Romancing the Trails
Are you looking for something to do this Valentine's weekend? Why not ask the love of your life out on a date and spend it on the mountains.
First you'll need to make a romantic lunch. Cut up some fruit, make some sandwiches and cut them in heart shapes. Don't forget to pack two plastic wine glasses and some sparking juice, a blanket and head off into the wilderness.
It's a fantastic & healthy way to spend a sunny day. It's cheaper too! The mountain air and sweet sounds of nature will make you feel alive and bring back the romance that perhaps, has slipped away. These are some of my favorite spots with beautiful vistas in their own-right.
-Evan's Creek Trail-Golden Ears
Hilly and a quiet 5 Km's (one way) hike brings you to some beautiful views and a rushing creek. This trail is quite unknown so a quiet spot will be easy to find.
-Norvan Falls-Lynn Headwaters
A flat 7 Km's (one way) brings you to a beautiful Lynn Creek and a cascading Norvan Falls. There are many hidden spots to have a romantic lunch.
-Tunnel Bluffs-Lions Bay
This steep 6 Km's (one way) hike has many view points that can be the end of your journey whenever you choose making it easier. The spectacular views you'll see is all of Howe Sound.
-Diez Vistas-Port Moody
This is a longer hike at 15 km's return but can be done as an in out hike. It also has many view points and although rather popular, there are lots of spots where a couple could tuck away for some quiet romantic memories.
Although I have yet to make it to the summit of Elk, this steep 5.5 Km's (one way) hike offers great views at the first lookout. It's vistas bring many visitors so finding a quiet spot might be a little more challenging but it sure is pretty.
-Minnekhada Park, Coquitlam
This is a beautiful 10 km's return hike with many areas that would offer a great spot for some R&R. The park is known for frequent bear visits. Please do not feed the bears.
-Killarney Lake, Bowen Island
Why not take a romantic ferry ride over to Bowen Island and hike Killarney Lake. It's just 9 km's return and the lake is real pretty. There are also some quaint shops and nice restaurants for an after hike dinner.
Quarry Rock, Deep Cove
This is quite a popular destination but there are a few spots where you could sit that are hidden. At just 3.8 km's return it's a short and sweet hike. If you go behind the rock and up a short trail you'll find stairs that dip into the forest. There are some romantic mini waterfalls that you could blend in with for your picnic or step into Deep Cove's quaint little town for an after hike snack.
-Lindeman Lake, Chilliwack
This is a short 3.4 km's return hike to a beautiful greeny lake tucked away in the mountains. There are lots of spots where it's quiet and a couple could share a romantic lunch. You could even carry onto Greendrop Lake but Lindeman is way prettier.
-Mount Thom, Chilliwack
Although it's getting to be a popular exercise hike the summit is quite pretty. It's 5 km's (one way) and at the top site a bench where you could easily spend time with your sweetheart.
-Lower Falls, Golden Ears
An easy 3 km's return walk to some pretty falls. The beach areas should find a quiet spot for two.
There are lots of trail walks and a few places that might still be covered in snow. For more information check them out here: www.hikingforthescaredycat.com
Happy Valentines Day! Lori aka Scaredy Cat...
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I work for Surrey School District as an Education Assistant. In my free time I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, going off-road, dragon boating, writing & hanging with my huskies.