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Howe Sound Crest Trail, the running edition · Saturday, July 16th
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Start: Saturday, Jul. 16th, 5:00 am
End: Saturday, Jul. 16th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Jul. 13th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC clubroom or just outside
The Howe Sound Crest Trail is a beautiful & high traverse between Cypress Mountain and Porteau Cove. I hiked the trail last summer, and would love to run it once it's free of snow. The trail is commonly run in a day by fit parties, and can be done from either direction, but South to North has less elevation gain, so I'd rather go that way. Distance is 28km, with around 2000m of elevation gain.
This is not beginner friendly, and you'll need to be a strong runner, comfortable on very rocky, rooty, uneven terrain. There are also a lot of hills (see attached elevation profile), so we'll need to move relatively quickly (power hike) up, and down them to make it out before dark. The distance can be deceptive since the hills add a lot of time to the run, so this will take quite a bit longer than a flatter 28km run.
If this interests you, feel free to sign up and post on the attached message board thread with ideas and questions. Please note that signing up just indicates your interest in the trip. For the safety of the group, we'll need to make sure everyone is sufficiently experienced before joining for real.
Here is a trip report from another group that ran the trail.