Mount Strachan (Cypress) changed from Lynn Peak

I'm changing this hike from Lynn Peak to Mount Strachan as the weather forecast for Friday is calling for rain at lower elevations and snow in the mountains - and snow is more fun than rain!

Bring microspikes if you have them.

 

 

Please visit the following link and read the info there BEFORE signing up to this hike.

http://www.meetup.com/BC-Outdoor-Adventures/pages/Waiver_and_other_stuff_you_NEED_TO_KNOW!

Mount Strachan - hike description from Cub Tread

Statistics

Total Distance:10.0 km (return)

Estimated Time:5 hours

Average Grade:11.0%

Structure:Linear - Return 

Elevation Gain:549 m

Start Elevation:910 m

Max Elevation:1459 m

Directions

From the city of Vancouver, cross either the Lions Gate Bridge or the Ironworker's Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge. Follow Highway #1/#99 west to exit #8, signed as "Cypress". Follow Cypress Bowl Road north as it winds it's way up the mountain to the ski hill area. Park in the main parking lot at the end of the road, near the park information sign.

Details

You are in Cypress Bowl.  There are three mountains (Black, Strachan and Hollyburn) that can be ascended from here (Cypress Mtn. refers to the name of the ski operation).  Also the Howe Sound Crest Trail goes from here towards St. Marks, Unnecessary Mtn., the Lions and beyond.  A trailmap is located near where ski lift passes are sold.

Strachan can be done in a few ways:

1.  Head up ski runs/gravel road on the southeast side of the mountain and follow it to the top of south peak.  Or cut onto trail mentioned below near the plane crash site when the road heads westward by a chair lift.

2.  Start off on the Baden Powel Trail in a easterly direction.  After half an hour at a junction go left onto the old Strachan trail (staying right will head towards Hollyburn).  There should be a metal info tag on a tree.  Follow this route (red markers) as it winds its way up to near the ski run mentioned above.  It will go around it and eventually through a meadow and then past an old plane wreckage.  From here it gets steeper (and wetter sometimes) as it parallels a ski run to top out on South Peak.

To continue on to the higher north peak, follow the track down to a col and then up to the north summit.

3. From the parking area follow the a gravel road (off to the left) towards the Howe Sound Crest Trail. From here you will cut into a trail taking you to another point along the road, then eventually on to the main trail heading for St. Marks.  The trail has been recently maintained, allowing for one to maintain a better pace. After about 40 minutes you will come out into an open area (Strachan Meadows).  The HSCT crosses a small broken bridge and continues into trees.  You want to turn right just after the bridge (maybe boggy if its been raining recently) and start angling to the right. 

Looking up you should see a prominent gully (Christmas Gully) with two peaks (Strachan north and south).  Start up the ~300m gully (note: snow stays late given its protection from the sun).  There may be flagging here and there and a faint track.  When the gully starts to steepen, keep an eye out for a track and flagging to your left.  A trail heads up into the trees to avoid the steeper areas (only a couple big step ups).  About 100m vertical from the col, the trail comes back out into the gully of rock and grass.  Once at the col, the north peak is on your left, south peak on your right. Head up the north peak to enjoy panoramic views including the city and the St. Mark's, Unnecessary and Lions chain. To return, follow #1 or 2 above to make a loop trip. Note that if you do this as a loop and intend to take route #2, keep a sharp eye out for the re-entry back into the forest - it can be difficult to spot. If you have reached the ski-lift on the south summit, you have missed it and should backtrack.


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  • Lima

    It was really pretty with the snow and a lot of fun! Thanks Elspeth for organizing!

    November 15, 2013

  • Denise

    Great way to kick off the weekend! Thank you.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great hike with a great group. Thanks so much. Look forward to seeing you all again. Raven you were a trooper!

    November 15, 2013

  • Bernie

    The peak of Mt. Strachan still remains elusive! But we had a good attempt at getting there, and enjoyed the trip all to ourselves, all the while feeling the soft snow falling and beginning to cover the terrain in preparation for all those wonderful upcoming snow shoe trips. Thanks as always to Elspeth for getting us out there, Matthew for being our driver, and my fellow hikers for the company

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Matthew

    Another fantastic day in the mountains, what a great team we had today. Elspeth, thanks again, for gaters and snow, makes everything nice.

    November 15, 2013

  • Elspeth

    A bit wet when we started but HEAVY snow by the time we left Cypress - winter is here!!

    November 15, 2013

  • Ted

    If any one still want's to do Lynn pike let me know I'm still down! Same time same day!

    November 13, 2013

    • Ted

      All right see you there!

      November 14, 2013

    • Ted

      Hey thanks for the company and to have to listen to me ramble on! Hope to hike with you again!

      November 15, 2013

  • Gary

    Elspeth how are u could I get a ride if you know of anyway one

    November 14, 2013

    • Gary

      Sorry I was working tell 10pm

      November 15, 2013

    • Gary

      Could u by any chance have a spare set of micro spikes u could bring

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is ther anyone else I offered a ride that I should know about. Right now I have possibly Gary and confirmed Deanna for Friday.

    November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am picking up Deanna from Davie and Pacific at 8:45 and then heading to you.

      1 · November 13, 2013

    • Gary

      Audra wondering if I could get a ride from you in the morning to

      November 15, 2013

  • Daphne

    I hate to cancel so late but have had an unexpected late evening. Yawn.

    November 14, 2013

  • Lima

    I need a ride from the church. Thanks!

    November 14, 2013

  • Bernie

    Can anybody offer me a ride from the Church? Many thanks!

    November 13, 2013

    • Bernie

      Thanks, Raven - see you at the Church for the ride to Cypress!

      November 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have room for one more.

      November 14, 2013

  • Lena

    Sorry Elspeth. I can't get away from work. Have a good hike :)

    November 14, 2013

  • Matthew

    I have room if anyone needs a ride.

    November 14, 2013

    • Gary

      Sounds good where abouts can u pick up me up

      November 14, 2013

    • Gary

      Or can I meet u

      November 14, 2013

  • Raven

    Hello Elspeth, if I put 4800 Lynn Valley Rd in my navigation, will it lead us to the BC park sign? How would I know if I have reached the last parking lot? Thank you, Raven

    November 13, 2013

    • Elspeth

      Hi Raven, take the 210 bus to the stop nearest the End of Line General Store (ask the driver where it is) and from there you need to walk into Lynn Headwaters Park and the walk is about a kilometer so you need to allow time for this. You will know you're at the last parking lot because there are no others past it. There are bathrooms there and the BC Parks sign. On another note tho, I may change this hike to Strachan, up Cypress because according to the forecast right now, it will be raining at Lynn Peak but snowing at Strachan because its at a higher elevation, and given a choice I will take snow over rain any day! I will see what the weather looks like tomorrow and send out an email if I am going to change it.

      November 13, 2013

    • Ted

      Hello raven I can meet you at the store or at the bus stop at 9 I'm walking from just a few blocks away! If you want Ted!

      November 13, 2013

  • Patricia

    Sorry I had to cancel. I will be working. Have a great time!

    November 13, 2013

  • Deanna C.

    Hi Audra, Just confirming re ride on Friday, Nov. 15th. I will meet you at Pacific and Davie at 8:45am

    November 13, 2013

  • Matthew

    I can provide a ride from the PNE area, and commercial/broadway area.

    November 12, 2013

  • Gary

    Could I please get a ride

    November 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gary do you still need a ride?

      November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone needs a ride let me know. I live in Yale Town

    October 26, 2013

    • Deanna C.

      Hi Audra, I would love a ride and will meet you downtown. Please let me know where and what time. I am coming from Dunbar and West 19th.

      October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just checking in are we meeting at 830 on Friday at Davie and Marinaside Crescent at Urban Fare?

      November 12, 2013

  • redbike

    I can take four passengers, leaving from downtown.

    November 5, 2013

  • Heidi

    Thanks for all the Friday hikes you're planning Elspeth! Hopefully the great weather continues.

    October 24, 2013

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