Saint Mark’s Summit

Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 1B7

Saint Mark’s Summit

Saint Mark’s Summit Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Views of Bowen Island and The Lions are in the scope of this rugged but well-traveled hike, which follows a portion of the 29-kilometer (18-mile) Howe Sound Crest Trail. Centuries-old yellow cedar and amablis fir giants line much of the route to the summit, where narrow trails explore the peak and its rocky cliffs.

Amid the glory of these heights and peaks, the quieter discovery is the old-growth forest along an astounding portion. Though the route begins with a flat amble near Yew Lake and around an old-growth loop, the impressive trees stretch far beyond, nearly all the way to Saint Mark’s. On the steep slopes, it’s easy to forget looking for the trail markers as you admire tree after tree. I lost count of the yellow cedar (also called yellow cypress—hence the park’s name), amabilis fir, and mountain hemlock that measured more than a meter (3 feet) across. While big trees are the most impressive, even smaller park trees can be centuries old."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,411 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Best July-Sept
ypress Mountain Guest Relations, end of Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver; (604) 926-5612;
Local Contacts
Official Cypress Provincial Park map and Howe Sound Crest Trail map are available online at A topographic map (92G6) is available through the National Topographic System and online at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018