Today was one of those days where I have more brawn than brain and more stamina than sense. Many people do this hike from the top of Grouse Mountain after taking the Skyride. For me, is better to do it from the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park parking lot and later on you will see why.

Juanmobile was sick and for that reason I started my hike from Rice Lake Road, where the last stop for the bus is. The 750 meters to the end of Lynn Valley Road where the parking lot is located was a good warm

Don't forget to fill the park sign-in board

The first 3.7 kms are composed for two gentle trails, Lynn Loop Trail (1 mile / 1.7 km) and Cedar Mill Trail (1.3 miles / 2.0 km). This place was the water supply for the residents of North Vancouver from 1883 to 1981

I arrived to a debris chute and from there I walked another 45 minutes along a wide corduroy road. Then I arrived to Norvan Creek from where I did a short break to have a look of Norvan Falls. This is the place where lots of hikers made their day-trip destination.

Norvan Falls

After my break, I returned on the short route that brought me to the falls, then I crossed the bridge on Norvan Creek. I started to follow the yellow markers and trail into the forest.

Along the way are remnants of Lynn Valley's logging days: big stumps with springboard holes, the occasional rusting cable and other artifacts - porcelain shards, rusted stove parts, glittering pieces of broken bottle. You can look and touch, but don't take them with you, let other people to enjoy this part of the history of North Vancouver.

Very soon I crossed Lynn Creek and then a few tributaries of Hanes Creek. Many of these creeks, specially Lynn are not passable during extreme rainfall.

Lynn Creek

The creek gets its name from George Hanes, who was the engineer for North Vancouver in the 1920s and '30s. Together with Reeve Julius Fromme (after whom Fromme Mountain is named), Hanes regularly travelled the wilderness of the Lynn Creek Watershed to make inspections and note needed improvements.

After leaving the green of the forest, I arrived to another Emergency Landing Site. From here I have a clear view of Crown Pass.

Goat Mountain, Crown Pass and The Camel

Then I started probably the hardest section of the hike. The day was hot and the boulder field was like a furnace. This part can be difficult to follow if the few orange flags have been laid low by snow, falling rock and other mountain elements.

Crown Pass, The Camel and Crown Mountain

If you don't mind the sun, this is a good stop for a lunch break (it's relatively bug-free) before you continue your way among wobbly rocks

Here I had beautiful views of Hanes Valley. The valley looked like a wilderness crib, with steep rock walls and a green blanket of berry bush.

If you still want to cross Lynn Creek during spring runoff, be sure you have a clear forecast because you can be trapped by the creek if you need to retreat off the boulder field.

Hanes Valley

In less than one hour, from the Emergency Landing Site I was able to reach Crown Pass and the intersection with the Crown Mountain Trail.


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