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Unnecessary Mountain Hike

We’re going on a hike!

A good number of folks from the congregation along with a host of other guests will be meeting at the base of Cypress Mountain Ski Lodge and hiking up St Marks Summit and then continuing on to Unnecessary Mountain.

If this sounds appealing to you, please get in touch with us! We’d love to have a great crew making the ascent up St. Marks and on to Unnecessary Mountain.

Plus, isn’t it wonderful to be able to say that you did a (completely) unnecessary hike? We have been so greatly blessed by the Lord that in our leisure time we can scale mountains out of choice and not obligation.

Let all creation praise the Lord!


Bring a good amount of water

Wear solid hiking boots or shoes – there will be snowy and muddy parts

Sunscreen and bug spray

From ALL TRAILS description of the Hike:

Stage 1

To begin the hike, go to the Cypress Mountain parking lot (exit #8 off Hwy 1). Park at the farthest parking lot closest to the ski lodge. There is a BC Parks map at the trailhead and you there are plenty of sign posts marking ‘Howe Sound Crest Trail’ to get you started. The beginning stretch of the trail is well marked and maintained and should be easy to stay on track. The trek up to St. Mark’s Summit has recently undergone some major maintenance and is well-marked, wide, and easy traveling, aside from the steady gain in elevation. The hike to St. Mark’s Summit is about 5.5 km. Once at the summit, you will need to take a quick detour off the HSCT to the trails on your left to enjoy the view of Howe Sound.

-- 5.5 km one way (11 return)

Stage 2

After leaving St. Mark’s Summit and heading back onto the HSCT, you continue north with Mt. Unnecessary South and North peaks standing between you and the Lions. If you’ve ever wondered how Mt. Unnecessary received its name, you’ll now find out. The trail is not as well developed from here on, but there are still lots of trail markers. There is a steep climb up to Mt. Unnecessary Ridge. Provided you don’t scramble up the west Lion, this is actually the highest elevation for your trip at 1,542 m. Mt. Unnecessary offers spectacular scenery in all directions (Howe Sound to the west, North Vancouver to the East, and the Lions due north).

-- 16km one way (32 return) – approx 8 hours

Cypress Bowl to Unnecessary Mt day hike.

We traveled along this well marked trail and enjoyed meeting some great people along the trial. The trail is a series of ups and downs so you don't get prolonged downhill stress on your knees. Fantastic viewpoints along the way so bring your camera id it's sunny. This is a great day hike for the beginner and advance hiker. Since it is a turn around hike you can abandon the hike anytime you like and follow the trail back.  St Marks Peak is a good goal for the novice hiker and then you can try Unnecessary Mt if you are feeling fresh when you get to St Marks.