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Nic's Pix: Top 5 Hikes to do in B.C
  Kurt Ellingson 12:00 AM
We are finally into the meat and potatoes of summer. What does that mean, I don't know exactly but most of the snow that has prevented us all from hiking up high in the mountains is pretty much gone!!!! So, lace up those hiking boots, pack a lunch, and let's hit the trails! Here are my top 5 hikes to do this summer in B.C:

1. The Lions: Distance: 15km, Elevation gain: 1280m, Time: 7 hours return. This is what West Coast hiking is all about. The Lions are the twin peaks that are seen from downtown Vancouver. They are also known as the Twin Sisters. The hike begins in Lions Bay. Click here for more info...

2. Black Tusk: Distance: 29km, Elevation gain: 1740m, Time: 11 hours return, Season: July- Oct. The dark, jagged edges of Black Tusk make it one of the most scenic and unique hikes in south western British Columbia. Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Black Tusk is the most spectacular mountain in the area. While many hikers do complete this trail in a day, the distance and elevation gain make for a very long day. For this reason, some people prefer to hike to Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows and camp overnight, and then hike to Black Tusk the following day. It is up to you which you prefer, however if you do decide to do this in a day, make sure to leave plenty of time to return to the parking lot during daylight hours. Click here for more info…

3. Hanes Valley: Distance: 16km, Elevation gain: 1130m, Time: 7 hours. I have done this trail usually as a run/hike. I most look forward to the summer weather because I know the snow will have melted enough to depart on this adventure. This trail starts in the Lynn Headwaters in Lynn Valley and finishes at the top of Grouse Mountain. Click here for more info…

4. Golden Ears: Distance 24km, Elevation gain: 1160m, Time: 6 hrs. Golden Ears Provincial Park is located 11km North of Maple Ridge and is one of the largest parks in the province. I have not done this hike myself but I have heard a lot of great things about it. Click here for more info…

5. Coliseum Mountain: Distance: 23km, Time: 8 hours. This hike also starts in the Lynn Valley Headwaters (my backyard). Click here for more info…

There you have it, 5 hikes all within a 45 minute driving distance from one another. Always remember to be prepared, which means bring adequate amounts of food (ELEVATE ME HEALTHY SNACK BARS) and water and perhaps more in case you find yourself lost. Let a friend or family member know where you are going, wear proper footwear, bring something warm to wear in case it gets cold, and bring bear spray in case you see on in the wild.

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