Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike

Squamish

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

Start Exploring
Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike

Share:

Advertisement
  • The Chief as seen from the highway.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • Rock Climbers on the Apron, a section of the Chief.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The Grand Wall.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • A bridge along the trail offers a view of the torrent.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The trail climbs through lush forest.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The first peak is open and exposed.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The view of Howe Sound from the first peak.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The first peak trail is steep near the top.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The view of the second and third peak from the first.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • A shortcut from the second peak to the first peak.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The trail to the second peak is challenging enough that it need ropes and ladders.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The view of the Squamish from the second peak.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The view of the first peak from the second.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • Sky Pilot Mountain from third peak.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The view west.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The pond at the top of the third peak.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • Diamond Head peaks through the clouds.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The third peak trail follows. a giant cedars marked with yellow diamonds- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The trail follows a riverbed most of the way.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The Chief at the bottom of Mount Habrich.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
  • The Chief as seen from in town.- Stawamus Chief Summit Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Well-established trail. Beautiful views. Old-growth forest. Camping in the park.
Cons: 
Can get crowded. Difficult in some sections.
Advertisement
Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 m (1,968.50 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
11.00 km (6.84 mi)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
102.00 m (334.65 ft)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Contributor

This 11-kilometer round-trip hike near Squamish takes you to the top of Stawamus Chief for gorgeous views of the valley and surrounding peaks. Rising 700 meters straight up from the bottom of the Squamish Valley is one of the the world's largest granite monoliths. Renowned for its world-class rock climbing, the Stawamus Chief is named by the first nations people after their village on the Squamish River. These cliffs are home to some of Canada's greatest bigwall and multi-pitch climbing routes. 

The Chief sits at the bottom of Mount Habrich, where the Howe Sound meets the town of Squamish. The granite tower looms over the town and is mostly visible from anywhere in the valley. The top of the Chief offers a 360-degree view that is truly awe inspiring. The trails give you access to three different peaks that offer different perspectives of the valley and the surrounding mountains.

The hike up is technically difficult and gets steep in areas, but it has been enhanced with fixed lines and chains. The trails are well marked and indicate if you are on the first, second, or third peak trail. The top of each peak is exposed granite, and a short scramble to the summit is required. The trail to the third peak is the wildest and most rough. Choosing to climb to the third peak first and then following the trail to the second and first peaks will prove easiest to follow.

The peaks offer incredible views from all directions, and you will also have the opportunity for some additional exploring. There is a small pond at the top of the third peak and large canyons between each summit. There are no fences or barriers, so use caution when approaching leading edges. The trail back down loops back to the trail that you climbed, offering views of the cascading river and thick old-growth forest. In just a few hours you can be up in the sky and back to the sea. Hiking the Stawamus Chief Summit Trails should definitely make its way to your to-do list.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(10 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(63 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
24 Members
Who's Done It
43 Members
Submission by
Contributor
49 Adventures Explored
49 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info