DIRECTIONS: There are two different trailheads to Hat Mountain:
1. Lions Bay parking which shares the same trailhead with Lions and Harvey trails. This option is longer in distance but less in elevation. Another disadvantage of this approach is parking is limited. You may end up parking further down in Lions Bay village.
2. The new tourist pullout & parking after Lions Bay located on Sea-to-Sky Hwy. There is a new trailhead that connects to Hat Mountain. See Tunnel Bluffs for more information. This trailhead starts from sea level so it is has more elevation gain but considerably less in distance.create
Jul 29, 2017
What a day! 26.5k, 1,642m elevation gain, just over 9 hours including an hour break at the summit. We started from the Lions Bay trailhead, not the pullout on Hwy 99; it causes me too much anxiety to run across Hwy 99 to get to the trailhead for Tunnel Bluffs. We were 7 strong, happy hikers that got to enjoy a panoramic view with no one else around! No need for microspikes, the snow is gone. The first 10k is about a 20% grade. The last 3.5k is about a 40% grade. There's loose rock, steep dirt sections and a boulder field. The majority of the trail is well marked but the last 50m is unmarked with no defined trail so it's a scramble through brush that you have to force yourself through; be prepared for cuts and bruises. If you have any fear of heights, or don't like a bit of adventure, then this is not the hike for you. I can see why this trail is less traveled due to it's level of difficulty but for me, this is the third time I've been to the summit of Hat and I love it! The bugs were terrible after about the 10k mark landing in your ears, nose, mouth and eyes.