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
Time: 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 460 meters
Season: July - October
Dog Friendly: Yes
Public Transit: No
Approx. 45 minutes from Vancouver
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. :)