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.
If you’d like to visit this mountain for yourself you can find instructions at this link:
We followed the 3rd option, ascending the mountain via the Hat Pass Trail. We highly recommend it.