Trip 024 - May 11, 2010 (Tuesday)

Shannon Falls Visit

Near Squamish BC


Distance From Vancouver:
60 km via Highway 1 West and Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) North.

Liked: Very impressive waterfall. Short walk from the parking area.

Of note: Shannon Falls is a popular attraction.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 22 (Squamish) C7. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Website: Shannon Falls Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.

Other Trips in Squamish Area: Squamish River Forest Service Road Washout, Mamquam Lake Trail Hike, Squamish River FSR Ashlu Main Hike (second trip), Second Trip to Crooked Falls, Crooked Falls / Sigurd Creek Trail Hike, Squamish River FSR A-Main Branch (first trip), Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, The Squamish Spit, Black Tusk Trail (Garibaldi Provincial Park), Squamish River Forest Service Road E-Main Branch, Squamish River Forest Service Road, Squamish Valley Road, Railway Heritage Park, Downtown Squamish BC, Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.

Shannon Falls is a very popular attraction on the East side of Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky), just five kilometers South of Squamish. You can also hike to Stawamus Chief from the Shannon Falls parking lot.

1. We are on Highway 99, looking South. Squamish is five kilometers behind us, and we are waiting for the green light to turn left to Shannon Falls Provincial Park.


Highway 99 Sea-to-sky British Columbia Canada

2. Having turned left, we see the entrance to the park, as well as The Stawamus Chief ahead.


Entrance to Shannon Falls Provincial park

3. The parking lot is quite large, and can accommodate several buses. Park you car and head up this path.


Shannon Falls Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

4. Shannon Creek keeps you company along the way.


Shannon Creek near Squamish BC Canada

5. The waterfall appears very shortly, and happy tourists have their photos taken all over.


Tourists in front of Shannon Falls British Columbia Canada

6. Here is a look at Shannon Falls from the first and most popular viewing platform, located five minutes away from the parking lot.


Shannon Falls

7. If you want to have a better and more private look, head up the stairs to your left.


Shannon Falls Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

8. Very soon, Shannon Falls is even closer.


Shannon Falls near Squamish BC

Here is our video of Shannon Falls:

A Complete List of Our Videos.

9. That's it for established viewing platforms, but an even closer waterfall look awaits those willing to travel a path on the left. 2014 update: the trail past the second platform is now closed.


Shannon Falls Provincial Park near Highway 99 British Columbia Canada

10. A few minutes later, the waterfall is right in front of you.


Shannon Falls photo

11. Looking right, we see many stones and a sunbathing man. If you decide to follow suit, or even approach the waterfall, be extremely careful, as the large wet stones are slippery like ice and can cause a nasty slip-and-(water)fall.


Shannon Falls Prov Park BC Canada

12. The path that brought us right to the waterfall did not end, so we decided to hike up and see where it would lead us.


Hiking trail by Shannon Falls British Columbia Canada

13. The trail was marked but almost undeveloped, offering many opportunities to injure yourself.


Shannon Falls hiking trail near Squamish BC Canada

14. About forty minutes of strenuous uphill hiking lead you to an area where you have to actually climb for a few minutes, grabbing trees and rocks and squeezing through the trees. You then reach a grossly overgrown viewpoint and realize that it was a good sweat breaker, but not much more than that.


Obstructed Howe Sound view from a trail near Shannon Falls

15. Judging by this last piece of flagging tape, this trail has been in existence for decades.


Old flagging tape on a trail by Shannon Falls British Columbia Canada

16. On our way back, we found a wooden crocodile :)


Tree roots resembling a crocodile

17. Here is the map of the area. Our hiking path does not seem to be reflected on the map. Its exact location is probably between the bright red Lower Shannon Falls trail on the left and the faint red Upper Shannon Falls trail on the right.


Map of Shannon Falls Provincial park

18. The yellow notice on this 2014 photo shows that the trail past the second viewpoint seen on photo #8 is now closed.


Shannon Falls Provincial Park Trail Closed

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