The Lions North Vancouver Hiking Trails
Deeks Peak is at the far north end of the beautiful Howe Sound Crest Trail which runs from Cypress Resort 29k away. The trailhead near Porteau Cove is the access point for both Deeks Peak and Deeks Lake. 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. Brunswick Mountain, Mt Hanover, Mt Harvey and the Lions stretch off into the distance eventually leading to Cypress Mountain 29k away. Backcountry camping is possible in innumerable 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.
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.
is the highest peak in the North Shore mountains. Located in the beautiful Cypress Provincial Park, Brunswick MountainBrunswick 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 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 Mount Hanover.
Mount Harvey is one of the huge, visible and hike-able 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 The Lions, Brunswick Mountain and Mt Hanover. There are no trail use fees, parking fees or camping fees from this trailhead. Mount Harvey is challenging, though not out of technical skill needed, but due to its steepness of the trail. You gain 1400 metres in just 6.5k. The final scramble to the summit of Mount Harvey can be dangerous in poor weather, but generally not too difficult.
The Lions or Twin Sisters tower, visible from all around, in North Vancouver about an hours drive from downtown Vancouver. The two distinct, rocky peaks are visible from downtown Vancouver. The view from the top is spectacular making this a tremendously popular hiking trail. Howe Sound stretches out into the blue distance. The trail to the base of the West Lion is tough but wonderful hike. The scramble to the summit of the West Lion is a very difficult, dangerous, yet very rewarding hike. The Lions is on the southern end of this beautiful group of mountains accessible from one convenient trailhead in Lions Bay (the trailhead to Deeks Peak is a short drive north near Porteau Cove).