chocolate!?

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View of cypress mountain ski runs on Black Mountain

Hollyburn Mountain hike in summer

If you’re hiking in summer and not doing a Hollyburn Mountain snowshoe trail, you can walk to the BC Parks map board and then follow the uphill trail next to the power lines.

After around 15 minutes you’ll come to Fourth Lake on your left. Look out for a sign and a warming hut which is used often in winter and then turn left to follow the trail to Hollyburn Mountain.

Along the way you’ll pass through some bushy meadows (popular with bears in autumn!) and come to a junction at about 20 minute in. Take the path to the right as signposted. 

Continue uphill until you reach a bench with a good view of Grouse Mountain. From here, head uphill again until the trees being to thin out and you come to a rockky area which is Hollyburn peak. 

Make your way to the top of this rocky area and you’ve arrived! 

Enjoy the views of Georgia Strait, The Lions and surrounding north shore mountains.

Head back downhill the way you came and enjoy the views of downtown Vancouver along the way! 

Hollyburn Mountain Trail Stats

Know what you’re getting into before hiking this Vancouver trail. 

Time: 3.5 hours
Distance: 7km
Elevation: 450m
Trailhead: Parking lot for Cypress Mountain cross-country ski area
Distance from Vancouver: 45 mins

What to pack for the Hollyburn Peak trail

Make sure you look at these packing lists for the Eagles bluff hike.

Other Cypress Mountain hikes

If you’re looking for other local hikes and more Cypress hiking trails, check out this list: