Hiking the Stawamus Chief

Stawamus Chief Hiking

An hour outside of Vancouver is one of the region’s classic hikes. This 11-kilometre (6.8-mile) hike covers 600 meters in elevation gain and offers expansive views of the mountains and water. The payoff for this rugged hike is the top, an opening on smooth rocks that begs for a picnic or a quick nap in the sun. Keep an eye out from the base for the expert climbers who ascend nearly 2000 vertical feet to reach the summit. The hiking trail along the mountain’s forested backside features old growth forest, and a side trail option to see the mighty Shannon Falls.


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