Episode 2: Howe Sound Crest Trail, just outside of Vancouver, Canada
Elevation Change: Depends on the direction you travel. The extra challenging way is from Porteau Cove to Cypress, and offers 2,600 meters of elevation gain. (That’s a whopping 8,530 feet!) The *slightly* easier, still very challenging way, is Cypress to Porteau Cove, offering 1,830 meters of elevation gain! (Still 6,000 feet!)
In Run the World series, RunGo’s team of run-loving employees will take you on a tour of their favorite runs around the world. Each run will feature a different region, with tons of photos to get you motivated and a link to RunGo’s route, so you can follow the run with voice navigation. Whether it’s road or trail, it will be something to add to your running bucket list.
This run is a true classic, a runner’s and hiker’s favorite near to RunGo’s home base in beautiful Vancouver, BC. The point-to-point run takes you along a ridge with panoramic views of British Columbia’s Howe Sound. Run in-between the iconic, granite Lions, gallop past alpine lakes and through technical rock scree, and feel challenged with both great climbs up and down and technical trail underfoot. When you’re not stunned by the view overhead, you’ll be entertained with the challenging terrain – rocks, routes, and nearby cliffs!
Beware of trying this in winter, unless you’re trained in winter travel. We advise traveling the route once you’re sure it’s free of snow – August and September are great times to go run it. Because you’ll be up on a ridge, this run is best during a day with good weather. Also, be aware that this is a point to point route, we recommend having two cars for the trip – one at each end – as there isn’t any public transportation in this area. Finally, don’t be surprised if this takes you a full 8 hours to run – much of it is very technical and almost hiking pace!
More great photos can be found on the Trails BC website!
RunGo Route to Follow: Howe Sound Crest Trail 29k