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22 hours ago

Wow... probably one of the most beautiful hike that I have ever done in my life... without my friend’s truck I would never be able to get there. Want to buy a 4x4 just so I can come back to here one day.

Today (holiday Monday following Remembrance Day), I did this hike for the first time, hiking the loop clockwise with my adult daughter. I'm a pretty seasoned hiker but was really grunting the first hour: I found the first leg of the trail difficult--not moderate (it reminded me a lot of the trail to Wedgemount Lake: steep up, then more steep up, then more....). There are also some quite steep sections on the descent east towards Buntzen Lake. I forgot to bring my hiking pole--and regretted it.

I would definitely agree with the previous comments that suggest that the trail marking leaves something to be desired. There were several times where we had to stop and really look around to find the next orange tag. I could see how less experienced hikers could easily wander off the trail. As far as trail maintenance, early on in the hike we crossed two little bridges that were completely falling apart, and in my view, a potential hazard.

Overall, I would rate the trail as moderate-to-difficult. Including the times stopped to take pictures, it took us 4.5 hours. The views were great! I'd like to do this hike again in the summer.

Today (holiday Monday following Remembrance Day), I did this hike for the first time, hiking the loop clockwise with my adult daughter. I'm a pretty seasoned hiker but was really grunting the first hour: I found the first leg of the trail difficult--not moderate (it reminded me a lot of the trail to Wedgemount Lake: steep up, then more steep up, then more....). There are also some quite steep sections on the descent east towards Buntzen Lake. I forgot to bring my hiking pole--and regretted it.

I would definitely agree with the previous comments that suggest that the trail marking leaves something to be desired. There were several times where we had to stop and really look around to find the next orange tag. I could see how less experienced hikers could easily wander off the trail. As far as trail maintenance, early on in the hike we crossed two little bridges that were completely falling apart, and in my view, a potential hazard.

Overall, I would rate the trail as moderate-to-difficult. Including the times stopped to take pictures, it took us 4.5 hours. The views were great! I'd like to do this hike again in the summer.

1 day ago

I went yesterday (18/Nov/11). I ran into snow about 3k before the main parking area so had to park and begin our hike there. This was my second time hiking Cheam and first time in the snow. I didn't expect as much snow as we encountered. Snow was very soft and the trails of course were self made. I summited without poles, crampons or snow shoes - so it's possible, but not recommended!

We tried! But turned around as it was pretty icy. Made the safety call. Unfortunately another lad did not and did in her ankle and needed rescue.. So proper shoes and ice gear highly recommended now. We went to Dog instead, but it had some icy parts as well. Beautiful day, but be safe!

November 9th, 2018.
There was light snow starting at 7km into this hike, I made it to 9km and turned back as visibility had gotten to the point where I no longer felt safe to continue.
To the 9km mark and back to the Parking lot took me 7.5 hours

The snow will slow you down, and winter park hours may make this hike not possible unless staying the night.

Hike on

great hike, lots of rocks....with snow and ice everywhere, as we found today, poles were very handy. great views.

trail running
15 days ago

I've ran the trail today and it was really nice. We didn't encounter any wild life. On the summit it was really cold and windy. So much that I did not feel my fingers (didn't have gloves).

We ran majority of the trail except the steepest parts.

It was a great workout and it was great to go away from all the noise of the city. I really enjoyed it.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike. Viewpoint surrounded in cloud, couldn’t see anything. Snowing at the summit. Totally worth it. Ran into a crew working on the trail - THANKS!

18 days ago

Really nice. Found it to be well
Kept. Hard to find the start. View was cloudy but I assume normally is amazing.

If you can, do this hike on a week day. Very busy on weekends. Nice moderate hike with spectacular views at the top.
Easy access from Cypress parking lot.

hiking
20 days ago

It's a beautiful hike but get started early! It starts to get crowded just before noon.

no fee for parking. bring water, no good place to fill your bottle at parking lot. take ski run , not trail for first 2km

23 days ago

We made it up in our Ford Escape but I wouldn’t recommend going up without a decent truck. The hike on the other hand I would definitely recommend, stunning views and pretty easy going the whole way.

Was such a good hike, soo busy! I went on a weekend. Silly me! But nether the less was such a great day. A decent incline and a little bit of climbing, but if you are unstable I would bring poles.

Go early so you can see the view without anyone! It was hard to get a picture without a person in it!

Spectacular views on a clear day. Good family hike that will tire the kids.

Nice hike, well-marked in the lower part but somewhat erratic nearing the St. Mark’s peak. Roots can be tricky in this last km of the hikes. Beautiful view from up there. Whiskey Jacks make their presence known.

hiking
28 days ago

Be aware of the park winter hours; 8am to 5:30m pm. Park gates are closed at 5:30pm and you'll be locked in if not out before then, so plan accordingly. We got to the trail head at 8:30am. Oct 13th. Some reviewers say this is a dull hike until reaching the top, but we found it beautiful. Gorgeous fall foliage and an abundance of interesting looking autumn fungi. At one point it seems you are hiking up a dry creek bed and the rocks in it would easily twist an ankle if you misplace a step. Be aware that there are numerous spots where the trail intersects other trails, best have a downloaded map to reference. Trail switches between wide gravel pathways to rocky, root filled forest and a few steeper inclines, but it's not all that difficult, just long. Once you reach the first pond it starts to look more alpine. The second tiny pond near the summit may not be there all year? Neither are the type you'd want to swim in or drink from. At the summit you get a super close view of Blanshard Needle, and great views of the valley below and mountain ranges to the northwest. There are plenty of nice spots on the alpine rocks to sit and have lunch while enjoying the vistas. We took our time going up, had lunch and explored the summit. Started back down at 2pm and made it to the car by 5pm.

hiking
29 days 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.

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

on St. Mark's Summit Trail

hiking
1 month 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!! :)

1 month ago

Rewarding hike. On a clear day, there are great views all along the way.

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

Yours in good faith,

Cynthia

Fun, challenging path. Many people and dogs on the trail. View from Mt Seymour is beautiful and very windy. Wear layers and shoes with good treads.

The view is always worth the hike

Just hiked it again today on a clear day and finally got the views. Just amazing up at the peak! Love this hike! Car to peak in 4 hours and 40 mins, peak to car in 4 hours. Will definitely do again next year

Amazing views at the end!!

It was an amazing day hike

hiking
1 month ago

long hike be prepared to be challenged and see amazing views i did no5 summit due to not enough water and hiking the day before to panaroama

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