New Lions

New Lions near Vancouver, BC


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
13 kms
7hours
difficult
Hiking
Fall, Summer
Vancouver, BC
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New lions gets you to the Lions a little faster, joining you up with the main Howe Sound Crest trail, along the strip of Cypress Provincial Park that many hikers take from Cypress Bowl in West Vancouver.


Once up top, follow the trail to the Lions, two ancient volcanic plugs of basalt rock that are visible from Vancouver.


To get to the trailhead, follow to the end of Sunset Drive, where there is a gated access to the logging road as shown from West Lions Bay. This is where you must start,at one point you briefly descend to Harvey Creek before ascending. Elevation gain is almost 5000 feet in total, trail is best from July to October.

Another Version of Directions:

Go north on Highway 99.
Take the Lions Bay exit onto Oceanview Road.
Go left at Cross Creek Road and cross Harvey Creek.
Go right on Centre Road
At Bayview Road, go left to Mountain Drive.
Go left again
At Sunset make a final left.
If there isn't any parking left, please park at Lions Bay School.

Map of New Lions:NTS Map 92G6
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By jteixeiraPosted By: jteixeira  - Sun Jul 03 17:26:45 UTC 2011 Not Rated Question Due to the huge snow pack from the previous winter and cold spring, does anyone know that the conditions are like on the way up and at the summit? thanks!

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By domeqPosted By: domeq  - Sun Sep 12 17:51:08 UTC 2010 Not Rated Question transit directions from downtown vancouver to the trailhead to the lions in west vancouver

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By TheDagdaPosted By: TheDagda  - Mon May 18 09:15:16 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question I plan on going up to the lions on wednesday. Is it safe to go up this time of year? or is there too much snow still?

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By jakenullPosted By: jakenull  - Thu Sep 25 20:45:40 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside The views, well marked trail. Can identify mountain easily from Vancouver area to shows friends and relatives. Downside FSR access road switchbacks. No water after the creek. Comment Great day hike. Amazing views of Howe Sound and Greater Vancouver Area.

Had no bug issues at this time i year.
No snow yet.

New bridge over Harvey creek had a homemade sign that read "Creek contains Giardia"

By KimbiPosted By: Kimbi  - Wed Jul 16 17:12:29 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Great views, challenging and good full 6 hour hike. Has a little bit of everything: waterfall, snow sliding, great views of ocean. Near top allows you to be as adventurous as you want. Downside The trail markers seem to just end at a certain point before a peak or view is reached, must find your own path up if want to go further. trail also takes you through some pretty uncleared path. Comment Bring bug spray!
By twinheadjimPosted By: twinheadjim  - Thu Aug 23 18:10:01 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside great views of Howe sound,Sunshine coast Downside all the views at the top, not on the trail! Comment full 7 hours!
By strangerPosted By: stranger  - Mon May 14 06:24:34 UTC 2007 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Magnificent View
By trailpeakPosted By: trailpeak  - Mon Oct 11 18:56:03 UTC 2004 Not Rated Comment Went Oct 9, parking area is common for Lions & Mt. Harvey, and first part of "trail" (logging road) is common, and some kind souls have posted a few signs, but we decided, with timing to take the Mt. Harvey route crossing Magnesia Creek under Mt. Harvey. It's really a boring hike through overgrown foliage (and on this wet day, the brush soaked us). Had we more time, we would have continued up to a peak, or at least ridgeline, but it was not a sunny Day. The posts of "Brunswick Mt" on trailpeak look great. Another time for this area.
By mbclinePosted By: mbcline  - Mon Jul 26 20:34:17 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Once you get above the treeline, hiking through the open meadows is awesome. Finish is spectacular, sitting on the edge of steep cliffs with views in all directions. Downside After the initial moderate grades of the logging road, the trail becomes extremely steep and does not let up until the end. It's a bit of a slog until you reach the tree line. Comment A word of caution:
I would not recommend summiting West Lion to anyone without plenty of climbing experience. The route to the top of the West lion is steep and narrow, and a false move could easily cost you your life, as there are drop-offs of hundreds of metres just a few steps from the route. Loose rock is also a problem. If there are inexperienced people above you on this route, definitely watch out for falling chunks of rock. Many inexperienced people have no problem getting up it, but it's not a bright idea unless you are confident on steep rock and understand the consequences of making mistakes. Don't forget that coming down is always trickier and scarier than going up.
By sourdoughPosted By: sourdough  - Tue Jul 06 18:02:29 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great hike with lots of elevation gain and lots of great views. Also not too far of a drive from Vancouver Downside Stupid logging road in the beginning is drives everyone nuts. Lots of bugs above the treeline. Comment Great hike, but use EXTREME caution if you are to climb the ear. Its not so difficult up but very tricky down. One mis-step and its a LONG way down.
By jonfulPosted By: jonful  - Sun Jun 20 04:42:04 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside amazing hike with incredible views of howe sound, majestic trees line the trail Downside too much snow at the top to reach the saddle, or follow the trail, but it made for some good boot skiing. logging road out of lions bay was the toughest part Comment i will definitely be doing this one again in a month or so once the snow melts. trail time is a little more like 5 hours round trip for the fit.
By Ben HeapsPosted By: Ben Heaps  - Sun May 23 19:01:21 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Comment Myself and 4 other engphys students made it up to the ridge, just below the basaltic formation of the lions May 22, 2004. We decided to leave the summit for the future as it appeared that we would have to climb over a few rocky cliffs.

The snow is now down to waypoint 8. It was fun skiing on shoes down through the forest. A good time had by all, see photos.
By robdunPosted By: robdun  - Sat Feb 21 22:30:42 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside new bridge across harvey creek, no bugs in february
beauty views form the top
Downside long way down the logging road on the return. Comment we did it with snowshoes 2-2.5km after harvey Crk. we had to guess the trail after a while (it was coverd in snow) but we got up the top and had a few good slides down. (6 1/2 return)
By diznopePosted By: diznope  - Wed Jul 23 04:32:39 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside THE VIEW IS GREAT Downside THE HIKE UP THE LION ITS SELF BECAUSE THERES A BIG 100 FOOT DROP ON THE 6" LEDGE TOOK ME 12 HOURS ROUNDTRIP (WITH BREAKS) Comment A GOOD TRAIL BUT..
IM NEVER GOING TO THE TOP AGAIN
By v_shawnPosted By: v_shawn  - Thu Mar 13 05:22:38 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Nice easy trail with rewarding views up top! Downside On the way back down long logging access road - but not bad if you run it. Comment To center of the Lions & back down to Sunset Drive in 5 hours.


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