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The Howe Sound Crest Trail stretches from the Bowen Lookout, Cypress Bowl area of Cypress Provincial Park north to Porteau Cove running parallel to the Sea to Sky highway. Beautiful views of the Howe Sound. Summer and spring travel only are recommended.

Overnight camping along the Howe Sound Crest Trail (also known as the HSCT) is common. Popular camping areas are between Brunswick Lake and Deeks Lake approximately 22 km in.

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This trail may be used for hiking.This trail may contain steep areas.
Skill: 4 out of 4
Coordinates: 49.394917
Rating 3.4 out of 5 (7 votes)
Distance: 28.5 km
Return Trip: 57 km
Elevation: 1500 m
Trail Type: A to B
Trailhead: Cypress Bowl Parking Lot
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Saturday Sep 22nd, 2012 at 7:46 PM
Amazing hike! Not to be underestimated, though! Extremely scenic and fun, adventurous hike with great scrambling and fun roped sections. All the websites say "This is a hard hike". Usually we easily do "hard" hikes- like the Iceline in Yoho- easily, but this hike was really a killer. We ran out of water and took eleven hours to the Magnesia Meadows hut with heavy packs and few breaks. Please go prepared and early! Just a note, we walked along the ridge after the Lions, not down in to the valley and up again like is shown here. The ridge is spectacularly beautiful, but really slow and exposed in parts. This is the hardest part of the hike, and if you have any concerns about getting to the campsite in time, you should probably go the bottom route.
Friday Apr 29th, 2016 at 12:32 PM
I did this hike last August (2015). It can be done in a day, but it's a hard slog. It took me just under 14 hours although I think I ended up finding a wrong trail after crossing a rock slope just after the Lions. I wish I had a GPS to plot my trail -- I have now.
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