Howe Sound Crest Trail

Statistics

Total Distance: 29.0 km (one-way)
Estimated Time: Unknown
Average Grade: Unknown
Structure: Linear - One Way
Elevation Gain: Unknown
Start Elevation: Unknown

Directions

To reach the southern trailhead from Vancouver, cross either the Lions Gate Bridge or the Ironworker's Memorial (Second Narrows) Bridge. Follow Highway 1/99 west to Exit 8, signed as "Cypress". Follow Cypress Bowl Road north as it winds its way 14km up the mountain to the ski area. Park in the main parking lots at the end of the road, but note that beyond the park information kiosk on the park roadway the yellow gate for Lot 1 is locked at 8pm in summer. Overnight Parking at Cypress is at the north end of Lot 3B, as per signage.

The northern trailhead is located off of Highway #99 (Sea-to-Sky), 22 km north of Horseshoe Bay. Continue to the Porteau Road road exit and park in the large parking lot on the east side of the highway. Construction of the widened highway as well as a new luxury home development in the area have affected access to the northern portion of the route. The initial portion of the trail has been replaced by a new gravel road and the Deeks Creek Trail has been destroyed.

Details

South to North trail access:

For a detailed description of the trail from south to north, with photos:

see http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=36856

North to South: (Note: Rough description for Deeks Lake, renamed and merged into Howe Sound Crest Trail entry)

The trail climbs steeply for a short while until it meets up with an old logging road, where you turn right. Follow the road until you pass a pond and turn left at the fork, where the trail steepens again until the you reach Phi Alpha Falls and Deeks Lake.

Keep going past Deeks Lake to Hanover Lake and the Howe Sound Crest Trail.

Photographs

GPS Waypoints

South Trailhead (Cypress Bowl) N49.39537 W123.20245 10U 485310 5471428
Deeks Lake N49.51628 W123.21162 10U 484682 5484872
Phi Alpha Falls N49.51832 W123.21423 10U 484494 5485100
North Trailhead (Porteau Road Parking Lot) N49.54521 W123.24043 10U 482607 5488095