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Vancouver Trails - St Mark's Summit

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Pacific Spirit Park - Museum of AnthropologyPacific Spirit Park surrounds the University of British Columbia on the shores of Georgia Straight.  The park has a beautiful array of trails, 73 kilometres in total, that run along beaches, some old growth forest and even a bog.  The network of trails interconnects so often that you can do small 15 minute sections if that is all you are after.  Pacific Spirit Park is one of Vancouver's most popular parks and located in the wonderful and expensive neighbourhood, Point Grey.  You can wander the park for hours if you want as there are an endless number of trails heading in all directions. The park is open during daylight hours and there are plenty of washrooms and food stands.  Most trails are hard packed gravel and only the occasional elevation change.  More than 50 of the 73 kilometres of trails are designated as multi-use, allowing for biking and horseback riding as well as hiking/walking.  Much of the park is in deep forest, however, stairs lead to various beaches along the ocean.  Steep stairs descend through thick forest to finally open up at these unexpectedly beautiful beaches.  Nice sand, clean shoreline and enormous logs from decades of logging, strewn along the beach make them characteristically "west coast" in look.  One of the more popular beaches is the locally famous Wreck Beach.  This clothing optional beach is a world of its own.  This surreal corner of Vancouver can be quite a shock to the uninitiated.  Though after a few minutes the unmistakable charm and beauty of the place makes you forget about the unusual surroundings and you melt into this wonderful beach in this beautiful Vancouver park.  Just a short walk from Wreck Beach is the Museum of Anthropology.  This stunning museum showcases works by the peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations.  Only a handful of other places in the world have such a beautiful collection of totem poles and wood carvings.  If you enjoy art, history or anthropology, you will be in heaven.  If you don't you will still likely be impressed by the beauty of these majestic and in some cases, enormous carvings depicting a culture of the past and present.  Be careful when you go, however, as they don't open on Mondays, but otherwise 10-5pm(Tuesday until 9pm).

Why should you go to Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver?

Pacific Spirit Park is a must see on any holiday to Vancouver.  The forest and beaches are beautiful and UBC and its surrounding roads are unmistakably Vancouver.  You quickly see that you are in British Columbia's coastal rainforest when you see the sheer volume of trees.  Giant trees and gnarled trees spill over the road making it seem like you are driving through a green tunnel.  The Museum of Anthropology is great to see as well.  Even if you don't pay to see the museum on the inside, the grounds outside have some impressive First Nations works.  They are located on the ocean side of the Museum at the edge of a cliff above the ocean and beaches far below.

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Rice Lake - Vancouver Hiking TrailsRice Lake is a relaxing walk around a cute lake in Lynn Valley.  It is a family friendly hike although dogs are not welcome.  Rice Lake is near the trailhead to Lynn Headwaters Park and there is a 1k connecting trail from there to the Rice Lake Trail.  There is also the more convenient parking lot at the Rice Lake trailhead at the end of Lillooet Road.  There are several picnic areas and viewing areas with seats around the lake as there is quite a variety of wildlife in the area as well as some impressive Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars.  Fishing is also fairly popular at rice lake as it is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout.  There is a large fishing dock perfectly located for fishing.

Why should you go to Rice Lake in Lynn Park?

Rice Lake is cute lake buried in deep forest.  Regularly stocked with fish, you will often see people fishing as well as walking along this scenic lake.  A very family and kid oriented place to fish.

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Stanley Park at Prospect PointStanley Park in downtown Vancouver is a beautiful and astoundingly huge network of hiking/walking/biking trails.  An estimated 8 million hikers, walkers, rollerbladers and cyclists visit the park yearly.  The wonderful spider web of trails throughout the park add up to a staggering 200 kilometres, which explains how the park generally feels serene and relatively quiet most days despite its phenomenal popularity.  Stanley Park can be walked or biked in any number of routes and lengths.  Certainly one of the popular, and most straight forward routes is by a large, 10k circle, paved trail that runs around the perimeter.  You can park at one end, for example near English Bay, and head along the coastal, paved trail and follow the beautiful circumference of Stanley Park and return to where you started after a wonderful and constantly scenic 10k seawall route.  The seawall took several decades to build and effectively runs, uninterrupted from Canada Place(downtown), then around Stanley Park, along English Bay, around False Creek, through to Kitsilano Beach.  Then there is a 600 metre trail that connects to another 12 kilometres of beaches and pathways that finally end at the Fraser River.  So you can walk, run, bike or roll for an incredible 22 kilometres, almost entirely along the ocean.

Why should you go to Stanley Park?

Any visit to Vancouver should include a wander around Stanley Park.  Everything about it is beautiful.  The seawall, the huge trees, the ocean views, small beaches, the gardens.  The Vancouver Aquarium is a great sight to see as well as the various landmarks scattered throughout the park.  The pitch and putt golf course, the seaside swimming pool, the Theatre Under the Stars, the Nine O'Clock Gun, Siwash Rock and of course the Hollow Tree.  Finally, seeing the Lions Gate Bridge from below as you pass under via the seawall is quite a sight.

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St Mark's Summit View of Howe Sound in VancouverSt Mark's Summit is a relatively easy way to get hiking deep into Vancouver's amazing mountains.  Starting this hike at Cypress means you drive most of the elevation.  Even though you still have another 460 metres in 5.5k to hike, the beautiful forest and frequent Howe Sound views make it seem quick and easy.  It takes about 1.5 hours to reach St Mark's Summit and the views are fantastic.  Not only because of the incredible vantage point over Howe Sound, but the abruptness of St Mark's Summit.  The cliffs below you are frighteningly vertical, making the views fantastically majestic.  Also the sheer drop off makes Howe Sound and the speck sized boats seem so surreal.  The third and possibly the best feature of the St Mark's Summit hike is the intricately huge and varied terrain on the summit.  You stand and marvel at one viewpoint, then moments later your friend appears at an extraordinarily improbable, and worryingly dangerous rock outcrop a few dozen metres away.  This hilarious game of hide and seek, seemingly can go on forever.  As one leads to another, then another.  Over and over, the St Mark's Summit reveals one breathtaking vantage point after another, until you are exhausted more with the views than the hike that got you there.  When you estimate your hiking time for St Mark's Summit, but sure to include an hour at least at the top.  And before you begin your hike back to Cypress, take a moment to glance back at the distant Lions.  This incredible trail continues to them and beyond, you've just done 5.5k of the 29k, phenomenal Howe Sound Crest Trail.  St Mark's Summit is part of the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park and is one of the many beautiful peaks to be climbed if desired on the 29k trail.

Why should you hike to St Mark's Summit?

One stunning vantage point after another at the end of a relatively easy hike.  The 5.5 kilometres are steadily uphill, but not terribly strenuous.  Once you reach St Mark's Summit, the places to explore are everywhere.  The startlingly abrupt cliff overlooks Howe Sound and on a sunny day the world is filled with blue sky, blue ocean and lush, green forests covering all the islands.

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The Lions West Lion Summit TrailThe Lions or Twin Sisters lie in North Vancouver, about one hour from downtown Vancouver.  The two distinct, rocky peaks are visible from downtown Vancouver.  The view from the top is spectacular.  Howe Sound stretches out into the blue distance.  A tough but wonderful hiking trail.The first half of the hike is very easy as you follow a disused, though beautifully overgrown logging road gently uphill.  The trail after this road is very well marked with flagging tape, tree markers and paint indicators on the rock faces.  There are two plateaus before the final, very difficult ascent to the summit of the West Lion.  Both plateaus have incredible views and most make the second plateau their final destination.  It is at the base of the West Lion.  There are not really any suitable places to put up a tent, but if you had to choose, somewhere in the vicinity of these two plateaus would be the place to do it.  If you continue to the summit be prepared for a four metre rope descent.  The ropes are there, fixed to a tree above, but are alarmingly worn.  If you have ropes, you may want to bring them for this part.  After this, you will cross the narrow col connecting to the West Lion.  This begins the very difficult section.  Clinging to narrow rocks and ledges you have to make your way around the right hand side of the steep West Lion.  This section is so dangerous that there are permanent ropes fixed in places to prevent you falling several dozens of metres if you lost your grip...

Why should you hike the West Lion(Binkert) Trail to the West Lion?

The trail to the Lions is through a beautiful forest with occasional views of Howe Sound.  Closer to the West Lion you get amazing, almost 360 degree views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.  If you are brave enough to summit the West Lion you get a full 360 degree view and the satisfaction of conquering this very challenging Vancouver icon.

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Unnecessary Mountain in VancouverUnnecessary Mountain gets its peculiar name from the fact it once was part of the route to reach The Lions whereas now the route avoids it.  This now, unnecessary mountain, no longer needs to be climbed to reach The LionsUnnecessary Mountain is part of the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park and is one of the many beautiful peaks to be climbed if desired on the 29k trail.  Among the hiker friendly mountains (from Cypress north) on the Howe Sound Crest Trail are: Mount Strachan, St Mark`s Summit, Unnecessary Mountain, The Lions, Mount Harvey, Mount Hanover, Brunswick Mountain and finally Deeks Peak.  As Unnecessary lays in the middle of the Howe Sound Crest Trail, it has its own trail from Lions Bay which makes it a manageable day-trip.  The trail is well marked but very steep and overgrown.  It is sometimes compared, as so many other North Shore trails, to the Grouse Grind.  Harder, better views and no people, is the usual description.

Why should you hike to Unnecessary Mountain in Vancouver?

Stunning views of Howe Sound and an infrequently hiked mountain on the Howe Sound Crest Trail.  This beautiful peak is an amazing place to spend the night under the stars.

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