Sea to Summit/Upper Shannon Falls Trail

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Sea to Summit/Upper Shannon Falls Trail is a 11.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
940 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

This is the trail that starts at 'BaseCamp' of the Sea to Sky Gondola. This is Gondola's version of Sea to Sky. It is a young trail but well marked. Although this trail starts at the bottom of the gondola, it connects to 'The Chief' trail for the start portion of it before splitting off. Tougher than the Grind, especially if you come back down the trail. Some parts are a bit of a scramble and washed out with logs. Lots of steep parts and fun rope pulls to give you a good variety. You will get to a selection point near the top to decide if you want to take the longer 'easy' trail or shorter 'hard' trail. The hard trail is fairly steep and and may make you wish you picked the easier one. You can hike up and just pay for a 'Download' pass. You can also climb up and access other trails at the top including viewing trails and backcountry access trails. Dogs are NOT allowed on trail except the one leading to lodge from base camp.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this one a couple months ago and loved the challenge. Was even better the second time as I knew what to expect. Took 3 hours motoring pretty fast. It is difficult - long, scrambling, inclines. But not impossible. It's nice how it repeatedly challenges you and then evens out for a bit. Eat a good breakfast and bring lots of water. I went through 3L. Worth the beer and view at the end!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with a gorgeous view on top! The first part with the stairs is quite hard and you have to keep energy for the rest!
We did the hike between 3:30pm and 7pm and stayed at the top of the mountain for the sunset, which was a spectacular and memorable moment! we went down with the gondola.
Amazing hike that I strongly recommand!

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging hike, loved it

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Note: Not really out and back (take the $15 Gondola down - too dangerous to hike down), and it's 7.5km one way, not 11 out and back. But it's super beautiful and super difficult. Bring plenty of water & snacks and wear good hiking shoes/boots. There are some seriously challenging sections involving scrambling up steep, loose rocks/boulders, chains and ropes to pull yourself along steep embankments, and lots of ladders and inclines. But it's also the most beautiful hike I've ever done. The terrain changes so much and the top of Shannon Falls is gorgeous. Lots to do up top - eat, grab a beer, throw axes, and there's lots more trails from there if your body can handle it. Tough but rewarding as hell :)

6 months ago

This trail was amazing!!! It had a bit of everything. It has several sections that climb for a long ways but each seemed to be separated by stretches that allowed you to catch your breath. A couple waterfalls along the way and a very peaceful setting! One of my favorite BC hikes I've done!

hiking
6 months ago

tough hike, but worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

One of the best hikes I've done so far. This hike has everything. Tough at the start as you start on chief but amazing views at several spots along the way. The stops at shannon falls waterfall are amazing. The view at the top is breathtaking. This hike isn't for the faint hearted have enough water and supplies.

hiking
7 months ago

A classic BC hike that rewards you with stunning views a cafe at the top and a gondola ride down!

hiking
7 months ago

good challenge and great hike! having a beer at the top and taking the gondola down is a great reward for getting all the way up there!

hiking
8 months ago

Omg - a gruelling trail but so rewarding! As we read in one guide-book, the level of difficulty is NOT exaggerated. The views at the summit are incredible with panoramic views of Howe Sound and surrounding mountains. I highly recommend adding the panoramic loop to take in more views of Squamish and The Chief.

9 months ago

Great hike, same idea as grouse grind. $10 gets you down.

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Very physically demanding but worth it in the end! Did it during winter so the snow made it difficult. Can catch the gondola back down for $10 after catching the sun set from the summit. Great views! Bear and cougar habitat so be prepared!

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Wow! !!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Great hike, can be a little busy. Beginners will want to take the Gondola down after which costs $10.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Good

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