The West Lion Hike

HARD 9 reviews
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The West Lion Hike is a 18.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

18.2 km
1,439 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips

rock climbing

trail running



wild flowers






This trail takes you to the most iconic mountain in the backdrop of Vancouver's skyline. You start the trail at the top of Cypress Bowl. Park your vehicle near at the top, where everybody else would park to ski for the day. The beginning of the trail winds through the Cypress ski resort, but soon you will find yourself looking back upon the resort as you climb up St.Marks peak. After St.Marks you will climb down a ways and begin your climb through old growth forest up Mt.Unnecessary. Disregard the name cause traversing this beast is "Necessary" if you want to claim the summit if the West Lion. This mountain seems to go on forever. Up and down up and down. Once you get out above the tree line you will have clear views on the Lions, east and west. Keep on going until you reach the base of the West Lion. At this point you will have to make the decision weather or not to climb to the true summit. Your pretty much on hands and feet the whole way up. Some areas leave you completely exposed. The summit is AMAZING! Come back the way you came.

18 days ago

This is an incredible hike, but also incredibly taxing. From the parking, lot, there are 5 peaks to ascend, which means you need to do 4 peaks on your way back. Pack LOTS of water, as we ended up actually trekking 22 km. The path up the Lion is quite difficult. Worth the views, but only doing this beast once.

20 days ago

great hike , we had a picnic at top a mile short of the lions gate
views we magnificent
try it you will like it

1 month ago

Great hike. Amazing views. Only made it as far as the bump before Unnecessary Mountain.

1 month ago

We went yesterday and we were not able to go further then the summit of Mount Unnecessary. Heavy snow on top with watery crevasses starting to appear. Be well prepared if you want to go further than Mount Unnecessary. I highly recommend trekking poles to helps you in the rooty roots on your way there and for the love of god, wear hiking boots. Total time 7h from the Cypress Bowl. An amazing trail for technical terrain. :D

2 months ago

Popular name is Howe Sound Crest trail I believe.

3 months ago

Awesome but super hard .

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