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St. Mark's Summit Trail is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 1,984 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

Snow

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Note: This trail is not recommend for hikers in winter weather conditions due to dangerous avalanche risks and other hazards. For more information, please see http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cypress/hikeski.html#winter-access-trails 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.

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Reviews (1059)
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Recordings (779)
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Doug Steele
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Hiking

Nice hike. Beautiful views

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Sean Bruce-Hayes
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HikingGreat!

Great views. Fun trail. Nice in the evening as the sun goes down. Took me 2 hours to summit with a stop at Bowen lookout.

Scott Carson
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HikingGreat!Snow

Great trail that’s well marked. Well worth the views. Completed this trail in late June so there was still a little bit of snow around.

wilson delos santos
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HikingBugs

A must Hike trail went there early morning in a weekday. You need day pass at park BC. Bring something to get rid of mosquito or light that make yourself covered. Amazing View well worth it.

Alana Z.
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Paula Kirchmann
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Hiking

Great hike completed on Friday. Booked our pass right at 6am (they check for one at the parking lot) Tricky to find the exact trail to walk on but if you download the AllTrails map it’s really easy to follow. Steepest elevation gaining is a lot of rooted trail to walk on which can be difficult if you have a bad knee or ankle. Gorgeous views from the top! Total time was 4hr including about a 45 min lunch and photos. Moderate pace.

Dinesh Bayireddi
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HikingGreat!

Great Trail.. Exhilarating views ... Two important things : 1) Get a day pass from B.C. parks for sure 2) And don’t rely on the St marks Summit location that is listed in Google Maps .. it leaves in the middle of the road ( yes experience ). You have to go to Cypress Mountain Provincial Park ( North most parking lot) and you take the Howe Sount Crest Trail to reach St Marks Summit.

A B
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Hiking

Decent weekend hike. Pass system works well. Not too many ppl today at all. View is nice but tunnel bluffs/lions have better end views. I loved how most of the hike is in the forest!

Michaela Read
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Hiking

Make sure to book a day pass as it is required for the trail

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Jenefer Cagunot
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Hiking

Awesome view!

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Gabe Falls
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Amazing trail. There is some tough terrain at times, which makes it all the more fun, and the view when you reach your destination is majestic!

Michaela Da Silva
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HikingBugsGreat!

Good climb! Lots and lots of bugs. Big tourism group went up while we were which was kind of a hassle due to heavy traffic but theres lots to view once youre at the top.

Arash Ahmadi
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Hiking

Took us 3:35 not counting our stop at the top. make sure to get the day pass right at 6:00am because they sell out in a couple minutes.

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Teji Dhaliwal
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Stephanie Lai
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HikingBugsOver grown

Great hike with a beautiful view! It was getting quite warm yesterday morning so the shade for most part of the trail was a bonus. We did it in running shoes and it was fine, as long as you pay attention to where you are stepping when going downhill at the rooty parts. Otherwise, it was a fun leg workout! We did it in 3.5 hours with a 45 minute break at the summit. The trail was quite populated, but it really wasn’t an issue. Everyone practiced good trail etiquette. Be sure to get your free day pass on the bc park website! It is a new program they just rolled out about a week or so ago.

Shafir Sawilla
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble

Very busy even with the new required day passes, so arrive early if you want to avoid the crowds. I started the hike at 7:30 and there were only two other small groups at the summit. However, coming back down around 9:30 I was passing by people non stop. The crowds is the only reason for the four star not five. First half of the trail is very well maintained and easy to walk. Second half is a different story. Extremely rooty so shoes with ankle support recommended. Overall, though it’s not an overly strenuous hike. Plenty of flat sections to catch your breath. The view at the top is gorgeous on a clear day. Very buggy though - mosquitoes everywhere!

Gordon V.
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Akhil Ss
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Hiking

Trail's pretty doable when dry. Hiked 1st Aug and found little to no patches of mud or water. Takes about 2.5hrs roughly to get to the summit on the Howe Sound Crest trail (add another 30 minutes total if you take the detour to Bowen Lookout) and the views make it all worth it. Get your trail shoes on, some sunscreen, bug spray and water and you're good to go :) Markers on trees make it easy to stay on track.

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Sandy K.
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HikingBugs

Great hike with an amazing view! A leg burner for sure. And, we saw a bear cub on our way down towards Ski area parking lot. So I recommend wearing bear bells and talk out loud if you are with your hiking buddies. Also, bring bug spray with you.

Jordan Jia
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Beautiful views at the 2 viewpoints at the top. Many, many bugs, definitely bring bug spray, the second half is very rooty and rocky and near the end you kind of have to climb a bit to get to the second viewpoint. Pretty tiring but worth it for the views.

Anusha Dasarakothapalli
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HikingBugsGreat!Muddy

Trail is in great condition till about the last mile, then it's a lot of unpaved path among the trees. Definitely worth the views on top! Was very crowded when we went last weekend. But can find enough space at the top to isolate among your party. Great hike overall!

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