Mt Hollyburn is a popular half-day hike near Vancouver, which our club does several times every year. Like my recent Mt Seymour hike, the weather forecast predicted a cloudy morning clearing to a sunny afternoon. So I scheduled this 4-hour hike to start at 2pm.
That strategy worked out just right — we six members enjoyed cool weather hiking up, then basked in sunshine for the views from the peak and a relaxing descent.
As I had checked in recent days, for this trail the new BC Parks day use passes were easy to get on a weekday. (Sunny summer weekends are a different story though, with passes sometimes running out as early as 6:05am.)
I had originally posted the hike as “exploratory”, starting from the downhill ski parking lot, making a loop by ascending Hollyburn from the north, descending on the south until reaching the Baden Powell Trail, following that back to the cars. But two members warned me about steep terrain and rough trail conditions on that north ascent, so I played it safe and changed the route to the usual out-&-back from the cross-country ski parking area.