a VirtualTourist member from Vancouver asked on Sep 1, 2002
I'm curious if anyone has hiked to the top of the Stawamus Chief Trail (aka "The Chief") in Squamish. I attempted to hike it a few weeks ago, but discovered that my boots weren't up to par. I was slipping around and didn't have my usual sense of balance when climbing up those stairs. So I'm curious how long it takes to get to the top from Shannon Falls. How much of the trail is stairs/ropes? As I only did a part of it, I didn't get to see what the majority of the trail was like. But I'll definitely be back there to do it again... perhaps in the next few weeks even. Thanks for any tips!
Hehe... no idea. All I know is that I usually go hiking through the local mountains once every summer. I wasn't planning to do rock climbing though... I'm a coward when it comes to those kinda heights. ;) Thanks for the info!
LOL!! I know... I wasn't sure, "should I choose Richmond? or Steveston?" Richmond is my address, but Steveston is my neighbourhood. So Steveston it was, and good thing too! I have WAAAAAY too much info on Steveston, and putting it under Vancouver's "Off the beaten path" was getting a bit tiring. ;) About Surrey - I'm sure they'll add something in the future. I noticed West Vancouver was lacking from that list too. That, and Delta. And Whistler! But I think they're fixing the Whistler bit, as you can probably remember how many people had Whistler writeups under the Vancouver/Canada page on the old VT!
I've done the trail many times (I live in Squamish). The time can vary depending on which peak you choose to hike to and how fit you are. I've done it car to car in just over an hour with running shoes.. but most take 3hrs or so. Only the lower section has the majority of the stairs, with just a few short sections mid trail and near the peaks there are short ladder sections. Word of advice - be prepared on the trail- food, clothing, h20 etc. The weather on the peaks can be quite different than at the trailhead.
I am considering doing this as well. not climbing - just regular hiking. I used to hike and bike a fair bit, I have not been nearly as active in the past year (although I'm still thin) so I don't know if I am biting off more than I can chew? is there a prettier part of the trail to see, if I have a few choices?