Cypress Provincial Park hiking trails continued here from south to north. The previous page showed Cypress Resort access to Black Mountain, Hollyburn Mountain and the Howe Sound Crest Trail extending north to Mount Strachan, St Mark's Summit, Mount Unnecessary and The Lions. Here the Howe Sound Crest Trail continues from The Lions and north to Mount Harvey, Brunswick Mountain, Mount Hanover and finally Deeks Peak.
The Lions dominate the skyline 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.
Mount Harvey is one of the huge, visible and hikeable summits in the North Shore mountains. It is located on the Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park near The Lions. Reachable via the Howe Sound Crest Trail or by its own trailhead in Lions Bay. The same trailhead used for , Brunswick Mountain and . There are no trail use fees, parking fees or camping fees from this trailhead. The trail is challenging, though not out of technical skill but due to its steepness of the trail. You gain 1400 metres in just 6.5k. The final scramble to the summit can be dangerous in poor weather, but generally not too difficult. The trail to Mount Harvey is well worn, but poorly marked for the first half of the hike. From the trailhead continue up the old, overgrown logging road. Bear right at the first intersection. The second intersection you come to, bear right again (left goes to Mt Brunswick). The third junction you come to bear right again. Finally at the fourth intersection you will see a sign for The Lions pointing to the right. You want to take the trail to the left here. This is the crucial trail marker not to miss and therefore it is very visible. From here the trail is easy to follow.
Why should you hike to Mount Harvey in Vancouver?
Mount Harvey is a very challenging hike with amazing views of Howe Sound. Far less frequently hiked than the nearby Lions, yet with arguably better views.
Mount Hanover is another amazing and accessible peak in the North Shore mountains. Located in the beautiful Cypress Provincial Park, Mount Hanover is among several other prominent summits on the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail. You can reach Mount Hanover from the Howe Sound Crest Trail if you begin your hike from the Cypress Mountain Resort, however reaching it from the trailhead in Lions Bay is much shorter. This trailhead is also used to reach The Lions, Mount Harvey and Brunswick Mountain. There is no established route to Hanover after you leave the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Fortunately Hanover towers visibly in the distance at all times, so the best method to reach the summit is to route find your way as you go. This of course makes Mount Hanover a potentially dangerous hike if you are unprepared or unlucky with the weather. Be sure to have a GPS and topo map with you and know what you are doing. The route to the Howe Sound Crest Trail from the Lions Bay trailhead () is the same as the route you would take to Brunswick Mountain so it is well marked with flagging tape though there are few written signs. The trail is challenging as you gain considerable elevation in a short distance, 1550 metres in just 7.3k.
Why should you hike to Mount Hanover in Vancouver?
Mount Hanover is a very difficult and potentially dangerous hike on the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Due to the length of the trail and the difficult terrain, hikers have in the past been caught in poor weather and required rescue. If you are in for adventure and are an experienced hiker, Mount Hanover will suit you well.
Brunswick Mountain is the highest peak in the North Shore mountains. Located in the beautiful , Brunswick Mountain is among several other prominent summits on the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail. You can reach Brunswick from the Howe Sound Crest Trail if you begin your hike from the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort, however reaching it from the trailhead in Lions Bay is much shorter. This trailhead is also used to reach , and . The trail is challenging as you gain considerable elevation in a short distance, 1550 metres in just 7.3k. The trailhead to Brunswick Mountain is a bit tricky to find. It is located in the nice little town of which is 40 minutes to an hours drive from downtown Vancouver, or 30 minutes south of Squamish.
Why should you hike to Brunswick Mountain from Cypress?
Brunswick is a very challenging hike that rewards you well with amazing views of Howe Sound. Located near the iconic Lions, you have a close-up view of them from a side most never see.
Porteau Cove is the access point for both . It is a steadily uphill hike as you gain 1615 metres in just 8k. The trail is also very overgrown and strewn with fallen trees. A multi-day hike in this area via the Howe Sound Crest Trail where you can hike a couple or all of the amazing peaks. , , Mount Harvey and The Lions stretch off into the distance eventually leading to Cypress Mountain 29k away. Backcountry camping is possible in several phenomenal sites along the trail. None of them are sanctioned or maintained so don't expect any facilities but there are countless streams, waterfalls and lakes to put a tent by.is at the far north end of the beautiful Howe Sound Crest Trail which runs from Cypress Resort 29k away. The trailhead near
Why should you hike to Deeks Peak in Vancouver?
Challenging and infrequently hiked, Deeks Peak has amazing views of Howe Sound. Part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail, Deeks Peak one of several highlights of a multi-day hiking trip from Vancouver.
More Vancouver Hiking Trails..
At the far end of the , in the cute town of Deep Cove is home to the fantastic . Also known as Quarry Rock and the Grey Rock Trail, the Deep Cove Lookout Trail is amazing. The wonderful trail crosses numerous creek bridges to get to the impressive lookout with views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm far below. Indian Arm is a 20k fjord that cuts deep into the mainland. The slopes on either side are heavily forested and steep and therefore have seen little human development as compared to the heavily populated regions nearby. The hike is fairly relaxing and can be done easily in just a couple hours. is a beautiful, short and fun hike (or snowshoe trek) close to Vancouver and starting from the parking lot of Mount Seymour Resort. Just 2.2k gets you from your car to breathtaking views of the big city below. This area is popular all year-round and there are plenty of trails to choose from. In the summer the trails include, , a beautiful and very challenging 16k roundtrip hike to a beautiful mountain peak. , a moderately challenging 8k roundtrip to the top of Seymour and amazing panoramic views. The Goldie Lake trail in Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a cute, self-guided interpretive trail that runs around this small mountain lake. Although it is only 4 kilometres(roundtrip) for the normal loop trail, there are some side-trail variations that can lengthen and vary the route to almost 6k. Flower Lake is one of these trails and well worth the look. Certainly one of the more family friendly hikes on in Mount Seymour Park when compared to the more rigorous hikes like the nearby Mount Seymour and Mount Elsay hikes. The Kitsilano beaches begin as soon as you cross the Burrard Bridge and enter the residential paradise of Kitsilano. Though only this first beach is named Kitsilano Beach, you can walk from one beach to the next via some short and scenic residential detours. So you can connect the beautiful Kitsilano Beach to Jericho Beach, then Locarno Beach then Spanish Bank Beach. Walking them all will add up to about 8k (one way) of wonderfully varied beaches, parks, marinas, the enormous Kits Pool and endless vantage points to English Bay and Burrard Inlet. Hollyburn Mountain, in Cypress Provincial Park, is an amazing place to snowshoe or go hiking. The Hollyburn trailhead is an astonishingly close, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The 30 minute drive is quite something as well. From the always beautiful crossing of the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, to the incredible views of Vancouver from the approach drive to and the Hollyburn Mountain trailhead. Lighthouse Park is an extraordinarily little known piece of paradise, so close to to Vancouver as to see its tall buildings, yet immersed into a dramatically beautiful coastal rainforest. A wonderful network of hiking trails winds throughout massive Douglas-fir trees and Western Red Cedars as well as golden Arbutus trees stretching toward the ocean. There are so many great aspects of this hike. The first is the beautiful drive to get there. Marine Drive spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of West Vancouver. This beautiful stretch of road is a great attraction to Lighthouse Park as it takes you along an easily overlooked, yet beautiful area of Vancouver. Pacific 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. Lynn Peak is a beautifully forested hiking trail is a local favourite running route comparable to the Grouse Grind. In 4.5k the trail rises 730 metres and hardly ever in a straight line. There are a few good viewpoints on the hike to Lynn Peak. It is convenient hiking trail, close to downtown Vancouver as it is only about a 30 minute drive away into the magnificent rainforest of North Van. From the trailhead at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park you will see a sign for the Lynn Loop Trail, there are maps here or click on the map to the right and print it out from the Lynn Headwaters Regional Parks site. Lynn Canyon Park is an easy and strikingly beautiful park and yet another locals favourite. So close to downtown Vancouver at only 30 minutes away, yet you feel as if you are in a remote forest. There are a few different routes to take and this park is also connected to the Baden Powell Trail which adds to the hiking possibilities. Lynn Canyon Park is its own rainforest world deep in the forest of North Van. Part of the temperate rainforest that stretches from Alaska to Northern California.