The Lions, British Columbia - Hiking Trails Near

The Lions, British Columbia - Hiking Trails Near

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Taking The Lions Trail via the ridge of Mount Unnecessary will require a spare set of lungs, but hikers are well rewarded with views of Howe Sound.

The Lions (Binkert) Trail is a 12.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult.

The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from July until October.

A hike to the Lions provides one of the most scenic vantage points of any hike around Vancouver.

The hiking route described below follows the Lions-Binkert Trail to the base of the West Lion.

The guide describes the route from Lions Bay, up the Lions-Binkert Trail.

If you want to hike The Lions from Cypress Mountain, read our guide for the Howe Sound Crest Trail, which describes that route carrying past St. Mark's Summit and Mount Unnecessary.

You could also drop an extra car at Cypress Mountain or Lions Bay and do this hike as a point-to-point.

The Lions are the two most familiar peaks seen from the city of Vancouver.

The view from the Lions is truly spectacular, offering a panoramic view of Howe Sound and the Capilano Watershed down to the city of Vancouver.

Starting from the yellow gate in Lions Bay, follow the wide gravel road and after 5 minutes of flat terrain, begin your ascent.

A short distance up the trail, you reach a fork that heads off to Mount Harvey.

Go right and continue along the wide gravel road as it travels through a series of switchbacks, gradually snaking its way uphill.

After 25-30 minutes of hiking, the trail reaches another junction.

Go right and continue uphill as the trail begins to level.

For the next 30 minutes, the trail remains relatively flat but don't get too comfortable with this terrain as the steepest sections are to come.

The trail wraps around the mountainside and passes a couple of scenic waterfalls.

As the dirt trail becomes more and more rocky, watch for a junction on your right with a sign pointing to the Lions.

Take this trail and walk down the narrow dirt trail towards Harvey Creek.

After crossing the bridge at Harvey Creek, walk up the other side and after about 100 meters, the trail veers to the left to start the next uphill section.

Just a short distance after the trail begins to climb, there is a clearing which offers a viewpoint of Howe Sound and Bowen Island.

Take a break and enjoy the view because the uphill section is difficult.

The trail emerges on a ridge from an opening in the trees and standing tall to your right is the breathtaking site of the West Lions.

Follow the trail to the right and walk towards the West Lions.

As you continue your climb, take the occasional moment to stop and look back at the view of Howe Sound and the town of Lions Bay where you started your trek earlier in the day.

The last section of the trail is the steepest, climbing up a short gully as you make a scramble to the top.

Just a few more minutes up this section and you have reached another ridge that offers a full view of both Lions' peaks as well as the views of Howe Sound, Unnecessary Mountain, and Vancouver off to the left.

After having lunch, taking photos, and reflecting on your trek so far, it's time to head back down the mountain towards Lions Bay.

The sound of Harvey Creek can be heard as you veer to the right and end up on the bridge crossing above.

Soon after you drive into Lions Bay, turn left to Crossing Creek road to cross Harvey Creek.

Harvey Creek is located between Mount Harvey and the Lions.

Take the right trail as we want to be in the area between Harvey and the Lions.

Once you are on the other side of the creek, the trail switches back and forth a long the east face of the ridge.

Once you get to Shoulder (~1250m), the west face of the West Lion is visible.

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