Hike to St. Mark's Summit

  • June 29, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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This is another hike on my summer bucket list, and I would love some company for the apparently spectacular views at the summit. I knew someone who went on this hike, and it changed her life - seriously. So my expectations are high. :)
Here is a bit more about the trail:

St. Mark's Summit is part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail that spans over 30km from Cypress to a point along the Sea to Sky Highway near Porteau Cove. The section of the trail that St. Mark's Summit is on starts from Cypress Mountain which is the first mountain along this route and offers spectacular views of Howe Sound on a clear day.

Region: The North Shore
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 11km
Elevation Gain: 460 meters
Season: July - October
Camping: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Public Transit: No
Approx. 45 minutes from Vancouver
http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/st-mark's-summit/

We are meeting by the Cypress Creek Daylodge, as the trailhead is apparently not too far from there. 

"The St Mark's trailhead is very easy to find.  It is found at Cypress Mountain Resort in West Vancouver (free parking and free to use the trails).  From downtown Vancouver follow the signs across the Lions Gate Bridge as if you were going to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway.  From Sea to Sky Highway #99 (aka Highway #1), about 10 minutes from the Lions Gate Bridge take the #8 Exit to Cypress Provincial Park.  There are clear signs on the highway for this exit so you can't miss it.  

Follow this road all the way to the end and park at the Cypress Mountain Resort Ski area.  Right next to the main, huge Cypress Creek Daylodge, you will see three ski lifts.  The one on the left of the three is called the Lions Express.  In between the Lions Express lift and the daylodge you will see the well marked trailhead." 

When you get there, and if you are wondering if the group there is this meetup group...look for a hiker with bright red hair. That's me, Hi! Hello! That's the right group. :)

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  • Lisa

    Great group of people. Thank you Channel for setting it all up

    June 29

  • Nadia

    sorry, something urgent came up at the last minute :(

    June 29

  • faraz

    Sad I can't make it.

    June 29

  • Rob

    Where would the meeting place be? I have never been to the trailhead before.

    June 28

    • Chantal

      Cypress Creek Daylodge :)

      June 28

  • Chantal

    Tomorrow, 10:00am, by the Cypress Creek Daylodge!

    June 28

  • Anne

    I am able to get a car. I live near knight and 41st. I can pick up 3 people if you are around my area or at a near by skytrain like joyce or commercial, etc. Let me know.

    June 23

    • Anne

      Hi jon. Benjmin has been kind enough to offer me a ride to save some carbon footprint and I am planning to take up that offer. I believe he said he has one more space if you are willing to take the bus to willow from broadway and commercial. I hope that will be ok for you .

      June 27

    • Jon O.

      No worries, i'll just make my own way

      June 28

  • Kailah S.

    If I get off the wait list I live near Fraser and 33rd and can drive 3 (4 if needed).

    June 24

  • Orion

    There is still room in my car. Coming from Richmond. Let me know if anyone needs a ride.

    June 23

  • matyas

    Hi Chantal, thank you for organizing this hike. If someone could pick me up that would be appreciated as I don't have a car. I'd be happy to chip in for gas. Thanks :)

    June 17

    • Benjamin

      Anyone else looking for a ride, there's room

      June 22

    • Kevin

      Hi Benjamin, I believe Greg S. was looking for a ride! A new post will ensure he sees it as replies usually get lost in threads...

      June 23

  • Jasmine

    Unfortunately I can't make it this time (and there's a waitlist), but I'd be interested in trying this another time!

    June 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! Can anyone give me a ride, please? I live close to Yaletown skytrain station, but I can come anywhere near skytrain/bus station. Thanks!

    June 18

    • Benjamin

      Orion - why don't you take Anne, and I'll take Matyas (he asked for a ride in an email). That way we'll both still have space if anyone else needs a ride from Richmond or central Vancouver.

      June 19

    • Orion

      Sounds good. Still have 2 spots in my car for anyone who wants to be picked up in Richmond, Vancouver or downtown.

      June 19

  • Yasuyo

    Hi, I'm in Metrotown. Very much appreciated if anyone can give me a ride from any skytrain station. Thanks.

    June 19

  • Andrea F.

    I'm coming from Kits, across the Burrard bridge and have another 2 spots available.

    June 19

    • Katie

      Hi Andrea - any chance I could get a ride with you too?

      June 19

    • Andrea F.

      Yes Kevin and Katie you can get a ride. I'll message you my cell number in case you need it.

      2 · June 19

  • Greg S

    Looking for a ride. Anyone going through Poco, or near lougheed mall?

    June 17

    • Chantal

      Sorry Kevin, you'll have to modo it, I am not sure if I will be in Surrey or not for the morning of the 29th.

      June 18

    • Greg S

      Hey Kevin. I can meet you at lougheed at about 9:15?

      June 19

  • Benjamin

    Coming from Oak Street, through DT and have another two spots available.

    June 18

  • Aaron

    Hey I'm in Kits and would like to carpool. If someone has space in their car I can meet pretty much anywhere in Van. Thanks!

    June 18

    • Andrea F.

      I'm in Kits as well and could give you a ride.

      June 18

    • Aaron

      Hey Andrea that would be great. I sent you a msg with my cell in it in case you need it. Is there a good meeting spot for you?

      June 18

  • Orion

    I can pick up some of the people. coming up from Richmond along Granville St and Burrard St

    June 18

  • Anne

    Hello, new to this but would love to join.

    June 17

    • Chantal

      Hello Anne, everyone was new once. :)

      June 17

  • Greg S

    Thanks for making this on Sunday. Wish more were on Sunday.

    June 17

    • Chantal

      That's the great thing about making your own meetups :)

      1 · June 17

  • Benjamin

    I've done this hike before - it's beautiful and not too difficult

    2 · June 16

    • Chantal

      Excellent! Always good to have at least one person familiar with the trail :)

      June 16

    • Nadia

      I second what Benjamin said. This is probably one of my favourite hikes. Thanks for organizing this one!

      June 16

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