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Lion's Bay to Unnecessary, Saint Marks, Strachan to West Vancouver

Cypress Mountain

A long and vertical day trip. Take a cab and get dropped off at Lion's bay

Hiking Difficult

21 km
2.1 km
1.9 km
7-8 hrs
Low Point
205 m
High Point
1.5 km
Lion's Bay to Unnecessary, Saint Marks, Strachan to West Vancouver Map

This is a popular hiking route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's remote, it features medium exposure and is typically done between June and September. From a low point of 205 m to the maximum altitude of 1.5 km, the route covers 21 km, 2063 vertical metres of ascent and 1891 vertical metres of descent.


There is exposure, especially if there is still snow in the high alpine, between unnecessary north peak and south peak and saint marks. Christmas gully is not the funniest trail, but the view at Strachan is worth it.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Alpine
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly

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