Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Seymour is a beloved outdoor recreation spot.
If you are keen enough, it would be possible to ski the morning and drop down for a mountain bike in the forest for the afternoon.
Below 1,000 metres where most of the bike trails are, old-growth douglas-fir and western red cedar are interspersed with second-growth coniferous and deciduous trees. Along with Fromme, Seymour is one of the crown jewels in the infamous North Vancouver mountain bike scene.
It's also slightly more XC friendly than its neighbor to the west.
For the first-timer, though, the Seymour trail network can be confusing and easy to get lost in.
Following this anti-clockwise loop is a good introduction.
With the exception of the top portion of Severed D, all the trails are intermediate or easier.
Riding up Old Buck provides a warm-up for the legs as you cruise up through a pretty section of forest.
Turning left, a further grind along the Powerlines trail gets you to the top of the fun stuff.
Severed Dick is technical, with several rock and wood features, so take it easy if this is your first time.
Most of the drops do have ride-around options if you want a mellower ride.
This hooks straight onto John Deer, which is less intimidating and heaps of fun—you could almost call it a flow trail.
Expect berms, roots, wooden features and a couple of rock drops. If you enjoyed John Deer, it's definitely worth heading right on Bridle Path and up to the top again via Cardiac Bypass, Academy Climb, C-Buster, Rapid Transit, Penny Lane, and the excellent Good Sir Martin trails.
This extra loop provides some excellent uphill singletrack and the chance to hit John Deer for a second (faster) run now that you know the lines. Either way, finish up by turning left and following the dual-use Bridle Path trail and Empress Bypass with its armored berms, back to the carpark.