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Dog Mountain, WA


Taking time out of the week to go on local hikes has become an important aspect of my life. Slowing down and coming to realization that you don’t always need to fly across the world to find adventure. This past Tuesday, Ashley Barker and I hiked up a popular hike called Dog Mountain in Washington’s famous Gorge. We headed to the trailhead later in the afternoon, just in time to ascended the mountain for some glorious late afternoon light.  The colourful wildflowers were unlike anything I had ever experienced,  we spent the entire afternoon frolicking around in their beauty.  After watching the sunset we descended the mountain wearing headlamps and smiles. This hike was easy and beautiful, we will be back dog mountain.



Photos taken on Nikon F using Portra 400 35mm Film by Caley Vanular

The Lions Trail, Vancouver



Boy does it feel good to get down from a long hike and look back up to where you were standing and say, ‘I just walked to the top of that thing’.


A great one for that reason alone is The Lions Trail in Vancouver. The lions are two dark peaks that you can see from downtown Vancouver nestled in between Grouse and Seymour.  The view from the Lions is truly spectacular, offering a panoramic view of Howe Sound and the Capilano Watershed down to the city of Vancouver. The hike is about eight hours round trip and if you are brave enough to climb to the summit, make sure to bring your climbing shoes. The last part of the hike requires some serious ‘don’t look down’ climbing, although it is totally worth it and safer then you think…

How to get there:  I don’t have a car so I am always using CL ride-share, hitching, bumming rides etc.. This hike is great as you can get there using public transit. Take the bus to Lions Bay and head north east till you get to the back left of the neighbourhood on a street called ‘ Sunset Drive’. You will see a yellow gate, this is your starting gate. Hike up the road for a good 30 minutes till you find an opening and a skinner path uphill, head that way. The hike is relatively mellow for the first 2 1/2 hours, don’t get too comfortable. The last part of the hike is quiet the uphill (great for the buns).  Be sure to fill up your water bottle at the bridge over the waterfall, this is your last chance for the next 5 hours.  Enjoy.