Stawamus Chief

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Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700 metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Established in 1997 the 506-hectare park provides rock climbing opportunities of international significance. Hiking trails to The Chief’s three summits offer rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish townsite and surrounding mountains. This park has opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and scenic viewing atop the Chief.

Special Features:
* The Stawamus Chief is often described as "the second largest granite monolith in the world." Frankly, that's a load of nonsense, but it's been repeated so many times we're probably stuck with it. Regardless of ranking, the Chief is a beautiful piece of geology, and in addition to its recreational attributes, its steep granite walls provide good nesting habitat for the Peregrine Falcon. Please respect the wildlife and keep your distance. Viewing is best with a pair of binoculars or other viewing aide.
* Obey posted closures of climbing routes on the Chief from March to July, during the critical nesting season of the Peregrine Falcon.

Access: The trailhead can be accessed from the Shannon Falls parking lot (pay) or from the parking lot just outside the Chief Campground (free). From the falls head north along marked trails, from the campground parking lot head directly through the middle of the campground and follow the trail to a short steep rocky section and stairs.

    Quick Facts
  • Approx 45min hike to first summit.
  • Allow 3 to 5 hours for loop of all three summits.
  • Access to the Squaw and Upper Shannon Falls trail.
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Design: Mark Feenstra
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