Hat Mountain Photo Essay

Hat Mountain is a small peak in the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver that is not as popular due to being dwarfed by it’s neighbour summits of Brunswick Mountain and Mount Hanover but also because it is not heavily featured in hiking guidebooks for the area.

I’ve found that mountains that are well documented and detailed in guidebooks will almost always grow in popularity.

The description for Hat Mountain on the popular mountain database bivouac.com reads: “A minor bump located on the NW shoulder of Mt. Brunswick.”. Wow, I wonder why hardly anyone goes there!

These lesser mountains have always interested me, I guess because I like a good underdog story and none of the “minor” or “insignificant” summits I’ve visited have disappointed me yet. They’ve always been highly enjoyable to climb and offered amazing views out towards the other summits nearby that would be considered “significant”.

Check out my photo essay below to see what you can expect to encounter if you climb Hat Mountain.

Views of the Howe Sound while hiking the ridge to the summit of Hat Mountain.

Views of the Howe Sound while hiking the ridge to the summit of Hat Mountain.

The summit of Hat in sight ahead, with the classic Radio Repeater tower on top.

The summit of Hat in sight ahead, with the classic Radio Repeater tower on top.

Scrambling the fun route to the summit.

Scrambling the fun route to the summit.

The radio repeater at the summit, while a bit of an eyesore, made a good bench to sit and eat lunch at.

The radio repeater at the summit, while a bit of an eyesore, made a good bench to sit and eat lunch at.

Taking in the view over lunch at the summit.

Taking in the view over lunch at the summit.

Sarah looking north towards Mount Garibaldi on the horizon.

Sarah looking north towards Mount Garibaldi on the horizon.

Our traditional summit selfie. Say cheeeese!

Our traditional summit selfie. Say cheeeese!

Spring and Sarah taking in the spectacular views up top.

Spring and Sarah taking in the spectacular views up top.

Getting close to the edge to get the best shot.

Getting close to the edge to get the best shot.

Sunset on Brunswick Mountain on our hike out.

Sunset on Brunswick Mountain on our hike out.

Hiking the trail home.

Hiking the trail home.

The views back out to the islands of the Howe Sound

The views back out to the islands of the Howe Sound. Overall an awesome day out in the mountains.

 

Directions:

If you’d like to visit this mountain for yourself you can find instructions at this link:

Clubtread: Hat Mountain

We followed the 3rd option, ascending the mountain via the Hat Pass Trail. We highly recommend it.

 

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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