The Lions (Binkert) Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lions Bay, BC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from July until October.
Hiked this yesterday - it took 8 hours down to the minute (though, I took a few short breaks, and spent over half an hour at the top.)
Hiked this at the beginning of November and the last 2 km there was a ton of snow at the top we didn't account for. It's definitely a good challenge for the casual hiker. It took us just over 6.5 hours to get up and down. Great Hike!
Grueling, right up there with Golden Ears
Difficult; length and technical, scrambles, trail obstacles, incline. Plateau view is amazing. Awesome.
Went up mid July and (obviously with heat in Van this year) there was no snow. Trail was busy enough but not over crowded. The initial few km's up the service road is a great way to get started. Then some good covered trails through the trees with a few larger inclined areas (nothing too steep). Once at the first plateau is an exposed climb up some large rocks up to the 2nd plateau. From here it is a nice climb along the crest to the base of the West Lions.
The decent can be done at a good pace with the right gear, not to many large steps (although am 6'2" so not the best judge for the average person). If you take it at a comfortable pace can be done without to much pain :). The final 3rd is the toughest on the body as it is a steady 3km with a consistent decline to the trail head.
Check out my review of the Lions Binkert Trail @ Vancitytrails.com
I hiked this in mid September with a small group. Not out and back, we camped under the Lions the first night. The views of the Howe Sound were amazing, then we hiked on to summit one of the lions, we went the wrong way and decided to press on to our 2nd camp. Camp 2 was right beside a lake by Mt Brunswick, amazing spot, good fishing. Then we hiked out to our 2nd car at Porteau Cove. I read that water was scarce but that was not the case, just bring a steripen, or the like.
Snow near the top persists into August so best to do this hike after about mid-July. This hike has stellar views of the north shore mountains, Howe Sound (including Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast), and the Capilano valley. It is a real treat to be able to see the Lions (after which Vancouver's most famous bridge, football team, and a dozen other things are named) up close. The first third is along an old, gently sloping logging road that is harder on the descent. The middle third is relatively flat trail. The final third is the hardest part - mostly just steep uphill through a lot of boulders. The trail is well-marked and quite popular. The trail only crosses two creeks so don't count on finding/re-filling water once you pass the footbridge over Harvey Creek.
Great trial guys! I did this early July. Met a lot of hikers on the way up who couldn't complete it. Take note that it is STILL snowy this time of year. You need to be really careful. This hike is definitely doable in the snow. I recommend poles, and hiking boots,
And perhaps even crampons (just to be safe). It's a great work out though. Get here early! It gets super busy.