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hiking
8 days ago

Loved it. Nicely-built trail winds up to hugely rewarding views at the top. Spend some time on the peak.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. 5 and a half hours round trip with a few breaks. Trail is well marked and in excellent condition.

Hard trail, definitely need a pair of hiking boots

hiking
25 days ago

The Trail's rough at parts and there are definitely a few "No Fall" zones near the end! We did it in the worst of conditions, through Fog/Clouds and using a lot of humor (british colonizer accent) and shenanigans! Made a comical video for those who want the full experience here at https://youtu.be/9RJVervFr3c lol! :)

Here's our review of brunswick Mountain . -http://hktreks.com/index.php/2018/10/17/brunswick-mountain/

If I could give this a million stars I would. This hike is by far the most amazing thing I've done in my life. I did it a few years ago, and it's just astonishingly gorgeous. Literally takes your breath away. Be prepared to sweat and stink. Sooo worth it though.

Will definitely do this again some day.

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Super steep hike! I recommend poles for the way down to save your knees (and keep you from tumbling down the mountain!).
Around a third to half of the way in there is a beautiful view point that's perfect for a lunch break.
The trail sikes you out a few times as there are a lot of great viewpoints where you think you have reached the end but you need to keep going up the ridge to summit Harvey! Highly recommend checking your gps to make sure you get all the way up. Quite a bit of scrambling/climbing needed.
Also, bring layers as the weather changes rapidly and can get quite cold.
Trail had awesome views of Howe Sound and the Lions if it's not too cloudy.

Bring a good group of friends and the proper hiking gear for an amazing hike. Theres nothing quite like sleeping in the forest or on one of these beaches. The views alone are well worth it.

Took about 8 hours round trip - with stops
Absolutely amazing climb if you’re not afraid of heights

Is a steady go for the whole time, the last portion is a decent scramble. Took 6 hours round trip with a few stops. This did not include much time at the top as was clouded over.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike but not easy some good elevation gain. Summer/fall snow until July. start early!

This is a classic. not easy though. not too dog friendly. best as an over-nigher or as an extension to the HSCT. i must do you BCer's

Great hike/experience! A friend and I hiked this from August 10 to 13th, 2018. Definitely a hike you can take your time in doing and spend time relaxing on the beach and taking in breathtaking views. We however only had 4 days off to do it.

Starting at noon on the 10th we hiked to Cullite, got in late (~8:30 am)
Next day we started late (~12:30 pm) and hiked to Cribs arriving at ~9 pm after spending time hanging out at Chez Monique's and on the beach before the campsite.
Next day we left at ~10:30 am and got into Tscowis after spending all day going slow and swimming/eating dinner at Tsusiat Falls
Final day we hiked from Tscowis (starting at ~7:00 am) to the trailhead by ~12:30 pm

This is definitely a difficult hike, but doable in 3 days (2 full days, 2 half days) if you have time restrictions. I don't know why this hike is tagged buggy. It's only buggy at one or two spots on the hike but otherwise I didn't get any bites.

The only drawbacks to doing this hike is the cost -- the permit fees are high and you have to pay a park fee, parking, and for two ferry crossings. It's about $270 CDN for just the hike/permits/parking/ferries on the trail.

You should book early (Jan 8th) if you want to pick your dates. That said, I booked 2 weeks before heading out on the trail as cancellations happen and if your party size is small you can find some openings.

A very sustained incline! amazing for those who want to push themselves in the capacity of a day hike. Such a rewarding view from the peak. Made from trailhead to peak in exactly 2 hours 30 minutes with few breaks. Brunswick lake is worth cutting down to while you're in the area, cold water but not so much that you can't stay in and swim for a while.

It’s a bit of a scramble at the end to reach the peak but the incredible view is worth getting your hands dirty

3 months ago

End of June 2018.
Incredible! The elevation was great, the trail well marked (once we figured out to follow the road all the way) and the views were outstanding!
There was still some snow but very manageable even without poles.

We completed Nitnaht narrows North to Bamfield which is considered the easiest half of this challenging trail. Beautiful views and challenging ladders. Great campsites with plentiful fresh water.

Tough but awesome hike. Bring lots of water.

Hard hike but the view is worth it, just watch your steps when walking on dry dirt, could be very slippery. still little patches of snow when we hiked 2 days ago.

Very demanding at some points as it goes very vertical, but the panorama from the top was great and it has still some snow remains in July!

hiking
3 months ago

Very steep trail, including a scrambled for the last ~100m elevation, but well worth the view. Bring plenty of water.

Did it june 28-july 3. Absolutely amazing trail and experience. south to north is the way to go for sure. absolute essentials to never forget for this trail would be hiking poles, well worn in WATERPROOF boots, and gaiters.

trail running
3 months ago

July 25th. A buddy and I went and took us 3.5 hours up and 2.25 hours down. Amazing scenery once you hit the top peak. Bring lots of water. Bugs were a pest such as mosquitos, flies and horseflies ( I think ) it was all worth it!

Brunswick Mountain might be the most amazing peak in the Howe Sound. Its a consistant verticle haul with a good runable trail, perfect for training those mountain legs. Once you break past the tree line every step is immensly rewarded. From the top you can litterally see every monumental peak in the area from the Black Tusk to Mt Baker and everyone in between. Definitely a must do if you live anywhere close to the area. This will be another annual peak for me no doubt.

3 months ago

Hard but so worth it. Make sure you go all the way to the top for a sweet 360 view! took me ~5 hours from the car to the top and back to the car but it was my first hike of the year so I was pretty out of shape. Boots are a must, the loose gravel can be slippery. I brought 2L of water and drank all of it.

Black flies were brutal, still some snow up there but doable in runners - bring an extra pair of socks! Bring more water than you think you’ll need, it was a hot summer day when we did it. Waterfalls were gorgeous, view was amazing.

It’s a 75km temple.

camping
4 months ago

July 7-8, 2018: This was a difficult hike but well worth the gorgeous view at the top. The sunrises and sunsets from here are stunning. The incline is steep for 85% of the hike and requires some scrambling once you begin ascending the summit from the forest. With 40lbs+ backpacks, we hiked up in 4.5 hours and a gruelling 4hours down. There are very limited camping spots at the top, we were the only ones there overnight so we were able to choose the least rocky and flattest spot... maybe 5 tents max. Be very careful when climbing to the highest points, they call it a "no fall zone" for good reason!

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