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St. Mark’s Summit

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St. Marks Summit | Cypress Provincial Park

St. Mark’s Summit is a popular hiking destination located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This challenging but rewarding 11km trail offers stunning views of the Howe Sound, Bowen Island, and the surrounding mountains. With its rocky terrain and steep sections, it’s a favorite among experienced hikers looking for a challenging outdoor adventure. However, the hike is well worth the effort, as the breathtaking views from the summit are truly unforgettable.


The Reward: Incredible views of Howe Sound

When: Summer, Fall

Drive from Downtown Vancouver: 45 min

Directions: Click here

Difficulty: Challenging

Hiking Time: 3-5 hours (round trip)

Distance: 11 km

Elevation: 460 meters

Hiker traffic: Moderate

Hiking surface: Rocky, with some steep sections

Cellular Service: Limited

Pets: Not allowed

Restroom: Available at the trailhead

Tip: Bring plenty of water and snacks, and wear sturdy hiking shoes with good grip. The last section of the trail can be slippery when wet.

Tip:  You can stop by Bowen Lookout on the way up

For more info on Cypress Provincial Park click here

For a trail map of Cypress Provincial Park click here

The hike is approximately 11 km (6.8 miles) round trip.

The hike is considered challenging due to its steep inclines and rocky terrain, and is best suited for experienced hikers.

The hike can take anywhere from 3-5 hours to complete round trip, depending on your hiking speed and skill level.

No, pets are not allowed on the trail.

Cellular service is limited on the trail, so it's best to download a map beforehand.

It's important to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen. Wear sturdy hiking shoes with good grip, and consider bringing hiking poles for extra support on steep sections of the trail.

The hike is best done in the summer and fall months when the weather is more stable and the trail is less likely to be muddy.

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