Stawamus Chief Provincial Park - BC Parks.
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Squamish River Forest
Service Road Washout,
Mamquam Lake Trail Hike,
FSR Ashlu Main Hike (second trip),
Second Trip to Crooked
Falls / Sigurd Creek Trail Hike,
Squamish River FSR
A-Main Branch (first trip),
Provincial Park, The Squamish Spit,
Black Tusk Trail (Garibaldi
Provincial Park), Squamish River Forest
Service Road E-Main Branch, Shannon Falls,
Squamish River Forest Service
Road, Squamish Valley
Road, Railway Heritage
Park, Downtown Squamish BC.
The Stawamus Chief mountain is a prominent
landmark on BC Highway 99, and is located 3.5 kilometers South of
Squamish BC. The hike to the top of the mountain is moderately
challenging, but the views are well worth it. The forest itself is quite
fine, and roaring Shannon Creek to your right during the first several
minutes of the trip is quite picturesque as well. The views of the
mountains, the valley, and Howe Sound from the top are simply great.
1. We are on BC Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) in Squamish
BC, driving South towards The Stawamus Chief mountain (seen straight ahead), located 3.5 km South of
Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) near Squamish British Columbia Canada
2. Just after this pedestrian bridge, prepare to turn
BC Highway 99 near Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
3. At the entrance to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
4. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park has a campground.
The trail to the top of the mountain starts 400 metres from the parking
lots, which are not too big, so parking could be complicated on weekends
during the busy season.
Directional sign to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park campsites - British
5. You can check out the map of the park trails at the
information stand, and then walk through the campground to the
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
6. Ahead of you is not a walk in the park.
Warning to Stawamus Chief hikers
7. And to ensure the point above gets through, one has
to climb this fairly challenging boulder to reach the stairs at the
beginning of the trail.
Stawamus Chief trailhead British Columbia Canada
8. Now it's time to climb some stairs. There are
several opportunities to take a few steps to the right and observe a
fine Shannon Creek.
At the beginning of Stawamus Chief trail - BC Canada
9. Stone steps follow.
Stone steps Stawamus Chief Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
10. How about this log stairwell.
Log stairwell Stawamus Chief trail near Squamish BC Canada
11. This is Shannon Creek, which keeps you company for
the first 15-20 minutes of the hike.
Shannon Creek near Stawamus Chief trail
Here is our video of Shannon Creek:
List of Our Videos.
12. In about 30 minutes, you reach an intersection
where a trail to the UPPER Shannon Falls joins the trail you are on. Do
not confuse this trail with the trail to Shannon Falls itself, as the
trail to Shannon Falls itself is below us. If you so desire, you may go
to Shannon Falls on your way back using the Shannon Falls trail (not the
UPPER Shannon Falls trail, though), and then hike a few kilometers North
on Highway 99 to get to your vehicle parked at Stawamus Chief Provincial
Upper Shannon Falls trailhead in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park British
13. This map clarifies the situation. Look at three
letter P's on the map, referring to parking areas. The upper P is a
parking lot for those who want to climb The Stawamus Chief (this
mountain is very
popular with climbers). The middle P is where we parked at Stawamus
Chief Provincial Park. And the lowest P is Shannon Falls parking lot.
Also take a look at the "You Are Here" red dot. This is where the
undeveloped trail to UPPER Shannon Falls begins. The developed trail to
the Shannon Falls and its parking lot is below that (you can easily see
that on the map). You can also see that The Stawamus Chief has three
peaks. Most hikers go to the first peak. We went to the second peak
originally, but ended up climbing the first peak from the side.
Stawamus Chief trail map
14. We continued our hike through a fine forest,
meeting with fellow hikers every now and then.
The Stawamus Chief hiking trail near Squamish British Columbia Canada
15. Later, we skipped
the turn to the first peak and are now approaching the second peak.
Between the first and second peaks of The Stawamus Chief - British
16. At this point, we could not locate the
continuation of the trail to the second peak, but instead found a way to
climb to the first peak, as we were between those two peaks.
Stairs to climb to the first peak of The Stawamus Chief near Squamish
British Columbia Canada
17. Before you climb, check out this warning. The
climb is not too difficult, but, indeed, treacherous.
Climbing warning on the Stawamus Chief Mountain
18. Once you climb up those stairs, you then need to
walk up the cliff by using the chains embedded into the rock.
The chains on the Stawamus Chief hiking trail near Squamish British
19. A chipmunk was waiting to welcome us to the top of
The Stawamus Chief.
Chipmunk at The Stawamus Chief hiking trail near Squamish British
20. Here you can see the first peak on the left, and
the second on the right. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the top.
The view of the first and second peaks of The Stawamus Chief BC Canada
21. The views from the top are spectacular, especially
in clear weather. Here you can see downtown Squamish on the left, and
Highway 99 on the right. We are looking North on this photo. The only
unnatural noise at the top is the siren frequently coming from the
Port of Squamish (it appears).
Downtown Squamish BC and Highway 99 seen from The Stawamus Chief
22. If you decide to have a meal break on top of the
mountain, prepare to be pestered by at least two chipmunks and one
squirrel. This chipmunk jumped on a leg to beg for food.
Chipmunk begging for food at The Stawamus Chief near Squamish British
23. Looking South we see Howe Sound and Highway 99.
BC Highway 99 and Howe Sound seen from The Stawamus Chief
24. And a bit to the right we see more of Howe Sound.
Howe Sound seen from The Stawamus Chief by Squamish BC Canada
This is one of the best hikes near Metro Vancouver, and is highly
recommended for great views and a relatively easy path.
ihikebc.com -> 019 The Stawamus Chief Mountain Trail Hike
(near Squamish BC)