Stawamus Chief Trail

HARD 51 reviews
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Stawamus Chief Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Squamish, BC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 2717 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

forest

views

wildlife

snow

washed out

1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing. We did the peaks in order and then descended from 3 straight to the base. Amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Short and strenuous hike. The hike is a well marked and even includes portions with stairs, ladders, and hand rails. It's marked as hard, but I think it was one the edge of moderate and hard. You're gaining elevation, so that makes it somewhat tough.

Great views of Squamish and the surrounding area. A great hike to do if you're in Squamish and you're looking for an alternative to mtn biking!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Excellent hike! Would definitely do it again.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view! Make sure you have the right gear. It's not the easiest and you are climbing mountains so it's not for the easily tired or weak.

hiking
3 months ago

Always a blast doing this. Have done it multiple times. It's a fun hike. I would say it is comparable to grouse grind but with a little bit of chain section. Do it early for the parking space and for the view. If you are an experienced hiker, you can watch the sunset and make it back down before it gets dark.

hiking
4 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Gotta start early morning to enjoy quite mountain

hiking
4 months ago

Did this trail multiple times already. It has some difficult spots. First time, there was still ice and snow at the top. Without the chains to hold on to, it would have been too dangerous.
Great summer time trail. If you have the energy, do all 3 peeks. They all have different views.

hiking
4 months ago

Omg. This was a tough one. But a great one. It's a steep incline to get to all 3 peaks - I only made it to the first 2. It took about 4 hours or so. The trail is very well marked though and nicely maintained. I'd never used ladders, chains to pull myself up, etc... Before so I felt kind of badass. Highly recommend you bring lots of water and proper hiking boots for both the comfort of your feet and to not slip on roots & the smooth granite surface at the top. Will definitely be back to get that third peak in the future.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Really awesome!! We'll do it again

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with amazing views

5 months ago

HARD! Straight up stairs made of wood, roots, & rocks. A few waterfalls along the way.
We've never done the first peak because there are too many people up there. The 2nd peak is well worth the chain rope for help hanging on, and the ladder to get to the top. Well worth it for views of Howe Sound, and the mountains. Lots of chipmunks, and an occasional raven. As with the road less taken, the 3rd peak is awesome and quiet, with spectacular drop-offs, and beautiful forests. We descended down the back side until it joined back with the main trail about half-way down.
Allow several hours. Take water & lunch. Save lunch for the 2nd dome, and the view.

5 months ago

It was amazing indeed, not easy, will do again