This is a difficult out and back trail in Cypress Provincial Park that starts off dull but has a spectacular panoramic view at its summit and intersects with the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Approach of the lion peak itself is a scramble class climb, and should only be attempted by qualified/experienced persons with proper equipment.
- Fun fact when you approach the west lion you will see where the Howe Sound Crest trail passes by and between the west and east lion on a narrow rocky ledge below. Be careful in this area, as the drops are very steep.
This trail starts in Lions Bay off of Highway 99 in a spot where parking is quite limited. Arrive early for this one and park at the trailhead at the end of the road or in the limited parking down the street. This summit can also be reached via a much longer (overnight is best), hike from Cypress Bowl parking area in the Cypress Ski area.
There are some challenging sections that kids will need to climb, but with the exception of the very final (optional) summit, children should be fine. Length and overall difficulty is the main issue with this trail. 6/10 for kids.