Brunswick Mountain 28/06/08

Andrew R. on Brunswick Mountain:
“I was pleased to have a group of four hardy hikers willing and able to tackle the slog up Brunswick Mountain on short notice. Yan Li, Gloria, Susanne and I started off from the Lions Bay trailhead at 9:30 am under bright blue skies and with the temperature already climbing. After about 30-40 minutes on the Lions trail we took the turn-off the Brunswick Mountain and enjoyed some nice lush forest and (relatively) flat terrain until reaching Magnesia Creek (the last place to fill up water bottles). We continued on for about another hour until the end of the logging road where the trail starts a steep ascent up the west ridge of Brunswick. At the top of the ridge is a beautiful spot for lunch with great views out over Howe sound through the mossy trees. Some of the group made this their final destination while two of us pressed on for the summit. The climb up the final ridge is a grueling one. Steep with lots of snow (will probably be clear in a couple of weeks but an ice axe is necessary for safety right now) and some loose scree. The climb is worth it however, the views from the saddle just below the summit are incredible. The final ascent to the west summit is a fun and easy scramble, after which you can climb down into a bit of a tricky gully (with some exposure) and ascend to the true summit. Here you are at the highest point on the Howe Sound Crest and have beautiful views in all directions. Including a rare look DOWN at the Lions below you! It’s worth spending some time at the top since the descent can only be described as “knee-shattering” and it’s a long slog back to the car. All in all a great and intense day out with a great and enthusiastic group! A very worthwhile scramble close to the city.”

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