Elsay Lake Emergency Shelter via Elsay Lake Trail
The Elsay Lake trail is difficult, but features a variety of excellent views and ultimately ends at a beautiful lake that many people swim and fish in, along with a nearby emergency cabin used by North Shore Rescue. There are a few basic spots for tents and camping. Depending on the time of the year, the lake has a reputation for having lots of flies.
Along the journey, you should expect to encounter steep grades, loose rocks, snow packs (until fairly late in summer), challenging water crossings, and potentially some challenging tree fall. There are plenty of non-turbid water sources as long as you have a filter. Not really recommended as a day hike. Certainly doable, but with a nice lake and area to camp, would be a shame not to stay the night!
The Elsay Lake trail follows the Mt Seymour trail until a fork with clearly marked signage for Elsay heading roughy east and down. See Mount Seymour for park directions.
This is a tough hike for smaller children because of duration, sections with steep grades, hazardous water crossings, and overall difficulty.