Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Mount Seymour Provincial Park boasts an extensive trail network. In total there are 14 trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Mystery Lake is one of the easier hikes on Mt. Seymour and is this weeks, “Hike of the Week“.
Hike Info:Rating: Easy Distance: 3km(Round Trip) Gain: 150 Metres Time Needed: 1 hour return Type: Return & Back
Mystery Lake Trail
Mystery Lake is a short, easy hike which begins at just off the Mt. Seymour Ski Resort parking lot. From the parking lot head North towards the ski lift and you will see a sign board with a map of the various trails. The Mystery Lake trail begins on the right hand side of the ski lift.
The 1.2km trail ascends about 150m as you wind your way up to Mystery Lake. You will want to make sure you have good footwear since you will be climbing over loose rocks and many tree roots along the way.
The trail is well marked and the reward is a small sub-alpine lake perfect for swimming on a warm summer day. Don’t forget to bring your towel if you plan on jumping in. The lake can get busy on weekends so it’s recommended to go up a bit early to avoid the crowds and get a good spot along the lake if you plan on staying for a while.
Mt. Seymour Provincial Park History
History of Mt. Seymour Provincial Park from the BC Parks website.
Established in 1936, the park was named for Frederick Seymour, Governor of British Columbia from 1864 to 1869. Although the first recorded climb of Mount Seymour was made in 1908 by a party from the BC Mountaineering Club, Mount Seymour was virtually unknown to most of the residents of Vancouver and vicinity until the late 1920s. In 1929, members of the Alpine Club of Canada explored the mountain as a potential skiing area and the following year applied for a 21 year lease covering the primary skiing terrain, however the Depression years forced the club to drop the lease. In 1984 the Controlled Recreation Area and its facilities was awarded to Mt. Seymour Resorts Ltd. under a Park Use Permit.
Getting to Mystery Lake on Mt. Seymour
Parking is free at the Mt. Seymour resort lots. There is also a small cafe open in the summer months as well as washroom facilities.