St. Mark's Summit Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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St. Mark's Summit Trail is a 10.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
707 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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Super busy, but it thins out dramatically if you continue onwards to The Lions! It's so worth it.

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1 month ago

The perfect North Shore day hike. The hike isn't long, isn't very difficult and the loomed view of Howe Sound is stupidly beautiful. Easily worth the effort to get to the summit's view.

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1 month ago

One of the better marked trails I've been om although there were a couple of times I could see where some people might get off trail. My suggestion would be to keep your head up and an eye out for the trail markers. They are pretty much along the entire trail and very often wherever you at one marker, there will be another within sight.

Some people complain of bugs on the trail. Yes there were some, none of which really bothered me, but just remember your in the woods where bugs often live and maybe the solution is to use bug spray or stay home.

Lots of people hike this on the weekend. It would be odd if I didn't run into someone every 5 mins. At the beginning where you get to choose whether to take the east or west route by the big water tank, I took the east route up and west route down. Found the west route was a bit steeper and the ground was looser. It's also easy to get to bowen lookout from where the east and west routes I would probably stick with the east route going up and down unless you want to check out yew lake.

Overall not a hard hike with exceptionally rewarding views. Moderate is a fair difficulty rating. Weather was great and there didn't seem to be any/much smoke so visibility was prime. It took me 1:45 to summit and 1:20 to get back to the car.

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1 month ago

I love this trail! Don't get discouraged by the switchbacks at the start. Once you get past them you'll be rewarded with gorgeous forest and a nice mix of incline and level ground. Fantastic view. Bring water and wear hiking boots - not runners. It does get a bit mucky at the top and you'll thank yourself for wearing them when coming back down over so many slippery roots and rocks. I hauled and made it up and back in just over 3 hours. But keeping a good pace you can do it in 4.

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1 month ago

It was the perfect day for a hike. Sunny, 24 degrees. Just the right length; took us 2 hrs up and 1.5 down. Quite challenging in some spots with regards to steepness and terrain. Beautiful views at the top. Smoke cover has lifted. Bugs weren't bad at all. Would highly recommend this hike. But i'd wear hiking boots next time instead of runners. Rolled my ankle a couple times navigating the roots.

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