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“A challenging hike”

Stawamus Chief Park
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Stairs, stairs and more stairs...rock stairs, wood stairs, log stairs...iron ladders..chains.
What goes up on this hike has to come down the same way--there are no gradual switchbacks as there sometimes are on steep uphill climbs.
So, doing this on a Sunday August afternoon, as we did it, straight off a five hour flight from Toronto, one encounters knots of people along the way, slowing the climb as the upward bound and the downward bound share the paths. It is probably better to do this hike on a weekday.
It took much longer going up--down was considerably easier and faster than I had anticipated.
At the very top of the first peak there is a stretch of vertical rock with nothing to grab onto..not such a big problem going up, but awfully slippery coming down. It would be nice to have had a chain there, too.
The views are beautiful from the top and the drive along the coast to Squamish is also very picturesque.

1  Thank ShifraToronto
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Love it. If you're looking for a beautiful day hike then this is it. Amazing view from the top of all 3 peaks. We liked the 2nd peak the best, but all are great. Well worth the 50min drive from Vancouver to get here. The drive itself along the coast is beautiful too. Overall one of our favorite hikes in the area. You wont be disappointed.

Highly recommended.

Thank CaptainFancyPants
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

The info centre directed us to this 'trail' even when we said we were novices. It's a challenging vertical hike, and I strongly advise against doing anything but the first peak, as it is really precarious.
Don't think the descent will be much easier, as it's hard on knees and ankles, and wear good shoes. A dramatic experience!

Thank LuvIndonesia
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

This hike is pretty populated, but it offers a wonderful view from the top. One thing is that there are a ton of stairs, which we didn't expect, but it is definitely worth doing if you are in the area.

Thank Chelseabpn
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I had hiked this set (3) of peaks in the past and continue to do so, even now that I am very familiar with the various trails, views and side trips.

Like the Grouse Grind, some sections have been "Lululemoned" for the yoga pants and sandals crowd who come up in good weather not realizing it is an ACTUAL hike, not a stroll.

So, stairs have been added in most lower sections.

There are ladders, chains and some ropes added to make the dangerous sections safer but they are NOT WITHOUT RISK, so bring good shoes and water as the bare rock you need to traverse has been worn smooth by numerous feet over the years.

The view is sensational, especially when a few clouds give depth the air in Howe Sound so do bring a camera and wide angle lens.

The best and most stomach wrenching views are at the edge of the cleft that divides sections of the Chief into a series of peaks. No railings or fences obscure the view like Lynne Canyon park and the drop into this chasm is in excess of 300 feet in spots.

1  Thank johndebbien
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