West Lion, British Columbia

Prominence: 369 m, 1211 ft

Elevation: 1654 meters, 5427 feet

True Isolation: 3.22 km, 2 mi
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)49° 27' 28'' N, 123° 11' 10'' W
49.457831, -123.186184 (Dec Deg)
486507 E 5478369 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
State/ProvinceBritish Columbia
County/Second Level RegionGreater Vancouver

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     Southwest British Columbia-Gunn Scrambles (Rank #119)

Ascent Info

Total successful ascents logged by registered users: 67
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 57)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1993-08-21 by Brian Friedrich
     2013-07-01 by David Willis
     2015-09-05 by H-Steven Song
     2016-05-14 by Evan Battaglia
     2017-09-02 by Amy Tso (Unsuccessful)
     2019-06-10 by Lily Qian
     2020-07-14 by Yanjiang(Jay) Li
     2020-08-05 by Amy Tso
     2020-09-22 by Seán Caulfield (GPS Track)
     2020-10-17 by Andrew Knapman

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The West Lion along with its cousin 300 m to the east are famous landmarks that define the skyline from Vancouver. Because of its visibility and location close to a large urban centre, the West Lion is a popular objective for all manner of inexperienced outdoor people. The normal access is from Lions Bay via the Paul Binkert trail or from the Cypress Bowl ski area via the Howe Sound Crest trail. The climb starts from platform just southwest of the summit pinnacle and involves lowering yourself off a fixed rope into a gap, then traversing along an exposed rock ledge (class 3-4) onto easier ground. Scrambling up to the summit is exposed but easy (class 2-3 through bushes and short rock steps on a cleared trail). Climbing next to the fixed rope is 4th class if you prefer to ignore the "aid climbing" into or out of the gap. (description courtesy of
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A mist-shrouded view of the Lions, taken from the ridge on Mt. Strachan, summer 2013 (2012-07-08). Photo by Jan Triska.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 369 m/1211 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 369 m/1211 ft
  Line Parent: Brunswick Mountain
  Key Col: 1285 m/4216 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 3.22 km/2 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 49.4858, -123.1975
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Brunswick Mountain  (NNW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Coast Mountains
Range4: Southern Pacific Ranges
Range5: North Vancouver Ranges
Range6: North Vancouver Area
Drainage BasinsStrait 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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