Stawamus Chief

Squamish, British Columbia

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Stawamus Chief is the great rock mass that towers over the highway just south of Squamish. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, in which it lies, is cooperatively managed by B.C. Parks and the Squamish Rockclimbers Association. Rock climbers scale its face by various routes, but hikers can achieve any one of the three peaks, or all three if they like, if they keep to the rear of the rock. The three summits are South (First), Centre (Second) and North (Third). South Peak is the most visited. Described here is the traverse over the centre and north summits. Once the climbing is past, you can enjoy the summit view of Mount Garibaldi and the Tantalus Range. To return you can descend from the saddle between the summits. However, just reversing your ascent route back over Centre Peak is the most scenic.
103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia

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103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia

by Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree (Greystone Books)

Stawamus Chief is the great rock mass that towers over the highway just south of Squamish. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, in which it lies, is cooperatively managed by B.C. Parks and the Squamish Rockclimbers Association. Rock climbers scale its face by various routes, but hikers can achieve any one of the three peaks, or all three if they like, if they keep to the rear of the rock.

The three summits are South (First), Centre (Second) and North (Third). South Peak is the most visited. Described here is the traverse over the centre and north summits. Once the climbing is past, you can enjoy the summit view of Mount Garibaldi and the Tantalus Range. To return you can descend from the saddle between the summits. However, just reversing your ascent route back over Centre Peak is the most scenic.

©  Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Squamish
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 1,980 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Best March to November
Local Contacts: Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
Local Maps: 92G/11 Squamish
Driving Directions: Directions to Stawamus Chief

Recent Trail Reviews

7/27/2009
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A demanding, steep hike assisted by large steps and boulders. It presents no tchnical problems and the view is the reward. The hike was completed on a hot day 32C - not recommeded without lots of time and water.


5/6/2008
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Very demanding, well maintained, you need to bring your water and best fitness for this one, good shoes or hiking boots, warm clothing, it can be cool and windy at the peaks



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