Summit The West Lion !
Professional ACMG guides will safely lead you to the summit. West Lion is an iconic peak visible to the north from downtown Vancouver. The view from on top is the best view from any peak in the North Shore mountains. Ninety percent of the hike follows the Paul Binkert Trail up from Lions Bay, with the last section involving steep scrambling on exposed ledges, and rocky sections.
From Lions Bay, old Logging roads and the Paul Binkert trail lead up into the alpine on the south shoulder of West Lion. From there the hike becomes more technical. Graded 5.1 on the climbers scale of difficulty, it is classified as exposed scrambling on ledges with steep rocky sections and plenty of handholds. Your ACMG climbing guide will skillfully use harnesses, helmets, and a rope to safely lead everyone to the summit and back down.
Without a skilled guide or climbing experience, most hikers do not go past the south shoulder. However, on this trip you will stand on the true summit. Cameras are mandatory!
Meet at the Lions Bay Cafe in Lions Bay at 7am. Participants are required to sign waivers in the presence of the guide then equipment is checked. Following formalities, we will drive to the parking area and begin the hike between 7:30-8am.
Expect the round trip hike to require 10-12 hours depending on the group. Lunch will be on the ridge before the final ascent to the summit. We will return back to the cars at approximately 6pm.
Time: 8am - 6pm
Elevation Gain: 1450m
- Climbing equipment (harness, helmet, rope, anchors)
- Certified ACMG guide
$99 / person
Minimum: 4 participants
Maximum: 12 participants
Custom dates can be chosen for groups of 4 or more. Please contact us.
Good physical conditioning. Previous experience on hikes requiring up to 1500m (5000ft) elevation gain with a backpack. Hiking uphill for 4-5 hours. No physical limitations or medical conditions that could prevent you from finishing. No previous climbing experience required.
- rain jacket
- extra warm clothing (synthetic)
- toque (warm hat)
- light gloves
- hiking boots or trail runners
- cell phone (100% charged)
- lighter (fire starter)
- head lamp (extra batteries)
- water bottle (minimum 1L)
- personnel items (ie. bandaids, sunscreen, sun glasses)
- 30L hiking back pack
Summer Fun Playing In The Mountains!
The West Lion is a dramatic, granite monolith soaring above the Sea To Sky highway. Vancouver Mountain Guides can help you achieve the summit this summer!