St. Mark's Summit, Cypress Mountain - another hike in the books!
For my husband, my own health, and pushing myself out of my comfort zones, we did another hike this past weekend! St. Mark's Summit, at Cypress Mountain, one of Vancouver's local mountains in West Vancouver.
The elevation is approximately 460 meters, and it took us 6 hours to go up and down. It's described as a difficult hike but compared to Evans, it felt a lot easier. The incline is not as steep, but I found that the roots, snow, and mud made it a bit tough to navigate. Despite that, my legs definitely do not feel as painful as last week haha.
On the way up, you can stop at Bowen Outlook which gives you a great view of Bowen Island and Howe Sound but it's quite busy and crowded up there.
Going further up is where you start St. Mark's Summit and when you get up there, there's a lot of snow and even better views of Bowen Island and Howe Sound, along with the rest of Metro Vancouver.
Compared to the views of Evans, you get to see a lot of water and you can locate the cities among the Lower Mainland, whereas Evans was impressive due to the proximity of the mountain ranges. It's an enjoyable hike over all and one I'd probably go on again and take others with me.