Flash - Loving Lynn 33K IS ON: August 23, 2009

23 Aug 2009 08:00
Ex-gazebo, Seymour Demonstration Forest

An epic run along the entire length of Lynn Creek, to celebrate Lynn Creek, the lifeblood of the North Shore trail running scene.

DATE: Sunday, August 23, 2009

TIME: 8 am

START: The site of the now-deceased gazebo, Seymour Demonstration Forest


  • north on gravel path;
  • go past turnoffs to Rice Lake & Lynn Loop Trails 
  • turn right onto (main, lower) Cedar Mills Trail;
  • run to the end of Cedar Mills Trail, to near Norvan Falls;
  • follow Hanes Valley/Lynn Headwaters/Grouse Mountain Trail sign;
  • over cool Norvan Creek suspension bridge to Lynn Lake Trail (DON'T continue west along Hanes Valley Trail): http://www.flickr.com/photos/clubfatass/3826976247/in/pool-clubfatass/;
  • up and over Lynn Creek (trail crosses creek in several places. The water will likely be very low, allowing for efficient rock-hopping).
  • Lynn Creek eventually hits a fork, with left/straight branch heading steeply up (DON'T go there). Lynn Creek Trail is to the right, up a narrow canyon, with a quick up-climb to the home stretch). Look for a large yellow disc trail marker.
  • Large half-kilometre on spongy trail to Lynn Lake, the headwaters of Lynn Creek; 
  • admire mist-shrouded cirque surrounding Lynn Lake;
  • back (south; downstream) along same route;
  • pass Gazebo site
  • into first forest trail at top of hill down to Pipeline Bridge (this route is the same as the Kneeknacker from the aid station near gazebo site);
  • run down, back past Suspension Bridge;
  • down Baden Powell Trail to Lynn Creek valley floor and then climb up BPT to junction;
  • DON'T GO EAST on BPT towards Seymour River
  • instead, peel off south/right after ascent, onto Sea to Sky trail (aka Lillooett Trail) (think Dirty Duo race route); 
  • down to gravel road running parallel to Lynn Creek (think Dirty Duo race route);
  • cross pedestrian bridge to west side of creek;
  • go under Highway bridge;
  • continue running on west side of creek; turns into gravel running path, punching out at Main Street near Brooksbank;
  • cross Main Street;
  • go to Petsmart parking lot (to west of MEC): go to south end of parking lot (you'll likely see a train);
  • there is a small but clear trail at end of parking lot, heading down to creek bed;
  • pass under railroad track bridge, along left side (dry creek bed) (grafitti);
  • immediately climb up bank left to Harbourview Park parking lot;
  • run south about .3 K;
  • end triumphantly at top of observation platform at the mouth of Lynn Creek looking over Burrard Inlet.

DISTANCE: about 30K entire route.  OR: roll your own distance!: Easy run of 14K to Norvan Falls and back. About 22K to Lynn Lake and back. Or gentle downhill 8K or so from Gazebo to the sea!

RECOMMENDED: especially for upper reaches of Lynn Creek, a buddy is recommended. 

TERRAIN: 75% trail running; 10% road; 15% (shallow) creek rock hopping

ROUTE MAPS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8661048@N07/sets/72157622025785822/show/with/3816146961/


PREVIEW: a good write-up of the route and views, on Club Tread:  http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=27433&SearchTerms="lynn,lake"

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neil ambrose's picture

We Love Lynn!

Thanks David for organizing todays outing. It was great to experience a new trail. Funny thing, I have been to the "ex-gazebo" many times but have never been down this trail. Neil and I went past the suspension bridge to the junction, the Norvan Falls and snooped up a couple of other trails. We were out there for about 3 hours. Cheers!  Carolyn

Ean Jackson's picture

Jackson Checking In

Hey David,

Many thanks for a fine run this morning.  I clocked out with 4:02 on a custom route:

- with the group to Norvan Falls suspension bridge
- back via the upper trail to Lynn Peak cutoff
- Lynn Peak
- back to the car, which was parked just over the pipeline bridge at End of the Line Cafe

Doug:  Many thanks for offering up your place and your beers for the post-run celebration.  I dropped by around noon, but nobody was home, so I assumed the cougars and bears ate you... and went home to forage for beer

neil ambrose's picture

Lynn Creek Sunday Jaunt

Hi David,

Carolyn and I will be there!  




John Neels's picture

Count 2 more in...


see you at 8

David Crerar's picture

Let Lynn Loving Begin

Runners are coming. Weather will be awesome. The run is a go.

See you there -- the more the merrier!


PS: I've recalculated the distance: more like 30K than 50K.

Ean Jackson's picture

Hope to Join You

Not sure if I'm good for the whole 50K.  How far are you going?  Can I bag any peaks en route?

David Crerar's picture

If you bag a peak you are

If you bag a peak you are very very lost.

It will be great to see you there!



David Crerar's picture

I've now posted a route

I've now posted a route description, and route maps, as well as links to some photos of the lovely Lynn Lake Trail along Lynn Creek.



If you are planning on running, could you email me or leave a comment?  If the numbers aren't there, I may defer it until next year. 

pushpachandra's picture

Aug 23rd , Lynn 50km


Iam planning to run on  Sunday

See you then


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