Southern Section

 

CYPRESS PARK'S SOUTHERN SECTION offers a great range of summer and winter recreational opportunities, including hiking for all ability levels, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. It also contains the most easily accessible Mountain Hemlock Zone old-growth forest stands and subalpine meadows in the Lower Mainland. The Hollyburn Ridge and Cypress Bowl hiking/skiing areas are in the southern section, which includes Hollyburn, Black, and Strachan mountains. (There is no Cypress Mountain in the park: "Cypress Mountain" is the ski operation's advertised name.) For more information, see HOLLYBURN RIDGE and CYPRESS BOWL.

To reach Cypress Park's southern section, take Exit 8 from the Upper Levels Highway (Hwy 1 and 99) in West Vancouver, and continue up the Cypress Bowl Road. For the Hollyburn Ridge area, turn right at 12.8 km. For the Cypress Bowl area, continue 2 km further to the end of the road. Two stops of interest on the way up are Hi-View Lookout at the second bend in the Cypress Bowl Road, and Quarry Lookout Picnic Area just past the third bend in the road. Both offer expansive views over Burrard Inlet to Vancouver and beyond.

 

Mt. Strachan and ski runs from Point Grey, Tom Nichols photo

In Cypress Bowl the new ski lift and runs on Black Mtn are under construction. This area was originally cleared for a proposed lift about 40 years ago.

A Lift-Assisted commercial Mountain Bike operation was run on a custom-made trail network in summer 2005 within the existing ski run area on Black Mountain, as set out in the 1997 Cypress Master Plan. This was one of the recommendations of the 1995 Williams Special Planning Commission. Construction of the first trail network was completed, and in summer 2005 the Mtn Bike operation ran from July 1st to late September 2005. This Mtn. Bike operation is now on hold while the extensive 2010 Olympics Venue construction takes place, but it likely will be back in a few years time.



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