St. Mark’s Summit

July 28, 2010

1355m

North Shore Mountains, BC

I was busy studying TOEFL in the summer of 2010, so I didn’t do much hiking as supposed to. This was the only trip that I’d reached a summit in the entire year. It was already afternoon when Dad and I decided to do a hike since we didn’t want to do anything else. I gave my friend James Li a last minute shout so three of us drove to West Vancouver and up Cypress Park access road. It was sunny, but hazy and hot. We figured that watching sunset on a mountain would be the best way so the smoke wouldn’t ruin our views. However, we were inexperienced in the wilderness and poorly equipped.

My plan was to hike up Howe Sound Crest Trail, over the St. Mark’s Summit, and watch sunset on Unnecessary Mountain. It went exactly according to our plan, and after negotiating a maze of trails near the start, we made to St. Mark’s Summit, where we could get some nice views down towards Howe Sound.

City of Vancouver seen from partway up Cypress Park access road

City of Vancouver seen from partway up Cypress Park access road

Me and James

Me and James

Typical view in the trees

Typical view in the trees

At the summit, looking down to Howe Sound.

At the summit, looking down to Howe Sound.

Zoom in towards Sunshine Coast. Note the sun angle was getting low

Zoom in towards Sunshine Coast. Note the sun angle was getting low

My favourite shot from this summit.

My favourite shot from this summit.

Another view.

Another view.

Same as above, but showing the steepness of the west side

Same as above, but showing the steepness of the west side

Zooming-in towards Horseshoe Bay. Note the Sea to Sky Highway below

Zooming-in towards Horseshoe Bay. Note the Sea to Sky Highway below

We could also see the Lions

We could also see the Lions

We didn’t stay long here, and immediately focused on our next objective, Unnecessary Mountain.

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