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Default St Mark's via Cypress Bowl Feb.07/21

Visited Julia in North Vancouver, and took Sunday out to complete a snowshoe trip to St. Mark's , one of the northshore mountains. This one is accessed via Cypress Bowl Road, to the Cypress Park Guest Services, and past the skii lift of Black Mountain; heading north. Attached all trails map shows the route to St. Mark's 13+ km return. I took a slight deviaton, going around the lip of Yew Loop Trail. It was a clear sunny day to start, with a few clouds scattered in the sky. temperature from near 0 to -2'C.

The trail was well packed with human traffic, and my microspikes worked fine. Only the last 1/2 km on the highest part, approach to the summit, was snow deeper and snowshoes would have led a slightly better footing; I kept the snowshoes attached to my pack, got to summit with microspikes and kept them on all the way back.

All trails recap & map;:

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Mt. Strachan Skii Hill, west face & creek below...
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Black Mountain, ski lift and waiting line....
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Meadow and east side of Black Mountain visible from Yew Loop Trail

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Howe Sound Crest Trail Info board.... buried 3/4 way...
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..trail...
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;;back side of Mt. Strachan....
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area of St. Mark's mountain summit.......views of Howe Sound from the Lookout...

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Done many times, but always nice to see again. This is what makes North Shore hiking unique; winter, snow, peaks but also blue ocean and islands on horizon.
Some of these shots are really nice, you had good light. Looks like Cypress Covid skiing is alive and well
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Done many times, but always nice to see again. This is what makes North Shore hiking unique; winter, snow, peaks but also blue ocean and islands on horizon.
Some of these shots are really nice, you had good light. Looks like Cypress Covid skiing is alive and well

Thank you for your kind words, Zeljkok.

Yes this one of my favourites on the north shore, in additoin to Seymour first peak and second.

However Cypress organization now charges parking fees minimum of $10 each time you come in, even along the road shoulder for almost 1 km back....


so I may not go there that often, depending on what is done at Mt Seymour

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However Cypress organization now charges parking fees minimum of $10 each time you come in, even along the road shoulder for almost 1 km back....

I didn't know that, but I don't live there for awhile now
Is this only in winter or year-round?
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Zeljkok.

I was unaware of the fee, took me by surprise. was the first time this charge, will need to check into that.

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i always park in the lot before the pay parking lot (I think it is D lot). There is a little hut there where you can get the access pass. The extra 1-2 km is worth not paying, and is also fun watching the reactions as I walk by in shorts.
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i always park in the lot before the pay parking lot (I think it is D lot). There is a little hut there where you can get the access pass. The extra 1-2 km is worth not paying, and is also fun watching the reactions as I walk by in shorts.

Matt -- this is just for winter skiing I assume? For summer hiking (i.e HSCT) you can still park free anywhere?
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For all time i recall, the fee paying lot was limited to a pave lot near the Guest Services.... everywhere else was free; whether it was summer ,winter, spring, or fall.

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I believe the summer pay parking bubble is smaller than the winter one. Summer is mostly or all free, but that can change depending on the management.
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Nice pictures Karl.
Regarding parking, a couple weeks ago I parked at 49.39334,-123.19356 in the morning in view of two Cypress employees and was not approached to pay for parking.
Another trip later I one lot closer, in the afternoon, on a weekday, there was also no charge.
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Nice pictures Karl.
Regarding parking, a couple weeks ago I parked at 49.39334,-123.19356 in the morning in view of two Cypress employees and was not approached to pay for parking.
Another trip later I one lot closer, in the afternoon, on a weekday, there was also no charge.
wow, I feel I was taken. next time I will contest, and/or go elsewhere

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I noticed since COVID there is much more what I call "official frauds" This kind of parking scams, property taxes / condo(strata) fees unreasonably sky rocketing, etc etc. Basically everyone trying to take advantage of someone in some manner. And if you play by the rules, you are screwed
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I noticed since COVID there is much more what I call "official frauds" This kind of parking scams, property taxes / condo(strata) fees unreasonably sky rocketing, etc etc. Basically everyone trying to take advantage of someone in some manner. And if you play by the rules, you are screwed
Grouse Mountain annual skyride down pass doubled this year. But it now includes free parking!!! Because hardly anyone was there for most of the year.

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Grouse Mountain annual skyride down pass doubled this year. But it now includes free parking!!! Because hardly anyone was there for most of the year.

ya well you could always park free in residential few blocks down, so it is not huge bonus.


How much is now Grouse download? Last time I went it was 10 bucks. Probably 30 now?


(For comparison Banff gondola I hiked up today and then took a ride down. Very similar to Grouse. Download only is half the price of full ticket, but if you are local Banff/Canmore it is free)
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Grouse download is $15 weekdays, $20 weekend. I hike up regularly to keep in shape so the yearly pass is worth it for me. Sometimes when there are strong winds or a pandemic you have to hike down.
That's cool that Banff gondola allows locals down for free!
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