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Sea to Summit Hike

Squamish

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

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  • Shannon Falls junction on the Sea to Summit Trail.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • A well constructed boardwalk along the Sea to Summit Trail.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Sections of the trail are steep and rocky.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Stawamus Cheif to the left, Sea to Summit and Upper Shannon Falls to the right.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Frequent trail markers make the trail easy to follow.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • The trail winds in a narrow gap between boulders.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • The trail goes through some beautiful forests along the way.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Upper Shannon Falls.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • A great view of Howe Sound just beyond the halfway marker.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Howe Sound.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Howe Sound.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Howe Sound.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Continuing on the Sea to Summit Trail.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • There are two options for the final ascent.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • A map showing other trails in the area.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • One of the many viewpoints along the way.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • There are several fixed ropes to aid hikers on the steepest sections.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • View from the top of the Sea to Sky gondola. - Sea to Summit Hike
  • The Skywalk with Sky Pilot Mountain in the background.- Sea to Summit Hike
  • Sea to Sky Gondola.- Sea to Summit Hike
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Pros: 
Great views. Beautiful forests. Nice waterfall. Option to ride the gondola back down.
Cons: 
Congestion on bottom section. Steep at times.
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Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
900.00 m (2,952.76 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.50 km (4.66 mi)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
80.00 m (262.47 ft)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Sea to Summit Trail was completed in 2014 in conjunction with the opening of the Sea to Sky Gondola, and it offers a great way to combine the Gondola with a half-day hike. While relatively short at just 7.5 kilometers, the trail climbs over 900 meters and has some steep sections with rocky scrambles and fixed ropes to keep it interesting.

The first section follows the popular Stawamus Chief Trail up a steep staircase between a creek and a mossy cliff wall. This trail is often quite busy, but the crowds mostly continue up the Chief Trail. The Sea to Summit Trail splits off to the right after about 1.5 kilometers toward another section of strenuous climbing. Just before the halfway point the trail passes Upper Shannon Falls, which features several pools in which hikers can cool off if water levels are safe. Soon after, the trail emerges from the forest onto a rocky bluff with spectacular views of the Howe Sound, Squamish, and surrounding mountains.

From here the incline is more gradual, following veins of exposed bedrock and winding dirt trails through lush forests of hemlock, cedar, and Douglas fir. At one point hikers must follow a short section of an old logging road, but signage is extensive and easy to follow. The final section contains a few more steeps with fixed ropes and more beautiful views and forest landscapes before hikers arrive at the top of the gondola, where a tasty beverage is recommended before a relaxing gondola ride back to the trailhead. Your knees will thank you later.

Note that there is a $10 fee for downloading on the Gondola. For those hiking with canine companions, the gondola does allow dogs, but only for downloading. Parking is free but restricted to 3 hours, and Shannon Falls (400 meters south via a paved trail) has free parking as well.

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