Look more outdoorsy than you actually are. Do you see your friends posting jaw-dropping lookout photos, and wish you could see it for yourself? Even if you haven't hit the gym in ages, you can tackle this straightforward adventure. You need to try this 11-kilometre Vancouver hike to a breathtaking cliff edge with views for days.

We will let you in on a little secret, Saint Mark's Summit looks impressive, but it is super easy to reach. It is a straightforward hike with a huge payoff.

The best time to go is from summer to fall, to ensure there is no snow on the path. Round trip it will take you roughly four to five hours, which might sound long but goes quickly.

If you are anything like us, you'll be busy chatting with your friend the entire trip and the way up will feel like a blink of the eye.

To get to the top, you'll follow the sign that points to the Howe Sound Crest Trail alongside the ski runs. Then it is simply a matter of looking for the orange markers in the trees to lead you there.

Even with the elevation gain, this isn't one of those mountain climbs that will leave you aching in the knees.

From the summit, you'll be able to take a seat and enjoy the spectacular views of Howe Sound. It feels like you are sitting on top of the world.

To help remember the moment, you want to make sure to take a photo. Or perhaps several, the view is so beautiful.

While relaxing at the top, you'll also get to enjoy spotting all the small birds. Some are rather brave and might even land on your hand.

Once you are ready to return, refollow your steps back to the parking lot and get ready to embody this new persona of yours as an outdoorsy person. 

Saint Marks Summit

Price: Free

Address: Saint Marks Summit, Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like the king of the world from the top.


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