Black Mountain on Cypress Mountain is a great snowshoeing hike in Vancouver. It is a well-marked, easily accessible trail with great views. Before I get to the photos from this beautiful hike, I would like to preface this blog by highly recommend taking an Avalanche Skills Training course. Although the trail is described as “simple terrain”, AST will teach you invaluable skills that could save your life. I learned how to read avalanche reports, properly use avalanche equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) and recognize potential avalanche risks.
In preparing for even a simple hike like Black Mountain, I made sure to check avalanche.ca for the forecast and snow conditions, as well as the Winter Trail Report for Cypress Provincial Park. And of course, don’t forget your trail map.
We did this hike on a beautiful sunny Friday. The conditions were perfect and we even got a parking spot in the main lot – I love having Fridays off to avoid weekend crowds! We grabbed our free Backcountry Access Pass at the Black Mountain Lodge on our way to the trailhead by the main downhill ski area. The trail was quite packed down so we didn’t even need our snowshoes that we lugged up the switchbacks, as our microspikes did the trick. Once we got to the loop, we had an enjoyable stroll through winter wonderland, and Rey LOVED rolling around in the snow.
Please note to check the trail reports if you’re planning on hiking to Eagle Bluffs. Currently (as of February of 2020), the trail to Eagle Bluffs is not recommended by BC Parks.
Once we reached the Black Mountain plateau, we stopped to enjoy the amazing views and take a few photos. The entire hike took us about 2.5 hours, even with spending some time to enjoy the views at the top.
For a compiled list of snowshoe options in Vancouver, check out this Happiest Outdoors blog post.
Camera Specs: Canon 70d + Tamron 24-70mm