We've found your new happy place. Do you love spending time in the mountains? There's just something so peaceful about the fresh air and scenic views. If hiking is your cardio, you need to complete this hike near Vancouver that locals definitely don't want you to know about.

Near Vancouver, there are so many extraordinary mountain top trails. However, hikes like St. Marks Summit and Stawamus Chief are challenging and can take several hours to complete.

Instead, you can try the 5 kilometre Dog Mountain. It's a much easier adventure, and it's just 45 minutes from the city.

This local gem is so stunning that Vancouverites want to keep it all to themselves!

To begin, you'll need to head to Mount Seymour Provincial Park. From the parking lot, start walking toward the Mystery Peak Express chairlift, and follow the signs towards Dog Mountain and First Lake.

To stay on the path, make sure to follow the orange markers that are in the trees.

While the path might look hard at first, it's easy enough if you're well prepared. There's minimal elevation gain, but there are sections where roots cover the path, and the ground can be slippery in some places.

You'll also want to check the status of the path. Sometimes the trail can remain covered with snow, even as late as June.

To split up the journey, Small Lake is a wonderful spot to sit down and rest your legs. After a quick break, you'll be ready for the final few steps to the rocky summit.

The view from the top is breathtaking. You'll be able to spot Grouse Mountain, Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, downtown Vancouver and Burrard Inlet.

Without question, you'll want to get a panoramic photo of the views. Just be careful not to get too close to the edge.

Once you're finished up-top, retrace your steps back to the parking lot. In total, it should take you around two hours.

Dog Mountain

Address: Mount Seymour, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This mountain hike is close to the city and offers jaw-dropping views.

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