NTS Map: 92G6. This route takes you up the backside of Mt. Strachan. This route is not on the Cypress Provincial Park map, but it has a nice view of Howe Sound and is harder than going up the front side. This is not a trail; it is a route; it is hardly used.
To start, go to Cypress Bowl. Take the Howe Sound Crest Trail until about 1.7 km past the Bowen lookout. You will notice that there is a small valley behind Mt. Strachan. There is usually a small stream going down that valley. Follow the markers up that valley. When you are at the top of the valley the trail will split. The trail that goes east will take you to a viewpoint, but it is a DEAD END TRAIL. If you head west that will take you to the top of Mt. Strachan and you follow the trail and the ski runs down the front side of the mountain back to the parking lot.
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Posted By: squirrelbait
- Sun Jul 27 18:47:51 UTC 2008
UpsideGood views! Interesting to see the 2010 Olympics development. DownsideBeing in and around ski runs & equipment is not very beautiful. Lots of black flies at the top - we didn't hang around! CommentI was going to do this the other direction (so not strictly the same hike), but using Baden Powell / Old Strachan Trail instead of the ski runs going up. BIG mistake. After turning off the BP we encountered lots of blowdown and it is badly marked and overgrown and eventually we lost the trail so we bushwacked to the ski run and hiked up the gravel from there. We were strongly advised by a hiker (and actually also the Cypress hotline) not to attempt the Howe Sound Crest portion down due to snow & ice and danger of falling - that was July 27 2008.
Posted By: stretch
- Sun Jul 18 05:55:56 UTC 2004
CommentGPS waypoints reference: WPT001 is the trailhead (Baden Powell East) WPT002 Junction WPT003 South Summit WPT004 North Summit WPT005 Parking Lot
Posted By: jeannette
- Sun Oct 05 19:40:15 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. It's a moderately difficult hike, the whole loop is about 570m elevation gain, and the path is always wide enough for secure steps. 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: Urban trekker
- Mon Jun 09 02:08:38 UTC 2003
UpsideA good cardio workout and views at the top Downsidefooting can be a problem and The walk down the ski runs is boring and hot if the weather is sunny CommentSoft snow conditions as of June 8, 2003 for the climb up the gulley
Posted By: mmehnert
- Tue Feb 25 03:36:03 UTC 2003
CommentI MADE A MISTAKE WHEN ADDING THE TRAIL. THIS TRAIL ONLY TAKES 3 HOURS.