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19 hours ago

Great beginner hike, beautiful trail and lake. And NO dogs. :^) please. A couple off shoot trails if you want to go real big.

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hiking
23 hours ago

Did this hike yesterday, and wow what a struggle. - I want to start off by saying I started at the wrong end so that was a my bad. BUT there were little to no markers other than little orange tags which looked like someone ran through the trees and just stapled them all over the place. Every once in a while you would come up to a piece of cardboard that someone wrote 'that way' on. DO NOT do this hike without downloading this map first. If we wouldn't have had this map we would have been extremely lost. I'm assuming it wouldn't have been as hard if we started at the proper end of the trail because it would have only been one steep incline for the first hour and then mostly downhill the next couple, but on the end we started on we hiked up and up and up for 3 hours and then down for 1.5 hours. I would rate this as a hard hike, only because of the direction I went, and because of the poorly placed markers. The first vista has an amazing view, but the next nine get gradually worse each time. I'm glad I did this hike, but I don't think I will be doing it again.

Stay safe and make sure to download this map! Also - pack extra water and make sure you are out by 5:30pm! Gates close at 6:00pm.

Love this hike. Wow, the view on top it's really amazing. I recommend to everyone.

Fantastic views at top. Some technical and vertical parts, so definitely for a more seasoned hiker. Make sure you time your return during daylight, especially this time of year when the sunsets early. Hike is 4 to 5 hours depending on your ability. This is NOT including a snack/rest at the top so factor that in. Great mountain!

Trail well maintained- fabulous view at top - bring nuts for very friendly chipmunks!

Always great to explore new places! Just did this a few days ago (half of it at night!) and... I guess we are just at the cusp of winter conditions there as it was snowing the night we got there!

A comical view on the experience here: https://youtu.be/YDrp21rOvrs

Amazing views , great challenge

on St. Mark's Summit Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving long weekend. Started at 9:30 am and made it up by 11:30. I am a very new hiker and not in great shape. Took my time and still made decent timing. The first half is easy as far as the terrain goes but does involve some elevation gain. Super muddy and technical closer to the top and for about the last hour. Poles were a huge help due to the slickness! On a busy Saturday the space at the top is very limited but the views are pretty amazing. Once you get to the top you'll see the main rock to catch a view but if you go back to the trail and continue you'll grab a great view of The Lions and another viewpoint further below. Took a few couple minute breaks and with a half an hour at the top it took me 5 hours. It was very busy on the way down so had to stop a lot to share the trail. Enjoy!! :)

Had an outstanding experience, and the local fauna were more than accommodating.

Yours in good faith,

Cynthia

The first bit is easy and flat (part of the Lynn Loop). Climb starts at Coliseum Mountain sign where it says “Allow 7 hours return”. That part took us 5 hours 25 mins return with lots of picture breaks. Probably best marked trail I’ve ever been on. Views up top are pretty!

September 29 2018. Temperature difference of 10°C between parking and summit. Climbed West Lion - challenging and exposed; there would be real danger to make a summit attempt in wet weather. The hike up the base of the West Lion is straightforward, yet labourous, we even saw someone at the HSCT juction in sandals. Roundtrip distance was closer to 18km, not the suggested 12.4km route. If you summit the West Lion, it's arguably a better 360° view than Golden Ears. 10/10 day, took 8 hours total.

hiking
14 days ago

I honestly really enjoyed this hike. It was my first time doing this hike, but my boyfriends 2nd. I was stubborn and thought my runners were fine (as its what I climb most moutains in) but boy was I wrong. We started earlier in the morning, and the trail was fairly snowcovered, over a foot near the top of fresh powder. I couldnt scramble to the summit, because of how icy it was in combination to my footwear but made it to the turn around point. The view was awesome, but fairly clouded over while it started to snow!

Amazing views and moderate intensity trail. Rewarding trip to the summit.

Beautiful fall hike close to Vancouver! Not busy early in the morning!

The view is always worth the hike

Amazing views at the end!!

Tough and beautiful hike with a variety of views. However, this hike is not 12 kilometres roundtrip. It's closer to 18 from the parking lot.

Wow. This hike is amazing, challenging, and gorgeous. We went in the beginning of October, so we expected snow up at the top, but didn’t expect it at the start. When we checked the trail report that morning it said the trail condition was good, but with snow at the top, so when we arrived we were surprised to see snow at the head of the trail. We decided to keep going anyways, trusting the trail report and seeing other hikers come out okay. This will forever be a special hike to me, since this was my first time ever hiking to the top of the mountain. There was snow all along the trail, but it got especially slippery and thick up at the top. A LOT of ice along the switchbacks near the top. Several times I slipped and, quite frankly, almost slipped off the side of the mountain. I was scared, but also determined to finish, since I knew the views from the top looked fabulous. Don’t do that! I was stupid for keeping going. I had no crampons or hiking sticks and I could have died. If you feel uncomfortable, turn back and get what you need to feel comfortable. The higher you go up, the harder it is. There is a part after the tree line that seems like it’s the top, but its not, there is a little bit more to go. That part is definitely a scramble. Take it slow and focus on your balance because doing it when it was icy had me terrified I was going to roll off the side of the mountain. (Again, I was stupid and no one should follow what I did!) But this hike was great. I’d say it took 3 hours to get up and an hour to get down. The ice helped in getting down, since we could pretty much slide down the top half of the mountain. The views were stunning on the way up to the top and at the actual top. Its exactly what I would picture the view from a top of a mountain would look like! Some people made snowmen along the way, which made us smile. Enjoy this hike, just be smart about it! Lots of people on the trail and they were all helping each other out. One guy had on nikes and he was slipping very very badly. A stranger he didn’t know lent him one of her walking sticks and held onto him the entire way down. If you need help, ask! No one will leave you! Worth every second of it.

24 days ago

Fantastic trail with glacial caves, alpine meadows, incredible vistas. Fairly difficult ascent. Plan on 4 hours up and 1.5 down. Bring lunch! You will need the fuel.

Bring Lunch! Beautiful trail, captivating the whole way. The lake and glacier were such an amazing prize to reach.

Nice one through the woods. Quite easy as well, the trail is well maintained.

Did this hike in Sept 2018 during a snow storm. It was challenging hike with lots of ice covering the entire trail. Hiking poles would have been a great help. Views from the top are absolutely amazing and worth every bit of it.

Beautiful lake but to popular

Took me and a little dog 2 hrs to the top and then 1.5 hrs back to the bottom. Only saw one stream on the way up so bring your own water for the dog. Lots of roots for the second half of the hike so bring good footwear. Not too much room at the top to enjoy the view as compared to say, Quarry Rock. No bugs right now but was windy and chilly.

Awesome trail. Even on a cloudy day the trail was great. Took me two hours to go up, without any stop and three hours to go down, taking my time picking up mushrooms and berries. A bit hard to find the Howe Sound Crest trail at first but once you've find it, it's very easy to find your way to the top. (Tip: Follow Howe sound EAST trail). I highly recommend this one !

you would need a good ground clearance and 4wd

Great trail with very rewarding views! Took us 3.5 hours with lots of stops for pictures and a short break at the top.

This is the most difficult hike I have done to date. Would I do it again? Heck yes! Slow and steady will reward you with stunning views. It took me (I would consider myself in good shape but not a hiking pro) two hours to reach the top, where I sat and ate my lunch that I had brought up with me. In totally I spent about 4 hours conquering the sulphur skyline and rewarded myself with a soak in the hot springs afterwards.

Got there 2p.m. in the afternoon. 10KM out and back. Only 2 other people on the top. Super gorgeous. Be sure to check out the hot springs source after your hike.

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