Explore Squamish - September 30, 2016

Squamish's Top 5 Fall Hikes

Boulders at Shannon Falls
Photo: D'Arcy McLeish

Some of BC’s most scenic hiking trails and viewpoints are here in Squamish where the mountainous terrain, ancient forests, freshwater lakes and majestic Howe Sound are just some of the treats you’ll witness along the way.

Here are five Squamish trails for fall hiking adventures.

Smoke Bluffs View

1. Smoke Bluffs

The Smoke Bluffs Park is a short, easy hike that offers up-close views of Squamish and the neighbouring Chief.

Perfect for: Novice to advanced climbers and specators.

Level: Easy & Intermediate

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

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.

4 Lakes Trail

2. Four Lakes Trail

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.

Perfect for: Families.

Level: Easy

Duration: 2-3 hours

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.

Howe Sound

3. Al’s Habrich Trail

This backcountry trail is one of the most advanced of the eight backcountry trails made accessible as a result of the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Perfect for: Seasoned backcountry explorers.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 5-7 hours

How to Get There: The trail is accessible via the Backcountry Access Road or the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola

4. Stawamus Chief

Now is the time to tackle one of our most popular day hikes as the temperatures are cooler and the crowds are thinner.

Perfect for: Locals and first-time visitors to Squamish.

Level: Easy to Advanced

Duration: 1.5-3 hours (First Peak), 4-5 hours (Second Peak), 5-7 hours (Third Peak)

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.


Shannon Falls from Trail

5. Shannon Falls

High water levels, misty air and lush, moody forests make BC’s third tallest falls one worth exploring. While it’s a quick hike from the lot to the falls, the Upper Shannon Falls area is definitely a road less traveled. 

Perfect for: Daytrippers

Level: Easy to Intermediate

Duration: 5 minutes to 5 hours

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.

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