The Raven – Summer 2022

The Raven - Summer 2022

Ah summertime, summertime. The forest is storing up energy for winter. Sunny skies, turquoise lakes, melting snowfields, the alpine in bloom and bugs aplenty. There's just no better way to beat the heat than to head up into the forest, or strip off and jump in an alpine lake. Is there?

Viewpoint on Mt. Killam - Gambier Island
The Mt. Killam Camel
Deas Island bike ride
3 Chiefs hikers

New Club Logo

We have updated our logo! The meaning has not changed "Exploring together in the outdoors" but the look and feel is more modern. You will start seeing the new logo on our website and in other communications.




August Trip Schedule

Want to join in on a trip? If you are a member, you can click here to find out more. Not a member? Then come along as a guest. But, hey why not just join?  Contact



Tue 2 Aug - Thu 4 Aug Camp
A1a to B2b
Manning Park
Tue 2 Aug
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Cycling Evening Bike Trip around Richmond
Sat 6 Aug
8:00 am
B Hike
West Knob via Whyte Lake in West Vancouver
Sun 7 Aug A Hike
A2b, Mt. Parke Loop hike, Mayne Island
Thu 11 Aug
9:30 am
Easy Cycle
Easy Bike Ride at Spanish Banks, and swim, relaxed pace
Sat 13 Aug
8:00 am
A Hike
A2b, Crooked Falls, Squamish area
Sun 14 Aug A Hike
Bowen Island Ramble, A2a, Slow paced, New Members Welcome
Tue 23 Aug
9:30 am
A Hike
Black Mountain via Baden Powell Trail, A2a
Sat 27 Aug
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
C Hike
Goat Ridge, Squamish
Sun 28 Aug
9:30 am
A Hike
Fishermens’s Trail area / Rice Lake

Presenters Wanted - Cycling Theme

Our social nights are created by you! The next theme is "Cycling" Did you go on a cycle tour? a bikepacking trip? find some gravel trails? Our social convener is looking for people to share their photos and experience for 15 minutes at the next social, on September 13th. Please contact Cristina.

Photo Contest 

Don't forget about our photo contest! North Shore Hikers members can submit one photo for each category until October 31, 2022. For more information and how to submit >>

Category Prize
A scenery photo taken during a 2022 North Shore Hikers trip. $100
A scenery picture shot anytime, anywhere. $50
A wild animal (mammal, bird, reptile, insect, etc.) picture taken anytime, anywhere. $50
A wild plant (tree, flower, mushroom, etc.) photo taken anytime, anywhere. $50
A people (companions or locals) picture taken anytime, anywhere. $50
A humorous picture taken anytime, anywhere. $50

Garibaldi Lake campground closed due to flooding

High heat and the unseasonably large snowpack has caused the lake to rise and flood the Garibaldi Lake Campground. This  is blocking access in or out of the campground. The Garibaldi Lake Campground will be closed until the lake recedes to a safe level. Please check back here for further updates.


Lynn Headwaters Lease Expires

Home to the 4th largest girth tree in Canada, Lynn Headwaters park is on land leased from the province for 30 years. That term is up and conservationist and lawyer Paul Hundal, who lives in West Vancouver, is using the opportunity to petition for permanent park status that would protect the area in perpetuity. In his view, a short-term lease is designed to give the province the option of logging the area in the future if it chooses then to do so.
Learn More >>

Thanks for reading, Happy Summer Trails

Rockwall - Kootenay National Park




New: Dogs on Hikes

New: Dogs on Hikes!

Today we are announcing the advent of "Dog Hikes." Yes, for the first time in 70 years, bowser can now come along on a North Shore Hiker's designated "Dog Hike".

Let's paws to find out how this will work.

Hike leaders can choose whether or not they will accept dogs on their hike. Let your hike planner know if your hike is a "Dog Hike" when you submit a trip you will lead. The hike will show up on the schedule as a "Dog Hike." This does not mean people have to bring a dog. Duh. It signals that you can. Also for people who don't like dogs on hikes, they know to perhaps give that trip a miss.

For people who want to bring a dog, please tell the leader. There may be too many people and or dogs on a trip so it is up to the leader to decide how many to accept. This has always been true for hikers. Now it extends to our four-legged friends. Guests are also able to bring dogs along so long as the leader is okay with that.

On the trail, it is up to the dog owner to ensure the safety of their pooch and of all hikers as related to their dog.

Woof, Woof!



BC Parks 2022 summer day-use program starts on June 17

Starting June 17, 2022, free day-use passes are required to visit these  provincial parks:

  • Garibaldi Provincial Park at Diamond Head, Rubble Creek, and Cheakamus trailheads [vehicle pass];
  • Golden Ears Provincial Park [vehicle pass];
  • Joffre Lakes Provincial Park [hiker pass].

To book a day-use pass:

For more information, go to BC Parks.


  • Garibaldi Provincial Park trailheads at Wedgemount Lake and Fitzsimmons Creek/Singing Pass do not require the day-use pass.
  • Cypress Provincial Park, Mt Seymour Provincial Park, and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park do not require a day-use pass to visit.

Social Evening Reminder – You are Invited

North Shore Hikers Social Evening

Monday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.
Sunrise Community Hall,
1950 Windermere St, Vancouver

More Info
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Free Parking is available on the streets nearby.
Bring your own mug for tea or coffee
Individually wrapped snacks and canned pop/juice will be available for all to enjoy.


7:00 - 7:45
Kimberley Burge,
from AdventureSmart BC will present "Survive Outside"

Trip Planning - making a plan and leaving a trip plan.
Training - physical, certification-based, mentorship, mental strength, decision making.
Taking the Essentials - basic safety items, plus adding season and sport-specific gear.
What to do in an emergency - who to call for help, when to call for help, how to call for help, no charge for rescue, the S.T.O.P. analogy and signalling S.O.S.

7:45 - 8:15
Refreshment break
Short quiz to win the book
“ DEEP SURVIVAL: Who Lives, Who Dies And Why” by Laurence Gonzales

8:15 - 9:00
Survive Outside Presentation continues

9:00 - 9:30
Q&A and Club Announcements

The Raven June 2022

The Raven - June 2022

Wow. May was wet. Really wet. But we got some great trips in anyways. Our club is waterproof! Even so, I am sure we are all hoping for a better June.

Mount Gardner Summitt
Fraser River Bike Ride
Fisherman's Trail Hike

June Trip Schedule

Want to join in on a trip? If you are a member, you can click here to find out more. Not a member? Then come along as a guest. But, hey why not just join?  Contact

Sun 5 Jun
9:45 am
A Hike - A3b BCMC Hike
Sat 11 Jun A Hike
Pitt-Addington Marsh, Great Birding Hike
Sun 12 Jun
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
B Hike - B2a Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail (from gondola)
Sun 12 Jun
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cycling - easy to moderate pace Richmond bike ride
Tue 14 Jun - Wed 15 Jun Cycling
Easy pace
Saltspring Island bike camp
Sun 19 Jun B Hike
Full Pull Hike, Coquitlam B2b
Wed 22 June B Hike
Mount Galiano and Bluffs
Sun 26 Jun D Hike
The Nai (FMCBC hike)
Sun 26 Jun
10:00 am
Hollyburn Mountain
Mon 27 Jun
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Club Social Evening

Why Carpool?

If at all possible, please try to carpool to trailheads. We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the requirement for electrical power by sharing. Some members do not have vehicles and would appreciate a ride. In addition, the pressure for parking in neighbourhoods close to trailheads can be problematic. To compensate drivers for fuel and maintenance, we suggest a $7.00 fee which should be paid at the end of each adventure. Thanks for taking care of the environment and helping each other out.

Next Social Features Adventure Smart Presentation

Join us on Monday, June 27th at our next social evening to learn more about outdoor preparedness. Discover best practices and more. All are welcome - members and guests.

  • Trip Planning - making a plan and leaving a trip plan.
  • Training - physical, certification-based, mentorship, mental strength, decision making.
  • Taking the Essentials - basic safety items, plus adding season and sport-specific gear.
  • What to do in an emergency - who to call for help, when to call for help, how to call for help, no charge for rescue, the S.T.O.P. analogy and signalling S.O.S.

Featured Trip: Al's Habrich Ridge

by Anita Leonard

The day dawned cold and cloudy, in keeping with the general temperament of this miserable spring. Showers were forecast for later in the day, precluding any hope of a brighter afternoon. But despite the uninspiring weather, an even dozen of intrepid souls showed up for the hike from the base of the Chief to the top of the Sea to Sky gondola and beyond. Like me, I’m sure everyone else had given up on waiting for better weather, since better weather was clearly not on its way any time soon.

The Sea to Summit trail is often described as the Sea to Summit Grind, but it’s really not much of a grind at all. While it has an elevation gain of 850m, it’s spread out over 8km. Moreover, the Sea to Summit trail is really very lovely, offering close-up views of Olesen and Shannon Creeks, dramatic outcroppings of Squamish granite, and of course the always wonderful, drippingly-lush forest.

The extremely good company provided by all the participants made the hike fly by. We ran into a bit of snow just before the gondola base-station, but overall, there was less snow on this portion than expected.

We settled down for a well-deserved lunch with some not-so-bad views of Howe Sound and miscellaneous mountains peeking out briefly from behind the clouds. The predicted showers had abated and the station was buzzing with tourist gamely making the best of things. Here we left a few of our party behind since their hiking appetites were already sated. But eight of us were still hungry for a little bit more and so we ventured on to Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail.

By now, the snow-cover was pretty constant. Snowshoes were good at first, but then the terrain became a bit more challenging and the snow more slippery. Soon we were all back to microspikes, which had the benefit of not acting like toboggans when you least expected it, but had the disadvantage of not preventing you, even a little bit, from sinking deeply into the soft snow with some regularity.

As we slowly progressed, our attrition rate began to go up until at last we were all ready to call it a day. A few peak-a-boo mountain views later, we were swooping back down on the gondola over the terrain that had taken us hours to hike up. All in all, it was a great day and a great hike.

Thanks for reading and Happy Trails

Panther Peak and Tetrahedron from Mt. Liddell

Bring the Kids: Win a New Hiking Book

Stephen Hui, author of the classic hiking guide, 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern BC, has written a new guidebook for families and young hikers: Best Hikes and Nature Walks with Kids In and Around Southwestern BC. Stephen and his publisher, Greystone, have generously donated five copies to the club.  We will award the books to the first five members who plan and lead a "Family Trip" -- a new trip category we recently created to encourage trips with kids. Winners will be presented with a copy of Stephen's book at our next club social event on June 27th. Results will also be announced in the General Forum and winners will be notified by email.

Want to lead a family trip?
Please send the details to along with your phone number.

BC AdventureSmart video education and information for hikers

BC AdventureSmart has created a video series of hiker education and information, covering several popular hiking trails in southwestern BC. These videos offer great advice to help you plan and prepare for a safe and enjoyable hiking day, including awareness of trail and weather conditions, and recommended trip planning and training. Click these links to view the videos:

New guidebook for families and young hikers coming May 17

Stephen Hui, author of one of BC's standard hiking books, 105 Hikes in and around Southwestern BC, has written a new guidebook for families and young hikers. Best Hikes and Nature Walks with kids in and around Southwestern BC will be released on
May 17, 2022. Several book launch events are planned, go to for details.

The Raven, May 2022

Welcome to all New Members

We value your choice and want to make the North Shore Hikers your go-to group for outdoor adventures. Here are a couple of images from the recent snow hike to Mt. Fletcher. And, NO, they are not all this steep! We hope you enjoy the club and your time outdoors with us.

Is this the steep part? Mt. Fletcher 1412m near Chehalis
At the summit: Mt. Fletcher (phew a flat spot)

New: Family Trips

Members have been asking if they can bring their kids along for a hike or a bike. Finally, we have made that possible! If you are a member and wish to bring your children on a trip that the leader has designated as a Family Hike or Family Bike, confirm with the trip leader that you would like to join and bring a minor (under 18) for whom you are either the parent or legal guardian. Then print a copy of the Minors Acknowledgment. Both your child and you are to read it carefully but don't sign it until you get to the meeting point. Both of you need to sign the acknowledgment at the trailhead in front of the leader.

New: Evening Trips

Member Lynn Montgomery has proposed a new idea for our clubshorter evening trips in spring and summer, sometimes after-work and after-dinner on weekdays, sometimes on Sunday evenings. In addition to relaxed walks and bike trips, she’d like to include short kayak outings near Fort Langley where she lives. There’s no rental there so you’d have to bring your own. This is experimental because our club doesn’t usually do kayaking trips, but we’re evaluating whether there’s interest in this initiative. See posts on the trip schedule. If there are other members interested in leading weekday hikes in other areas, in the evening, please let me know. It’s worth exploring.

May Trip Schedule

Want to join in on a trip? If you are a member, you can click here to find out more. Not a member? Then come along as a guest. But, hey why not just join?  Contact

Sun 1 May
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
New: Evening walk Fort Langley
Fri 6 May -
Sun 8 May
Cycling Weekend Biking from Swartz Bay to Sooke
Sat 7 May -
Sun 8 May
B Hike
Mt Gardner, Bowen Island B2c
Sat 7 May
9:00 am
Stawamus Chief, 1st Peak, A2b FAMILY HIKE with children
Thu 12 May
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
A Hike
Evening walk Fort Langley
Sat 14 May Cycling
Fort Langley Loop Cycling
Sat 14 May C Hike
Sea to Summit Trail to Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail – return via Sea to Sky Gondola
Sun 22 May
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
easy, relaxed
New: Evening paddle Bedford Channel, Fort Langley
Tue 24 May
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Social Club Social Evening
Sun 29 May
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
easy, relaxed
Evening paddle Bedford Channel, Fort Langley

Elfin Lakes Trip Report

by Patricia Morris

Jelly roll on Elfin Lakes trail
Softening snow melt

Seventeen people drove the Elfin Lakes road in five cars, with ten chains and 20 snow tires, on the best Saturday we have had in a long time. There were potholes and snow on the road. Six had never done the hike. Two were guests. Eleven ate in a snow fort with the elves at Elfin Shelter. (Meaning the snow was so high that it made the shelter look small -- like a home for elves.)

Still plenty of snow

The sun was inspiringly warm, with many clouds taking various forms to entertain us. One hiker was disappointed there was no lake at the lake. A guest hiker who practiced yoga on the trail thought maybe he might want to join the club even though his feet were soaked and cold. One late driver said he definitely didn’t want to snowshoe ever again. And on successful walker didn’t know who to blame most for her complete proud exhaustion.

Thanks to Carole for organizing the complex logistics and a great day hiking the winter route. We can honestly say we couldn’t have done this trip without her.

Making the Grade:
Our Hike Classification System

Grading is approximate and varies with weather, trail or snow conditions as well as the strength of the party. In the mountains especially, difficulty depends greatly on conditions and also on a hiker's experience on different kinds of terrain.


the part requiring stamina
A: No more than 5 hours average hiking time
B: 5-7 hours average hiking time
C: More than 7 hours average hiking time
D: More than 7 hours average hiking time into less travelled areas, for very fit and experienced hikers only


the part requiring skill and strength
1: Gentle gradient, rolling terrain
2: Moderate gradient, occasional fairly steep but short
3: Prolonged steep gradient, some scrambling and/or
bushwhacking possible, occasional use of hands may be

Elevation Gain (cumulative):

the part requiring fitness
a: up to 500 m
b: 500 m to 1000m
c: 1000m to 1500m
d: over 1500 m

Thanks for reading and Happy Trails, no matter what your level

View along the Elfin Lakes trail


The Raven, April 2022

Hydraulic Creek trail - Attempt at Paton Peak

Spring Renewal

It is certainly feeling like spring out there. But up in the alpine, plenty of snow will still greet you (snowshoes or spikes? the eternal question).  April is a time of renewal and regeneration. Everything feels fresh again. Lots of new things are happening in your club. This is the "New" edition of The Raven. After all, that's what news should be.

New - Waivers

The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC has updated their waivers and that means we get new ones as well. If you are signed in and go to the schedule page, you will be automatically asked to sign a new waiver. This is legit, so please do it.

Bike Stash Hydraulic Creek

New - Trip Guidelines for Leaders

Wondering how to lead a trip? There's a guideline for that. Our new guidelines for trip leaders are abbreviated in a single document for both hike and bike trips. We tried to streamline them to make it easy. Remember too that you can always ask any seasoned leaders for help. We are a friendly bunch. On that note: "seasoned leaders"  we have changed the email to send in your signup sheets from to to make it super-duper obvious where to send them. Yes, duper.

Howe Sound from Wettin Peak

New  - Carpooling Fees

Well, nobody likes fee increases, but here we are. We've raised the suggested amount for driver reimbursement.  As the costs of maintaining and fuelling vehicles go up due to inflation, we suggest $7.00 per person/hour of driving time on paved roads and $12.00 /hour on rough logging roads, and in adverse conditions. Inflation sucks! Buy Bitcoin.

Its cherry blossom show time

New - April Trip Schedule

Want to join in on a trip? If you are a member, you can click here to find out more. Not a member? Then come along as a guest. But, hey why not just join?  Contact

Sat 2 Apr B2b Mt. Galiano  medium pace
Sat 2 Apr
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
A2a Burnaby Mountain medium pace
Sat 2 Apr
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cycling 6 lake Cycle from Trout lake to Coquiltam’s Lafarge lake on quiet trails/sideroads
Sun 3 Apr
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cycling Cycling White Rock: 1000-year-old Semiahmoo trail, Nicomekl river trail, Elgin park, Blackie spit, Crescent beach and more
Tue 5 Apr Back-country Ski Mt Seymour
Sat 9 Apr Back-country Ski
Alpen Mtn snowshoers welcome
Sat 9 Apr A1a Jug Island
Fri 15 Apr D3d Zum Pk long tough day optional car camping Thursday night
Sat 16 Apr A2a East Canyon/Hiker’s Beach, Golden Ears moderate pace
Tue 19 Apr A2b Raindancer (lower Seymour over to Quarry Rock)
Sat 23 Apr Snow Hike
Elfin Shelters
Vehicles require snow tires and chains
relaxed pace
Sat 23 Apr C3c Mt. Fletcher (Chehalis) medium/fast pace
Sun 24 Apr
8:45 am
A1a Pacific Spirit Park, A1a
Tue 26 Apr Back-country Ski Mt Strachan (or Seymour)
Sat 30 Apr
8:00 am
A2a Two Canyons medium pace
Spongy tree up Hydraulic Creek Trail

12 Secrets to Successful Multi-day Trip Planning

  1. Decide on the destination
  2. Research the destination including but not limited to: best time to go, potential itinerary, potential accommodations, travel arrangements, potential guiding professionals
  3. Contact the  multi-day coordinator, currently Diane Whiteley, for advice and approval in principle to advertise the trip on the NSH website
  4. Issue a formal request for expressions of interest from members
  5. Maintain a list of interested parties and communicate with the people on that list
  6. Hold a face-to-face meeting  to start defining the details ( time of the year, duration, proposed itinerary)
  7. Continue to  refine the details  with committed people
  8. Suggestions of approaches to coordinate the trip: have a co-leader; commit only to provide relevant information on flights/transportation /guiding companies/accommodations and leave actual arrangements and payments to the individual participants; provide a detailed list of daily activities and exact dates for the trip; choose a meeting point/time/date to start and end the trip
  9. If there are any costs to be shared, charge people early in the process. That can eliminate people who are not committed
  10. There are instances when accommodations can be arranged by the organizer for all participants, such as renting a camping group site or an entire hostel. In these situations, a full deposit is required from participants. The organizer or the club pays the charge and recovers the costs from the deposits.
  11. In case of cancellations, the organizer and the cancelling party work together to find a replacement. At no time, is the organizer responsible for covering the cost of the cancellation.
  12. AFTER your trip: Write a wonderful trip report and make a presentation at one of our club socials.
Where are you going next?

What Happened? in 1976/78

Okay, not new. But still cool. Here's a snippet from our past.

In 1976 the membership fee doubled from $1.00 to $2.00. Whoa! Highway robbery. An introductory fee was also considered as a way of reducing the annual turnover of 250 people/year, but this was rejected. In 1978, the average number of people out each Sunday was 70. That's huge!!

Looking toward Pump from Tim Jones

Happy Trails and thanks for reading