Thursday, July 18, 2013

Afternoon Hike Up to St. Mark's Summit

A couple of weekends ago, Dave and I decided to take advantage of some awesome weather and do a little day hike. We scooped up our friend Evan and the three of us headed north of Vancouver to the Cypress Ski Mountain Area, where we ended up taking Howe Sound Crest Trail up to St. Mark's Summit.

Vancouver to Cypress Mountain


From the Cypress Mountain parking lot, we followed signs for Howe Sound Crest Trail. Here are some pictures from our hike! Enjoy :)

View of the Lions from Howe Sound Crest Trail
.  view of The Lions from Howe Sound Crest Trail  .

The trail was generally pretty easy, winding along the mountainside and through the woods over gravel roads, rocks and roots: 

Howe Sound Crest Trail

Hiking Howe Sound Crest Trail
.  dave and evan  .

Roots and rocks on Howe Sound Crest Trail

Closer to the St. Mark's Summit, there was a good amount of snow and mud to get through... but once we got through all of that we were able to relax at the summit and eat some lunch while enjoying views of the Sea to Sky Highway and islands below:

Views from St. Mark's Summit

St. Mark's Summit, Howe Sound Crest Trail
.  evan and i  .

View of islands from St. Mark's Summit
.  islands in the sound below  .

This was a pretty leisurely 7-mile afternoon hike - it's great to be able to do things like this for fun/exercise rather than head inside to the gym on a gorgeous day. The weekend after this we went on a much bigger hiking trip, where we got to camp out as well. I can't wait to show you those pics!! Stay tuned :)

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5 comments:

  1. So pretty! Those views are killer!

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  2. this is such a beautiful hike! i love doing hikes, and i really love how scenic this one is. my favorite is the last photo :)

    xo marlen
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  3. I've only been hiking once this summer. These photos make me want to go asap!! What gorgeous mountains you have up there!!!
    xoAmy
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  4. I love hiking, these pictures make me want to be there! xx

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