Unnecessary Mountain

Unnecessary Mountain, also called Mount Unnecessary, is a peak in the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and a popular hiking destination. It is accessible via the Howe Sound Crest Trail and a direct route from Lions Bay.

Unnecessary Mountain
Unnecessary Mountain is located in British Columbia
Unnecessary Mountain
Unnecessary Mountain
Highest point
Elevation1,548 m (5,079 ft) [1]
Prominence123 m (404 ft) [1]
Coordinates49°26′54″N 123°11′53″W / 49.44833°N 123.19806°W / 49.44833; -123.19806Coordinates: 49°26′54″N 123°11′53″W / 49.44833°N 123.19806°W / 49.44833; -123.19806[2]
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Parent rangeNorth Shore Mountains
Topo mapNTS 92G/06

The mountain is so named because of an "unnecessary" ascent over this mountain to reach The Lions.[1]

In 2014, a rockslide killed 7-year-old Erin Kate Moore as she was hiking with a group on Unnecessary Mountain.[3]

A second peak, also named Unnecessary Mountain, is located in Alberta northwest of the town of Pincher Creek.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Unnecessary Mountain". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  2. ^ "Unnecessary Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2009-12-25.
  3. ^ CBC News (4 January 2015). "Erin Kate Moore, 7, remembered at West Vancouver memorial". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^ Peakery.com. "Unnecessary Mountain". Retrieved 19 January 2016.