4.39 out of 5 - 49 reviews

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Tim from Vancouver writes:

I hiked this trail on the 8th of July. It was one of my favorite trails since it was a lot of fun. The scenery and the path kept changing, and there are some minor scrambling involved. It was long but definitely worth the experience. The scenery at the end was as beautiful as I imagine it to be. Also, the fact that there is cold beer at the top was a great incentive.

    Posted: July 23, 2017 10:02:19 PM PST


    Melissa Thompson from Surrey writes:

    This hike was awesome! We almost turned around at the beginning because the stairs were difficult but we decided to push through and go all the way to the top. Don't let the beginning discourage you, once you get past the beginning it levels out a bit to give you a break of climbing. We brought our dog and he did awesome! There were some spots for him to go cool down in the creek or the ponds where the falls were. We had to help him at some parts but other than that it was a great hike. We do not do a lot of hiking so it was more difficult for us. We took a few short breaks and a couple longer breaks to stop and eat. There were some gorgeous lookouts that are perfect for taking some photos. The last bit was the hardest because we were getting tired. But once we made it to the top it was just beautiful! We went over to the suspension bridge and enjoyed the view. This hike is definitely worth it!

      Posted: July 12, 2017 11:52:57 AM PST


      Kristine Chew from Vancouver writes:

      Did the sea to summit hike yesterday and it was beautiful. This was not our first time up but it was probably the best we have done weather wise. It was starting to be busy as we started at 9. Definitely bring water and wear proper trail shoes with good tread and a snack. We made it to the top in just under 2 hours. The trail was completely clear of snow.

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        Posted: July 10, 2017 07:28:13 AM PST


        Lucy from Vancouver writes:

        July 6, hiked to Summit Lodge via Skid trail which is said quicker and shorter than sea to summit trail. The Skid trail is steep and there are a few places you have to use fixed rope. Most of the time the trail goes right under the Gondola line. Follow the pink ribbons, the Gondola line, and the far away view of summit lodge; and you shouldn't get lost. But because there are less people on the trail, there are a couple of points where you have to stop and figure out where to go. We only met a group of three young men, but they were too fast to follow. We followed them to the Skid Trail and off of the main trail of Sea to Summit. Depended on cellphone GPS, spent 4 or 5 hours, and reached the Lodge.
        Skid trail starts after 1/4 mark of the Sea to Summit trail, and at the first crossing of the lift line where Gondola passes overhead, take the left to the Skid trail. Eventually, the trail will meet Sea to Summit trail.
        I like the challenge and the reward.

          Posted: July 9, 2017 05:30:25 PM PST


          Sunny from Vancouver writes:

          Could anyone advise if there is any snow on the trail now? Many thanks.

            Posted: July 6, 2017 03:25:15 PM PST


            Juliet from Vancouver writes:

            Beautiful views but a difficult hike (not intermediate)! It took us 4hrs and 15 minutes from the Gondola Basecamp. I would say that the majority of the hike is climbing wooden stairs (think of Grouse Grind), stairs made of rock, then scrambling much of the time over rocks and roots with a few viewpoints and falls. The final few km were the flattest of the whole hike. The route my group took was parking at Shannon Falls (we had to sneak a peek in before starting the hike and the bathroom facilities there were welcomed). We took the connector hike to the gondola basecamp which added 5-10mins above the 4hrs and 15minutes. Then we hiked up the trail which heads towards the Chief, turning right onto Sea to Summit/Upper Shannon Falls, then turning left onto the road (Shannon Basin Loop). At Sea to Summit sign post we decided we were too exhausted to face more technical climbing/scrambling so we stayed on the road up to the Wonderland Loop trail (shortcut turns into the loop). We carefully stayed left through the loop and arrived at the summit lodge ready to take in some food and drinks. The gondola ride down was an absolute must (cost $15). We really enjoyed it but decided in future to just take the gondola ride up and then hike some of the trails available at the top. A few extra notes: our fitness level was average (we are not avid hikers but we do other workouts/bike rides/running/walking regularly). We did take lots of short breaks. The ropes that we used were not intimidating at all (they were nice to have but we did not feel threatened by the trail even if the ropes weren't there). We had to bring out our "inner child" for the adventure of scrambling. Signage was helpful but I will admit we still managed to take a number of extra steps in the wrong direction on more than one occasion. A couple sections were just slightly tricky. We had to keep our heads up and looking for the signs to help us navigate the scrambling sections. Be sure to allow enough time to catch the last gondola ride down (you do NOT want to miss this) and bring plenty of water and snacks.

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            • Sea To Summit Trail photo
            • Sea To Summit Trail photo

              Posted: July 2, 2017 09:41:52 PM PST


              Miranda from Oakville writes:

              Did this hike with my boyfriend and absolutely loved it. We did the hike on a bit of whim (and we are very inexperienced hikers), so didn't quite anticipate the difficulty. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is quite challenging. It took us about 4 hours to get to the top, with several breaks. While there is some reprieve with more gradual areas, much of the hike is steep scrambles and some areas with fixed ropes required for puling yourself up. I would say you have to be fairly fit to complete it comfortably.

              Would absolutely recommend! But again, give yourself lots of time, and be sure to pack lots of water and food.

                Posted: June 29, 2017 12:20:33 PM PST


                Jouie from Richmond writes:

                I am planning to hike Sea to Summit in August, not sure whether i should take the Upper Sea to Summit or Shannon Base Loop for the last part of the trail, because some review said Upper Sea to Summit is rocky and steep, can anyone please tell me how difficult for Upper Sea to Summit? I have experience hiking Garibaldi lake, Elfin Lake, High Note Trail and St. Mark Summit, but not sure whether I can make it to Summit Lodge through Upper Sea to Summit.

                  Posted: June 28, 2017 03:52:09 PM PST


                  Teresa from Richmond, BC writes:

                  For inexperienced hikers and those out of shape, this is not the trail for you. Took me and a couple others 3.5 hours to get to the top with around 10 breaks in total. The first part is the most difficult in my opinion, because of how steep the stairs are, as well as the elevation gain. Reaching halfway was not hard-- after that the elevation gain wasn't too bad, however, there is a long stretch nearby the end that will take you roughly 20-25 mins of a long path that has a slight incline. THAT BEING SAID, the views from each checkpoint were spectacular and I wouldn't mind doing this again.

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                  • Sea To Summit Trail photo

                    Posted: June 23, 2017 11:31:40 PM PST


                    Elly from Vancouver writes:

                    I would call this hike difficult. Took 3.5 hours for me, and I had to take plenty of breaks. The shared trail with the chief hikers was steep and busy, then much more quiet upon splitting. I found the trail very challenging because of the elevation gain. Half way through, it is still pretty muddy. Please look prior to beginning the trail as to when the last gonola ride down is and give yourself plenty of time to make it up! I do not recommend climbing down because of how steep and muddy some parts were, so stay committed.

                      Posted: June 22, 2017 06:25:21 PM PST


                      Allie K from Edmonton writes:

                      We went May 17, 2017. This was our first attempt at a mountain trail and we were not disappointed. The trail markings made it very easy to follow.
                      There were some challenging parts and some nice areas that you can walk and catch your breath. The rope parts seemed intimidating when you read them but once you use them it's just a nice-to-have feature.
                      The trail was quite muddy from the spring melt and there was snow at the top however my partner and I finished in 3.5 hours and had to take off our jackets. I would recommend this hike to others

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                      • Sea To Summit Trail photo

                        Posted: May 18, 2017 02:36:25 PM PST


                        Dave from Vancouver writes:

                        Was up here two weeks ago. A solid, well-marked hike, with a convenient ride down to save your knees.

                        Personally didn't find the views too fantastic, maybe because of the man-made structures up top. Would favour doing the Chief over this, stretching it to all 3 peaks if you'd like a longer hike.

                          Posted: May 8, 2017 04:19:56 AM PST


                          Debbie from Abbotsford writes:

                          This hike was beautiful! my husband and i did it on April 29 its a great mix of everything:stairs,ropes,trees,rocks. The first half was dry then we ran into snow but not too bad.....they did however change the gondola price to go down it was $15 per person.

                            Posted: May 1, 2017 04:37:14 PM PST


                            Zara from Vancouver writes:

                            We did the trail on April 14, 2017. The hike was fantastic! Regarding the trail condition, the first 4.5k was dry-ish. After that there is snow which makes you slower but not too challenging that you can't finish it. It tooks us 2.5 hrs all in.
                            Highly recommended.

                              Posted: April 16, 2017 09:07:32 AM PST


                              Crystal from Toronto writes:

                              Trail looks great, heading out there next weekend. Any reviews from anyone who has been up in March or April 2017?

                                Posted: April 9, 2017 06:23:49 PM PST


                                Tanvi from Vancouver writes:

                                Hiked this with some friends yesterday. Perfect hike for a sunny day. I am not fit but I hike regularly. I have done the chief, 2nd and 3rd peak but this felt much longer to the top and very tiresome, even though the gondola down was a blessing for my knees. Maybe because we started at noon and did not eat any lunch till we got to the top 4 hours later! Anyhow, I would say its a fantastic hike because you are rewarded with a great viewpoint after every stretch of steep climbing, and there is good food on top. Some sections had chains and ropes but their use is not mandatory. I would advise starting early so you are on top in time for lunch and being prepared for switchbacks.

                                  Posted: October 23, 2016 03:51:41 PM PST


                                  Myra from Toronto writes:

                                  Such a fun and challenging hike! Went out yesterday (Oct 13th) when conditions were rainy. I think it would probably be safer (i.e less slippery) if it were drier, but this is BC where you can't wait for a sunny day or you'll never go out. There were patches where water would gush down from the top of the path completely washing out your way up. Arm strength and solid grippy, waterproof hiking boots are necessary. Loved the bits with the rope pull--I have limited hiking experience but I've never done that before. The views en route and on top were spectacular! Hot soup and cold beer await you at the top!

                                    Posted: October 14, 2016 02:09:22 PM PST


                                    Howard from Vancouver writes:

                                    Hiked the trail on Sunday Sept 11th. Finished the hike in just under 3 hours with a group of 2 friends.
                                    Not an avid hiker but consider myself active and fit.

                                    The trail is well marked and is definitely challenging but well worth it. Lots of incline hiking, stairs, and beautiful views. A lot of the time however you are in the thick of the trees. Gondola tickets downare $10.00 and you can purchase at the top. Restaurant at the top serves food and beer (looked forward to this the whole hike up!)

                                    Bring water and snacks for energy as the trail has lots of nice spots to stop.

                                      Posted: September 12, 2016 12:00:29 PM PST


                                      Chuck from Vancouver writes:

                                      This is an excellent hike! Vertical gain equivalent to the Grind but with much better views. I have been anxious to climb this trail since the gondola opened. The trail is appropriately rated- moderate intensity for fit people, advanced for those less so. The chained and roped sections are not technically challenging, and they are better described as "assist devices" . Play it cool and you will be fine. I would not consider the trail dangerous at any point, however it was a sunny dry day and it could be a very different beast when wet during/after rain. I am recovering from major knee surgery so I used hiking poles and took my time, about 3 hours. Congratulations on a great trail- it's an excellent option to the classic Chief backside trail, which is more technical in some sections.

                                        Posted: September 4, 2016 06:47:06 PM PST


                                        Grace from Vancouver writes:

                                        This hike was absolutely beautiful. It took my mom and I about 3 hours with numerous breaks in between to catch our breath. There were a lot more hands on climbing and scrambling than expected. Other than that, the trail consisted of many stairs (similar to the grouse grind) but there were also flat sections to balance them out. Overall, this hike was extremely rewarding, especially the views on top of the mountain. (and we didn't even have to pay for the gondola!). Would definitely go again.

                                          Posted: September 1, 2016 03:29:14 PM PST


                                          Amaruq from Burnaby writes:

                                          This should be put down as advanced. It's hard. Tiring. Exhausting. Imagine basically doing the Grouse Grind 3 times over. There are flat parts and even some downhill areas, but don't expect them to last for long.
                                          And it's a blast to hike. Went with my sisters and we powered up the trail with no breaks, did it in 2 hours 40 min. I'm someone who loves to hike hard trails (High Note Trail is my favourite), so this isn't everyone's cup of tea. There are places where you have to use your arms to climb up some small rock faces, by hand and with rope and chain. Which I love, but I know there are people who'd much prefer a trail with no big obstacles like that. Personally, if you aren't too active and aren't that much of a hiker I wouldn't recommend this trail. Don't do it for the views, either. Most of the time you're hiking in the depths of the forest until you get close to the top. You have to take it rather seriously and it will make you sweat and drink bottles of water. I would also advise against large footwear like hiking boots, try to wear grippy runners - I wore my toeshoes and felt like a mountain goat. You'll need the grip, even when it's dry, and you'll need some agility if you're going fast. There's a lot of rock and tree root.
                                          But if you're up for the challenge, it's a wonderful hike with some nice scenic points to take a breather at. Clearly marked trail and very easy to follow. The cheap gondola ride down was a nice plus, and the river above Shannon Falls is a great rest point, and gorgeous. Would do this trail again and hike it back down!

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                                            Posted: August 25, 2016 04:02:04 PM PST


                                            calliope from vancouver writes:

                                            i wouldn't call this intermediate. i'd recommend it only to people fit enough to climb steep hills up challenging terrain for at least 3.5 hours. not for those who get dizzy easily, or get anxiety with heights. not for hiking boots, as there are parts where you need your feet to be agile. there are parts where if you do fall backwards you will do some serious injury, as you'll fall quite far. you do need some upper body strength as there are parts where you pull yourself up by the rocks, or by ropes or chains. i couldn't do the part with the chain; it was too loose and i could not see how to do it, and hit my head on the rock - someone else had to pull me up! i am fairly fit, and i like hills, but i won't do this again. that said, two of the three 30 somethings behind us didn't look like they were having much fun either.

                                              Posted: August 15, 2016 10:02:49 AM PST


                                              Kim from Coquitlam writes:

                                              Beautiful hike with some challenging terrain. Went up with 6 kids (8-12) and 6 adults. I'd definitely call the hike intermediate/difficult. Steep climbs, but there are places to take a break. This is not a walk, and once you start, you need to commit. Turning around to come down isn't recommended, and would be difficult.

                                              We loved it, and would definitely do it again. Beer, yam fries, and a spectacular view at the top are a great reward!

                                                Posted: August 1, 2016 11:38:37 AM PST


                                                AndyG from Vancouver writes:

                                                Great viewpoints, some peaceful forest, lovely spot to sit by Shannon Creek, awesome patio and fine beer, and a knee-saving gondola ride back down. It was pleasantly quiet on the trail today too (unlike my previous attempt which was a zoo!). I even spotted some Indian pipe in bloom.

                                                So why only 3 stars? No sign of any trail upgrades or maintenance in the two years since it opened. Beyond the Upper Shannon Falls viewpoint, what started out as a nice trail through mossy forest has become a braided morass of roots, mud and short-cut switchbacks as thousands of people wearing the wrong shoes have sought more secure and cleaner footing. Bah. But perhaps that's part of a long-term plan? See how the trail beds in and then improve it? We can but hope.

                                                  Posted: July 19, 2016 02:26:57 PM PST


                                                  Tracy from Surrey writes:

                                                  Did this hike today with 3 adults and 4 kids aged 9-12. As experienced hikers, and users of Vancouver Trails, I have to say, this is the first time I felt the hike was UNDER rated in terms of difficulty. It was definitely at the upper end of intermediate. I would probably rate it difficult, based on sections requiring hand and foot scrambling, various rope and chain sections, areas where it is very steep.

                                                  That said, it was absolutely gorgeous, both in the trees, and all the times you broke out. Great hike for kids that hike, as there are several points of interest along the way to stop for a break and see waterfalls, vistas, massive log falls, etc.

                                                  Typically I find hikes on Vancouver trails are overestimated in terms of time (if it says 3 hours, usually takes me 2), but today was almost 4 hours (granted we had 4 kids with us) so it was definitely appropriately rated for time.

                                                  Would do this again!!!!

                                                    Posted: July 1, 2016 01:55:11 AM PST


                                                    SC from Coquitlam writes:

                                                    My wife and I accomplished this trail on the 25th of June, 2016. As novice hikers who have done several intermediate rated trails from this site, I think this trail should be rated as difficult for its vertical rocky ascends, rope and chain assisted climbs. It is a fun trail but often challenging half of the time. The silver lining is, you'll get to see the stunning and several picturesque view of the Howe Sound. Another consolation upon reaching the Sea to Sky Gondola Lodge, is that you get to ride the gondola down for CAD$10 only and enjoy more scenery for about 10 mins. while descending.

                                                    Wear appropriate foot wear and clothing for the right trail. We made the right decision to wear boots that day as half of the trail itself was very muddy from the rains prior or dew from that morning. The rocks tend to get loose on the mud so we need to be extra cautious of our footing when climbing. It does help a lot if your shoes are waterproof and have anti-slip capabilities as wet roots can be really tricky as well. Bring enough nourishment for the hike as there are only several chances you might be able to re-fill your bottle from Upper Shannon Falls and some small creeks along the way. There are no pit toilets along the way. So, use the washrooms before you proceed to the trail head at the base.

                                                    In summary, for an average Joe like me, this is a fun but difficult and challenging trail. I would probably do it again but not too soon. If you have knee problems like myself, take it easy and prepare yourself beforehand this hike. The very steep rock climbs can be very daunting and unforgiving but with the right pacing, it is attainable.

                                                      Posted: June 30, 2016 06:58:35 PM PST


                                                      Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                      @Larry The trail is extremely well marked with Sea To Sky Gondola markers that are numbered. There are some junctions at the upper section but they all have well marked signage with distances.

                                                      Since you've done the trail as the Upper Shannon Falls route, that ridge where you would have ended with the wonderful view, the 1/2 way marker is just before that ridge. So yes, the times are for 1-way and it would 5-6 hours to do it roundtrip, depending on fitness and things like that. I can't say for sure but it felt like there were steeper sections during the first 1/2 and the second 1/2 had some longer sections that didn't gain as much elevation.

                                                      As for buying tickets, I think you can purchase them inside the lodge at the top but best to double check at the bottom before you begin the hike.

                                                        Posted: June 24, 2016 01:28:30 PM PST


                                                        Larry from Langley writes:

                                                        I've done the hike to upper Shannon Falls a number of times but have not yet done the hike to the top Gondola station. I am taking a group of college students in a few week.
                                                        I assume the trail is well marked from the upper falls to the station?

                                                        Can you buy a down-only gondola ticket at the upper station or are you supposed to purchase this at the bottom before commencing the hike?

                                                        The times that people are posting for the hike I assume are one-way. So if we were to hike down it would be around 5-6 hours total?

                                                        Thanks for any helpful information you can provide before I take the group up!

                                                          Posted: June 24, 2016 02:29:45 AM PST


                                                          Karine P from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Did this hike on May 28th; great hike! We finished in just under 3.5 hours. It was very enjoyable, quite challenging at times. The trail was still a bit muddy at some spots, but clear overall. We also passed along the closed Oleson Creek Bridge with no problem (we just went one person at a time, haha).
                                                          My only criticism about the trail -- and admittedly a silly one -- is the distance markers indicating every 500m of progress. A little unnecessary and kind of distracting during the hike...

                                                            Posted: May 29, 2016 11:49:04 AM PST


                                                            Meg H from Burnaby writes:

                                                            Hiked the trail on May 7, 2016 took us about 3.5-4 hours. Thought the trail was comfortably challenging and had a nice variety. The bridge over Oelson Creek is "closed" but you can still use it at your own risk. I felt no concerns using it. Trail is really busy at the beginning stretch because it's shared with The Chief but once you turn off to the right for Upper Shannon Falls (aka Sea to Summit) it's really quiet and enjoyable. A few nice spots to stop along the way for snacks/photos. If you complete the Sea to Summit the views are incredible and you can enjoy all the fun stuff they have up there for the gondola. Loved it, will definitely tackle it again!

                                                              Posted: May 8, 2016 02:39:27 AM PST


                                                              Kat from Vancouver writes:

                                                              Hiked the sea-to-summit trail yesterday - started at the gondola parking lot and took us 3.5 hours. Trail was mostly dry - a little muddy at some parts closer to the top. Really fun trail and loved that we could grab a beer at the top!

                                                                Posted: April 10, 2016 06:34:34 PM PST


                                                                Bob from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                A great trail, well maintained and well used. Some steep sections, but great scenery. I blogged about the hike here...

                                                                http://www.buntzenlake.ca/upper-shannon-falls/

                                                                  Posted: March 28, 2016 12:51:34 PM PST


                                                                  JK from vancouver writes:

                                                                  I have a mixed feeling about this trail.
                                                                  Of course, once you get to the summit, it is beautiful. No doubt about it. You can even buy beer or go to the restaurant. But I much prefer the scenery from the chief, which is closer to the water.
                                                                  The hike itself was not fun either. 7.5km one way hiking is rather arduous without any significant scenic points. If you have not done it, do it once. Take some photos, and brag about it. But once is enough. I would not go back.
                                                                  In response to other comments and questions, I would not recommend this hike to elderly, pregnant women, or anyone with a little baby.
                                                                  The hike is too long and there are many steep sections.

                                                                    Posted: September 4, 2015 10:01:29 PM PST


                                                                    Debbie from Delta writes:

                                                                    This an amazing trail. There is intensity (you're going to get a great workout), waterfalls, sweeping views of the sound, views of mountains that go on forever, quiet, and trees galore. There are also markers and signage everywhere, so it's impossible to get lost. Parking is free too, which is a bonus. The $10 ticket price for the gondola ride down was a great deal too!

                                                                    There are a couple of ways to access this trail. The first being what's already described in the write up. The second access point is from the new parking lot just past Shannon Falls Park located at the new Sea-to-Sky gondola "base camp". Look for the trail marker called "Sea-to-Summit: 1". The Sea-to-Summit trail will take you straight up to the top. We definitely appreciated the option to take the easier trail options near the summit.

                                                                    The trail is a bit technical, so hiking boots are recommended.

                                                                      Posted: August 22, 2015 08:52:41 PM PST


                                                                      Alison from Vancouver writes:

                                                                      Agreed - this is a badass - and satisfying! - hike. The hike is 7.5km if you take the direct (aka steepest) route up. It shares a pretty difficult section of the Chief near the beginning (think crowds on steep stairs), then turns off to the right and takes you on an up and down route of some pretty incredible scenery. This trail has so many points of interest: 'quick-win' viewpoints, a stunning waterfall with tiers of pools, and some misty rainforest-like valleys to cool down in. There are a few moments where you need to duck under logs, step up narrow passageways, and use a rope to pull yourself up, so I wouldn't recommend for anyone with a young child. I did see some dogs that seemed to manage just fine, though! When you come up to the logging road, you'll have the choice of taking the longer, easier route (3.5km) or the more difficult, 'direct' route (2.3km), which had a few more ropes/climbing sections. The recommended time for the hike is 3-5 hours depending on your route, although we finished in about 2.5hrs (going pretty quickly). The new building at the summit is gorgeous, and we took some time to get a cold drink, cross the suspension bridge, and take some photos, before we took the $10 gondola back to our car in the parking lot. Hugely recommend this hike - enjoy!

                                                                        Posted: July 6, 2015 10:28:30 AM PST


                                                                        Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                        This is a pretty badass hike. Compared to the Chief, Garibaldi, Diez Vistas, and Mount Cheam - for some reason this one was a mental beat down. You are counting trail markers from 1-400. It is very well marked. I think we used fixed ropes/chains about 5 times? Definitely a quieter trail than the Chief. There is an awesome little "pool" area about a 1/3 of the way up. Too bad it isn't further up to reward your efforts. Some parts are quite technical and require some agility. The views are great at the top but be prepared to be far more exhausted and dirtier than those who took the gondola up. It's strange to see people with designer hand bags and Toms at the top of a hike but with the tourists comes clean bathrooms and food and water for purchase!

                                                                        It. Is. Steep.

                                                                          Posted: June 26, 2015 09:04:18 PM PST


                                                                          Sarah from Squamish writes:

                                                                          I'm 6 months pregnant and want to go somthing different and fun for my boyfriends birthday. We want to hike the upper Shannon falls trail but I haven't done it in 10 years or so, would you recommend it pregant ? Thanks in advance !

                                                                            Posted: June 12, 2015 06:07:09 AM PST


                                                                            Callie S from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            I have a question: I'm an intermediate-level hiker, and I have a 16mo old who loves hanging out in his steal-framed backpack. I'm wondering if anyone would recommend (or not) the Upper Shannon Falls trail to the top of the Gondola at the restaurant while carrying a little kid? I'm fit and can definitely carry him the distance, but I'm wondering about the safety of the trail?

                                                                            Thanks!

                                                                              Posted: June 2, 2015 03:08:10 PM PST


                                                                              Ingrid from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              Hiked the sea to summit 2 weeks ago for the first time. Enjoyed the hike very much though sharing the first part of the trail with large groups going up the Chief was a little frustrating (it was the long weekend though so should have known) and in the process of trying to pass a group missed the sign for the turnoff to the sea to summit. This resulted in a hike almost to the second peak before we realized our error and had to turn around go back down and find our route to the sea to summit. So, after our 1.5 hour diversion we started up the sea to summit which was a lovely, difficult but rewarding hike with a lot of variety. I highly recommend. At the top we were rewarded for our efforts with a great view and when the manager learned of our 2 mountain hike that day he bought us both a beer. Great service!! Will definitely do this hike again.

                                                                                Posted: May 29, 2015 04:24:07 PM PST


                                                                                Dimo from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                Did this trail from the parking lot and continued up to the Sea to Sky Gondola section... at which point I flew my quad and took this footage of the area!

                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=degF75HjpS8

                                                                                In terms of effort and what you get out of it... I wouldn't recommend it... there are so many other better trails out there... it's neighbor (the chief) offers tons more rewards for your efforts...

                                                                                Heck even Elfin Lakes is a more worthwhile endeavor... but that's just my two cents :)

                                                                                  Posted: May 21, 2015 11:23:02 PM PST


                                                                                  Jamie J from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                  Completed the Sea to Summit trail yesterday. Conditions were alright, visibility was limited at times due to fog, but at the top the view was great. From the Shannon Falls parking lot the trail took me 3 hours and about 15 minutes of that was using a water filter on little streams so I wouldn't have to carry any water up with me (Sawyer Mini).

                                                                                  If you have completed the chief already this trail is a must do. However, if you're visiting Vancouver or don't get out hiking very often I would recommend doing the chief or taking the gondola to the top instead.

                                                                                  With that being said, for anyone who hikes fairly often put this trail on your list! It is much quieter than the chief, has fantastic views of upper Shannon Falls, and has a very well developed (although painfully busy) deck with 270 degree views.

                                                                                  Pro-tip, I saw tons of people buying hamburgers and the basic hamburger comes with nothing on it! Just the patty and the bun. Order the deluxe to get your basic burger toppings. Meal and a beer will cost you about $20 while the download Gondola will cost $10.

                                                                                  Happy hiking.

                                                                                    Posted: May 16, 2015 09:22:14 AM PST


                                                                                    Rosa Gramuglia from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Did the Sea to Summit this morning with my 2 girlfriends. 2.5 hrs up to the gondola. Absolutely georgeous woods- not a surprise, BC is full of them! Passing Shannon Falls ( and the beautiful pond - nice lunch spot on a good day ). Took the Wrinkle rock connector, that's when a light snow happened - so it was chilly. No visibility today, that was a shame cause I can tell, it would have been magnificent, the suspension bridge and that gorgeous deck, wow! Lucky to have it so close to home. The gondola ride was really nice on the way back. I highly recommend this as a bucket list check off

                                                                                      Posted: April 23, 2015 07:39:24 PM PST


                                                                                      Rudy from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                      Monday July 14, 2014. Me and my buddy were initially set up to do the Chief this day. We knew that the new Sea to Sky Gondola had recently opened to the public and we were wondering if we could hike up, have some food and a beer and then take the gondola down. This is what we normally do on the Grouse Grind and it’s a perfect reward for your efforts. Also, hiking downhill is not only more dangerous, but also tough on your body/knees/joints.

                                                                                      We parked at the Gondola parking lot and asked for information. The trail is called the 'Sea to Summit trail in it's full, however the first half is the Upper Shannon Falls trail. You can take different trails to the gondola peak once you finish the Upper Shannon Falls trail, we took the 'Wrinkle Rock trail'. More information and maps can be found on the Sea to Sky Gondola website. You can park in the parking lot of the Gondola but the maximum parking is 3 hours*. We hiked this on a Monday and one of the information attendants sad we were ok to park longer. The rule applies mostly during the weekend/busy days. The trail starts from the back of the Gondola parking lot but it meets the trail for hiking the chief so parking at the Chief parking lot is also a good option. The third option would be to park at Shannon Falls.

                                                                                      The trail to the top is set to be about 3 - 3,5 hours. We did it in 2,5 hours without calculating breaks/viewing points. This is a fast pace. The trail is very steep at certain points, however, there is also flat sections that make it not a ‘grouse grind’. Bring enough food and water. We did this in this summer’s (2014) July heat wave. We drank a small bottle of water at the bottom and both finished our 3L camelbaks when we reached the top. I do have to mention that it was 30+ degrees. Just to give some tips, bring easy high energy foods like a banana, tuna / peanut butter sandwich, mars bar or hiking/protein bars. It’s an 1100m elevation gain over about 7km’s. My smart phone app said I burned 1200 calories. Stay hydrated and fed!

                                                                                      You will follow the purple followed up by the orange trail markers. You will eventually meat with the Shannon Falls at the point where the trail meets the stream before the big waterfall. There is some pools where you can cool of. Good time to take your shoes off and get your ankles wet / wash your face. Be careful with the rocks near the creek because if you fall in I’m afraid your not going to be telling the story. As it was so warm on our trip, we took a dip in the (freezing) water and ate our lunch here. A little up from the stream is a viewing point where the said trail ends. Here is where the Sea to Summit trail continues. You will follow the orange markers and then the red markers until you reach a wider road with a map of the trails. This road is easily identified as the trees are all leaf trees. The trail before reaching this point might get really small and you might doubt your bearings, but this is because the trail is still young. At this point you can take 3 different ways up; the Wrinkle Rock Connector, Upper Sea to Summit trail and Shannon Basin loop. There is amazing views looking over the chief an surrounding mountains/valleys, a suspension bridge and a restaurant bar waiting at the top. Good luck!

                                                                                        Posted: July 15, 2014 07:07:15 PM PST


                                                                                        PePa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        Did the trail with a group of 9 on Saturday July 12th, 2014. We all made it to the large viewpoint at what we supposed to be the end (I didn't see a sign to the effect). We were surprised at the number of people wanting to go all the way to the gondola top. I guess if you go back down with the gondola that's OK, but we were really tired after getting back down. A fair part of the trail was steeper than the Grouse Grind, but there were some more level sections. I didn't use the chain or rope, but some did. Some great views. The section shared with the Chief is quite significant, and it was very busy, mostly stairs, which didn't add to the enjoyment (although doing it without the stairs would be even more difficult). I was not very impressed with the sign posting, but it was adequate to follow the trail.

                                                                                        The two main attractions were the upper falls section where you could both cool your heels and see some thundering up close, and the large rockbed viewpoint at the end. I guess with the gondola, you can hike up and take the gondola down, there is an easy trail connecting the gondola base to the Shannon Falls parking lot.

                                                                                        After some of the glowing reviews I was a little bit disappointed, but we had a great hike, but we found it quite taxing, even the more fit members of our party.
                                                                                        Good picnic facilities near the parking lot, a little concession + souvenir shop, a largish washroom building, but no seperate watering points (but the tap water was great).

                                                                                          Posted: July 13, 2014 09:06:43 AM PST


                                                                                          Michael from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                          Just completed this trail on May 10th, 2014 and did a bit more. As of this date, the Sea to Sky Gondola tourist attraction has opened up to the public. The Upper Shannon Falls trail is now part of the "Sea to Summit" trail which starts at the bottom where the Gondola station, joins with the Shannon Falls to Chief connector trail, and ends at the plaza at the top. New markers denote the trail and are frequent save for the last leg. The Upper Shannon Falls trail is as described on this site, but if you follow the "Sea to Summit Trail" markers past the rocky bluff, you'll pass through more forest with mossy terrain, a small clearing, more forest trail with some uncleared brush, and then a wide forest path that has been recently cleared. This wide path continues on for about 20-30 minutes with markers becoming more infrequent. This path is non-technical, patted down, and has a constant gentle incline.

                                                                                          You'll eventually hit a construction road which you should follow to the left. You'll know it's the right way if you see another "Sea to Summit Trail" marker a minute up the road. It looks like there's still work to be done at this time so you'll be walking on a dirt road that's been tracked out by vehicles. You'll eventually hit another junction with a path on the left that's flat and rounds a corner and another on the right that goes up. The path on the left will lead you to the Gondola Plaza and will have another trail marker. From there, you'll pass by a small construction area with a junction. Keep going straight and you'll find the plaza.

                                                                                            Posted: May 10, 2014 03:20:04 PM PST


                                                                                            Lynna from Delta writes:

                                                                                            We just did this trail on Sunday, April 13. Started at Shannon Falls around 9. Took about 3 1/4 hours, including picture breaks and a nice long break at the last view point. We saw a grand total of 24 people on the trail, including 11 kids on a birthday party hike. Five of the hikers that we saw were actually going on to a chalet a little further up the trail (there is supposed to be a turn off before the last push to the end that my husband saw and I didn't). We didn't find it to be a difficult hike, but it is a lovely one. Great views and a quiet trail make it one we'd enjoy doing again (maybe to find the chalet too). The Chief section was BUSY on the way back. Did I mention it was busy? Crowded? Crazy? It really was, and the parking lot at Shannon Falls was full upon our return, with a car or two circling the lot looking for a spot, and many others giving up and parking across the highway. My only piece of advice is to go early. The trail is very well marked. The slippery rock section with the chain is short and easily done. Great trail.

                                                                                              Posted: April 14, 2014 10:25:27 AM PST


                                                                                              Brian from Surrey, BC writes:

                                                                                              We did this hike on Sep 7, and it is one of the most interesting and beautiful trails I have been on in years of hiking! The part shared with the Chief is very busy and not noteworthy, but once you branch off of it, the fun begins. There are a number of unique and beautiful sections marked by sublime coastal rainforest, fascinating secluded rock settings, a delightful small pond, and a fun little surprise in the middle of the trail at one point. The short chain section further up merely provides stability as you scale a rocky area on a very narrow ledge. The upper falls is nice, but the view from the top is even nicer. The one downside is that the new Sea to Sky gondola cuts right up across the trail at one point - thankfully not one of the more noteworthy sections. Overall, a highly recommended trail!

                                                                                                Posted: September 17, 2013 09:38:53 PM PST


                                                                                                Wy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                Question - thinking of doing this hike this weekend - how hard is this trail for dogs? It mentions climbing up metal chains.... can a dog go up with any problems? Thanks!

                                                                                                  Posted: July 29, 2013 12:03:23 PM PST


                                                                                                  Dave from Surrey, BC writes:

                                                                                                  Jul 24, 2013 We saw signs saying trail unmarked and/or under maintenance. Trail was in excellent condition, perfectly marked and all maint. completed. Its a nice diverse trail with a couple of interesting steep spots. Really enjoyed it, only saw 4 other hikers, 4 hours top to bottom including lunch break.

                                                                                                    Posted: July 28, 2013 10:10:48 AM PST


                                                                                                    Bradley Eaton from Valleyview writes:

                                                                                                    Went to the falls on may long weekend which was most likely a mistake there was a steady stream of people going up and down I go hiking to get away from the masses so I was not happy. it was more of a waiting game letting people down the path so we could hurry up one section and wait again for people to come down, we turned around about 3/4 of the way up We will try again but NEVER on a long weekend

                                                                                                      Posted: May 22, 2013 07:02:34 PM PST


                                                                                                      Stephen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                      @sarahz That construction closed sign has been up there for several years now. I don't know why someone hasn't taken it down. It certainly hasn't seemed like there has been any construction, even though one of the bridges could use some work.

                                                                                                        Posted: May 4, 2013 11:12:04 PM PST


                                                                                                        sarahz from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                        Went to hike Upper Shannon Falls this morning with a group of 11 people. Reached Shannon Falls parking lot at 7:45 am and started hiking at 8:00 am. Unfortunately when we reached the turn off from the Chief trail to the Upper Shanon Falls trail we found that the Upper Shannon Falls trail was closed for construction (no notice posted on trail for when constriction will be complete). Instead 8 of us proceeded to hike the first peak of the Cheif and 3 people went back down to hike up to Petgill Lake. Great weather today :)

                                                                                                        Note: there is no construction notice on either the Shannon Falls provincial park or Stawamus Cheif provincial park websites for the current construction taking place.

                                                                                                          Posted: May 4, 2013 05:42:07 PM PST


                                                                                                          Katie P from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                          I did this hike at the start of last summer, was a really enjoyable hike and we only saw about 10 other people. A nice change to the Chief.

                                                                                                            Posted: May 3, 2013 12:20:47 PM PST


                                                                                                            HHDD from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                            Tried on September 29. The trail sign says "Undeveloped Trail", but the trail was definitely developed before but currently is not maintained. Walked the first 1/4 mile, found no others on the trail, somehow scared and came back to go to Stawamus Chief.

                                                                                                              Posted: September 30, 2012 10:07:05 AM PST


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