Thanks to friends who are down to go on a spontaneous hike the next morning at 7AM (after texting them at like, 11PM), I had a chance to go up Cypress Mountain. If you were wanting to go on a winter hike and don't have any real snow gear, do not fear. I went in some mediocre snow boots (not meant for hiking), no snowshoes, and wore some jeans and a jacket and was A-OK!
We attempted to watch the sunrise at 8AM at Ambleside Park (yes, the sun rises pretty late at 8AM in Vancouver, BC during the winter), but failed because of the fog, got some coffee, and slowly drove up to Cypress Mountain. Don't try to drive up there without snow tires - it was slippery! Once we got to the mountain, we were lucky too be high up enough above the clouds so we caught a glimpse of the beautiful pastel sky.
We were en route to St. Mark's Summit, but we didn't actually make it all the way. We just made it to the first lookout point about an hour into the hike. Our route took about 2 hours, round trip. We just wanted to do a mini hike because I'm not in shape and that should probably be on my list of New Year's Resolutions. It gets pretty steep and you get to break a little sweat! Also, you will be rewarded with an amazing view once you get to lookout point so make sure you go all the way until you see the view! If you feel like a champ, definitely keep going right to the end! The whole thing should take about 5 hours, there and back.
This mini trip was definitely worth waking up in the morning! Highly, HIGHLY recommend you go if you live in Vancouver, especially since it doesn't take very long! Also, the hike back is easy peasy :)