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Stawamus Chief Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 2,532 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Hiking "The Chief" is something that every hiker should have on their bucket list. And at only 5.6 km, hiking Peak 1 and 2 together definitely gives you the most views in the shortest distance. But despite being relatively short, this is not an easy hike as it requires large steps up the whole way (similar to the Grind but with even higher steps). It is also very technical with a series of chains and ladders. You will require a good level of fitness and agility to get through one difficult chained section for Peak 2. When you reach the summits, the views are incredible. There is really nothing like it when comparing shorter local hikes.

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Hien Quang
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Hiking

September 21 - We went up the first peak then down to continue to the second peak. After climbing an almost vertical ladder and another combination of ladder and chain then a very difficult step. We were happily we made it but at the peak we find out we return to the same first peak!!! We need to come back some other time for the second and third peak. It’s quite challenging but we like it. It’s been my scariest hike! Views are amazing but be careful!

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Julie Tremblay-Cloutier
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HikingGreat!

l'effort en vaut la peine!

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André Tremblay
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HikingGreat!

Rando difficile mais la récompense en vaut la peine. Le point de vue est magnifique.

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Jules Sangueza
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Hiking

Shit was HARD

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Michael Lauzon
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Bird Watching

Trail was great. A steep ascent and challenging near the top. View was blocked from clouds/smoke.

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Pamela Désourdie
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Hiking

Just did the first peak. It was great even with the smoke, but its the reason why I just did the first peak. Quite challenging!! Quick hike but hard for the muscles ;)

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Jason Stapley
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Lots of elevation gain for a short hike. Skipped the first peak but had great (although smokey) views from the 2nd peak. Encountered a black bear at the summit of the 3rd peak - if you hike to the third peak, check the water pool at the top and don't let your guard down! The route down is essentially scrambling on rocks until you re-connect with the trail, and markings are not the greatest.

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Donna & Greg Moreno
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

We did the three peaks yesterday. It was hazy so not much view. It was challenging with the steep stairs, scramble and the technical parts with the chains specially the chains going to the second peak. We went to the third peak after finding the trail marks (yellow marks). It was a challenging way down coming from the second peak. From the third peak, we headed back straight to the parking lot in an alternate way that was a bit of a scramble too. We saw a black bear coming towards us after the rock climbing part. It was scary at first but I guess the bear changed his mind and turned back instead. Be careful!

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Nicole H
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HikingBugsScramble

Dogs allowed, and people did bring their dogs, but I wouldn't recommend it. You will need to carry your dog up ladders and up steep inclines (which you will want free hands to use the chains provided). No avoiding this for the first peak. Ladders/chains between first and second peak too. You may be able to go directly to the third peak, and then to second peak, and go back the way you came.

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Alexa A
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Stefan Leers
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Hiking

Lovely trail, but exhausting. We spotted a bear.

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Alexandra C
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Hiking

this is an extremely hard hike (the elevation is crazy) you are walking up large rock or wooden steps, then using chains and ladders where it is just a straight rock in front of you. I was quite shocked that many unfit friends of mine have done this! I thought it would be a piece of cake. the view is AMAZING but also completely terrifying. I was shocked to see kids at the top it is literally a free fall to death if you slightly slip?? I was terrified up there and will never do it again to be honest, but glad I checked this off my list. took us 55 min to peak 1 and 1 hour 5 min to get down ( i crab crawled off the peak because I was so scared!) be careful and do not hike if you are inexperienced.

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Brendan B
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Srdjan Pajic
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Dmitri Safine
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Jaffy Malagar
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Hiking

Quick hike with awesome views.

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Robertas Armonaitis
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Craig Aspi
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Nick User
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Hiking

Nice quick hike up with great views! My first time up the Chief. Got day passes which were checked at trail head. Took 1.5 hrs up and just under 1.5 down. We went to 2nd peak and then took trail down from 3rd Peak trail to avoid any congestion on the chains and ladder section. No bugs. Will do again as it’s a short drive there and try 1st and 3rd Peaks next time.

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Lindsay McCarthy
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HikingGreat!

Very hard hike! Lots of climbing but incredibly worth it at the top! Trails are well maintained and well marked. Make sure to get your free day pass online starting at 6am, they sell fast.

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Santiago Velasquez
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Cath B
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Hiking

we went only to the first peak. Nice little short hike!

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Nico Calara
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Sarah Gyt
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Alex Ros
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Hiking

Nice hike with a great view. Pretty crowded even with the park pass system so the chain/ladder sections had a long line of people. Overall fairly easy and rewarding trail.

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