This past weekend my buddy Alex an I took a hike to Dog Mountain from the Mount Seymour parking lot. We got up there early and were greeted by a swarm of black flies (I think?) as we got out of the car. Lucky for me, Alex has maintained an unbelievable ability to attract biting insects over the years. When we tree planted many years ago Alex would try everything short of duct taping his entire body (mosquito nets, multiple layers of clothing, bathing in Muskol) to prevent himself from being bitten only to show up at the end of the day his head swollen from bites. In this case, as the flies dive-bombed Alex’s face I was able to get organized for the hike without any problems.
The hike itself was great, the flies stayed in the parking lot and we were able to do the 5km route in a little over an hour.
The elevation changes were not horrible and there were only a few sections with tricky footing.
The view at Dog Mountain is spectacular, you can see all of Vancouver and back up the valley past Burnaby and Port Moody:
After the hike we were able to enjoy a great brunch at The Reef on Commercial Drive, I had the “Jamaica Me Crabby” which was great.
All and all a great morning and an excellent reminder of what I like about hiking – the outdoors, great scenery and guilt free food afterwards.
September 6, 2011 No Comments