Golden Ears is the name of the summit that lies north of Maple Ridge, British Columbia and is visible from most of the western Lower Mainland. The mountain is in Golden Ears Provincial Park, and was originally referred to as Golden Eyries, possibly for Golden Eagles that were observed near the summit. There is confusion about the name, because of the twin summits the peak exhibits. Many people believe that the mountain is named because it looks like ears which become golden in the sunset light.
This hike is without doubt the hardest and most challenging trail hike I have undertaken in my two years in BC. It was 24km from start to finish which we did in a time of 10 hours (9 hours hiking, 1 hour at the summit) which provided 360 degrees spectacular views of greater Vancouver.
The hike down was so much harder than going up. It is so steep it really does take a toll on your knee joints and anyone that does attempt to undertake it after reading this should make sure they follow the markers down. We were distracted for a few minutes and got completely lost and had to climb back up the mountain. Also the forest area can be tough, again we got lost and panicked a bit as day light was getting sparse.
More information can be found here: http://m.vancouvertrails.com/trails/golden-ears/
Enjoy the pics!
St. Mark’s Summit is part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail that spans over 30km from Cypress to a point along the Sea to Sky Highway near Porteau Cove. The section of the trail that St. Mark’s Summit is on starts from Cypress Mountain which is the first mountain along this route and offers spectacular views of Howe Sound on a clear day.