I’ve found my new favourite snowshoe trail! Black Mountain Snowshoe Loop on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver has the most incredible panoramic views of Vancouver, Howe Sound, and The Lions. From the summit there are mountain views as far as the eye can see!
Tip – The trail route for Black Mountain is the same as the hike to the first lake at Eagle Bluffs in the summer.
Black Mountain Snowshoe Trail – Quick Facts
Black Mountain snowshoe trail is approximately 2.5 hours round trip with the first 40 minutes or so at a steep incline. The trailhead is located near the chair lifts on Cypress Mountain and you’ll be following signs for Eagle Bluffs. This is an intermediate level snowshoe trail based on the steep incline at the start and length of the trail.
What to Bring
Snowshoe rentals are available at the Nordic Rental Shop at Cypress Mountain Lodge if you don’t already own a pair. You can also rent snowshoes ahead of time from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) for a little cheaper.
On any snowshoe trip, I always make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks such as granola bars and a sandwich. Warm clothing is key! You’ll want to bring gloves, a winter hat, some type of snow pant if you have them, boots and a winter coat. Make sure to dress in layers because it will be cold on the mountain, but you’ll warm up as you snowshoe. This trail is fairly long so it’s a good idea to pack a few hand warmers to put in your pockets or boots.
Once you reach the junction point at the lake, you have the option of continuing on to the left or right. Both ways reach the summit, however the quickest way is to the right. The views at the summit are spectacular, especially on a clear day!
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(This post has been updated from it’s original version, published January 9, 2017)