3 Summit Loop
ElevationAscent: 5,215' 1,589 m
Descent: -5,208' -1,588 m
High: 4,918' 1,499 m
Low: 359' 109 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 91% (42°)
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“A loop with 1500m of quad-busting elevation sandwiched between the flat and scenic Lynn and Seymour valleys.”— Ryan J
There is a rocky junction marked with a cairn shortly before the Patton Peak lookout; the trail right leads to the granite deck of Patton Peak, and the trail left continues toward the Coliseum summit. The views (and break) at Patton Peak are worth the stop—enjoy the first of many great views to come!
From the Patton Peak junction, the trail continues to climb toward the Coliseum summit. There is a second junction at the col between the Needles and Coliseum mountain. The right arm continues to the Coliseum summit and clearly continues climbing. The left arm at the junction descends to Norvan Falls Trail.
Shortly after the second junction, the forest gives way to the strange white granite slab that gives Coliseum its name. Expansive views of Vancouver shortly follow from the Coliseum summit.
Mount Burwell is 1.5 km directly north from the summit of Coliseum Mountain. Follow sporadic flagging and cairns through the granite terraces before gaining the summit, which is marked by a pile of rocks. This section of "trail" is otherworldly and makes the challenge of the steep climb from the valley below worth the effort.
Descend the way you came to past the Coliseum Mountain to the second junction at the col. Take the right arm down the ridge then into a gully which leads into the Lynn Valley. The descent here is sporadically difficult, with frequent tree, mud and root obstacles which slow progress. Shortly before the Norvan Falls Trail junction there are some gigantic trees, including the nearby Norvan's Castle—the largest western hemlock in western Canada, which seems to have narrowly escaped logging as is evidenced by the enormous stumps just a few meters farther down the slope.
The trail levels and joins the fast and fun Norvan Falls Trail. Follow this trail (or any of the well mapped variants) back to the LCSR parking lot.
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