December 15, 2016
Lions Bay / North Shore Mountains, BC
The unofficially named “Magnesia Peak” refers to the highest peak at the head of Magnesia Meadows, roughly halfway along the Howe Sound Crest Trail (HSCT) from Cypress Bowl to Porteau Cove. This area makes popular destination in both summer and winter. The usual access is from Lions Bay via either Mt. Harvey or the Magnesia Creek, and there’s even a hut nearby to facilitate an overnight stay (Magnesia Meadows Hut).
It doesn’t make much sense to come all the way up this way for just “Magnesia Peak”, and in fact I did it as a side detour from my ascent of Mt. Hanover and given the insignificance of this little peak all of the approach and return is written in Mt. Hanover’s trip report. Here I’m only focusing on the incredible views this peak offers.