Stawamus Chief

Location: Squamish, BC

Distance: 11 km

Time:  5 hrs 

Difficulty:  Moderate

Elevation: 600 m

Highlights: The view of Howe Sound, Squamish, and the Sea-to-Sky Highway

Trailhead: Shannon Falls parking lot, opposite the main falls viewing platform.


Walk to the Shannon Falls main lookout, then head in the opposite direction of the falls to a clearing following a trail to the right. Follow the trail until crosses a creek before connection to the main Chief trail, then make a right and follow the stairs. Continue following the trail until you come to a fork, there will signs indicating left for the South Peak or right to the Centre or North Peaks, head left to the South Peak for incredible views of Howe Sound, the Sea-to-Sky, and Squamish (the classic photo opt is taken from this peak). After taking in the views you can head back for a shorter hike or walk back to the fork and head right to check out the Centre and North Peaks. Some scrambling is required once you reach the peaks, there will be a ladder and some chains to help you up and down the peak.