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roman from guelph writes:

Nice hike. 20C Oct8,2023. Variety terrain. After 25min Chief trail splits off and very quiet - only saw 2 guys. Long flat forest sections separatd by steep root climbs to waterfall. Couple times it looks like you lost trail - have to climb straight up rock face.

3rd quarter energy crashed. Never sweated so much. 100% should bring Gatorade. I brought 2L water. Chains was pretty easy. Gondola teased looking so close... but kept running out of breath. What a grind!

Ive done 30+ hikes and this was definetly tough. 2hr33min.

    Posted: October 11, 2023 01:47:28 PM PST

    Brooke from Dundas, Ontario writes:

    My mom & I did this hike together mid September. Overall this was a fantastic hike and a challenging/advanced trail. I would put it at the far end of the intermediate-advanced spectrum. The two of us are quite active but still felt it to be a solid workout. The first chunk from the bottom is all stairs and a beast, there’s a small break and then it gets very technical as you climb up. I had no problem with the climb, however it was difficult for my mom since her balance isn’t strong. She was able to do it though. If you’re on the beginner end I’d say allot more time (5 hours) to be safe. The view is so worth it and the hike is incredible in all its diversity. I would definitely recommend this hike!

      Posted: September 19, 2022 08:40:31 PM PST

      Ken Ho from Vancouver writes:

      Brutal 1st half. Nature's stairmaster is def not an inviting sight. What was I thinking? Trail was deserted cuz it was a very hot day. Luckily we brought a 2L jug and replenished at Shannon Falls. Half way up, we smiled n waved at gondolas passing above us
      ( if they could only hear us gasp for air).
      Forestry road up top was our favorite. It was like a stroll to grandma's. Last 2.3 km was a tease. We could hear the music, gondola station, and smell the beer but took 40min to finally reach the lodge.
      Glad we made it before the last download at 7pm
      Or we d be calling uber helicopter.

        Posted: July 27, 2022 10:41:11 PM PST

        Natalie from Vancouver writes:

        A fun trail much quieter than The Chief, with features mentioned in this description that keep it visually interesting. However it’s definitely 4 hours not 3.5 - my partner and I are experienced hikers and outpaced most other hikers yesterday and it took us longer than 3.5. I’d also say the part in the description about making up ground in the forest isn’t too accurate as the tree roots are very gnarled and ropy so fast footwork could lead to a twisted ankle. Overall a good hike with a great view (and food!) at the lodge at the top.

          Posted: May 23, 2022 07:53:14 AM PST

          Nancy Croteau from ABBOTSFORD writes:

          This trail is a good workout, and offers a lite bit of everything, some small scrambles, few ropes, lots of up hill climbing for the first 4km. Can be somewhat challenging and difficult for some people.

            Posted: September 7, 2021 03:15:48 PM PST

            Hem from Vancouver writes:

            As of 08/14, hikers need a 'BC Parks Day-Use pass' to access the trail. Even though it is rated as intermediate on this website, it is an 'advanced intermediate' trail due to steep sections and you have to pull yourself up using a rope/chain at couple of sections on the trail. For that reason I would say this is not dog friendly trail especially if your dog is not trained for 'off leash' walk.

            One of the best marked trails in the region and it is well maintained. Great views of Howe sound just past 1/2 way marker. Probably because of the day use pass system, it is less crowded than usual. Carry lots of water.

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              Posted: August 18, 2020 09:41:50 AM PST

              Vanhiker from Vancouver writes:

              Did this hike last weekend. It is great and less busy than others in area. It is not closed and they have no right to close a public park. Nice views from the top.

                Posted: October 1, 2019 03:37:28 PM PST

                Ryan Tompkins from Ladysmith writes:

                Did the hike yesterday, 30 May 2019. All the group is 51-
                57 years old. Entered the trail at 11:47. Last gondola down was 2 pm. We made it. Very hard but pushed hard. Made the trail in 2 hours and 13 minutes.
                I don’t recommend it. Electrolyte trouble at the end ( may be due to excessive beer the night before). Otherwise no issues.
                Giddy up.
                This is a beautiful trail. that challenges all areas of fitness.

                  Posted: May 31, 2019 07:02:26 PM PST

                  Margaret from Vancouver writes:

                  Advanced hiking for sure, not just intermediate. They should post it as one way only. Go to the top or bust, because going down some of this would be very dangerous. The top of the Gondola makes it worth it, but ya gotta do all 3000 feet. No option.. Really only three stars for this reason, but the stars won't let that be.

                    Posted: May 23, 2019 08:03:24 PM PST

                    Kelly from Vancouver writes:

                    Did this hike on Sat April 27th. 2 hours and 37 minutes to the top. Hard, and beautiful, and exhausting. Wish I had taken electrolytes for the last leg. The last 15 mins was pretty brutal. Four people mid 30s to mid 40s in decent shape. No snow, although it started to a little as we neared the top but quickly stopped. A little upper body strength required for the ropes.

                      Posted: May 1, 2019 02:59:13 PM PST

                      Great hike with lovely views up top from Surrey writes:

                      Hike up 2019-04-20 and there was no snow or ice all the way up. Lots of muddy / watery sections on the trail, so waterproof hiking shoes / boots recommended. Although we did see UK tourists wearing white tennis shoes and they were not persuaded by the conditions and were in great shape. 2:50 hours to the top with a hot chocolate for the reward (note the food truck behind the lodge serves the same drinks for cheaper than the lodge). $15 download ticket required and they take cash and credit card. Be aware of gondola closing at 5 pm.

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                        Posted: April 21, 2019 10:19:55 AM PST

                        David from Vancouver writes:

                        Great shoulder season hike that's well marked and provides a good workout. The weather is still cool and there's lots of snow in the surrounding mountains.

                        Note that the trail is still very icy, including a few significant sections of slick solid ice (not just packed snow) that are dangerous or impassable without traction devices. These sections are no problem with microspikes.

                          Posted: March 17, 2019 04:55:51 PM PST

                          Andy from Vancouver writes:

                          How is the trail around March, 2019?

                            Posted: March 14, 2019 04:40:43 PM PST

                            Kelly from Minnesota writes:

                            First of all, this was an AWESOME hike. But be warned that even though it says “intermediate” this requires great physical shape and hiking skills! Where I’m from this is pretty advanced hiking. So take the rating with a grain of salt...

                            Secondly, dog friendly my ass! Haha I took my pup in this hike with me. She’s a Labrador. There were times when I had to actually pull her up a rock ledge because there was nowhere for her to climb. So also, take with a grain of salt.. haha.

                            My recommendation? Take plenty of water and snacks and leave early so you can take your time and enjoy it!! It is a beautiful hike!!

                              Posted: September 20, 2018 02:57:27 PM PST

                              Johnnie from Vancouver writes:

                              I like this hike, it is one of my favourite hikes in/around Vancouver. It has far fewer people on it than The Chief, although they share the first 20 minutes, or so, before the Sea to Summit turns off to the right - look out for the signs. It is a very good workout, ranging from a steep climb in the beginning, to areas of easy walking, downhill sections (which means you lose some of your vertical gain and have to do it again) to scrambling over rocks and using ropes and chains, hence it provides a bit of an upper body workout too. I think it should be marked intermediate to difficult. It can range from wet in the spring to very dry at the end summer. It takes me around 2 hours and 30 minutes, and I would describe my fitness level as average. NOTE: I do not think this hike is dog friendly, unless you have a small, young, high-energy dog like a Jack Russell. I once saw a couple with an 7 or 8 year old Labrador on the trail and the dog was struggling - ruined my hike to see this. Although, yesterday, I was very surprised when a guy with a German Shepherd passed us close to the top, but the dog struggled to keep up with the owner at this stage of the hike.

                                Posted: September 3, 2018 09:35:29 AM PST

                                Stacey V from Pittsburgh PA writes:

                                This trail is worth the views. We thought it was quite challenging during the last 2.3km that heads up to the lodge. So happy to have taken the gondola down. Well worth the $15

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                                  Posted: July 15, 2018 05:05:59 PM PST

                                  Annie from Vancouver writes:

                                  We weren’t planning on doing this hike but had a change on plans and this trail was nearby. It was on the tougher side but worth it for the view. The trail starts with the chief but splits after the initial (steep) ascent. Once you get to the top, there’s a nice area to rest, grab a bite and have a drink. The views from the patio and the bridge are magnificent - beautiful water on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other. The gondola is $15, dogs are allowed for download but have to hike up.

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                                    Posted: July 14, 2018 05:42:32 PM PST

                                    Bridget from White Rock writes:

                                    Hiked this on June 16,2018. Great trail with some spectacular views and closeups of the falls. We started at the Gondola Parking lot but it has a 3 hr limit and although we were not ticketed, I'm not sure if anyone else has been. The traffic guards suggested we park at Darrell Bay which is the official parking lot for the hike. They offer a shuttle but it's not a long walk from what I can see. You can also start from the Stawamus Chief parking lot. I'm sure there are other options.
                                    You start on the Chief Trail and you want to make sure that you take the second trail (Upper Shannon Falls) which forks to the right and heads into some quiet, less travelled forest. It's well marked but still.....if you hike with your head down you might miss it.
                                    Once at the top, it's busy and worth doing the Highland Trail for more views and a quieter time.
                                    I highly recommend this!
                                    It took us 3h10 min in total with a total hiking time of 2h 30 min.
                                    Go early! Parking lot fills up quickly.
                                    It's fantastic and impressive to see people using it for trail running.

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                                      Posted: June 17, 2018 09:04:40 AM PST

                                      Keoni from Vancouver writes:

                                      I think the description of this trail is a bit misleading. While the trail is described as being "intermediate" the trail itself is marked as "difficult" and "most difficult". Further, while it is possible to hike with a dog, the trail is not exactly "dog friendly". There are sections of the trail that are essentially vertical and I had to grab my dog by his harness and toss him up. I also had to grab and hold onto him to pull us both up the rope-assisted sections of the trail. And beware that they will make you buy a ticket (full price) for your dog to ride down the gondola with you. While the hike was decent, the description could be much better.

                                        Posted: June 15, 2018 02:19:46 PM PST

                                        shane boug from vancouver writes:

                                        This is my personal favourite hike in the lower mainland and Squamish areas. The beginning starts off by kicking your butt as you climb stairs for about fifteen minutes. Thankfully just when you feel like you've had enough you get to the Shannon Falls turn off and get about 5 minutes of a relaxing flat bit of walking, then it's climbing again for close to thirty minutes. There are a couple other "breaks" and I usually try and beat my best time to the top, currently 1:41.00, but the views are great, the waterfalls and the sights and sounds and different types of trees make it for a great workout and beautiful hike!

                                          Posted: June 6, 2018 11:13:15 AM PST

                                          Kim from Coquitlam writes:

                                          We hiked this April 27th with our dog. Trails were in good condition except for snow the last 1/2 km but we did not need to use our microspikes. Took us 3 hours with a short break at the lookout. Gondola ticket seller warned us about dogs getting washed away in the fast running water by the falls. He recommended keeping dogs on leash in those areas.

                                            Posted: May 4, 2018 01:45:43 PM PST

                                            Felipe from Vancouver writes:

                                            I did this trail on the 19th of April. I am a beginner at hiking. was extremely anxious as was going with a friend that was visiting and also has little hiking experience. I used waterproof hiking boots with no spikes and he was on running shoes with some cheap spikes. To be honest, there was no need for the spikes, there was snow only on the last 1km, but it was hard packed. The first 1/3 of the trail was the most cardio intense I would say, with lots of stairs. The final 1/3 has some tricky bits. with some fixed ropes to help you out. We finished it in 3 1/2 hours.

                                              Posted: April 20, 2018 08:32:55 AM PST

                                              Emma from Vancouver writes:

                                              I love this hike!

                                              Did it most recently on March 11th. We used micro spikes on and off after the trail splits from the chief trail. Spikes or crampons are needed for most of the upper section of the trail as it is quite icy in places. Views were great from the top as usual. Took us 3.5 hours, compared to around 2.5 in summer.

                                                Posted: March 11, 2018 09:41:41 PM PST

                                                James Martin from Squamish writes:

                                                NEW STARTING POINT - as of 2017 this trail starts from the Chief parking lot. Follow the Chief trail about 10-15 mins and watch for the Sea to Summit Trail on the right.

                                                Worst hike in a long time! I hated this trail, it is poorly maintained and badly designed and has too many downhill sections that lose altitude you need to then reclimb. Many sections of the trail have become a creek that is either flowing if rained recently or slippery, wet, roots & rocks. It also wanders too far back and forth across the mountain wasting time and effort. Worst of all, at the end you are at the top of the Gondola with a crowd of tourists that took 10 minutes to get up vs you 3 hours. On top of all that, you need to pay to download then walk along the highway to get back to your car at the Chief parking lot. Definitely skip this one!

                                                  Posted: October 28, 2017 11:41:50 AM PST

                                                  Robin Nevin from Vancouver writes:

                                                  Okay, full disclosure, I've been avoiding most North Shore trails like the plague for many years... too much mud, twisted and tangled roots, scary and slippery inclines, limited views enroute, hordes of people on the popular main manicured trails, crappy or non-existent engineering or maintenance on the other trails, black flies, etc.

                                                  It seems that every decade I get sucked into trying one and, thinking that the Sea to Summit trail was associated with the new gondola of the same name and might actually be well engineered and maintained, gave in and tried it out. Maybe it was because of the rain the day before, but it was... mud, twisted and tangled roots, scary and slippery inclines, limited views enroute, hordes of people on the popular manicured Chief section of the trail, crappy or non-existent engineering or maintenance for most of the rest of the trail.

                                                  I was genuinely scared for much of the trail, this wasn't helped by encountering someone who had broken their leg and had to be airlifted out.

                                                  Time for BC to take the Washington model... charge trailhead parking fees and start building and maintaining the trail system!

                                                    Posted: October 1, 2017 10:04:38 PM PST

                                                    Esther from Langley writes:

                                                    Such a fun, varied hike! Did this beg of Sept. Beginning is steep and difficult but I loved the variation of terrain and the ropes. Got to the top in about 2h10 but was a bit disappointed with the view at the top. Would do this again for the hike itself but not for the view. Recommend boots or trail shoes

                                                      Posted: September 17, 2017 03:57:34 PM PST

                                                      Greg L from Vancouver writes:

                                                      Trail quite dry. Stairs to start are a solid wake-up call, but good variation afterward between climbing and walking. Went through a lot of water and distracting at times to see the km markers. Lodge/cafe at the top and gondola down is great motivator. Really enjoyed this hike.

                                                        Posted: September 17, 2017 11:43:30 AM PST

                                                        Steve B from Vancouver writes:

                                                        Did the hike July 23, 2017. Excellent hike, a great mix of terrain and scenery, including stairs, flat trail, steep trail, occasional ropes and chains, a scenic raging river, and some gorgeous viewpoints over Howe Sound.

                                                        We are average fitness and have done the Chief, the Grind etc. and this hike took 3 hours 20 mins at a comfortable pace, including several short stops for water/snack breaks and 20 mins at the larger viewpoint. Beginners who have never hiked or who are less fit might struggle. Remember, it's 900 m elevation gain.

                                                        - Trail is extremely well marked.
                                                        - Wear good hiking shoes. The footing is rough in many places.
                                                        - Pace yourself during the first 20 mins up the stairs. Many people go too fast too soon, then tire themselves out. Don't rush.
                                                        - Bring enough water on a hot day.
                                                        - The ropes and chains aren't so bad, not dangerous, just to assist you a bit. Similar to the Chief.
                                                        - More of the elevation gain is done in the first half of the hike than the second.
                                                        - The food menu at the top is pretty basic so we took the gondola down and went to White Spot in Squamish :-)

                                                          Posted: August 1, 2017 05:58:11 PM PST

                                                          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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                                                                      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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                                                                            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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                                                                                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!

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

                                                                                                    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...


                                                                                                                          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?


                                                                                                                                      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!


                                                                                                                                        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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