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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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Waypoints (5)

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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Photos (663)
Recordings (626)
Completed (2567)
Ashley Dowdeswell
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Juan Parra
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I don't like hiking because it's boring to me, but the chief is an exception. I found this hike entertaining, kind of like a mini obstacle course. The views are amazing, specially at second peak. Nothing difficult to the hike other than high steps/boulders and continuous elevation. Anyone with moderate fitness level can easily do this.

Ron W.
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HikingRockyScramble

Did the first and second peak and the loop. Views are incredible from the two peaks with the view from the second a little better. Climb up to the second peak is also a little tougher too. If you go to the second peak and are short of time head back down the way you came up. If you do the loop it will take quite a bit longer as most of the Second/Third Peak trail from the second peak until you meet up with the main trail is rocky and slow going.

Kurt C.
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Tyler Chuang
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Liam Wolf
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Great hike! The first peak was beautiful, loved the view of the water and the town.

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Shafir Sawilla
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Hiked second peak. 75% of the hike is stairs and all elevation gain. After this you reach some chains for the last quarter. Be very careful and take it slow, especially if it had been raining because it can be quite slippery. Looked like quite a few groups coming up did not know what they were getting into (small children, not appropriate shoes, etc) so please do your research and be prepared. It is tough, but well worth it in the end! Beautiful view up top. Arrived around 8:20 and had the trail almost to ourselves.

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Scott Carson
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HikingGreat!

Great hike and spectacular views at each of the 3 peaks. Took about an hour and 15 minutes to go from the permit cabin at the bottom to Peak 3. Fairly short trek from there over to Peak 2. Toughest part of the trail would be heading from Peak 2 to Peak 1 through the section with the chains and ladders. All the trails are well marked and in good condition. A little under 4 hours round trip.

Bino Libay
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We did Peak 2 and from there went to Peak 3. After we went down using Peak 3's descent path which is not for the faint hearted. We were not expecting that unlimited rocky descend. Fortunarely the path joined the regular established path near the end. What an experience!

Jacob Paton
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Varinderpal Singh
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Done second and third peak... second peak has the best view. There isn’t any proper way to the third peak but all trail was very helpful..

Meg T.
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Louise Flornoy
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dilisan sunthareswaran
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amazing hike. they checked our tickets once we got to the beginning. Very steep in the beginning but easier as you go up. Stunning view at the top of first and second peak. 3rd peak was subpar when compared to the other two. Not many bugs, but on the way back it was a bit scrambly on the way back but definitely worth it.

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Cody Hashemi
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Did all 3 peaks today for the first time. It's certainly not easy, but highly recommended. Each peak has a different view, so it's definitely worth checking them all out. We went clockwise, however the east trail after heading down the 3rd peak is quite rocky and a bit of a scramble.

Peter Lee
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Went well

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G W
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Probably one of my favourite hikes to do every year! We had to register for a pass - we got the afternoon pass and got to the trailhead around 3:00pm. We did the first and second peak for a total of 4hrs including 20min breaks on each peak. The trail goes up pretty quickly with large steps. With the pass system, one of the key benefits given that there is less people, we actually managed to get the entire second peak to ourselves.

Laurence Baret
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HikingGreat!

Magnifique randonnée! Nous avons réservé notre permis le matin à 6h pour un accès l’après-midi. Nous avons commencé la randonné à 5pm et il n’y avait personne qui a vérifié notre permis. Nous avons commencé par le pic 1. La vue était exceptionnelle! Nous avons ensuite continué pour les pics 2 et 3. En tout, cela nous a pris moins de 3heures. Nous recommandons vivement cette randonnée!

Kevin Chen
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Lindsay Bawn
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Trail was great. You have to register for a pass online to get into the trail. Be sure to register early as they run out. We did all three peaks and it took just under 4.5 hours. Would be tough if it was raining. Good hiking shoes make a difference as you have to scale some steep rock. Would highly recommend.

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Max Krouguerski
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We have hiked it today, peak 1 and peak 2. It was not an easy hike, but very rewarding. In addition to the view from the top you get to see very beautiful huge old trees. The hike was opened today and you need to reserve it online (no fees) at discoverycamping.ca. Registration opens at 6am and as we were told by the Rangers, it is only 400 permits per day. I booked mine for group of three at 6:02, at 6:05 it was all gone.

Nathan de Haan
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Connector trail through Shlaney trailhead is now closed and taped off, so If you choose to do this do it at your own risk! Met some other hikers who made it up to the second and third peak and did not see any park rangers. If you do take the connector trail in, follow the creek trail to the left when the path forks (not the chief trail, although you can do this as well if you’re looking for a sportier more adventurous hike) and then turn right when you reach a double tied pink ribbon to hug the cliffs. This will eventually take you to the main path going up to the second and third peak. About 10km round trip from Shlaney trailhead.

Xiaoyu Jiang
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On the website it says the backside trail is closed, is it possible to hike to the second peak?

Amy Shin
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Previous recent reviewers state that they have completed the peaks. Are all the three peaks OPEN for hike?

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