Okay technically, they are not in Vancouver but after posting some photos from Mount Seymour recently I was asked about the North Shore Mountains. The Lions fit in the middle somewhere, but those not from around here (or maybe even some locals) might not know just exactly where they are and what they’re called.
Here’s a quick rundown courtesy of wikipedia.
Black Mountain (1217m) A forested summit overlooking Horseshoe Bay. Ski runs on the northern slopes are managed by the Cypress Mountain Resort.
Hollyburn Mountain (1325m) A popular hiking destination. Commonly known as Hollyburn Ridge and the location of an old alpine recreation community dating back to the early years of the 20th Century. It is the site of the only groomed cross-country ski trails in the Lower Mainland.
Mount Strachan (1454m) Ski runs on the southern slopes are managed by the Cypress Mountain Resort.
Mount Fromme (1185m) A large forested summit dome, often seen but seldom visited. This mountain is noted for the mountain biking trails on its south slopes.
Grouse Mountain (1231m) Site of a very popular ski area, and the popular hiking trail Grouse Grind.
Goat Mountain (1401m) Another popular alpine hiking destination, very conveniently located near the top of the Grouse Mountain aerial tramway.
Crown Mountain (1504m) An exposed granite pyramid ringed by sheer cliffs.
Lynn Peak (1015m) A small forested mountain, nevertheless a popular hiking destination due to ease of access.
The Needles (1258m) An isolated series of ridge-top summits north of Lynn Peak.
Coliseum Mountain (1441m) A remote alpine area consisting of a series of gentle granite exposures.
Mount Burwell (1541m) A remote granite dome located at the limit of legal backcountry access.
Cathedral Mountain (1737m) Among the tallest and most prominent of the North Shore Mountains, but off-limits due to its location within the GVRD watershed.
Mount Seymour (1449m) Good trails and convenient access by road make Seymour a local classic hiking area. Downhill ski area in winter.
Mount Elsay (1419m) A remote backcountry peak located beyond Seymour.
Mount Bishop (1509m) A rarely climbed peak in the remote northern region of Mt. Seymour Provincial Park.
The Lions (1654m) Probably the most famous peaks in the North Shore Mountains. These mountains, a pair of twin granite domes, are visually distinctive and can be seen from much of the Greater Vancouver area.
Mount Harvey (1652m) An isolated alpine peak located near the Lions.
Brunswick Mountain (1788m) The highest of the North Shore mountains, located north of Mount Harvey.
So the next time you’re cruising down the Horizon run up at Cypress, you’ll know you’re actually on Mt Strachan, and if you’re snowshoeing the Discovery Loop up Grouse, you’d actually be on Dam Mountain.
I’d really like to explore more of the local mountains, especially with some hiking in the summertime. Maybe I’d finally be a tourist in my hometown start with the Grouse Grind. Good times.