A May 2004 trip
to Vancouver by *cartgirl*
Quote: Now this is what West Coast hiking is all about! You can get an especially beautiful view of The Lions (the mountain that has the twin peaks) from downtown Vancouver!
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The trail begins as an old logging road, which you will follow for approximately 1 hour. It has a fairly steady incline, which should warm you up nicely for the trek that lies ahead! About 45 minutes in, you will encounter a fork in the road; the direction to go is clearly marked out by a giant arrow on the ground made from stones and branches (which points to the right).
45 minutes or so from this point, you will reach Harvey Creek. This is a great spot to rest for a few minutes to take in an unobstructed view of Howe Sound and Bowen Island. Though the water may look tempting (especially of a hot day), traces of Giardia have been found, so be sure to carry in enough water to last. From this point forward the majority of the elevation gain is ahead of you!
In approximately an hour from Harvey Creek, you will come across an incredible viewpoint, which is a very popular rest stop! The waters of Howe Sound and Lions Bay are far below and you can see the slope of Mount Harvey. From this point on, the trail becomes very tricky—rocks, loose soil and tree roots/stumps (and in our case, snow as well) are some obstacle that you will need to contend with in addition to the very steep terrain!
Due to heavy snow cover, we were not able to make our to either of the peaks, we hiked to the snow line which was maybe another 45 minutes to 1 hour from this point. But we are intending another trek up The Lions next month, hopefully by then enough of the snow has melted to make the trek possible. I will add more information then, and photos will be added shortly!
For more information on The Lions, check out this web site: http://vancouverhiking.tripod.com/vancouverhiking2/id10.html
Vancouver, British Columbia