It's a wonderfull trail through the forest. It has some explicit 360 views of the area seeing Howe Sound and the Lions. It is a very challenging trail since the elevation gain is a whopping 1500m done in only 6km of trail, so it is really steep all the way, but it is definately worth it and a good work out.
The trail starts at the same old parking lot as for the Lions and Mt. Brunswick trail. The start is past that yellow gate, up the long gravel road. Just ignore the first intersection on the road and head right. The second intersection you will pass is the the turnoff for Mt. Brunswick to the left, so just keep right for now. On the third one, keep right again as the trail to the left leads to the other face of Mt. Harvey and is not the correct trail although it could be possible to climb it with lots of effort and precaution. Finally, on the fourth intersection, turn left as the right will take you to the Lions trail. If you are a bit weary of these intersections, don't worry, they are all properly marked and hard to miss. Now through the forest, up, up and up. There will be a waterfall where you could break and fill up on water, but this is about the only place where there is a water source along the trail. After a few hours of continuous uphill, you will come out to a ridge which will take you to the top of Mt. Harvey, but it is still at least an hour, so you may consider this place for a break. Make sure to bring your camera as the view from the top is extraordinary.
Drive North for about 11km on Hwy 99 toward Lions Bay then take The Oceanview Road exit. Left on Cross Creek Road, turn right on Centre Road, left on Bayview Road, right on Mountain Drive, then left on Sunset Drive and park near the gate.
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Posted By: Vee
- Mon Sep 29 01:41:40 UTC 2014
UpsideMind-blowing views. The trail is beautiful. Hiking along the ridge to the peak is fun. Not really a scramble, just rocky. The dog handled it just fine. DownsideVery difficult hike. It's worth it, but, wow, that was tough going. Also, the parking situation in Lions Bay is annoying. I parked a km away from the trailhead at the school. CommentReally awesome views make the difficulty of the climb irrelevant...until that knee grinding slog down. Hardly any other hikers on the mountain...all but four people we met were going to the Lions.a It took us 2h 45min up and 2 h 30min down...but we're fast-zombies.The dog loved the hike. So did I.
Posted By: Go61
- Tue Jul 27 16:59:53 UTC 2010
UpsideI did short version of HSCT with a friend on Sun, July 25th 2010 and we planned to hike down to Lions Bay using Harvey Creek Trail/road. We lost 3 hrs while trying to bushwhack our way down the old logging road. Few times I thought that we lost the trail but trail markings would reassure us that we are on the right path. In the end we gave up (at around 1100m going down) and hiked back to Harvey Pass and over Harvey Mountain to Lions Bay. DownsideThis trail seems to be impassable (in summer) as of 2010. Plan alternate route (Harvey Mountain or Brunswick pass) to Lions Bay. CommentThe main problem is that on HSCT between Harvey Pass and Mount David there is still sign "Exit to Lions Bay". This trail seems to be ideal exit to Lions Bay in a situations where people are running out of water/food/time, people that are sick or injured. In current conditions taking this route would just cause you loosing (what could be precious) time and energy.
Posted By: trailrunner
- Thu Oct 08 23:44:17 UTC 2009
Upside(We took the same trail as Temoid discribe below. This route follows abandoned logging road on west side of Mt Harvey and turn left rear logging road at the fork at alpine. Later learned that there is a trail turn off some distance before Alberta creek but completely missed it. ). Lots of blue berries at Oct 4 in the alpine. Good view of Lions. Easy to walk on wide opening on deserted logging road when reached alpine. I was told if you turn the fork to the left at the alpine, you will meet the good main trail to the peak. DownsideHorrendous bush & growth makes it nearly impossible - yet possible - to track the way up at lower elevation. Forget running. You can go with 0.5km/hr pace or less. Sitka alder is so bad you will need to go with thick long sleeve pants & shirts to avoid scratches. Carefully orient self to follow the flagging, so that you are on the logging road. Apperearantly this route is excellent in winter. No sign until you get to the end of the logging road. Although we didn't go all the way, this is the worst trail I have ever experienced in my life at this portion. CommentThis was a failed attempt; had to take sooooh much time to tackle the bush; 3hrs from the parking to end of logging road. Return was 2hrs 40mins. I went with a walking person so had to walk most of the time.
This west Harvey route keeps following the logging road. Keep going straight as you see the Lion's trail turning off to the right. There are some efforts made to cut the bush, but growth gets thicker and thicker, and after one open creek crossing, it gets nearly impossible to continue- but possible- going. This near impossibility of alder bush continues about 1-2km on the logging road. Oritent self well and follow the flagging in the bush to keep following the road. Eventually the bush gives away and becomes nice open washed out road walk in the alpine. You will see the open view of Lion's on your right. There is a fork in this logging road. You are apparently supposed to turn left rear here to get to the peak. But we went straight and time ran out. Failed attempt.
Posted By: temoid
- Fri Jul 17 20:23:35 UTC 2009
DownsideDescription does not match the trail. Since there was only one trail to follow, there was no ambiguity at all as to where to go. Yet there was no waterfall, merely lots of tiny creeks underfoot. By the end of the hike there was a fork not mentioned in the description, one direction leading to the lions via hsct, the other to something that wasn't harvey. We picked one at random and ended up going back shortly thereafter.
Trail is very overgrown, so be prepared to wade through thick bushes from the lions/harvey fork onwards. CommentTearing through bushes wasn't very exciting, and incomplete instructions as to how to get there. Met a dehydrated german hiker that was amazed to meet someone since he ran out of water.
Posted By: Clucoid
- Tue Sep 11 01:32:52 UTC 2007
UpsideGreat views from the top, less crowds (I saw no-one on the trail at all), good workout. DownsideNo water stops except at the very beginning. Bring lots of water. CommentExcellent trail, easy to find, although the turn-off from the logging road had no sign. But it is just before the creek and if you cross the creek, then you have gone too far.
Posted By: hiker2
- Sat Aug 13 05:24:38 UTC 2005
UpsideAccurate as far as it goes. DownsideMore detail and options for partly round trip possible. And other trails to Harvey. CommentA good partly round trip to Harvey is to go up the Harvey logging road--the next left after the Harvey trail described here, and continue up the road as opposed to turning right on the Binkert Trail to the Lions, over Harvey Creek. The Harvey Logging Road eventually joins the Howe Sound Crest Trail, which you take going north for a short distance til you reach the north end of the Mt Harvey trail. Take this trail west steeply up to the summit (this section is easier going up than down). Then after a well deserved rest on the summit, go down the remainder of the Mt Harvey trail as described. A full day trip.