Black Mountain + Cabin Lake

This hike took place on unceded, ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples (Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqeum). This land is currently managed as part of the Provincial Park system at Cypress Provincial Park. Here’s their website with information about this park: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cypress/ Here’s some information about the hike itself: http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Black-Mt-Cabin-Lake-Loop-Cy-near-Vancouver-BC-516

We almost cancelled this hike because of the unending rain, but we woke up to sun and blue skies in the city. Regardless we set out to the doom and gloom of the north shore mountains and climbed, slowly up Black Mountain to Cabin Lake, in a rain cloud. It was exhausting and my legs burned and about every 500m or so I, silently begged myself to turn us around. I am super grateful for the strength and encouragement of my hiking pal. It was fun to realize we’d actually be hiking in snow (!!) and that when we got to the top we would have no view except for 20 or so meters in front of us (and an intent raven bff).

It was our first time up Cypress in forever. Like, ever. It wasn’t that busy (phew) and it was a nice, chilly temperature (yay) and there were so many small plants bursting through the fresh snow to stop and take quaint pictures of.

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