Dog Mountain

Well here is another popular hike with families; however, definitely not accessible by wheelchair or stroller and way too far to carry a 60 lbs kid on your shoulders. My littlest guy stayed at home, but I will be taking him as soon as I get a child carrier designed for his size.

A lot of sites consider this hike easy. It is about 5 km and there is minimal elevation gain and should take about 2 – 2.5 hours round trip. This is a challenging hike for kids though. Although there is little elevation gain the trail does go up and down and up and down and it isn’t over even terrain. The trail is covered in large roots and there are many step ups that require smaller people to do a little scrambling or get helped up and down by their parental units. Proper footing requires a little more attention and, when wet, the roots can become quite slippery so proper footwear would be recommended.

On this hike my adorable niece and her dad came along. He brought a backpack style child carrier and had no problem carrying her part of the way (she was a trooper and marched her way through the majority of the hike). We passed a lot of dogs (on leash) and many smiling faces offering up the old clichéd “She’s doing this the right way” and “Could you carry me too?”

 

During this hike you will pass small streams, cross over bridges and boardwalks, and pass a small lake. My son loved the tree roots on this hike that curl and wind on the surface of the trail and form sculpture like structures that are just stunning. We passed a photographer on the way that was spending her afternoon just snapping pictures of what reminded me of the scene when Indiana Jones falls into the chamber, where they find the lost ark, and lands in a carpet of snakes all slithering over each other in a moving, scaly mess of heebie-jeebies… but I digress

 

The real winner of this hike is the view. At the end of the trail you will climb up onto a rocky outcrop that gives way to unobstructed views The Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Downtown Vancouver and English Bay. The kids can feed the grey jays, and stand in awe at the size of the ravens with their feathers shining like oil slick in the sun.

Side Note: In greek mythology Ravens are the messengers of Apollo and symbolize good luck. For the First Nations People of the Northwest Coast the Totem Raven is mischievous and curious but is the symbol of creation and knowledge.

As always a little treat at the end of the hike is always welcome. This time a little bit of pizza cookie was enjoyed by all 🙂

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