November 24, 2015
North Shore Mountains, BC
There’s more than a handful of small forested summits accessing from the winding Mt. Seymour Parkway and Dinkey Peak is the shortest among those. It’s so short that you wouldn’t even feel like having warmed-up yet and the next thing you realize is that you’re already on the summit. And except for a so-so lookout that’s partway along the trail, the view is also largely obscured by the trees. By comparison, the nearby Dog Mountain is a much-better viewpoint (although actually lower in elevation). My plan was to watch sunset on Dog Mountain but tagging Dinkey Peak along the way making a natural loop. I left home about an hour after lunch time and started the hike at almost 3 pm.
Despite the lowliness of this objective I still did my homework. Apparently there’re quite a few options to get up this summit and the one I took was a signed “Dinkey Peak Trail” that branches off the main Mt. Seymour Trail about 10-15 minutes or so from the parking lot. There’s already fair amount of snow coverage but the snowshoes weren’t required thank to the previous hikers packing down the tracks. The trail winds around a few rocky bluffs and soon enough I made to the first lookout – some views of the city but nothing really exciting…
After taking a few pictures I resumed the ascent. Again, following the tracks eliminated any route-finding for me and in short time I arrived at the actual summit. It was forested so I couldn’t see much except for the trees…
I didn’t linger any longer than necessary as I had to get to Dog Mountain before sunset, and the time was pressing on a bit faster than I thought. I continued along the trail down the ‘backside’ of Dinkey Peak and descended for quite a bit before joining the popular Dog Mountain Trail at the ‘First Lake’. And then it’s time to ascend Dog Mountain.