I caught Seabus to the North Shore and took the Lynn Valley bus (#228) to the Lynn Headwaters park gate. CAN ART CRITICS ENJOY WILDLIFE? asked a headline in the Globe & Mail I read on the way. I hoped so: I was liking the idea of being out in the mountains again far more than the art review I was supposed to be completing for the Georgia Straight.
I hiked along the Headwaters access road to the parking lot, signed in at the hiker registration board, and proceeded up the Lynn Peak trail around 9am. I didn't like the trail much -- steep and full of loose roots and rocks. My pack seemed heavier than I remembered. At a viewpoint above the worst of the steep stuff I rearranged my gear and discovered why it was so heavy: I had stowaways! Somehow, the two stuffed cats that usually sit on my writing desk had migrated into the top pocket of my pack. Another 20 minutes of pleasant walking through the "Enchanted Forest," a swath of old growth left behind when the rest of the peak was logged by balloon (!!!) earlier this century brought me to the top of the first Lynn Peak and another viewpoint.
The Needles route runs north from the peak viewpoint through the trees -- red flagging tape on old growth trunks: easy enough to follow. The route trends... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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