Stawamus Chief Trail

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Stawamus Chief Trail is a 6.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
772 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

forest

views

wildlife

scramble

snow

washed out

hiking
snow
22 hours ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has everything you’d want in a hike. Water features, amazing outlooks, some challenging stretches. Definitely recommend. Wasn’t as crowded as I was anticipating.

1 month ago

Great exercise, and a view that makes the climb worth it! Bring snacks and water!

3 months ago

Very fun trail. It has a few challenging activities. Prepare for high stairs and ladders.

4 months ago

it was a nice sunny day☀. We did the 3 peaks all in 1 day. it was scrambling and steep. The chain was very helpful to climb up. I recommended this hike.

You need proper shoes and no need poles.

1 peak: scramble and ladder.

2 peak: Very challenging. Lots of chains to climb up. There is a shortcut to go to peak 3. It is a very short distance and simple view.

3 peak: from the top...You don't need to go back to the 2 peaks. You can climb down and turn right going to the parking lot. there is no chain or ladder to climb down but steep and lots of rocks.



The rocks are big and steep. You need to pay attention to yellow marks from 3 peaks going down to the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Tough trail but great views. I stopped near the peak because I felt uncomfortable doing the rock scramble alone. I passed several people on the trail, especially near sunset. Recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike! Done it with my kids and dog a few times. Challenging but so worth it!

4 months ago

Super hike to the 3 chiefs, 3 separate summits, with super flat rocks on each for a snack and take in the views. Good stepping practice to start the hike. The alternate route back quite steep in places, take slow.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun quick with awesome views.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike!!! Super steep, lots of stairs and have to hold on to chains towards the top. Distance isn’t long but it’s slow going. Don’t bring your dog.

hiking
5 months ago

Came up from Texas, hiked this in late September, very wet. We did the trail straight to peak 2. Excellent hike, lots of stair climbing, both wood and placed rock. Up to the last bit towards peak 2 it's simple, but a heavy leg workout. The top bit of the trail just before peak 2 starts having some tighter squeezes and chains to help you up steep inclines, and then there's a switchback. We had to stop there because of the wet and some of our party didn't have shoes that could handle it. Disappointing, but we'll be back in a couple months to beat it!

5 months ago

It’s a work out for this hike as it’s a 2000 ft continuous rise, leading to spectacular views of Squamish town and Howe Sound, take snacks or lunch so you can relax and enjoy the views.

5 months ago

pretty rough but so worth it. Best climb yet.

5 months ago

The stairs at the start are quite challenging, but the view is well worth it

5 months ago

Other than being very busy this is a great trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike with a rewarding destination at the top. I love the view from peak 2. Make sure to pack a snack to enjoy at the top. The chipmunks are friendly and will devour any food left behind. It gets a little chilly at the top so pack a light jacket.

5 months ago

Amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

great view! amazing workout

5 months ago

Always a super fun trail to hike! Very steep at first, but don’t be discouraged by this, it gets better! The top is super fun as you kind of have to scramble a bit.

6 months ago

Amazing hike, do it every year, it is busy on weekends and I recommend visiting second peak as first peak is usually full

6 months ago

amazing views. top end of moderate but not too long. great experience sitting in top of what is basically a massive bolder.

6 months ago

The views are incredible, took us an hour to get to the 3rd peak.

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic hike with amazing views, but be prepared for some seriously steep hiking. The first third of the hike up to First Peak is mostly wooden stairs, and they were the hardest part of the hike for me. Go as early as you can to avoid the crowds.

6 months ago

Fantastic day hike. Views, challenging rugged trail, plenty of space to avoid the crowds

6 months ago

Strenuous straight up but well worth the views at the top

6 months ago

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6 months ago

So much to discover if exploring surrounding trails on the alltrails map! Pretty sure we discovered all the via Ferrata- some to be had on all 3 peaks if you look, including both sides of peak 1. We did a funky figure 8, up peak 2, down peak 3 (recommend the opposite), back up peak 2, cross to peak 1 (up the via Ferrata), then back down and around to peak 1 (where we discovered the rest of the via Ferrata and 3rd/4th class descent to reach the remaining chains and ladders, which of course we had to descend to complete the circuit!) and then back up the via Ferrata to peak 1 and down via the usual Chief trail and then down to the start. Hike to peak 2 was a fabulous bouldery rock scramble. I was in approach shoes and completely comfortable on the terrain, but those in questionable hiking shoes or fearful of heights will want to leave time to backtrack if you explore these trails. Compared to sea to summit, this was much more of an adrenaline rush. In contrast, sea to summit seems more of a steep trail about to succumb to erosion in spots w some optional rope assists, and is overrated with a ridiculous number of posted warning signs.

7 months ago

We went to the second peak. It was my first time. Took us about 1 1/2 hours.
Breath taking views. Neat that you have such a variety of terrain to travel :)

7 months ago

Beautiful mountain but it makes you see everything around it that's bigger and you feel like a sissy...

hiking
7 months ago

Super fun! Definitely try to at least make it to the 2nd peak if not 3rd. Rocks can be slippery so be careful. Chains & ladders are provided to help with the steepness of some parts.
There is one ladder where people have stuck their stickers on if you wanna bring a sticker along!

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