Many years ago I hiked the trail up to the what was then called the Lynn south peak lookout, off Lynn Valley Road in North Van. Today it is just called Lynn Peak, even though the viewpoint is not Lynn peak (which is actually that sort of intermediate hump on the way to the Needles). Back then the trail was steep, poorly marked, brushy and rock strewn. Today it is well marked, steep but a root-infested, bouldery mess. It is a fun, strenuous hoof up and a miserable, knee-ache climb down. I did this hike because I wanted a good cardio climb without having to endure the sight of urban cowboys in brightly coloured LuLulemon bib-pants, as one does on the Grind. This was also a chance to test my new knee strap/support system.
At a 5.2 km one way distance from our car in closest parking lot, Lynn Peak trail is a solid, steady climb up through primarily dense second growth stands affording much shade on a sunny day. Views at the top are very nice, but no good views exist along the way. Some remnant old growth cedar-cypress-hem-balsam-douglas fir stands remain along the top 1/4 of the hike.
The knee support setup worked very well and the objective of a sweat-fest heart pounder was achieved. Other than that, not a fave hike, that's for sure. Here's some pics
The route up from Lynn Headwaters Park
The bouldery trail
. Roots, rocks and ... well, basically a creek bed
Some nice old growth
Hem_Bal_Cedar_Cypress and D.Fir up top
A couple of viewpoint shots
. Similar to views from Dog Mountain trail, not as good as views from Seymour pumps
The knee support system.
Put the Meuller single strap tightly over the patella area, then pull on the GenuFlex knee wrap. I am "Pre-surgical" for a knee cartilage replacement
but this combo of support worked a treat
, even on such a touchy hike down. It should keep me going till the knee either recovers via physio or the surgeon says "let's get 'er done". These items are available at KinTec store in North Vancouver.