"Hike The Stawamus Chief - Squamish, B.C." Canada Sports & Outdoors Tip by Cabana_Boy

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  View of Squamish from Stawamus Chief summit
by Cabana_Boy

"The Chief" is a gigantic granite monolith that overlooks Squamish BC., a little town North of Vancouver nestled at the mouth of the Squamish River in Howe Sound. The town has mostly served as a based of operations for logging companies and Howe sound is evidence to this as it is filled with tree logs tied together to form barges. But these days it seems adventure sports are fueling the local economy more and more.

So, back to the hiking the Chief. If you're a rock climber, you're route is simply straight up the nearly vertical granite face that has made the mountain an international superstar. But if you prefer a less dangerous way, there are a few roundtrip hiking trails that led you up the backside of the Chief to its summit, sort of like sneaking up on it. Depending on which route you pick, you're hike to the summit can be a healthy 4 to 7 kilometers.

Once on top, the view of Howe Sound and the Squamish River tributary are absolutely incredible...and the to look over the edge down the sheer face of the 650 meter Chief is terrifying.

Equipment: A good pair of hiking boots and clothing designed for the elements. Also, be sure that you will have enough daylight to make it up AND back before dark.

Directions: Along the Sea to Sky Highway (highway 99) North Vancouver, B.C.
Theme: Hiking

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  • Written Dec 15, 2002
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