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Coliseum Mountain via Lynn Valley in the heat
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.19 - 01:44:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1241m
Participants: Lucas Earl
Difficulty: 2: Easy trail walking, except for a very steep section above Norvan Falls.
Hike up the Lynn Valley Trail and up the Coliseum Mountain trail to the summit.
Weather: Mostly sunny turning to high overcast by Noon. Unseasonably hot and humid.

I was in Vancouver for the weekend with the family and wanted to get out for at least a day hike. I didn't have a car, so that limited me to any place that the bus went to, and I ended up choosing Lynn Creek, as Coliseum Mountain seemed like a nice objective for the day.

So Sunday morning I got up bright and early to catch the bus to downtown, and then transfer to the 210 Upper Lynn Valley. I ended up getting off at McNair Dr., but you could ride all the way to the end and just walk up Lynn Valley Rd. to the trailhead. I got off the bus at around 8 AM.

Along McNair Dr. there is an access point into the forest, which I followed. It quickly connects to the Baden-Powell Trail. There are a number of smaller trails the break off along here, but they are all signed. Not too far along I reached to top of the bank above Lynn Creek, where there trail descends via a set of intricate stairs. Due to the drop it might be better to just walk down Lynn Valley Rd. at the end of your hike, to avoid going up all the stairs. [photo]01_IMG_2127.jpg[caption]Fancy stairs[/photo]

The trail meets the road, and then it is just a quick walk up to the trailhead. Lynn Valley is obviously a popular weekend destination, and the parking lot near the gate was already full (there are other lots farther back on Lynn Valley Rd.) I paused to look at the trail map and the old dam before crossing the creek on a nice bridge. [photo]02_IMG_2129.jpg[caption]Trail map near trailhead. For a better file click here.[/photo]

The lower section of Lynn Valley has two trails parallel to each...

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