Runners from all over the continent flock to Squamish to revel in the diverse beauty of the area, the scenic oceanfront, lush rainforests, dreamlike alpine and unending mountain vistas. There is no such thing as a lousy trail in the Sea to Sky Corridor. No matter where you end up, you won't find anything short of jaw-dropping.
Being such a trail running mecca; it's no surprise that Squamish is home to many notable races such as the Squamish 50, Loop the Lakes and a handful of the Coast Mountain Trail Series races.
In addition to the views, the best part of trail running is the softer impact it leaves on your joints, allowing you to run further into the mountains armed with your sturdy runners and a sense of adventure.
A quick loop along the shores of the Howe Sound. The trail is flat and passes by Nexen Beach.
Length: 2 km
Four Lakes Trail
A Squamish Classic. At about 6km long, it’s an easy, loamy loop with lots of options to make things longer or more interesting.
Length: 6 km
One of the best little trails in Squamish. It’s got a gentle grade, but just enough corners and easy technical sections to keep you on your toes. It can be run in either direction with lots of add-ons near by such as Ray Peters Trail.
Length: 6 km one-way
Teeming with off-turns and side-shoots, a run through the Smoke Bluffs loop can be as exciting as you choose it to be. Try running through a few of the climber's access trails to increase the technical challenges of the route.
Length: 2.3 km return
Brohm Lake Loop
This loop is for those looking to challenge their footwork. The Brohm Lake Loop is twisty, steep and requires good footwork and a little patience. There is a main loop here with plenty of add-ons to make the run as long as you like.
Length: 7.5 km
If you’re into climbing, this is the trail for you. The Legacy Trail is a long and consistent ascent in the forests behind Quest University. The climbs here are sustained so be ready. Once you’re finished the climb, have a break, and then it’s your choice of fast, flowy or furious descents. Recycle and Angry M are super fun, technical choices and Half Nelson is smooth, flowy and fast. You can't go wrong with this one for someone looking to challenge the lungs and the legs.
Length: 6.6 km one-way
Popular in the Winter for backcountry skiers, running the out and back to Elfin Lakes is a great choice for an early morning run in the mountains. At 22km for the return trip, it runs through old growth forest to an alpine ridge, ending at two of the most beautiful lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park. After a snack and a quick swim at Elfin Lakes, head back down Paul Ridge to where you started. The views on this trail are stunning. A BC trail running classic.
Length: 22 km
An absolute must for anyone into their trail running. As an out and back, start at the Rubble Creek Parking Lot just north of Squamish, enjoy the switchbacks as you climb for 8km into the high Alpine to Garibaldi Lakes and the base of Black Tusk. If you’re into one of the Sea to Sky Corridor’s most epic running routes, try it as a point to point, 25km high alpine epic! Start at the Cheakamus Lake Parking lot just south of Whistler and finish at Rubble Creek. A must do!
Length: 28 km as an out-and-back or 25 km for the traverse
Wherever you decide to run, stay safe and have fun!