Explore Squamish - September 25, 2018

Squamish's Top 6 Kid-Friendly Fall Hikes

Squamish's Top 6 Kid-Friendly Fall Hikes

Offering enchanting views at every turn, hiking in Squamish can feel like a fairytale family adventure. Let your little one's imagination run wild and create priceless moments in the great outdoors on a fun hike that everyone can enjoy. Here are six easy to moderate Squamish trails for family-friendly fall hiking experiences.

1. Four Lakes Trail

Photo: @thelittleexplorerssquamish

One of Squamish's most popular trails takes you on a tour of Alice Lake Provincial Park, and it’s four freshwater lakes: Alice, Edith Stump and Fawn.

Distance: 6.5km
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

What to look for: The playground at the end of the trail (near the main beach at Alice Lake). Also, keep your eyes peeled for plenty of birds, see how many you can count at each lake!

How to Get There: Take the Alice Lake Provincial Park exit off of the Sea to Sky Highway. Free parking is available at the Stump Lake entrance, just opposite the entrance to the park.

2. Smoke Bluffs

Photo: @geehopphoto

Smoke Bluffs Park is a short, easy hike that offers up-close views of Squamish and it's neighbour, the Stawamus Chief.

Distance: 2.3km.
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 - 1.5 hours

What to look for: Piles of leaves for tromping through and the Smoke Bluffs playground featuring stumps you can crawl inside and plenty of autumn sunshine. 

How to Get There: Smoke Bluffs Park is accessible from the Squamish Adventure Centre located on the east side of the Sea to Sky Highway. The entrance to the park is just 500m north of the Adventure Centre on Logger’s Lane.

3. Tantalus Lookout at Brohm Lake 

Photo: Tourism Squamish

Hike through a forest of golden alders as you approach a rocky bluff overlooking the Paradise Valley and the snowcapped Tantalus Range. 

Distance: 8km
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 2 - 3 hours

What to look for: Whimsical alder trees perfectly situated for games of hide and seek. 

How to get there: From Highway 99 pass a wooden pedestrian bridge on the left-hand side of the highway. The Brohm Lake turnoff is located moments after the bridge and is well marked. 

4. Shannon FallsShannon Falls Squamish

Photo: D'Arcy McLeish

High water levels, misty air and lush, moody forests make BC’s third tallest falls one worth exploring. The gravel trail is well maintained and stroller friendly so families and people of all abilities can access this surreal spot. 

Distance: >1km
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minutes 

What to look for: Picnic tables scattered around the park, pack a tasty snack and munch away after your adventurous day. Also be sure to serach for the perfect rock to skip across the Shannon Creek.

How to Get There: Shannon Falls is approximately 2 km south of Squamish. The parking lot is adjacent to the Stawamus Chief lot on the east side of the Sea to Sky Highway.

5. Alpine Alley (at the Sea to Sky Gondola)

A kid-approved scavenger hunt hiking experience located atop the Sea to Sky Gondola. Free family tours are available at 1 pm Saturdays and Sundays, or pick up a scavenger hunt card from the trailhead and set out on your own.

Distance: >1 km
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30 minutes

What to look for: Hunt for lost hiking gear to complete the scavenger hunt. Along the way stop to read about the different animals living in the Sea to Sky region. 

How to Get There: Located in between Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Shannon Falls Provincial Park, the parking lot for the Sea to Sky Gondola is on the east side of the highway.

6. Stawamus Chief (First Peak)

Photo: @mariea11

Choose a dry day and climb up, up and up the Stawamus Chief hiking trail. Fall temperatures make this vertical grind more comfortable, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and fewer people on the trail. Only recommended for older children who are comfortable hiking up stairs. 

Distance: 4km
Difficulty: Moderate for older children
Time: 1.5 - 3 hours

What to look for: Woodland creatures like birds and squirrels darting around the mountaintop. Remember it is okay to look, but please do not feed or touch the wildlife. 

How to get there: The Stawamus Chief parking lot is located on the east side of the Sea to Sky Highway as you approach Squamish and cannot be missed.

 

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