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Sasha from Vancouver writes:

We did this hike yesterday and it was a good challenge! Took us about 15 mins to figure out where to start, but once we got going it took us 1 hour and 20 mins to the top. The view was amazing of Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, the Sea-to-Sky highway and other nearby islands! We also encountered some nature when we had a little chipmunk come right onto our legs and a stunning Bluejay land within a couple feet of us, which was really cool to see!

Highly recommend going early! We got to the parking lot at 7:30am, pretty quiet on the trails and maybe 10 people up at the viewpoint around 9:30am. We started hiking down at 10am and there were hundreds of people we passed that were going up, so I can only imagine how packed the viewpoint gets!

If you are unsure where to go (several spots where it looks like you have two trails to follow), there were orange markers on trees that we followed that led us to the top.

Make sure you have good footwear! We wore trail running shoes and having that extra grip made a huge difference for climbing over large roots and rocks - also made the climb back down easier when you don't have to worry about sliding!

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    Posted: September 4, 2023 09:51:13 AM PST

    Brooke Weaver from Dundas writes:

    My mom & I did this hike together in mid-September. Something we were pretty stumped on prior to hiking was how to dress, despite all the research and other reviews we read - we just had no idea what it would be like. The weather was around 19-20 degrees before we started but once we climbed it was around 16 degrees. I wore leggings, a tshirt, a light sweater & brought a raincoat. This worked great for the weather actually, layers and options. I wore runners. The hike itself was awesome. I’m 26 and quite active so it was very doable, however, it’s still a great workout with all the climbing and the trail is quite technical after all the switchbacks. My mom is 59, and also does a lot of walking - it was doable but the climbing requires some breaks and the technical trail towards the summit requires some balance and patience as you climb - same with descending. We took around 6 hours but that includes lots of time to stop take photos and hangout at the summit for 40 mins or so.

      Posted: September 15, 2022 09:11:09 PM PST

      Henry Wong from Richmond writes:

      The hike to St Marks was unexpectedly great. My advice is to reach to the summit first. Stop at Bowl view if you have time on your way down. You do not miss anything even if you skip Bowl view. Bring water and first aid including a pain killer. Wear a long trouser. Make sure your shoe is for a hard trail. A hat is useful to protect your head. So many trees around so watch out trunks and roots. Don't rush. Allow 5 hours for this trail.

        Posted: August 17, 2022 03:19:31 PM PST

        Tbird from Vancouver writes:

        Initially we we're going to hike Mount Strachan. Unfortunately there was too much snow so we opted to hike St. Marks Summit instead.
        It's a great hike if you're a beginner and want a bit of a challenge or if you want a 4 hour stroll/hike.
        Personally, I found it very long and not very challenging.
        The last 20-30 minute hike to the top is the challenging part. It's very muddy and a lot of flies! Keep in mind to bathe in bug spray.
        Once you arrive, the views are beautiful and definitely worth seeing. We stayed for an hour chilling and eating snacks!
        All in all, it still feels great to knock it off the bucket list and the views are worth seeing!

          Posted: July 11, 2022 11:33:51 PM PST

          Silke from Vancouver writes:

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            Posted: January 17, 2021 03:07:13 PM PST

            Julia from VANCOUVER writes:

            Wondering if there's currently any snow? Or if it'd be ok with microspikes?

              Posted: November 26, 2020 09:52:19 AM PST

              Elle from Vancouver writes:

              September 4, 2020 - Sunny Day

              Started around 1:15pm, took approximately 1.5hrs ascent at a steady pace. Stunning views at the summit and cute whiskey jacks. Not nearly as difficult as I had imagined, although lots of roots and a few small patches of mud (hadn't rained for a while). Went through about a litre of water. Did not need a sweater nor insect repellent. Not very busy as the passes were sold out for the AM but not the PM. Hiking time was 3hrs, add another 30-45 mins at the summit, so under 4hrs return.

                Posted: September 5, 2020 08:58:44 AM PST

                Jess from Vancouver writes:

                We did the hike on July 4, 2020. Took us 2 hours up and 2 hours down, and spent about 40 mins eating lunch and enjoying the view. Although it was a day of sun, it was still quite cold up there when we arrived. I did the entire hike in a sweater. Proper footwear is highly recommended, as there are rocks, tree roots, and it is incredibly muddy. NOT an easy hike, pretty much all uphill. The view is worth the hard work!

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                  Posted: July 5, 2020 05:33:21 PM PST

                  Andy from Burnaby writes:

                  Snow's almost all melted, upper half of the hike is very muddy and full of puddles. View was nice.

                    Posted: June 30, 2020 06:09:50 PM PST

                    Link from Vancouver writes:

                    Hiked yesterday, June 7, 2020, starting at 1430. Lots of snowy and very muddy sections still - essentially hiking a small creek in some areas. Not crazy busy but a fair amount of people. Raven is still closed so only facilities open are at the main lodge.

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                      Posted: June 8, 2020 07:16:11 AM PST

                      Viktor from Seattle writes:

                      Hiked 11/30/19. Snow along all sections of the trail. Not very strenuous, but spikes advised for traction: quite slippery at parts completely covered by ice. trail in great condition, with marks on the trees along the route. Much fun and a good balance of climb and traverse.

                        Posted: December 1, 2019 01:47:17 PM PST

                        Sophia from Vancouver writes:

                        Did this hike yesterday and conditions were great. There were some spots where I can see it being super muddy and slippery after a couple of rainy days though. Some mosquitoes and bugs at the top but it didn't deter us from having lunch at the summit and enjoying the view. We took just over 4 hours roundtrip, not including lunch.

                        The trail head starts at the bottom of the Lions Express chair lift. From the parking lot, the sign post will be on the left as you turn the corner and walk towards the lift.

                          Posted: September 8, 2019 04:25:38 PM PST

                          MD from Vancouver writes:

                          -The last 1/3 of the hike was very muddy and buggy
                          -We went up the wrong way, but still ended up at the same spot. You can either take the trail from the parking lot that says 'Howe Sound Crest Trail', or take the ski runs as the description on this site says. You can come back down either way too
                          -We encountered a large black bear on the trail half way back. It didn't seem bothered by a group of 10 of us making loud noises. We had to wait for it to leave, only for it to walk back on the same trail we had to take, so we had to slowly follow it for half an hour before it finally took a turn off the trail. Close call....took us almost 6 hours for the whole hike due to the bear slowing us down.

                          Always be prepared! Things happen, you lose daylight, and the situation can get bad fast! We were lucky today...

                            Posted: July 15, 2019 11:48:40 AM PST

                            Courtney from Delta writes:

                            Hiked the trail yesterday. It was super muddy for the latter half of the hike...saw lots of folks who showed up in white runners and they were not white for long. Lots of bugs even at the parking lot. Doesn't get any better along the trail so that unfortunately made our lunch shorter than we would have liked. We had a run in with a black bear very close to the parking lot. It was sitting in the grass eating so we walked along the opposite edge of the ski run and talked very loudly and were clapping so that there would be no surprises. But by the time we were even with the bear it looked up and started running towards us. I had my bear spray read and safety off. The only thing that made me not spray that bear was that it wasn't an aggressive move from the bear but it was moving way faster than we wanted it to move! It ran past my friend and up a tree directly behind us and then just stared at us. So we backed away slowly and followed the windier trail to start the hike. We ran into a couple of other hikers that also saw presumably the same bear so be on the lookout.

                              Posted: July 13, 2019 09:33:49 AM PST

                              Nancy from Greater Vancouver writes:

                              St. Mark's Summit is a nice hike, EXCEPT for the hikers playing music on their portable stereos. There were four separate parties playing music. I am not talking about tourists. I am not talking about people with headphones. I am talking about people who are, unfortunately, uneducated in hiking etiquette.

                                Posted: July 12, 2019 06:01:15 PM PST

                                Nancy from Greater Vancouver writes:

                                I like this hike, EXCEPT for the MUSIC blaring from people's portable stereos. Four separate parties were playing their music. I won't be taking this hike for awhile because of it.

                                  Posted: July 3, 2019 10:24:05 PM PST

                                  D from Ladner writes:

                                  Did this one today. No snow other that a couple patches near the top but off trail. Ton of mosquitoes and flies on the last 30 minutes or so, so I turned around right at the top instead of sticking around. Enjoyed the hike though.

                                    Posted: June 15, 2019 03:10:59 PM PST

                                    Ethan from Vancouver writes:

                                    Hiked June 1st. Trails clear 95% of the way. Just some snow on the final section although expect it to be gone soon and is easily passable. There’s also boggy sections below this due to run-off

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                                      Posted: June 1, 2019 11:10:00 PM PST

                                      Bob from Vancouver writes:

                                      How snowy is it now?

                                        Posted: May 30, 2019 02:56:10 PM PST

                                        AC from North Vancouver writes:

                                        Hiked the trail May 4th. Still a lot of snow and slippery in sections. Highly recommend you bring yak tracks and poles. More for going down than going up. Trail is well travelled; however, biggest risk is breaking through the snow and twisting an ankle or knee.

                                        Have fun. Lots of snow at the top but the view rock is exposed.

                                          Posted: May 4, 2019 05:40:41 PM PST

                                          Alex K. from Burnaby writes:

                                          Went up April 27th. There's still a lot of snow, but it's pretty hard packed. Micro spikes were helpful, although we saw a few groups without them. It wasn't busy at all! So much nicer now than the summer months!

                                            Posted: April 28, 2019 09:01:37 AM PST

                                            Jenna from Vancouver writes:

                                            Has anyone been up yet this year? Wanting to go next weekend, Easter weekend. Still snowy?? Thanks.

                                              Posted: April 11, 2019 10:40:52 PM PST

                                              Trinh from San Diego writes:

                                              Did this hike on September 29th 2018 and the weather was great.

                                                Posted: September 29, 2018 07:18:48 PM PST

                                                Wendy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                Beautiful hike, on a lovely day. Caution: if you have a dog, leash it before you reach the summit.

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                                                  Posted: September 25, 2018 02:45:22 PM PST

                                                  Nicole from Vancouver writes:

                                                  My favourite Vancouver hike yet! I went on Sept 2, there were no snowy patches and mostly dry. There was a surprisingly large amount of downhill on the hike which mean there were many more portions that were uphill. Took us around 5 hours in total, I recommend sturdy shoes because there are lots of loose rocks and roots. The view was amazing at the summit!

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                                                    Posted: September 5, 2018 02:12:15 PM PST

                                                    Kara from Vancouver writes:

                                                    Did this hike Sunday Sep 2, conditions are great. Trail is dry and in very good shape, hardly any bugs (I got one mosquito bite so you might want to bring some repellant, my husband didn't get bitten at all), view is fantastic now that the smoke has cleared. For the most part this trail is very clearly marked and quite wide and easy to follow. We're not fast hikers, took us 5 hours including a leisurely stop for lunch at the top. The last little bit up to the summit has a lot of tree roots and rocks and is the most difficult portion. Hiking shoes with ankle support is a good idea. We did a detour to check out Bowen lookout which I'd recommend doing at the beginning of the hike. I'd also recommend getting there early as it's a very popular/busy trail. Worth the trek to the top!

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                                                      Posted: September 3, 2018 10:59:25 PM PST

                                                      Stephanie from Vancouver writes:

                                                      I was thinking of doing this hike Saturday early morning. Has anybody done it recently and what is the bug situation on the trail? Thanks!

                                                        Posted: August 31, 2018 12:35:53 PM PST

                                                        Rob from surrey writes:

                                                        Did this hike this morning Tuesday Aug. 28, 2018. Started trail shortly after 6 am. Great medium level hike. The last 1 km (plus or minus) is uphill mostly with lots of roots, rocks and probably really muddy earlier in the hiking season. A little bit of smokey haze overlooking the sound but still great views of horseshoe bay, bowen island and sechelt and watching the ferries come and go. We took our time and got there and back in 5-6 hours including view time from the summit and 3 different viewing spots. Had a raven keeping us company for most of our view time. Great hike for someone wanting to have a good view and get a decent cardio workout without needing to be in top shape.

                                                          Posted: August 28, 2018 02:40:06 PM PST

                                                          Ashley from New Westminster writes:

                                                          Great trail and easy to follow. However I just did this yesterday (Aug 19th, 2018) and because of the haze there is absolutely no view. So if you're hoping for a view this isn't the hike to be doing right now.

                                                            Posted: August 20, 2018 07:29:09 AM PST

                                                            Michaela from Vancouver writes:

                                                            Wanting to hike this trail this weekend and wondering what the conditions/views are like because of the smoke? Any insight would be appreciated!

                                                              Posted: August 16, 2018 01:10:14 AM PST

                                                              Anna from Vancouver writes:

                                                              I have done this hike a few times and I LOVE the view! However, has anyone been up lately? Is there still a view with this smoke that has come in lately??

                                                                Posted: August 14, 2018 05:41:33 PM PST

                                                                Mehran from Vancouver writes:

                                                                Hike St Mark’s summit today. Nice hike and pretty well marked trees, should stay on Howe Sound Crest Trail on the way to the Lions from Cypress downhill ski area.
                                                                Took me a little over 2.5hrs return. Average speed first half of hike up and then I picked up speed the second half and all the way down. So it should take 3-4 hrs for average hiking pace.
                                                                Beautiful views up at the summit with a lot of annoying mosquitoes.

                                                                  Posted: August 11, 2018 05:15:23 PM PST

                                                                  Junko from Vancouver writes:

                                                                  This was not an easy hike for me. Took 2 hours from start to get to the summit...although I did trail off and look at the Bowen lookout. It took an hour and half to get back down. I started at 7:15am and it wasn’t busy at that time but on my way down more groups were coming up.

                                                                  I found the last climb particularly challenging due to lack of markers to show the trail. I almost became lost many times.

                                                                  There is no muddy areas up there right now so that is good. The view from the summit was awesome

                                                                  I’ve previously hiked The Chief (first and second peak) and I much prefer that.

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                                                                    Posted: August 10, 2018 04:03:31 PM PST

                                                                    D from richmond writes:

                                                                    Did this one yesterday for the first time which makes me regret not doing this trail before. Took about 4 hours total with amazing views at the end, of course. Left at 930 got back to the parking lot at cypress around 130.
                                                                    As an aside, it blows my mind how many people think having their bluetooth speaker blaring their sh*t music while hiking is not annoying.

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                                                                      Posted: July 30, 2018 01:48:53 PM PST

                                                                      Sb from RICHMOND writes:

                                                                      Went up July 28, 2018. Wonderful hike! Took us just under 5 hours with stops along the way as well as staying at the top for about 30-45 minutes. Mostly dry (few muddy spots). Wish we had taken some bug repellent as they were out in full force. Recommend getting there early (we started at 8) as the trail got quite busy after 9.

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                                                                        Posted: July 28, 2018 06:09:20 PM PST

                                                                        Claude from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Went up on 22nd July around 4pm, quite a few people on the way to Bowen Lookout, but pretty quiet after that. Took around 2 hours to get up, barely any mud to step around. Definitely worth going to the 2nd rocky outcrop for a more unobstructed view (you can see it on the right, from the first/main outcrop). Quite a few flies towards sunset, on the second set of switchbacks near the summit, fortunately no bugs on the summit itself!

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                                                                          Posted: July 25, 2018 05:25:51 PM PST

                                                                          Karen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          Went up today July 22 and it is an intermediate hike. Overall it took my friend and I who are not experienced hikers 3.5hr round-trip (We had a natural pace going up and picked it up coming down). The gravel switchbacks at the beginning of the hike are STEEP. Please be careful going up and down as the rocks are plenty and loose (almost slipped backwards on some rocks). If you have bad knees, you should be really careful. I definitely felt it coming down.

                                                                          The view is spectacular but it got crowded by 1130am at the top. Plan accordingly if you want to avoid too many hikers. We started going up at about 845am and we didn't see many others until it was time to come down.

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                                                                            Posted: July 22, 2018 07:30:01 PM PST

                                                                            Nick from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Hiked up July 17th, 2018. This is a good challenge, when we went up there were very minimal bugs, (didn't even have/need bugspray). There was no snow on the trail. A few muddy spots but you could always walk around. At the top of the first set of switchbacks there's trail construction but just go left and the trail continues there.

                                                                            View at the top was beautiful. It took us just under 3 hours to go up, have lunch, and come down. We had a pretty consistent pace.

                                                                            It was a busy trail, considering it was a Tuesday morning, in case that is not your style.

                                                                              Posted: July 17, 2018 07:56:59 PM PST

                                                                              Hiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              Hiked up June 26th, no snow on the trail until the last five minutes before you hit the main peak and two viewpoints. Bring bug spray, and be aware of black bears on the trail. Incredible view and well worth the hike!

                                                                                Posted: June 27, 2018 08:30:44 AM PST

                                                                                Taylor from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                Great hike. Went June15th. Still a decent amount of snow along the trail, but not enough to not to enjoy it. View points were clear of snow. Only took about 1.5 hours up. You're met by chipmunks and birds that are used to being fed at the top.

                                                                                  Posted: June 22, 2018 10:11:13 PM PST

                                                                                  Mountain Climbers from Surrey writes:

                                                                                  Hiked on June 20 2018, a gorgeous day. The views at the top are incredible and a must see for all hiking fanatics. There is snow on the trail but nothing that my everyday runners could not handle. There are a lot of mosquitos and some bear sightings as of recent.
                                                                                  Hope you enjoy the hike!

                                                                                    Posted: June 20, 2018 07:20:06 PM PST

                                                                                    Scott from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                    One of my favourite hikes on the north shore and there are lot's of good ones. We went up yesterday June 10th. I was surprised how much snow was up there still. Mostly hard packed and easily hikable but lots none the less. Overcast and foggy. We couldn't see much from the viewpoint but enjoyable. Chipmunks and blue jays love to eat my trail mix.

                                                                                      Posted: June 11, 2018 10:03:35 AM PST

                                                                                      Daithi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      This is an awesome hike. Have done it twice now. Once last august which was super hit and full of bugs. Just finished today 2 hours to the top. Views were great. But a little cloudy. The clouds rolled in as we left and visibility for others arriving afterwards would not have been great. Lots of snow in the last 20 mins. Highly recommend proper footwear and even cleats for some sections. There was one section in particular that was a bit ropey.

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                                                                                        Posted: June 3, 2018 05:27:05 PM PST

                                                                                        Anna from Surrey writes:

                                                                                        Did the hike may 23rd, hiked up in 2hr 10minutes with a pack, stayed the night. Last 30-40% of the trail is snowy, pretty slushy with breaking ice sheets with the water flowing underneath. One very steep bit is very slippery and snowy as well as the very top. We saw too many people just wearing runners with little water bottles. You will get your feet wet. You will get very thirsty in this heat. Be smart and wear proper footwear and bring extra supplies. Still very snowy and I would not recommend going up for another 3 weeks to let some of the snow really melt and avoid slipping down the mountain. The view point was clear of snow with a small area for one tent available.

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                                                                                          Posted: May 23, 2018 04:13:40 PM PST

                                                                                          Allissa from Delta writes:

                                                                                          Hiked on May 21st, 2018.

                                                                                          Decent amount of slushy snow on the way up - highly suggest wearing proper waterproof footwear. Saw a couple of people with pretty wet (and probably cold) feet. The snow makes for a slippery descent but otherwise won't slow you down much. Watch your snacks at the top, the chipmunks are VERY friendly and will most definitely try to get you to share.

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                                                                                            Posted: May 22, 2018 09:21:59 AM PST

                                                                                            Raj from Vanc writes:

                                                                                            Still covered with patches of snow covered. And it was cold .

                                                                                            Wear spikes or appropriate footwear.

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                                                                                              Posted: May 20, 2018 03:00:33 PM PST

                                                                                              Emanuelle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                              We went up yesterday and its doable but took about 4.5 hours roundtrip because of the snow. Still 90% covered Id say. Proper shoes would have been helpful, we were just wearing running shoes so got soaked but it was really sunny so we were warm the whole way. A few dicey patches though where the snow gives out into holes so just be careful when you see holes coming up and try to find a way around them or just go into them instead of on top. There are a few areas where it feels like you are right on the side of a mountain and have to lean in and go slow so that was a bit freaky but once you've made it there coming back seems so much easier. Good luck if you choose to go now! Birds landing on you at the top are for sure worth it!

                                                                                                Posted: May 17, 2018 11:37:09 AM PST

                                                                                                Amy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                Hoping to head up St. Marks at the end of this month (May) anybody have a recent update on what the trail/snow conditions are? Thanks!

                                                                                                  Posted: May 16, 2018 09:32:22 AM PST

                                                                                                  Izzy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  Does anyone know if this is hikeable next weekend?

                                                                                                    Posted: May 4, 2018 07:14:55 AM PST

                                                                                                    Calvin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    To echo Tam's comment from Jan 23, 2018, be weary of the conditions, especially now with warmer weather. Hiked to St Mark's Summit today (Apr 2, 2018) and the trail was mostly hardpacked and solid but got softer as the day went on. Still tons of snow along the entire trail. There are several extended stretches where you can see an avalanche has been through, though likely not recently. Do not attempt unless you have microspikes/crampons/snowshoes and adequate winter experience in the backcountry.

                                                                                                    Beautiful hike in the summer and winter time, but be cautious of the conditions!

                                                                                                      Posted: April 2, 2018 08:22:55 PM PST

                                                                                                      Marie from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                      Is this okay to hike on April 6th? Would like to know how much snow there is.

                                                                                                        Posted: March 27, 2018 01:19:37 PM PST

                                                                                                        Tam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                        Just an FYI

                                                                                                        I have seen two small class 1.5 avalanches cover the trail in late spring (May). They were in the first clearing after the trail descends and follows the contour of the mountain, just before the meadow.

                                                                                                        I've never been in winter, but based on past experience Ski Mountaineering/AST 2, if it's steep enough to slide due to a warm wet slab in spring, then the chances of an avalanche each time that slope gets loaded are very high in winter.

                                                                                                        Snowshoers should be very wary.

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                                                                                                          Posted: January 23, 2018 07:42:42 AM PST

                                                                                                          Bianca from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                          Thinking about going on this hike this weekend. Has anyone done this during December? If so is it safe to do it currently? Or is there a website that i can retrieve a live weather report for that region so i can pack accordingly?

                                                                                                            Posted: December 12, 2017 12:57:53 PM PST

                                                                                                            THE REAL THUMPER from COQUITLAM writes:

                                                                                                            It is Dec 11th.
                                                                                                            If you did the hike in the last week was the trail full of snow?
                                                                                                            Thinking of going up Weds 12th.

                                                                                                              Posted: December 11, 2017 09:33:34 AM PST

                                                                                                              Holly from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                              Does anyone know if this trail is still open for the season? We are thinking of hiking it this Saturday - November 4th.


                                                                                                                Posted: November 1, 2017 01:24:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                Gillian Mee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                October 8 th 2017! After a beautiful day out with minimal hiker traffic with a dear friend, I know this is a long shot , but if anyone found a garmin 530 in the ladies washroom around 3:45 , please please contact me, [email protected]
                                                                                                                Hoping this will truely be a Thankgiving weekend to remember

                                                                                                                  Posted: October 8, 2017 06:36:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Eric from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                  We hiked on Sept. 14th. The trail is similar to Eagle Bluffs in that it is a gravel path for the first half and then it turns into a good trail. Not sure why we are building all these paths as they were in the process of extending. In my opinion, paths are just not hiking.
                                                                                                                  The difficulty is on the low end of the moderate scale so quite easy.
                                                                                                                  The views at the summit are quite exceptional in that you can see the Sunshine coast. You are also given a rare opportunity to "safely" lay down and look straight down a rock face. If you would rather see views of the lower mainland, you will enjoy Eagle Bluffs more.
                                                                                                                  There is a sign that marks St.Marks summit and the elevation. I think the confusion may stem from the fact that there are several great lookout points at this summit. Just keep exploring north. You will know when you have reached them all as the trail curls away from the cliffs.
                                                                                                                  Finally, the most impressive reason to do this hike is the wildlife. We had chipmunks, whiskeyjacks, and blue jays all sitting in our hands wile enjoying snacks. I know you are not supposed to feed them but it is hard to resist and they are extremely comfortable around people. Just don't feed the bears! Luckily we did not see any of those :)

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                                                                                                                    Posted: September 18, 2017 03:48:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Rob chan from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    Very busy today, about 1 hour 40 there and back.

                                                                                                                    Seriously, you don't need signs to tell you it's the summit... it's kind of obvious.

                                                                                                                      Posted: September 10, 2017 09:38:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Julia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      I hiked this trail on September 3rd while on route to the Lions. I was surprised when I reached St Marks and didn't see the sign post that's usually there to signal that you've reached your destination. Consequently, I ran into two groups on Mount Unnecessary that were looking for St Marks. Make sure you know your route before setting out on the trail. Unfortunately, missing or vandalized signs/markers are all too common.

                                                                                                                        Posted: September 5, 2017 07:57:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                        Alejandro from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        Did this hike on Sept 4, 2017 with my family (two adults, a 7 and a 10 year old). Very hot day, It took us two hours up, and 1.5 hours down plus a good 30 min at the summit enjoying the view and having lunch. We were back in the Raven Lodge exactly 4 hours after we started.
                                                                                                                        The trail is very easy to follow and well maintained. The second half is a bit more difficult as it has roots and loose rocks. The views at the top are spectacular: Horshoe Bay to the South, Bowen Island, the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and Mt Garibaldi to the North, well worth the effort. I really recommend this hike. Go early if you want to avoid the crowds, and if you decide to enjoy nature with a speaker in your backpack, please think of others and keep the volume down.

                                                                                                                          Posted: September 4, 2017 09:08:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Andrew Knapman from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                          I can't believe this isn't one of the highest rated hikes in Vancouver. I've never seen a view anything like what you experience from St. Marks Summit. It has to be one of, if not THE best views you can find anywhere in Vancouver.

                                                                                                                          The hike itself was a bit harder than I anticipated, with some fairly steep parts towards the end. It starts off quite easy and you think it's going to be a walk in the park, but by the end you are going quite uphill on very uneven surfaces predominantly made up of roots and rocks (see photo). On the way down, this is a bit of an ankle breaker, to say the least.

                                                                                                                          We went on August 26th and, whilst there were mosquitoes, they weren't as bad as people make out. Sure, bug spray is recommended, but if you keep walking they won't be much of a bother.

                                                                                                                          Overall, a pretty decent hike and an unbelievable view at the end. We spent a good 45 minutes at the summit taking photos of the astonishing views.

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                                                                                                                            Posted: August 28, 2017 04:46:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                            crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                            Hiked on 2017.08.20. Started at 2pm so I was one of the few hikers heading up (most were heading back to the parking lot). It took me 1hr50mins to get to the top. The steep sections were not as challenging as BCMC nor Tunnel Bluffs, so it took me 1hr 20 mins to get down (via Bowen Lookout). Views were gorgeous as usual, and bugs were not as bad as a few weeks ago (still highly recommend bug repellent though).

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                                                                                                                              Posted: August 22, 2017 05:24:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Siena Lusterio from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                              One of my favorite ....."wow stunning views"

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                                                                                                                                Posted: August 20, 2017 11:14:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Fadi from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                Hi every one,
                                                                                                                                Has any one done the hike yesterday or today Saturday Aug 12, 2017?
                                                                                                                                Is it still smoky up there? Or can we see the view?

                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 12, 2017 10:40:03 AM PST

                                                                                                                                  Sarah from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  Hiked it today. If you're going to do this hike:
                                                                                                                                  1. Know that with the wildfire smoke as it is, there are no views from the top. None. Completely white.
                                                                                                                                  2. No mosquitoes, but LOTS of flies, especially closer to the top. I highly recommend loose long sleeves and pants. The good news is that the flies don't really bite, but make sure to keep your mouth closed...
                                                                                                                                  3. No mud on the trail except for a couple of small, bypassable and nearly dry spots.

                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 4, 2017 07:26:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    yys from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    The hike itself is not difficult nor challenging and the view up was good. However, I went there last weekend (July 30) and the mosquitoes were everywhere (NOT kidding!) I couldn't resist waving my hands the whole time and that was the challenging part for me. There were too many bugs and it was just hard to stay up top and really enjoy the view, though it was gorgeous.
                                                                                                                                    I saw people wearing those mosquitoes net mask and if I would ever go again, I will purchase one.

                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 3, 2017 08:36:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                      Laura from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                      Likely the best views of Howe Sound you'll find after 90 minutes of hiking! The trail was exceptionally well maintained, a couple muddy spots & loads of little black flies after the halfway mark (the flies were the only downside to the hike, they were swarming us!). I would suggest going early as it got busy on our descent. We left the parking lot at 8, summit at 9:30, back to the parking lot at 11.

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                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 31, 2017 09:26:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                        Sahil C from Ottawa writes:

                                                                                                                                        3-4 hour long round trip hike, nice and easy most of the way up, great view up top.

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                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 30, 2017 08:03:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Abby from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          It's very steep but manageable nonetheless! Bring lots of water especially if you're hiking on a warm day. If you want a similar view but easier hike, I'd recommend Tunnel Bluffs.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 30, 2017 04:24:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Joe K. from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                            Did the hike on July 29th for the 4th time in 5 weeks. Conditions were near perfect. Snow is gone and very little mud. Reached the summit in 1 hour and 16 minutes from the parking lot.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 29, 2017 10:33:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Craig from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                              The trail this year was a lot easier as compared to the year before when the trail had not had any repairs or maintenance done yet.
                                                                                                                                              Hiked it July 17 little bit of snow and mud near the top. Bugs galore but what do you really expect. Running shoes were no issue, the whole trip took under 3 hours to complete. Last year was more of a challenge.

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                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 25, 2017 01:58:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Tim from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                Hiked this trail on July 23rd. The beginning was fine but in the later parts it was really muddy and there are a lot of bugs. The snow is still melting and there are parts where the trail is literally a stream. I can see that this trail would be really fun if it were dry, but it was particularly difficult for people who are not wearing hiking boots.

                                                                                                                                                Also, carry bug spray. Hikers are basically entering mosquito country.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 23, 2017 09:57:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Anonymos from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this trail on July 17, hot clear beautiful day. We were swarmed by bugs especially at the top. We only saw the viewpoint for less than 5 minutes due to the bugs. We couldn't eat or enjoy the view.

                                                                                                                                                  The last 20 minutes of the hike has a lot of snow and A LOT of mud. I brought extra winter shoes for the mud and my feet were still muddy. Don't go up if you can't handle being swarmed by bugs and walking through wet slippery mud and snow.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 17, 2017 05:34:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    SarahW from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Hiked July 16. Some snow at the top with some muddy sections. Similar to what one would usually find in a June early-season hike. Some flies at the top, which though annoying, don't bite. People wearing running shoes will find they get wet and muddy feet and struggle with slippery snow. Those with proper boots will be fine. Overall, beautiful day and busy trail with a gorgeous view of Howe sound, Sunshine Coast, Bowen, and Vancouver island.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 16, 2017 09:13:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Gee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Hiked up July 10. Bugs really bad right from the parking lot. First part is really nice but once on the Howe Sound Crest Trail part starts to get more challenging.Crossing snow, mud, and some spots you have to climb over fallen trees. Upper area is still covered in snow. You can do it with runners but pretty hard going coming down. More like 6 hours round trip. View is still beautiful but too many bugs to enjoy your lunch.

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 9, 2017 11:07:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Floriel from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Did the hike on July 9th and I would suggest bringing bug spray! It was brutal! We went and started the hike around 9am and as soon as we got out of our cars, bugs started attacking us! This is the 3rd time I've done this hike and the bugs has never been a problem before! We didn't even get to enjoy our sandwiches and snacks up top because there were even more bugs up there!!! Also, there is still a fair amount of snow, be ready for a watery and muddy trail!

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 9, 2017 09:28:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Miho from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Backpacked up it and camped overnite June 26. There is still a fair amount snow especially
                                                                                                                                                          at the top. Lots of snow starting to melt which makes for watery trail as well. Put on bug spray before you start trail. The view at the top on a clear day is amazing

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                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 28, 2017 12:04:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Raymond from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Hiked June 25. Lots of snow still - a solid half the trail is still covered in a foot or two of snow and some areas of it are quite thin and you can fall through. Go slowly and you'll be fine. I would strongly suggest not doing in running shoes as going up may be fine but coming down you need traction.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 27, 2017 02:59:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Wendy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Hiked up this trail on June 24 and there were still lots of snow in certain areas. Did this hike in runners and it was fine for most of the hike except they got a little wet from some of the muddy and wet parts of the trail. I recommend going up with a hiking stick for those with bad knees. A few areas of the hike have fallen trees blocking the trail so expect to climb over them. Most of the snow is at the last stretch. Went up around 2pm and it was warm enough to be in shorts and tshirt the entire hike. Ended up sliding down most parts of the snowy areas as they were quite slippery on the way back. The view is still worth the hike! Recommend to bring new extra set of clothes just in case.

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                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 25, 2017 02:30:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Row from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Hiked up June 23rd. I'm not a very experienced hiker at all so the melting snow was very intimidating. We got some sticks to help us get through the worst parts. It was much easier on the way back, the snow wasn't as icy and there were parts you could just slide down. Conditions may be much better after this weekend given the heat.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 25, 2017 08:17:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Alisha from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Just did this hike on June 22! Snow is mostly melted off the trail but at the top there is still a good amount. It is starting to melt a lot so you do fall through some of it so be very careful since a lot of it is hollow underneath (i fell through) but its always worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 24, 2017 01:04:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Jerry from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Did this hike this weekend (June 10). Condition is still snowy and icy (more than half the trail). This is a hard-level difficulty with the snow and ice. Really nice view on the top though!

                                                                                                                                                                    Not recommended for beginners.

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 11, 2017 10:04:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Madison from Vancovuer writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Looking to hike this mountain this Sunday June, 11th. Wondering what the snow conditions are and what kind of workout you get?


                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 7, 2017 10:54:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Carlos from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked this yesterday May 26th. Awesome hike! As soon as you walk off the parking lot you are trekking in the snow. I completed it in running shoes so it's still doable. With weather like this the snow is melting quick, we noticed on the way down it had already melted a bunch. the markers were hard to see sometimes because of the snow so just take your time and make sure you are either following snow prints or a marker. The way down was a blast! pretty much got to ski down. Enjoy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 27, 2017 10:09:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Carlie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          Snowshoed up here this weekend after some fresh snow and a clear day it was beautiful! Much more difficult in the winter on snowshoes compared to summer. After your third set of switchbacks though the views from the top are totally worth it. Well marked and not a lot of traffic which is good considering the narrow trail in some areas! Overall a beautiful but difficult hike in the winter.. Make sure to pack a big lunch and start early and always check for conditions before heading up!!

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 8, 2017 03:28:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Lindsey from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked this today. Cypress has received its first snow of the season! There was an inch or two of snow at its deepest at the summit. Trees covered. We wore boots, things were slick but we managed fine. Only saw two other people on the trail. Be careful out there--don't attempt this in this weather if you don't know what you're doing! It'll be under meters of snow in no time.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 16, 2016 07:14:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Mariko from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked this trail for the first time in late September 2016. It was very crowded but the view is spectacular. Not sure how I felt about the amount of foot traffic or the fact that the wildlife at the top have become avid scavengers.

                                                                                                                                                                              For more thoughts... http://www.earthlypursuits.ca/st_marks_summit/

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 24, 2016 10:18:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Great hike, not too far and close to town. I went up Sept. 25, 2016 and it was socked in with clouds at the top. I'll have to come back another day for the spectacular views.

                                                                                                                                                                                Photos and details: http://photokaz.com/blog/2016/09/25/hike-to-saint-marks-summit/

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 25, 2016 10:26:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  JK from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Amazing hike! Highly recommended! Wait for sunny day and go! Road is marked, it's hard to get lost. Bring some snacks for the birds, they will eat it from your palm. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 12, 2016 11:30:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Jesika from Poco writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    The trail was pretty well maintained for about half of the trip. After that, there were quite a few roots and a bit of mud but nothing too bad. We got up to St. Marks Summit around 10am and there were a TON of clouds. We didn't get too much of a view of Bowen island but being above the clouds was equally as cool. We could also see the lions and some other nice mountain ranges from the lookout. Would definitely recommend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 11, 2016 02:56:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Beginner to Intermediate from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      This is the second hike I've done and man was it an experience . From starting off at a beginners hike to completing an intermediate one was definitely a challenge. The bottom starts off quite pleasant with a slightly ascending trail and before you know it l, youre walking up continuous uphill paths. Up until the end of the trail the elevation ascends and becomes stable continuously throughout. Be prepared for the last 1/4 of the hike, which has no trail so your basically climbing up through the wilderness whilst following the trail markers. Bring bug spray !! I can NOT stress this enough. If you stop for a second you get swarmed by mosquitos and even then, they still attack you while you're walking and it only gets worse when you reach the top so be prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 30, 2016 11:45:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        crossover from Richmond, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked St. Mark's on Aug 21, 2016. The trail improvement stops around mid-way up the first set of switchbacks. Don't forget your bug spray. It definitely helps. We were clouded in when we reached the summit so there wasn't much to see. The total trip took us about 4 hrs (and I am a slow hiker) which was a pretty good workout.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 25, 2016 03:45:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          T.B from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this hike south to north over two days July 19th-20th. It's very difficult but well worth the views.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The trails were mostly dry and mud wasn't a problem but the bugs were terrible as others have noted. They were mostly an issue at Magnesia meadows which made setting up camp quite uncomfortable. Remember your bug spray and long clothes for when you get there!

                                                                                                                                                                                          We weren't able to refill our water bottles till Magnesia meadows (took us 9 hrs) so bring lots of water. The second day provided plenty of running water for easy filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We also brought our sure footed 80lb dog who only struggled getting down a couple sections, in the end we just needed to find him an alternate route (always just a few steps from the main path). If you're dog is used to running around the mountains and jumping from meter high heights then it'll be fine to bring them along. The only thing is I'm not sure our dog would have been able to do the north to south route as some sections are very steep that direction and we would have needed to harness and rope him to assist him up.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just be aware, the last 5 km to Magnesia meadows is extremely slow and technical, took us about an hour per km. Be prepared for this section to absolutely wear you down!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 3, 2016 11:17:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            Marissa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked BC Day - August 1st. The last comments nearly scared us away re: mud and bugs. The trail is now almost entirely dry save for some patches of mud and the bugs are definitely manageable. Like others have said, the last leg of the hike is still being renovated so there are some roots and rocks to navigate but it wasn't too difficult. The view is always worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 2, 2016 01:05:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              AndyG from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              When the upgrades are complete (estimated to be 2018/2019), this trail will be a great hike. Until then it's only half a great hike :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sadly no sign of the most Instagrammed view around today (13 July). Be prepared for lots of mud beyond the end of the upgraded trail. And know that most of it is only a couple of inches deep so if you're wearing boots you can, you know, walk straight through it! Oh the horror!

                                                                                                                                                                                              A group of 5 was feeding the chipmunks, letting them crawl all over their packs, hands and legs :-( Then the whisky jacks appeared but thankfully one of the group was terrified of birds so they didn't get fed. Unfortunately people don't take kindly to having their failures pointed out to them...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 19, 2016 02:34:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Natasha from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                I did this hike July 18, 2016 and it hadn't rained in a few days but the trail was still a complete muddy mess from the 1/2 point to the summit. It starts off quite easy and pleasant as a gravel trail, but then before you know it you are fancy footing your way through tree roots and slippery rocks, wear hiking boots if you want to save your runners. At some points we were walking through 6-8 inches of mud. Unfortunately when we got to the summit we didn't have a view because we were clouded in but we still very much enjoyed the hike. It took us 3.5 hours round trip from the ski lodge. Wear bug spray, they get really nasty near the summit. We also only saw maybe 12 other people on the trail so it definitely wasn't busy which was nice. It's also dog friendly, our 10 month old labradoodle had no trouble with the trek, but please keep your dog on leash out of respect for others, and the safety of your dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 19, 2016 12:40:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peter from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would agree with the previous comment about bugs/mud on the trail. Went up July 16 weekend and the mud situation is pretty rough. From the end of the trail improvement (about 1/2-way? or so up), you're pretty much dodging mud the rest of the way. Because the trail has become so popular, the mud is that much worse. I'd add an extra 1/2 hour to your trip up now because it's just that much slower going now. Then, about 3/4 of the way up, the bugs come out in earnest, so much so that any time you stop for more than 15 seconds, you're immediately surrounded. I'd save this one for August; not worth it at the present time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 18, 2016 12:46:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Victoria from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've done this hike a couple times before when the conditions and weather have been great. I'd normally give 5 stars. However, I did it on July 11th, and the conditions and bugs are terrible right now. It was very very muddy for at least 50% of the time and we couldn't even stop for longer than 5 minutes at the top due to the insane amount of bugs (biting and landing on us). If you are going to do it, wear hiking boots! Surprising to see people in runners because they will be destroyed at the end and/or you will get stuck in a mud hole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 13, 2016 06:39:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      David from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went up today, it was a great hike! Just make sure to head up early to beat the traffic. Also, all the snow is gone leaving just some muddy spots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 10, 2016 10:09:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        CX from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked on June 30. Trail was fine until last 15-20 min or so where still soggy, some muddy spots and snow. Bugs were swarming most of the time from ~8:45-11am but seemed to dissipate a bit once sun came out and it got warmer, finally clearing to show the beautiful views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 2, 2016 04:50:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          K T from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          June 24th 2016 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                          So I did this hike today. I have done it a few times in the past and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately the conditions were far from ideal. I suspect that it has been quite wet as of recently and the trail is total mush....
                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you were planning this hike i would certainly wait for better conditions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Despite this, getting to the top for the view was extraordinary

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Defs recommend this hike but with better conditions - would wait for some dryer/warmer weather

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 24, 2016 10:45:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cam from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trail Report: The lower sections of the trail are open and clear. There is still snow in a number of places on the lower sections of the trail but it isn't a problem until you approach the summit. Snow however isn't the issue, so much as the mud it creates. The higher elevations are quite muddy and it will slow you down somewhat, as well as make the roots and rocks on the trail quite slippery. It is very do-able though and the view is incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 16, 2016 10:18:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike in the last week of April. So much snow. I had only tattered old running shoes. But thankfully I brought two dozen pairs of socks. It's sound like a lot but my socks would sock through every little bit. I was actually quite worried about frost bite so I monitored my circulation and core temperatures as closely as possible. Would highly recommend to do in the summer. It's quite treacherous otherwise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The last half hour leading to the peak was completely covered in snow. Super fun to hike in but not for everyone. I discouraged people from hiking these peaks early.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              If u don't want to see people hike early. On hiking days I'm up at 4 am and sometimes on the trail by 6 am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 29, 2016 09:52:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kris from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this today (may 25,2016). Some snow still on the trail at higher elevations but not enough to need crampons imho. There was a tricky section where it looks like an avalanche pushed a tree down across the trail and the groomed section is buried so you have to edge around lower down on the slope - if the snow gets mushy as it melts that might be a problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 25, 2016 09:42:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hopper from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to love this hike. I've done it a number of times and always enjoyed it as an easier and shorter hike. I cannot even express my disappointment from my hike today. I thought it would be a nice, quiet hike. There were easily 10 times the amount of hikers there today than I have ever seen on this trail. Most people were in running shoes and not prepared for the conditions. There is still a fair amount of mud on the trail and lots of snow up at the top, which is quite slippery. There has been a ridiculous increase in new hikers over the last couple years. I will be sticking to more difficult and longer trails this year and hoping to avoid mass quantities of people, because this was not fun for me at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 22, 2016 02:33:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Erika K from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did this hike yesterday and was surprised to see so many people out on a Wednesday at the beginning of May. The trail still has a lot of snow, and is a bit slippery at parts but if you're cautious of your footing, it's not a concern. I wore two pairs of socks and they were soaking wet by the end so I'd recommend bringing an extra pair. The weather was ok, rained on an off the entire time, which made for light snow at the lookout. Regardless, well worth it. An interesting change of scenery with the snow compared to last July/August when I went a few times. Remains one of my favourite hikes! On the way up or down, i'd recommend stopping over at Bowen Lookout. It's a similar view to the peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 12, 2016 11:55:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Travis from Smithers/Chilliwack/North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did this one a couple days ago for my first time with my girlfriend and another friend. It was unreal, such an amazing view! The hike in was not too difficult, walking on hard packed snow for a lot of the way but there was a lot of people doing the hike in running shoes (not really recommended though!) We spent probably 3 hours up on the summit just taking it all in, so incredible up there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 28, 2016 12:42:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mallory from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did this hike last weekend -- March 5th. You'll need to get a free back country pass from the "brown bag room" in the parking lot for Cypress. The woman will check this where ski/snowboarders are coming in and out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The trail markers end at Bowen Lookout and there are signs encouraging you not to proceed. On the day I did it there were quite a few people making the trek before me so I had a fairly visible path. You can also follow the yellow/orange markers. I used snowshoes and they were very necessary for most of the parts of the hike past Bowen Lookout. This was a DIFFICULT snowshoe but the top was amazing. When I took my snowshoes off at the top, I sunk waist high in fresh powder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 10, 2016 12:12:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rob Chan from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this today, perfect weather. Halfway through you really wanted snowshoes. Postholing nearly every other step.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just under 3 hours moving time from cypress ski area parking lot and back. We took an alternate route back down which I think was shorter, took us down a portion of the ski hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 1, 2016 01:06:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emily from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A friend and I did this hike yesterday- it was absolutely incredible. I have done this hike several times in the summer (usually about 3.5 hours) but never in the winter. There was about 6ft of snow yesterday, but the sun was shining and it was lots of fun! It took us 4.5 hours round trip including about 30 minutes at the summit and lots of pictures. Neither of us had snowshoes, hiking poles, or much gear. We both wore blundstones and wool socks, plus a few layers and were just fine! I would highly recommend this hike if you have an afternoon to spend, don't let the snow discourage you from getting outside. Also the trail is very clearly marked which makes it even more enjoyable! We only passed one couple on the trail, but the ranger was around too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 12, 2015 10:38:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Je from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also wondering if anyone has been up the trail lately. Does it need snowshoes or can it done using crampons?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 27, 2015 10:39:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lilian from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hello, just wondering if there is too much snow on the trail? Is it accessible with snowshoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 20, 2015 07:40:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Best hike of the season for me (which included: Sea to Summit, Elfin Lakes, Mt. Fromme, Minnekhada, Dog Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cheakamus Lake). The weather was perfect, and I think the work to view ratio for this hike is ideal. Even though it was perfectly sunny yesterday it was quite muddy in sections on the trail. My friend who wore regular runners slipped into the mud at one point but my trail runners did just fine. So much wild life to be found as well! Ravens and whiskey jacks at the summit, and a family of bears hanging out by the parking lot. No bugs! Get out and do it on a nice day. Did this on a thursday and it was nice and quiet. Just a handful of other hikers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 11, 2015 08:17:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JK from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are many negative things to say about this trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People are looking at signs, completely lost and confused. No where, until you actually reach St. Marks, says "St. Marks". So, just follow "Howe Sound Crest Trail" or "the Lions". Or download the map from park's website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, it can be crowded, Their are people without hiking etiquette. But, we also means Vancouverites are active and outdoor. I cannot understand why people complain about the trail being busy and crowded. The view from the summit is spectacular and very unique to North Shore and Howe Sound. With its close proximity to the city, a large crowd should be expected. Avoid obvious busy times (weekend, late morning/early afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It took us total 4 hours from the parking lot (2hrs up/2hrs down). It is 4 stars instead 5 stars, because, the trail itself was not enjoyable, and was without any viewpoint or scenary. Actually, there is one, which require 1km detour. Second, the bugs. After reading these comments, I guess it rather random. When I was at the summit, it was bad. I could not enjoy my lunch and the view, and just relax. It was unbearable. Only 10min was spent at the summit and I headed down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 8, 2015 11:30:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brande from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great hike, and a great view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you are ok with being around people on the top and up/down the trail OR if you hike alone but like the comfort of some activity on the trail to scare of bears and/or be available should you hurt yourself - than this is a great path for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was just a little too busy for my taste and most of those coming up were more of the tourist variety than the hiking variety. So it was a bit fustrating being that 50% of the folks we passed were not aware of trail etiquette and there were a few folks in flip flops and dress shoes. This path needs better footware than that. Always a bit nerve racking to see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All in all though a really nice path, not too challenging to turn people away but yet still a really great work out for avid hikers. We were under 4hrs up and down at a nice pace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quite muddy at the top, watch those mud laden rocks that get super slippery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 8, 2015 08:42:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Helen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The view is stunning! Absolutely worth the hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Started at the base at 10:00am and not too long into the hike we saw a bear cub off the side of the trail. It didn't bother us (but I will mention that on the way down, a Park Ranger stopped to warn us of another bear that was in the lower region of Cypress as well). There were tons of dogs on the trail but I probably wouldn't bring your dogs if they are well trained because of the bears as well as the chipmunks at the top that scurry around the edges of the cliffs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The trail is very well marked with orange markers, however the directions on the site fail to mention to keep right when you see the mapboard. The first half of the trail is great, the later half is pretty wet and muddy still from the BC Storm the weekend prior. I wore some old runners and had no problems but are now completely mud-stained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Once we reached the summit we stopped for lunch and continued for another few mins to a view point that had an incredible view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It took us 2 hours to get up and 1.5 to get down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My only regret is that it gets incredibly crowded over the weekend! Go early to avoid the crowds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 5, 2015 10:44:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Calvin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's no entry fee for St Mark's Summit. Parking at the Cypress ski resort (trail head) is free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 25, 2015 01:58:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jenny from Seattle writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My partner and I are from Seattle and will be visiting Vancouver this weekend for our anniversary. We do a lot of hiking in the states and are used to some sort of park/entry fee but I couldn't find any information if one is needed for this hike. Can someone help me with what the general guidelines are for Canadian park fees or is it just national parks that charge a daily fee? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 24, 2015 10:51:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chris Jung from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christine, no it hasn't. was just there today

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 23, 2015 09:51:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has the trail been paved over with gravel until the rocky/rooty part? There was rumour last summer on here that they were going to pave the whole thing with gravel. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 21, 2015 03:33:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cate S from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I completed the hike yesterday morning/early afternoon. It was pretty busy, but a lovely hike nonetheless. Took less than an hour and a half to get to the top, and a little over an hour to come back down. Definitely would recommend going as early as possible to avoid the crowds. I started at 10.45am and it was tough to find a spot to eat lunch at the top!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 3, 2015 12:49:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tracy from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did this today with my husband. typically we find the estimated times on this site to be about double the time we actually take, but today we took our hike very leisurely, due to my husband's first hike since back surgery 4 months ago. At a very moderate/easy pace, we were at the summit in 1:45. We spent 45 minutes on the rock outcropping enjoying spectacular views and then it was 1:20 back to lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only thing I would say is at first the sign posts don't mention the "summit", just the Baden Powel Lookout so we had to log in here to read the more specific instructions rather than rely on the sign posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOVED that it was rooty and technical in sections, and then lovely rolling or flat in sections. Also loved that it alternated between being "in the trees" (nice and cool on a day like today at 30 degrees in the sun) and then would break out into the sun. The view was unparalleled .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Definitely think the rating of Intermediate is appropriate for the technical nature, but the elevation was not super challenging. Can't wait to go back! No bugs at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 29, 2015 05:01:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SpookyTheCat from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked this morning to summit, left at 9:30 with two other 50+ couples. 5 hour return trip timed from parking lot, including break at washrooms before starting, and about a 30 min lunch at summit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not too busy on the way up, and only passed by a few runners, and about 22c most of the way within the trees. Spectacular views at the summit. But when leaving just after noon, the summit got exceptionally crowded, and passed numerous groups of hikers all the way back down, and now much more noticeably hotter at 28 to 30c. We all had about 2+ litres of water each, and this was definitely needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      More roots than expected, but otherwise a good well marked trail, and well worth the views at the summit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 19, 2015 04:02:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matt B from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I quite liked this trail. It was very well marked, and rather well-traveled but had enough fun rocks and roots to climb over to keep it interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Took me just under three hours round trip, including a 20 minute break at the summit and a side trip to see the Bowen Lookout on the way back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It seems they're working on building a fancy gravel trail at least up to first set of switchbacks, so you have to detour around some heavy construction equipment right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had no problems with bugs. The view from the summit is well worth the trip I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 16, 2015 01:42:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joe from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Had a great hike on July 12. Round trip was just over 4 hours, including 15 minute lunch break. Trails were well marked and the directions on this site were accurate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There was a light rain the entire hike and a bit of wind. Temperature at the parking lot was 12C. Not sure what it was at the summit but it was cool. No view whatsoever. We were literally in the clouds for the entire hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had on capri style technical fiber shorts on the bottom. On the top I had a long sleeve UV shirt, a medium weight polar fleece jacket and a track jacket. I was nice and warm. I also had on a gore-tex rain "sombrero". Glad I took that one. For footwear I had hiking boots and double-layer socks. Love those socks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most sections of the trail were nice with fairly tight packed dirt, gravel and bark mulch. However, there were also some sections with tons of slippery tree roots. Be very careful on those sections, especially if you don't have trekking poles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Overall, a great hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 12, 2015 06:52:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jamie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did this trail July 3rd. Took about 2 hours and 45 minutes including a break at the summit (hobby hiker). Overall this is a pretty straightforward trail, well marked, easy/intermediate, and fairly good views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bugs are getting bad, pretty crowded and busy, and lots of trail maintenance going on which has created detours in some spots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Overall it's worth doing, although there are trails with greater payoffs for the same amount of work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 3, 2015 03:39:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sara from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this on July 1. Great hike! Amazing views. I'd recommend it. But this one is definitely on the more intermediate side. From the meadow and bridge section onwards, this becomes a challenging hike. Just when you think you're at the top, it keeps going. I'm a pretty active 30-something who hikes often, and was told you could do it much faster than the 5 hours noted. It took me the full 5 hours plus time at the top. The 20-something crossfit crowd was passing me on the trail both up and down though, so just be aware of who is giving the review and your own physical capabilities. If you're like me, budget the full 5 hours and take your time, bring or find a walking stick to save your joints, and lots of water. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 2, 2015 12:29:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kelly from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked this on June 13, 2015. Great hike! Beautiful day. We started about 8:45, stopped at the Bowen Island lookout on the way up which was well worth the stop, beautiful view. Trail was bone dry. Bug situation at the top was annoying but no worse then I have experienced on other trails so it was bearable. the views at the top were amazing. After arriving at the top it became busy very quickly. Didn't see many people on the trail on the way up, but on the way down their were lots heading up. Worth the trip. Recommend this hike :) Technical in spots with the tree roots etc... but for experienced hikers not much too worry about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 23, 2015 04:46:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  P from K writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We did the hike on June 20, a Sunday. Started out at 8:25 am or so, but we were slow hikers and took our time to detour to Yew Lake, Old Growth Loop, and Bowen Island Lookout to take pictures, so it was noon by the time we got there. There was already a ton of people there at that time, which attests to the popularity of this trail. Even before we reached the steepest ascending sections with complex tree roots, a lot of people who started out later than us had caught up with us and passed us, and by the time we got to the steep sections, which tend to slow everyone down, it had got quite crowded. This is a far more challenging trail than some other "intermediate" trails listed here, such as Jug Island Beach (a walk in the park compared to this one) or Brothers Creek Loop, but the fantastic views at the end and at Bowen Island Lookout, the giant trees along the way, and the fun of negotiating the tricky tree roots on steep slopes, make it worthwhile. A very good workout overall, but for middle-aged people like me and some of my fellow hikers, this was about the limit of what we can do, and the thinner air at the high elevations of this trail does make catching one's breath more difficult, so others like us should really pace yourselves and don't push yourself too hard on the ascent, or you could become dizzy easily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 22, 2015 01:41:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anthony from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    June 20 - some construction on the trail makes it muddy in a few places. Most disappointing were the crowds. This used to be a quiet walk in nature, but last Saturday I must have passed over 300 people – some playing recorded music. And Gregor Robertson & the other mayors think we need many more people living in the Vancouver region – LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 21, 2015 08:46:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peter from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked this on May 31st; bug situation moderate, but not unbearable. Trail is bone dry. Views from summit were tremendous. Surprisingly busy and would recommend starting out before 9 am to avoid heat and crowds. Arrived at summit at 10:30 am and was alone. Within 30 minutes >30 people were there, and ran into at least another 50 on way back. Should note that you can either take the Howe Sound Crest Trail West or HSCT East to access this hike (directions on this site are for HSCT East). Distance is comparable either way, but HSCT East offers more shade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 1, 2015 09:22:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caroline from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike on May 28th. I thought it was going to take a lot longer then it says on the site. To the top it took us an hour and 20 mins, back down was about 40 Mins. I guess it all depends on your pace. I definitely recommend doing this hike, as the view is breath taking at the top. A bit technical and a little amount of mud. Bring some bug spray, there are a lot of mosquitos at the top!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 29, 2015 07:35:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enjoylife from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked yesterday It's a great hike, but a tad technical in places with all the roots. Little patches of mud, but nothing big. Unprepared young lady had to be airlifted out because of twisted knee. Good workout overall, and a beautiful place. Sadly everything was clouded in below, but even so some great views of islands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In terms of the dogs. Personally I believe it depends upon the dogs and how well they are trained and behave. There are places on the trail where trying to keep a dog on a leash would be difficult if not downright dangerous. If a dog jumps on someone, shame on the owner! Yeah the trail says dogs on leash, but again that can be difficult in places. Sorry San Francisco has such contempt that the only comments made were about the dogs. Canadians overall tend to be a little less uptight, thank goodness!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 25, 2015 08:16:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peter from San Francisco writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why are there unleashed dogs on this trail??? The last thing I want is a muddy dog jumping on me or my kids. You may love your dog but if you want him to run loose and unleashed, then go to a leash free park or trail. Have some respect to other hikers and follow the rules. I hope something is done to address this issue here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 19, 2015 09:09:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herman from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike May 17, probably rained the day before, trail was quite wet/muddy and slippery with exposed tree roots along the entire way. Condition should be a lot better on dry days but still need to be careful because of the amount of roots. The trail otherwise is easy to follow except a tad confusing at the beginning (just follow the description on this page). It's a good workout but completely doable for first timers and the trail feels pretty short. View point is great but it's not 360 panorama like the Chief, I'd say it isn't as good as the Chief but it's still descent. Overall a descent 3-5 hours day hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 18, 2015 01:53:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hikerguy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can you go up if it is abit cloudy ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 17, 2015 05:17:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maddie from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked May 9, 2015 - Some snowy/muddy bits towards the top, but otherwise completely manageable in running shoes (unless you're going past the Summit, in which case - suit up). Trail can be narrow, so expect slow going on busy days. Start early if you prefer uncrowded trails, and enjoy the view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 10, 2015 07:37:49 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nancy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went up two days ago (Mar. 6th) and it was a good half day hike. Once we hit the forest the trail became quite damp, but it was not until the last quarter of the trail did the ground become very muddy. Patches of snow has melted off the trail but we could still see them aside. When we were at the top at around 11am it was quite chilly as the sun was obscured by low clouds. Downhill was slippery, but manageable with care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall an enjoyable hike, but would be even better when the ground turns dryer later in the season. The view at the lookout, when fog cleared up, was top-notch as usual.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 8, 2015 09:10:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dom from New Westminster, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Solid hike. A bit muddy higher up as there was a recent snowfall that just melted. Be sure to be ready to get your shoes pretty dirty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There was only one point where we got confused by the markers about 2/3rds of the way up; however, other than that one point it is well marked and easy to follow the trail. Awesome view at St.Marks peak and if you want to continue to Lion's, just watch out as there was still the odd patch of snow and mud along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 3, 2015 07:25:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mike from Whistler, Vancouver, Pitt Meadows writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have a dogs as well. However, rules are rules. Sometimes when I go for a hike, I don't want a dog jumping on me or running toward me. If the park rules state dogs must be on a leash.. simple.. keep them on the leash!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 1, 2015 11:03:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michelle from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone complaining about the dogs running around in the woods off leash...seriously! are you that miserable that seeing a happy puppy on the trail sets you off so much you have to complain online? go walk circles around the mall if you don't want to see a dog. Otherwise lightening up before you have a stroke and just enjoy life!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 1, 2015 10:29:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps our American Friend needs to hike where dogs are not allowed ! St. Mark's summit is great this time of year but make sure to bring yak tracks or crampons and be smart about hiking in the snow. Hike prepared for anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 27, 2015 02:36:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Adrian from Seattle writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am giving 4 stars. I would give 5 if dog owners took other hikers into consideration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree with C from Vancouver who left a comment on Sept 11, 2014. "DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES." This is to all of dog owners: your dog might be everything that you think of. But other people may want to enjoy hiking without getting to know your pet and without being bugged.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please have some respect for others and obey the law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: April 20, 2015 12:56:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked today (april 17th), took 3.5 hrs round trip including a break at the top. Trail was quite slippery with snow patches/slush/mud/water. Would recommend wearing hiking boots (not just running shoes). Great view from the top!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 17, 2015 06:47:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lauren from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiking this yesterday (April 12, 2015) and there were snow flurries and quite a bit of snow from about 1/3 of the way. I'd definitely recommend hiking boots but people made it up in just their runners. I brought a 10 pound dog and with all the snow it probably wasn't the best but big dogs can do it no problem. Couple of hungry ravens at the top who aren't afraid to get close and steal your food! It was completely fogged over at the top so I didn't think I was going to get a view, but it cleared up for a couple of minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 13, 2015 09:23:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arjay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked the trail yesterday (April 8). Snow on higher sections, some of it hard-packed.Also some slush and mud. Found spikes useful but saw several hikers in just runners. (Not that I'd recommend such lightweight footwear.) Glorious views and very inquisitive ravens on the summit. 4 and a half hours including several stops and a leisurely lunch break.A good early season leg stretch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 9, 2015 07:35:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caroline from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Planning on doing this hike with friends this week...Has anyone done it recently and was there snow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 6, 2015 10:51:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Arjay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Interested in comments from anyone who hiked this trail over past weekend. Snow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 6, 2015 09:12:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heather from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm thinking of doing this hiike tomorrow but unsure of the conditions and whether I will need snow shoes or not....any ideas?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 4, 2015 05:46:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brooke from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only a little bit of snow. Easily done without snowshoes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 22, 2015 01:10:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am thinking of doing this hike on sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am just wondering would it be ok to do this hike in trainers, or is there a lot of snow on the ground..??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 18, 2015 12:50:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kristy from Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just wondering if anyone has done this in the last week or so and if it's got lots of snow or not?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 16, 2015 11:09:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frank from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did this hike today, it was amazing, no snow, lots of people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I LOST MY SUN GLASS TOMMY BLACK ONES, IF ANYONE FINDS THEM PLEASE EMAIL ME :)))))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  [email protected]


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 22, 2015 07:10:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jim from port moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anyone know if there is snow near the top, just wondering if i should bring my snowshoes or not.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: February 19, 2015 08:40:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crystal from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did this hike on Monday, February 9th. Snow shoes unnecessary until you reach the summit, all though microspikes would be nice in some spots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Managed to lose a microspike and a glove on the trail. If anyone found/finds them, please email me [email protected]


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: February 11, 2015 11:47:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JohnS from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great day hiking to St. Marks' summit -- if you like cloud-porn. Turned back on our way to Unnecessary Mountain as the iconic Lions peaks were buried in the mist -- which made the next destination feel unnecessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        About 1/3 of the trail is well maintained and the rest in a natural state with exposed roots which were a little hazardous given the recent rains. A fair number of muddy spots to navigate; causing one of our group to go for a splat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All in all an awesome day for all hikers -- including the mutt who was snoring in the back of the car on the ride home. This is a definite do-over on a clear day ...beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 7, 2014 11:15:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mitch from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This trail is getting easier day by day.According to a parks employee I spoke to, they are working on making the whole trail into a gravel walking path.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The view was awesome but the the trail is not much of a challenge. Can easily be done in under 3 hours if you are in reasonably good shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 15, 2014 10:13:43 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            C from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick - actually throughout the park there are signs saying that dogs have to be on a leash. Even this page states: "Dogs are allowed on the Howe Sound Crest Trail but MUST BE KEPT ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Given the steep sections of the trail, I can see why dogs must be leashed. I did the hike last weekend and had quite a few dogs sneak up on me as they were unleashed but the worst was having a dog (St. Bernard) that had been messing around in a pond at the summit get me wet and absolutely filthy because the owner didn't have the very large dog on a leash. Granted, I was already dirty from the trail so it wasn't too big of a deal, it was still disconcerting given he ran into me when I was standing close to the edge of the cliff taking pictures and the dog could have knocked me over the edge given how big he was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love dogs, but it would be nice if dog owners took other hikers into consideration especially on a super busy trail as it was last weekend. We had to stop to let people going both ways pass us in the narrower sections.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 11, 2014 02:03:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rick from Van from Vancouver British Columbia writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just hiked St Mark's on Monday, Sept 8/14 with a friend and his super friendly and obedient dog (yellow Lab). Lots of work being done by park staff on mid-section of trail. Reviews all state that trail is dog-friendly, but as we were at least 2km from bottom of trail we came upon park ranger who was all very nice but said muttly had to be on a leish at this point, and actually is req'd to be on leish within 1km of start of trail, or owner could be fined $115 Is this common knowledge? Too overcast to see the view, maybe next time. No bugs though. Lots of hikers and trail runners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 9, 2014 11:08:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steph from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beautiful hike - first/last bits are nice and easy, middle is more intermediate hiking. The view from the summit is incredible!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone else think the 11km description is off though? We tracked it on MapMyRun and got somewhere close to 16/17km?? Still only took about 3 1/2 hours

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 27, 2014 08:13:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Judy from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We hiked this on July 12th. It was a really hot day but the majority of the trail is in the woods, with only a few sections with clearings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The trail took us about 3.5 hours round trip. We took one break up at the summit to have lunch and then headed back down. The view at the summit is absolutely amazing. The hike is a great challenge and their were people of all ages and skill levels doing this trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great Trail!!!! I would definitely do this again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 22, 2014 12:35:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tara from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked this today- gorgeous view!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Took 2 hours to get to the summit & about an hour down; so definitely not 5 hours!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At first it was a little confusing as to where the trail began, because the signs are either Howe Sound east or west, and I wasn't sure which direction it was. Turns out either way was fine!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, there is a muddy section. Not a lot of space at the lookout, but if you continue further you can reach a bluff, which has better views than the first one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 1, 2014 07:42:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ron from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked this with friends on October 26th. It was just delightful. Things get more technical part way up the trail where the trail renovations end, but it was a dry day, so not too much trouble. I imagine that once the rains come, this will be a challenging hike. In the meantime, the views of Horseshoe Bay and Howe Sound are great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 28, 2013 05:16:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cathie from victoria writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry, this is a question, not a comment, and my 5 star rating is premature as I haven't yet done the hike.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am coming in from out of town looking for a nice, not too long hike near VAn, but wondered what this one is like at this time of year. Does anyone out there know?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 23, 2013 09:05:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lonnie from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I went up Sept, 1 and it was spectacular. I lost the trail once but was my fault not watching markers. It is well marked. A little itchy today from mosquitoes but worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 3, 2013 12:47:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trish from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did the trail today...how is it that you all found the summit. There were no markers to tell you where they were. The bugs were just awful. Take your bug spray!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 2, 2013 07:38:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Susan from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hiked the trail for the first time today and really enjoyed the trail variety. There was a muddy stretch towards the top but I didn't think it was that bad. I was wearing trail runners and was careful with my footing going up and coming down...nothing serious. There were bugs in the denser areas but nothing bit us and we weren't wearing bug spray. The views were terrific and worth the effort. Just make sure you keep your eyes open for the orange dots on the trees :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 1, 2013 11:24:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Karen Cooper from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trail today (Sept 1, 2013) was lovely, but at the upper stretches treacherously muddy from the rain a few days ago. Take you hiking poles. The view, of course, was fantastic, as always, though a little hazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 1, 2013 05:20:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trish from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone done this trail since it's started raining? Wondering how muddy it is...and still worth it (I'm accident-prone! haha)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 29, 2013 10:58:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Larry from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked this trail today starting at 10:00 am. It was a cool 15 Celsius at Cypress. Excellent temperature for hiking. Trail was dry and well marked. It took us two hours to get to the summit and one and half hour to get back. View from the top was breathtaking. The only negative was bugs, lots of bugs. As this is Monday, the trail was relatively quiet. Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 12, 2013 06:46:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Penny from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A group of friends and I did this hike on BC Day and found it to be a great intermediate hike. Most of us haven't hiked much this summer so we didn't want anything too challenging. To get on the trail make sure you follow the Howe Sound Crest Trail EAST. The trail is undulating to start then gets steep around the final third. The views at the peak are the best I've seen from a North Shore hike. I've never been bothered by bugs on a hike before but there's no getting away from them on this one so make sure you bring some spray! This was a very enjoyable, suitably challenging hike that certainly warranted a beer at the Crazy Raven at the end!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 10, 2013 12:42:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        H from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great workout and phenomenal payoff. The view is among the best I've seen that is easily accessible from Vancouver. Did it yesterday and the trail has completely dried out.. no mud, no snow. Even better -- minimal mosquitoes! And I usually get eaten alive. (Bring bug spray anyway for the flies though.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you haven't already done it, make sure you do ASAP!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 30, 2013 11:39:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GF from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just hiked this trail yesterday (July 13, 2013) A little muddy at parts and a little bit of snow but runners should be OK. Little flies everywhere but not many mosquitoes. Trail took 2 hours round trip - much is even level and you can run it. Very nice views. Trailhead is near the Lions Express chairlift and follow Howe Sound Crest Trail/Lions Binkert until you see the St. Mark's summit sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 14, 2013 11:47:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scott W from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did this hike yesterday, the last part of the trail (5-10 minutes) requires mucky shoes and some hopping around / over snow pack, but its fine even in runners. Up to there, it's completely dry and clear. The little black flies are THICK though so bring some bug spray or don't plan on spending any time standing still.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great view:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 5, 2013 08:38:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KL from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked today, four hour round trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snow is not too bad, only a couple of creek crossings with sketchy patches of snow where you don't want to fall through. Otherwise, everything is hikeable, with hiking boots or trail shoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last 20 minutes or so of the hike is on packed snow. Doesn't pose much of a problem on the way up though, and is fun to slide down coming back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Definitely hikeable from this date onwards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 23, 2013 02:57:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Volker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was up there today (June 8, 2013). A few people hiking, but if you go, be prepared for late-WINTER conditions with LOTS OF SNOW on much of the trail. Good traction strongly recommended, and route finding may be difficult in places. Mist obscured any chance of a view from the lookout near the summit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 9, 2013 12:24:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lyndsey from Van Island writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know if this is currently hikable?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 18, 2013 05:54:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Andrea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone hiked this trail this year yet? I'm guessing there's still tons of snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 18, 2013 09:52:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The directions to the trailhead are confusing. It's easy to wander on to the howe sound crest trail west. At the juncture follow the signage to Howe sound crest trail EAST.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of flies but a Fabulous view!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 12, 2012 10:07:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike today, and it was completely clear of snow and mud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saw quite a few people on the way up, so not as quiet as I would have thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The view from the top is totally worth it though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My only complaint: the bugs. Flies, mosquitos, bees, you name it. We forgot the spray at home, so could barely enjoy the peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bring along repellant, and it'll be a good time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roundtrip time (at a very leisurely pace): 3 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 12, 2012 09:55:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rose from north van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1st day sunshine after few days of rain, so hiked solo this trail yesterday! started at 2.15H and completed it in 2 hrs. still got snow some parts but no bother to me, just take extra precaution when you cross them coz still melting and looks hollow/soft underneath. also has muddy part and terror mosquitoes all around as usual. The trail mark at the summit still half-way burried in the snow. but hey its very rewarding and gorgeous at the summit with this kind of weather.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 26, 2012 09:26:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            anyone got any trail condition updates?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 26, 2012 06:53:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christina from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked this trail today. Still lots of snow on the trail and muddy areas but it is well worth the hike. The view is amazing! I would recommend bringing a change of shoes and socks too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 15, 2012 12:07:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carmine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I did this trail with my friend and his dog today. There were other people on the trail as well. It was definitely doable. That being said, there is still a good amount of snow up there (on the path and at the summit). In addition, there are a lot of muddy patches and puddles along the path. If I were to do this trail again, I would bring a change of socks and shoes for when I got back down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course, the view was awesome as always.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 7, 2012 09:05:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coral from N. Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Attempted this trail today. Hiked for about an hour, came to lots of snow that is slick and greasy. Slipped and slid for about 1/2 hour before turning back. Crampons would have come in handy for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 7, 2012 01:47:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shawn from Lower Mainland writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone does this hike recently? Just wondering if the snow is all melted?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 6, 2012 04:17:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mahsa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We want to do this hike next week, mid June, wondering how is the condition of the trail? Too much snow or too muddy? I appreciate if anyone can update us,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 6, 2012 05:30:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Karen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am thinking of doing this hike during the long weekend. Does anyone know if the bugs are still bad?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 31, 2010 06:05:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alex from richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hiked this trail about two weeks ago. as soon as you get past the gravel road and into the forest its a beautiful trail! if you've done the chief, its just a little higher on difficulty but pretty close and steady paced. bring some snacks, some water, a camera and you've got the makings for a good time! :) when you reach the top lookout, look to the right a little ways and you'll see a little rock ledge in the distance, there's about a 1-2 min trail around there that will take you to it. its got THE BEST view! =D happy hikin'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 16, 2010 05:53:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            J from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Remember to bring bug spray!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The first quarter of the hike was gravel road with no shades. But once we got to the forested areas it's a lot nicer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 16, 2010 10:07:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              n from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hiked this yesterday, would definitely recommend you spray yourself down generously with bug repellent! the bugs were crazy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the first 30 mins winding up the rock pebble turn to larger rocks gravel switchback is discouraging and quite hot when you are direct heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              otherwise it is a good hard hike thru the forested area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 16, 2010 09:46:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked up last Sunday (July 25th). Trail was fairly clear with just some patchy snow near the top. A bit muddy from snow melt but fair easy to navigate around muddy sections. Reached the top around 1:30pm and found that the bugs were not nearly as bad as expected. I was able to sit and enjoy my lunch and the view without to much distraction from them. Good hike, great view, highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 26, 2010 02:29:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeremy from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hiked this yesterday and definitely not worth it. The bugs were so bad at the top we had to turn around and leave right away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Might try The Pumps on Seymour this week, hopefully the bugs aren't as bad above the treeline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 24, 2010 03:10:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nik from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked up on the morning of July 17th, 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Patchy snow in places that can be navigated without any technical gear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Under layers of snow are melting quickly due to this great weather so be careful when traversing over snow patches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You won't fall far but you could fall far enough to sprain an ankle and make for an uncomfortable trip down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bugs were not too bad and the view, of course, is still outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of the best hikes on the North Shore as far as effort vs. view goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 18, 2010 10:02:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      C Sun from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked St. Mark's today with a couple of friends. There is snow in some areas, but you can make it to the top. I did it in runners and when I came down, they were dirty and one of my shoes was soaked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 11, 2010 10:00:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Adrian from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked to the summit on Saturday. Great hike but lots of snow near the top. Will do it again later this summer when there is less snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 5, 2010 04:08:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey, did the hike this morning. Lots of snow around Charles Creek which I think is about 1km from the summit. It was a cloudy day so also didn't see much of the view. But it was lots of fun. Good mix of terrain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 20, 2010 04:03:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It sounds like you were in the right area. It's the Howe Sound Crest trail and with all the construction going on at Cypress for the Olympics, some of the trails have been changed slightly and I do recall having to go up a skill run at the beginning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The key to finding the Howe Sound Crest is when you get to a gravel road up the first ski run, go left towards a big green water tank. There is a sign next to it and a trail that goes up behind it that will put you on track. Follow the trail up to another gravel road and go left again and then you'll be on the Howe Sound Crest trail to St. Mark's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 27, 2009 06:58:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SH from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tried to do St. Mark's yesterday - but couldn't find the trailhead. Any one know where it starts? Is it at the end of the 2nd parking lot past the old cafetaria?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We saw a sign near the first parking lot that pointed towards the Howe Sound Crest Trail and ended up climbing up a ski run. We finally get to the top but it was the start to the Baden Powell Trail. So we ended up doing Eagle Bluffs instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 27, 2009 11:05:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Karl Vietnieks from Mission writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beautiful trail takes you to a nice open viewpoint with a good view of HoweSound and surrounding islands and shores.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 15, 2008 08:55:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  St. Mark's Summit is a great hike. Nowhere near as difficult as the Lions but also with a great view of Howe Sound. I hiked up there yesterday and the trail is snow free, just a little muddy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 4, 2008 10:26:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ric Mazereeuw from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great hike, well worth the time. Can be snow until late summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 2, 2008 11:20:29 PM PST

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