Mount Strachan


Mount Strachan is located at the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort.  The route follows the same path as the route to St. Mark’s Summit for about 3 km, until you reach Strachan Meadows and enter Christmas Gully. I didn’t see a sign for the turn off, so it’s always good to have a GPS device with you. The hike up to the turn off is a well defined and well used trail. During the climb through Christmas Gully you’ll have some steep sections with some fairly easy scrambling. When you reach the saddle between the north and south peaks, you can choose to do both or just go onto the south peak, which is slightly higher. On this day, we skipped the north peak and did the south peak. After admiring the views on the south peak, we made our way down and saw the remains of a 1963 military plane crash – photos below. The trail starts right by the Cypress Lodge and you can park near there.

The stats:

Distance: 7.3 km (return)
Time: 4.5 hours (with lots of breaks)
Low point: 917 m
High point: 1435 m
Elevation gain: 518 m
Trailhead: 49° 23’ 45.3” by  123° 12’ 14.8” (Google Map)

The route:

Strachan Meadows…

Strachan Meadows

Entering Christmas Gully…

Entering Christmas Gully

Climbing Christmas Gully…

Climbing Christmas Gully

Looking down from Christmas Gully…

Looking down from Christmas Gully

View from top…

View from top

Lions peaking through…

Lions peaking through

Another view from the top…

View from top 2

View coming down…

View coming down

Plane Wreckage…

Plane Wreckage

Plane Wreck Memorial…

Plane wreck memorial



Trail coming down…

Trail coming down


Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.


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