This is a pleasant hike up the mountain to the top of the ski hill. There are several ways to go, depending on how steep you would like to go. Because this is a downhill ski area the trail is continuously climbing. When snow shoeing, keep an eye out for skiers and boarders!
When you get to the top, the view of the Lions and Howe Sound is spectacular!
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Start at the parking lot at Cypress Bowl. If you have a GPS, use the attached track-log file. Put your GPS in track-back mode. When in track-back mode (very simple) your GPS will create a set of way-points and lead you through each turn in the route.
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Posted By: theoneandonlychevy
- Wed Jul 03 02:10:07 UTC 2013
Upsideclose to the city and phenomenal views from the top. Perfect for a bluebird sky like today DownsideI ate my weight in bugs. It was quite disturbing.
The snow hadn't melted quite yet so I could only ascend to the south peak (had planned to reach the north peak then loop back to the parking lot through the meadows) CommentUnfortunately I attempted the hike from the 102 book but the snow hadn't quite melted yet so I was forced to ascend via the ski runs which left me with little shade on a hot day like today. I did run into a black bear on the way up which was neat.
A nice hike, I can check it off my list but I wouldn't do it again.
Posted By: goaroundglobe
- Sun Oct 16 20:27:10 UTC 2011
UpsideMajestic 360 degree views at the top. Overall a nice hike within the city limits DownsideSome trail improvements on the way right now so expect a lot mud. The actual trail head from Howe Sound Crest East Trail is not marked so it is very easy to miss. Plus, we had lots of icy rocks to climb on, the trail in the gully gets very slippery and dangerous in places!!! CommentThis hike has some of the best 360 views in this area. Don't let the fist part of the hike to fool you, once you get off the Howe Sound Crest East Trail, it gets steep and you'll need all four to get to the top. But once at the top, you'll love it! We have more pictures, review and directions on our site at goaroundglobe.com
Posted By: trailrunner
- Sat Aug 01 18:10:09 UTC 2009
UpsideNice wide gravel road for a comfortable run entire way up to the ski hill peak. Makes a good quick 1hr moderate work out, shorter than Grouse grind and you donâ??t have to crawl(to the ski hill peak). Great view from both peaks. DownsideSomewhat slippery gravel hard to get grip in running sometimes. Lack of trail or peak signs. This combined with bare rock crawling after 1st peak makes it rather challenging & hazardous in wet & foggy situation. Watch for the cliff at the North side of the 2nd peak. CommentOn the map the service road to ski hill peak looked shorter so I decided to take this gravel road route. Turn immediate right after starting from the Cypress bowl parking & stay right of the ski hill. At the beginning you would see a sign â??Baden Powellâ?? but ignore that turn off sign and keep going up on gravel road. Pass the first short ski lift unload station and get behind this building where the gravel road continues at the south most side of the Mt. Strachan side ski hill. I had pulled calf muscle a bit and ended up walking for sometime but it is a gentle incline(as trail standard, not as a car road) gravel road. It is refreshing to see the summer scape of terrains after seeing in snow so many times. The road passes the end of first long ski lift and then goes down a bit then you will see the side of peak chair lift. This switch back road is in better surface shape than lower road and you can pick up the speed. After several switch backs you will see the end of the lift- the 1st peak. From the 1st peak you go to your right or East towards the 2nd peak along what you think is the crest of the ridge line. Then you should find a trail. Follow this to go down the rock face down to a col. At the col there was a trail going down to Howe Sound - I imagine this trail should take you to the Lions etc- but there was no trail sign. In fact I didnâ??t see signs for direction etc to the second peak or Hollyburn turn off. From the col quick run + crawl-run to the 2nd peak whose flat area is smaller and gives more clear sense of being at the peak. 35min to Ski hill peak from the parking, (then 5min rest), 7mins to 2nd peak(then again 5mins rest). 26mins from 2nd peak to the parking. 68mins total from parking to 1st & 2nd peak and return, excluding 10mins break at the tops. As I pulled my muscle and walked a bit, fast runner should be able to do 50-55mins both peaks return.
Posted By: Kurtan
- Tue Sep 09 03:07:43 UTC 2008
UpsideNice views DownsideNot marked at all so if you havn't been before you will not find it and that's because of all the construction in preparation for the Olympics.
Posted By: wilma68
- Wed Aug 06 06:08:39 UTC 2008
QuestionAre dogs allowed on the Mt. Strachan trail?
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Posted By: Clucoid
- Thu Jun 22 02:01:27 UTC 2006
UpsideNice and close to Vancouver. Fairly straightforward hike with great views from the top. DownsideTrail markings are hard to find in certain areas making it a little bit more difficult when there's snow on the ground. CommentI pretty much took the hike from the 109 Hikes in SW BC book which makes for a decent workout. There was a lot of snow down the west gully coming back from the north peak which made for some fun sliding down and a much quicker hiking time. Definately recommended if you don't want much driving time from the city and still want to get a decent hike in.
Posted By: jeannette
- Sun Oct 05 19:28:39 UTC 2003
UpsideIt's a pleasant hike, through beautiful forest and meadows. The views on Howe Sound, the Lions, Crown and Goat Mountain are gorgeous, especially from the north summit of Mt. Strachan, where nothing obstructs your sight. An added bonus is the artifacts of a plane that crashed in 1963, which you pass about 1/2 hour below the south summit of Mt. Strachan. DownsideScarce marking at the turnoff at Strachan Meadows, keep your eyes open for the flagging tape!! Also, on the south summit, watch for paint on rock to catch the trail again. CommentA great hike which is definitely worth doing again. If you can, try to come midweek, we had the complete trail almost to ourselves, and met just one other hiker. I'd recommend to start the loop at the Cypress parking lot, going up to Strachan Meadows, then first to the north before you ascend the south summit. Yes, the chairlifts, pylon fences, and ski slopes are there, but they are not that disgusting that they'd spoil the whole trip.
Posted By: trishkaka
- Mon Aug 04 00:52:52 UTC 2003
UpsideGreat view, beautiful forest/meadows, close to the city if you get up late. DownsideLOTS of people. Cypress is really developed too - don't expect to stray far from the chairlifts. CommentIt's a nice hike if you want something easy that brings rewards quickly. I did it on a Sunday morning and I was never alone. There are too many people up there so don't expect to "get away from it" up here. The roads/clearcut and chairlifts are also quite digusting. You will NOT get a break from them at any point. If you can look beyond that, it's a great hike to a beautiful lookout.