Hadn't hiked Mount Seymour in a few years, but decided to do so recently. Here's the good and the bad:
- While busy, the trail wasn't crowded as is more common along popular routes (ie Garibaldi Lake, Squamish Chief). There were no waits and moments that I experienced the sounds of nature before non-stop chatting hikers came by.
-- The trail is fairly easy. I would rate it easy to medium Intermediate. Most hikers wore sneakers. I prefer some form of ankle support, so tend to wear light hiking boots. Pick what works for you.
-- It took me just over 1 hour at a leisurely pace to go from the parking lot to First Peak, which was my destination. You can do it much faster if you are in a rush. It was a perfect outing without having to dedicate the whole day to a hike.
-- I had lunch to the right of First Peak. Nice view as a reward (see photo). Had the place to myself which was amazing and wonderful. It was busy at First Peak, but I had no problem find the quiet space on the other side of the trail.
-- I'm not a fan of the trail type. It's mostly pebbles and stones (see photo), which I don't much care for and find hard on the feet.
-- The trail is mostly exposed. Very little shade and shelter. So if you're going on a sunny day, make sure you have enough water, sunscreen and a hat.
-- Many years of use have resulted in erosion in spots. A new trail is under construction (see photo), but not yet open.
Bottom line: Not crowded; easy to medium Intermediate; short and sweet for a couple of hours of outdoor exercise and fresh air.