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The Lions/Binkert Trail
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Soon after you drive into Lions Bay, turn left to Crossing Creek road to cross Harvey Creek. It will be more than 2 hours of hiking to cross it again by a small hanging bridge. Harvey Creek is located between Mount Harvey and the Lions. The trailhead is located at 225m altitude and on the left slopes of Mount Harvey Ridge. About 23 minutes later, you come at the first junction (380m). The steep and high cliffs of Harvey is visible now. Take the right trail as we want to be in the area between Harvey and the Lions. Magnesia Creek could be audible now. Magensia Creek separates Mount Harvey and Brunswick and we will not cross it. After 45 minutes and after doing few switchbacks you come cross another junction (560m), take right. The trail then traverses slowly around Harvey Ridge without any switchbacks. You will come across other junctions, take always the right one. At about 700m of altitude, you will see Unnecessary North Peak and along its ridge is the Lions. The bridge is not too far now. Continue straight along the trail till you see on the right side a treed ridge. It is about 400m higher but looks less than that as it is round. The bridge is located just on the foothill of that ridge at altitude 780m. Once you are on the other side of the creek, the trail switches back and forth a long the east face of the ridge. At about 950m, the trail will be just outside of Unnecessary bowl. The trail direction is almost east. You will also notice the trees are intact close to the bowl as they were proctected against the blow-down caused by the storm happened few years ago. Once you get to Shoulder (~1250m), the west face of the West Lion is visible.
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Eric @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
Date: Oct 26, 2013
An exceptionally nice hike/scramble. Parking is a problem in Lions bay, but there are places to park further down the hill from the trail head. Be careful about fire hydrants and Resident Only parking areas. The trail is very well marked all the way up into the alpine. The saddle between Mt Unnecessary and the West Lion makes a very nice objective. Past here to the summit of the west lion is a difficult scramble. There are some fixed ropes of dubious security. The hardest part is the fist move though, descending down over some rocks above a cliff. There are lots of great handholds, and it is a very enjoyable challenge. Highly recommended on a dry day, even in late October. About 7 hours return + time resting/ enjoying views on summit
mike @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
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Aug 18, 2012
I went up with some friends August 18, 2012. Beautiful summer day, not much snow on the trail. There were a lot of people at the trail head but we didn't see many on the way up, everyone gets spread out. A bit hazy at the top but the view was spectacular! Photos from the trip up here: http://photokaz.com/2012/08/hiking-the-binkert-trail-to-the-lions/
Villains.Antagonist @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
Date: May 10, 2012
Clare @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
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Oct 23, 2011
Even though the clouds were rolling in and obscuring a lot of the view, this was still a great hike. We had good views of the Howe Sound Islands, the Lions, and Mounts Harvey and Brunswick. The trail is snow free except for one snow patch after the plateau, which can be avoided, if you want, by rock hopping to the right. There are lots of roots and rocks to negotiate while the trail is in the forest. The rocky section at the top (which sometimes requires both hands and feet) is longer than the similar sections on Brunswick and Harvey, so I think this is still my favourite hike in the area. This was a Trek BC hike organised by Paul.
Andrew @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
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Aug 01, 2011
Ahh finally, a beautiful sunny day. The Lions trail was crowded as one might expect, but the trail is in pretty decent condition. You only hit snow a hundred meters or so below the plateau area, but from the plateau on it's continuous and was quite slushy in the sun. It's completely consolidated and walking on it was no problem. There are a number of creeks and streamlets on the way up and refilling one's water bottle shouldn't be a problem for a while. We made it 98% of the way and then figured ehhh, good enough. Glissading down the snow slopes was tremendous - some of the best boot skiing I've ever had! As an addendum, we encountered the whiniest character I've yet to meet on a trail, who got lost, skinned his widdle knee, and has a rash in his armpit.
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Pardeep @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
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Sep 25, 2010
If you've hiked to The Lions from Cypress, you should give it a try from the Binkert Trail. This was actually a pretty fun hike. The first section is an uphill slog on a rocky path. Then it changes to a quiet, forested dirt trail. Hiking this section while listening to "Helpless" by Neil Young and The Band, with the Sun shining down, I couldn't keep from smiling and softly chuckling once and a while. After the dirt trail, you descend to a creek; I believe it was Alberta Creek. This is where the real fun begins, it's a steep uphill climb until you're in alpine. Personally, I love rambling up steep slopes. Once you reach the alpine you're in open area, explore and have fun, it's a quick 10-15 minute jaunt to the base of The Lions. Now, during this hike I met many people. All were happy to be outdoors, but a few commented on the inclement weather and how it put a damper on the their hiking experience; not allowing them to get a 'view'. Personally, there is nothing productive more »
daivoc @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
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Jul 31, 2010
The Lions. 모든 사진은 상업적으로 복사나 전제할 수 없습니다. 캐나다 밴쿠버 주변의 일일 산행 기록 산 야생화 - Canada Vancouver Mountain Ridge Lake 라이온스란 산에 다녀왔다. 해발고도 1600에 1300미터를 걸었어야 했다.네시간을 걸어올랐고 3시간걸려 내려왔다. 오는길에 순대국 한그른을 먹었다.
Ahmad @ The Lions/Binkert Trail
Date: May 28, 2009
I always plan to go early but then end up going late. I started at 9:25am in a very nice weather perhaps too nice. The first section before the bridge was uneventful although I planned to enjoy all the way up. Things started to get more interesting when I reached to Unnecessary viewpoint (1000m) and more rewards when I got to the Shoulder (~1250m). The trail becomes then steep. It is not the same of the Summer one. This one uses more direct route towards the Lions viewpoint. I estimated the angle of its slope to be 36 degree (a prime slide angle). It is long too. It gains about 180m of elevation. When I got to final ridge (1570m), I didn't feel comfortable to continue further. I had plans to climb the West Lion but the snow felt like sand. Not good conditions. ( but I saw a track of people who have done it perhaps few days before. It might been better then) . I retraced my track down. It was very tempting to slide it but was pretty sure that I will take with me most of the snow. So I decided
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