Magnesia Peak

December 15, 2016

1590m

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).

Ascent route for Magnesia Peak and Mt. Hanover via Magnesia Meadows

Ascent route for Magnesia Peak and Mt. Hanover via Magnesia Meadows

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.

From the summit of Magnesia Peak, looking south

From the summit of Magnesia Peak, looking south

Mt. Harvey and Howe Sound from Magnesia Peak

Mt. Harvey and Howe Sound from Magnesia Peak

Brunswick Mountain

Brunswick Mountain

Another look at Mt. Hanover

Mt. Hanover

Howe Sound

Howe Sound

The Lions - East Lion on left and West Lion on right

The Lions – East Lion on left and West Lion on right

Mt. Harvey

Mt. Harvey

A zoomed-in view of Mt. Hanover - my primary objective in this trip

A zoomed-in view of Mt. Hanover – my primary objective in this trip

Sky Pilot Group with Atwell/Garibaldi massif behind

Sky Pilot Group with Atwell/Garibaldi massif behind

Mamquam Mountain

Mamquam Mountain

Meslilloet Mountain

Meslilloet Mountain

Zooming-in towards Metro Vancouver

Zooming-in towards Metro Vancouver

The Howe Sound islands, with Mt. Elphinstone behind on the right skyline

The Howe Sound islands, with Mt. Elphinstone behind on the right skyline

A partial panorama from Magnesia Peak. Click to view large size.

A partial panorama from Magnesia Peak. Click to view large size.

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