The Lions (Binkert) Trail

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The Lions (Binkert) Trail is a 12.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from July until October.

12.6 km
1250 m
Out & Back


trail running




wild flowers



washed out

no dogs

3 months ago

Did it in September. Very steep and hard with our big backpacks for camping under the top. There are good camping spots up there, but no source of water so do not fotget to carry enough. View breathtaking. Definitely worths our effort.

3 months ago

Great hike but be aware there is a good amount of snow for the last 1km or so. October 24th.

4 months ago

Amazing, super difficult and long but sooooo worth it.

4 months ago

pretty sweet hike

5 months ago

Weather: Clear
Temperature: 21°c
Snow Line: n/a

A very demanding hike, however worth the reward of views across Howe Sound and down into Vancouver.

There were no free spaces available at the trail-head so we parked at the school.We started on the trail which starts out as a gravel road and turns into a gravel path. The path then takes a sharp turn into the forest (keep you head up looking out for a sign when you start to head west).

Once in the forest it was fairly easy to navigate the warn path through the felled trees (following the orange and pink markers and ribbons).

Exiting the forest we came to a large flat area which is a good spot for a quick break. Carrying on up we passed through a boulder garden which requires some scrambling.

Once at the top of the trail (not the top of Lions) you're greeted with some incredible views, we had a quick break and a couple of us attempted to hike up to the peak of Lions.... this is optional and is definitely not for the faint of heart. The first step required us to use a rope to climb down a small rock face (you'd have to be able to hold your own body weight to get down / come back up). Once down we made our way around the south face of Lions being very careful of hand and foot placement, one slip would result in a long fall that would cause serious injury or worse. Whilst making our way around we notice old pitons and climbing sling attached to the rocks, highlighting that this was an intense situation. After passing a tree we saw that the next goal to reach was a shrub with a small ribbon attached to it however between us and the ribbon was a very sketchy scramble which we decided was not worth it (given the drop below us).

After turning back we took our time going down and finally made it back to the car before dark.

6 months ago

6.5 hour return trip. Snow up top but easily traversed.

Hard steep and long climb up with few breaks in the grade: worth it though.

trail running
7 months ago

Beautiful views from the top..
First 2 km are on fire roads ... rest is pretty hard and steep

8 months ago

A tough hike but rewarding. I'd highly recommend poles and snowshoes (even crampons and ice axes) if attempting this in spring.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hiked this yesterday - it took 8 hours down to the minute (though, I took a few short breaks, and spent over half an hour at the top.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hiked this at the beginning of November and the last 2 km there was a ton of snow at the top we didn't account for. It's definitely a good challenge for the casual hiker. It took us just over 6.5 hours to get up and down. Great Hike!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Grueling, right up there with Golden Ears

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Difficult; length and technical, scrambles, trail obstacles, incline. Plateau view is amazing. Awesome.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Went up mid July and (obviously with heat in Van this year) there was no snow. Trail was busy enough but not over crowded. The initial few km's up the service road is a great way to get started. Then some good covered trails through the trees with a few larger inclined areas (nothing too steep). Once at the first plateau is an exposed climb up some large rocks up to the 2nd plateau. From here it is a nice climb along the crest to the base of the West Lions.

The decent can be done at a good pace with the right gear, not to many large steps (although am 6'2" so not the best judge for the average person). If you take it at a comfortable pace can be done without to much pain :). The final 3rd is the toughest on the body as it is a steady 3km with a consistent decline to the trail head.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Check out my review of the Lions Binkert Trail @

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

I hiked this in mid September with a small group. Not out and back, we camped under the Lions the first night. The views of the Howe Sound were amazing, then we hiked on to summit one of the lions, we went the wrong way and decided to press on to our 2nd camp. Camp 2 was right beside a lake by Mt Brunswick, amazing spot, good fishing. Then we hiked out to our 2nd car at Porteau Cove. I read that water was scarce but that was not the case, just bring a steripen, or the like.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Snow near the top persists into August so best to do this hike after about mid-July. This hike has stellar views of the north shore mountains, Howe Sound (including Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast), and the Capilano valley. It is a real treat to be able to see the Lions (after which Vancouver's most famous bridge, football team, and a dozen other things are named) up close. The first third is along an old, gently sloping logging road that is harder on the descent. The middle third is relatively flat trail. The final third is the hardest part - mostly just steep uphill through a lot of boulders. The trail is well-marked and quite popular. The trail only crosses two creeks so don't count on finding/re-filling water once you pass the footbridge over Harvey Creek.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Great trial guys! I did this early July. Met a lot of hikers on the way up who couldn't complete it. Take note that it is STILL snowy this time of year. You need to be really careful. This hike is definitely doable in the snow. I recommend poles, and hiking boots,
And perhaps even crampons (just to be safe). It's a great work out though. Get here early! It gets super busy.

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