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.
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