There are a whole range of trails in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The reserve offers a range of trails for all levels of cyclists. Beginners can choose to cycle along the broad, paved Seymour Valley Trailway. For the more advanced, there are some very advanced mountain bike trails. Here is a short video to give you an idea of the beauty of these trails.
The best thing about mountain biking in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is that the range of trails offers fun and challenges for all levels of cyclists. Beginners can choose to cycle along the broad, paved Seymour Valley Trailway. What a great change to find a place where trails that don’t allow bikes are the exception, not the rule! Most of the trails allow bikes, except for three which are considered too dangerous due to steep slopes and limited visibility.
The Seymour Valley Trailway is actually a road, but it’s a road with no cars, shared by hikers, roller bladers, cyclists and kids on tricycles.
Also it’s a road surrounded by the peaceful magnificence of impossibly tall Hemlock trees. Be warned though – it’s not so much flat as rolling, so if it’s your first ride of the season, you may find yourself huffing and puffing on the uphills.
On the other hand, if you choose the Suspension Bridge Trail, you’ll find yourself on a narrow, winding path that descends dramatically towards the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, with a dizzying drop-off not more than a foot away. Not a place to fall, and definitely not cycling for beginners, or for the faint of heart!
Then there’s the Circuit 8 Trail, which lacks the death-defying thrills of the Suspension Bridge Trail, but offers fun challenges for cyclists wanting to move past relaxing single track and take their mountain biking to the next level. It offers a winding, flat trail that feels a lot like an obstacle course, with rocks, logs and gnarly tree roots liberally peppering the route. I found it a lot of fun.
And here’s a dramatic one – descending the Hydraulic Trail towards the Fisherman’s Trail. This is for more advanced cyclists, with good bikes!
There are so many cycling trails in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve that it’s impossible to cover them all here. In one day we only managed to sample four of the trails. But we’re really looking forward to going back and discovering them all! If you’ve never been there, I encourage you to check it out. At the reserve you will find pamphlets that tell you the level of difficulty for most of the trails, so you can choose according to your own level of skill, fitness and comfort.
How to Get to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
By Car: Take exit #22A off Highway 1 in North Vancouver. Turn left at the intersection onto Lillooet Road and follow through to the parking lot.
By Bus: Take the #228 Lynn Valley bus starting from the Lonsdale Quay Seabus terminal to Lynn Valley Road and Dempsey Road — or— take the #210 Upper Lynn Valley from downtown Vancouver to Underwood Avenue. For details, go to www.translink.bc.ca. Walk down Rice Lake Road and over the footbridge, through to the LSCR.
By Bike: Lilloet Road is quiet enough to offer safe cycling access to the reserve.
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