Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North Vancouver
Paton Viewpoint / Peak description from the book:
• Start at the Seymour Valley Trailway parking lot. Bike, skateboard, run, or hike just over
9 km along the trailway, over the Stoney Creek bridge and past the 9-km marker
on the left.
• Continue along the trailway for another 250 m to a hard-to-see gravel road to the
left that cuts back upslope from the trailway. Go up this. There are several places
to hide and lock your bike. (If you arrive at the intersection of the trailway and the
closed to the public Seymour Dam road, you’ve gone too far.)
• At the end of the short gravel road (less than 1 km), and at the edge of Stoney Creek,
you will find the trailhead, which should be marked with a series of cairns and tape
flagging. The trailhead is to the right, across a ditch. Punch into the dark forest.
• Proceed up an initial steep patch past some giant cedar trees on a narrow but
well-trodden trail. Bask in the dappled sunlight along this section if the weather is
• As the trail ascends, you’ll see a sheer cliff down to Seymour Trailway on your right
and the sharp hanging valley of Stoney Creek on your left.
• At 580 m you will start seeing pleasant views out over the Seymour Valley. Also
straight down, so be careful.
• At 620 m, use your hands to climb up along an exposed slab of rock. The well-defined
trail continues, with good views looking south to the Needles ridge.
• At 775 m, come to a welcome flat bench that traverses the east side of a rocky knob.
There is a candy-cane-twisted cedar tree here.
• At around 800 m, there is a fine view of the sheer cliffs below Paton.
• After a short and rooty rise to the right of a rocky knob, take care not to continue
too far rightward, as the trail does an easily missed dog’s leg to the left, back into
the knob proper.
• After ascending the rocky bluff, punch out to another flat bench with a pleasing
view to the north over the Seymour Valley. Then come to a gentle and twisting
climb with boulders emerging from the rooty duff. The flagging continues as the
• At 997 m there is a rocky patch where the trail splits. Take the right-hand path,
up to Paton Lookout (the left trail goes straight across towards the trail up to
Coliseum). The going here is steep and rocky and hands are occasionally needed,
but there is no exposure.
• Be sure to walk to the northeast end of the flat Paton Peak for fine views of Seymour