Howe Sound Crest Trail: Cypress Lodge to HWY 99 is a 25.7 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
25.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,667 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely hard. Did it in one day. Started at 7 am and finished after dark at 8 pm. Late September. Very wet when I went. Made some of the stream crossings more difficult. You want dry rocks at the top for safer scrambling (which I had). The middle 4k is very hard. The last 15k is hard since one tends to be tired by then.
There is a new part of the trail not on my several-year-old map. At David peak, the trail goes right over the top. All Trails had it right.
Overall, prepare well and it is a fabulous hike scramble.

hiking
1 month ago

a coastal classic. Challenging hike with some tough sections. Can be done in pieces or as a backpacking trip. best as a one or even two night trip.

3 months ago

It was amazing but very hard. really work to keep your pack weight low as the effort from the lions to the meadows shouldn't be underestimated. bring lots of water and tablets to clean the water. Dry almost the full first day unless you scoop snow or drink pretty dirty tarn water. Took 12hr with 50lb pack (way to heavy for this type of climb but hiking with my daughter so by body weight balancing this was my share) to the meadows. Second day is easy but all downhill with lots of water sources. Unbelievable views almost the whole way but hot and buggy. I can't stress enough bring tons of water and good hiking shoes. It is some serious scrambles in places more than a "trail" Snow wasn't too bad on July 20 2018.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing hike along a number of ridges. Gets hot in the sun. Fantastic lakes to camp at.

6 months ago

Travel light but bring plenty of water. Prepare yourself for amazing views. No one is overstating when they say the trail is difficult. Did the trail in August 2015

7 months ago