Take a hike. Squamish is well-known for its rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, kite surfing and more, but surprisingly it's the hiking in Squamish that is often overlooked. Fall in love with Squamish on foot through one of its many hiking trails that will take you on trips along rivers, lakes, ancient rainforests and vast mountainous terrain.
Hiking is the great equalizer. Accessible to anyone with a good pair of shoes, it’s simple living at its finest. Squamish has a whole host of hiking trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty from simple walks along the Squamish waterfront and some easy hikes in and around town, to the more challenging hikes on the Stawamus Chief and the terrain around the Sea to Sky Gondola. Take a walk through the Smoke Bluffs and marvel at the rock climbers dangling from their ropes. Enjoy watching the kite boarders on a sunny afternoon on the oceanfront trail. Or take a walk through some of the dual purpose trails and see what mountain bikers talk about when they refer to ‘epic singletrack’.
Squamish has some truly spectacular hikes for all levels and abilities and offers everything from small half-day trips to multi-day backpacking adventures, all accessible within a 10 minutes.
Come and join us for a walk in the woods.
Four Lakes Trail
The family-friendly Four Lakes Trail is an easy 6km trail that takes you on a 1.5-2 hour circular tour through the rich, mossy forests of Alice Lake Provincial Park and all four of its lakes: Stump, Fawn, Edith and Alice.
How to Get There: Heading North on Highway 99, take the Alice lake Provincial Park Exit. Free parking is located left of the park sign just past the ranger station.
One of the most popular day hikes in all of British Columbia, the Stawamus Chief hike rewards you with stunning views of Squamish, Howe Sound and surrounding coastal mountains. Expect to reach the First Peak, the lowest and most popular summit, within about an hour to an hour and a half. The total return distance is 4km.
How to Get There: The nearly impossible-to-miss parking lot and entrance to the Stawamus Chief is located on the east side of the Sea to Sky Highway as you arrive to Squamish.
Insider Tip: Arrive early or plan a weekday trip to avoid the crowd and get the views to yourself.
Know Before You Go
Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre for maps, guide books, suggested trail routes and everything you need to know to help plan your adventure.
A Word of Caution
Remember that hiking is often in remote places where even a small injury can turn into a rescue epic. There is wildlife, and inherent risk associated with tramping through the woods. Please keep this in mind and be mindful of your surroundings. Bring extra food, water and clothing as weather and conditions in the mountains can change instantly. Finally, pack out what you pack in to help keep our area clean.