Unnecessary Mountain, British Columbia

Prominence: 108 m, 355 ft

Elevation: 1548 meters, 5079 feet

True Isolation: 1.62 km, 1.01 mi
SubpeaksUnnecessary Mountain - North Peak (1543 m/5062 ft)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)49° 26' 41'' N, 123° 12' 1'' W
49.44467, -123.200195 (Dec Deg)
485488 E 5476909 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
State/ProvinceBritish Columbia
County/Second Level RegionGreater Vancouver

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 149
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Selected Trip Reports:
     1994-04-24 by Brian Friedrich
     2006-08 by Matt Juhasz
     2011-08-20 by Conrad Vander Eyk
     2014-03-11 by Serguei Okountsev
     2014-08-20 by Serguei Okountsev (GPS Track)
     2018-04-06 by Seb Kraemer (Unsuccessful)
     2018-08-01 by Amy Tso
     2019-07-03 by Anders Olson
     2020-06-13 by Simon Willan
     2020-07-04 by Andrew Knapman
     2020-07-12 by Emilie Meredith (Unsuccessful)
     2021-09-06 by Emilie Meredith
     2022-04-09 by Francis Bailey
     2022-09-03 by Tareef Dedhar
     2022-09-03 by Sean Caulfield (GPS Track)
     2022-09-11 by Guillaume Friconnet (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2022-11-10 by Serguei Okountsev (GPS Track)

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It was once necessary to go over Unnecessary Mountain enroute to climb the Lions, hence the name. The early climbers begrudged the fact that an 'unnecessary' mountain had to be climbed en route to the desired summits of the Lions.
Unnecessary Mountain has 3 summits. The southern is the lowest. The middle is a bit higher than the original Unnecessary Mountain on the old Lions Trail to the North.

The Howe Sound Crest trail now goes around the flank of Unnecessary Mountain on the east side. The Howe Sound Crest trail in this vicinity is a subalpine ramble with extensive views across Howe Sound to the Tetrahedron Plateau. The mountain may also be reached directly from Lions Bay via a steep Unnecessary Mountain Trail (access to this trail is from the gated road leading to the Harvey Creek water reservoir.) (description courtesy of
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Unnecessary Mountain, south ridge (2017-01-03). Photo by Weiwei Yin.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 108 m/355 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 128 m/420 ft
  Line Parent: West Lion
  Key Col: 1440 m/4724 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 1.62 km/1.01 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 49.4567, -123.1875
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    West Lion  (NE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Coast Mountains
Range4: Southern Pacific Ranges
Range5: North Vancouver Ranges
Range6: North Vancouver Area
Drainage Basins
Burrard Inlet
Strait of Georgia
Pacific Ocean
Howe Sound
Strait of Georgia
Pacific Ocean
Topo MapNorth Vancouver 92 G/6 1:50,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
This peak was submitted to the database by Brian Friedrich.
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