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Robyn from Vancouver writes:

Many stairs, haven’t done this hike in many years and they’ve added more robust stairs. Great views. Even spotted a sooty grouse looking for love. Left my sunglasses on a rock just after the initial stairs when I was de layering today. Sadly, gone when we passed on our way down. If anyone found them please reach out (7788873418).

    Posted: May 8, 2023 04:20:37 PM PST

    E fern from Coquitlam writes:

    If you love your dog, PLEASE DONT bring Fido along. While the trail says dogs are allowed and it may be TRENDY to snap photos of you and your dog on your adventures, the Chief is really not for pets. We saw dogs that were terrified of going up the last section of the trail where you have to go on all fours OR climb up the ladder section OR chains . Some dogs were clearly exhausted from the climb and some were slipping on the rock. Think: if your dog got injured, HOW would you bring it down?? The trail is STRAIGHT UP and STRAIGHT DOWN; there are NO FLAT SECTIONS. So, if you love your dog, PLEASE don't bring Fido...

      Posted: July 11, 2021 10:10:19 PM PST

      jeff from ottawa writes:

      great climb, felt like I was on the stair master forever but once near the top there is this steep little section with a ladder and chain pull up. Its a great hike. I'd wear running shoes next time and a lighter over shirt. As the climb is steep and you get hot quickly. Once at the top there are some amazing view if on a clear day. Well worth the climb. Next time to look out number 2 and 3 hopefully! amazing work that was done on that trail with all those rock stairs!

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        Posted: December 20, 2020 10:11:20 PM PST

        Rolando from Langley writes:

        Anyone knows if this hike is also good in winter like now in March 2020? Will it be still too snowy up there?

          Posted: March 3, 2020 10:34:35 AM PST

          Sharon from Toronto writes:

          My friend and I hiked the Chief the last week of August, on a balmy 20 degree Celsius Saturday. We pulled into the parking lot at about 11:30 am and managed to snag the last parking spot.
          As two beginner hikers, we were definitely not prepared for this beast! The hike up was difficult on the legs as you are climbing tall steps or stones almost the entire way until you get to the chain and ladder segment (this latter portion was the trickiest part of the hike for me because it required some scrambling). It took us about 3 hours to get to the top as we took very frequent breaks.
          We finally got to the 2nd peak and the views were absolutely stunning and unlike anything we'd seen before! We hung out up there for about an hour, took pictures, chatted with other hikers, and watched the chipmunks before heading back down.
          Coming back down, the chain and ladder section felt like a breeze. However, descending the steps and stones was brutal -- my legs were tired and felt like jelly at this point, and I felt like I had to keep stopping every few steps to let the faster hikers behind me past (it was getting pretty crowded at some parts). We ended up getting to the trail head in close to 3 hours!

          All in all, this was a great hike and the views at the top were spectacular, but it is definitely a grind. If you do decide to do this hike, make sure you've got hiking shoes and plenty of water and snacks. Good luck!

            Posted: September 9, 2019 03:32:02 PM PST

            VanHiker from Vancouver writes:

            Spring is a good tiime to do this hike on a sunny day. Did this end of April 2019. It was quite busy. Did all three peaks in about 5-6 hours with long breaks on each peak. The walk from the second to third peak is nice, easy and takes less than 30 minutes. The third peak is very quiet because almost no one goes there. There is a small pond and lots of interesting areas to walk around on the third peak. You can get a nice picture of the first two peaks with howe sound from the third peak. There is also nice view of Mount Crumpit and Garibaldi. This website doesn't mention is that there is a direct trail back to the parking from the third peak. It is well marked trail and very rocky. It goes down the backside and is on the official parks map.

              Posted: April 29, 2019 01:25:49 PM PST

              Emilia Rydz from vancouver writes:

              Does anyone know if Chief is ok for hiking now?

                Posted: March 26, 2019 01:22:09 PM PST

                j.j. hansen from north vancouver(now windsor ontario) writes:

                i was 13 or 14 when i went up the hydro road with my parents and my uncle in our old jeep cj5, it was probably the most beautiful thing i'd ever seen. but we also did brohm ridge/grouse and a few other off road excursions in that old beast even iona beach lol

                  Posted: February 12, 2019 12:03:38 PM PST

                  Nuxfan from Vancouver writes:

                  July 15: Ascended @0830 and down by 1230. Unfortunately didn't find the shortcut rpute from 2nd to 1st pk after the makeshift ladders.

                  PSA: Leave the loud bass/beats at home (or be much quieter about it...if i can hear em travelling to a different peak than u are...way tooo loud buddy; it took all of my Canadian-ness to keep myself from being an ass and yelling at you.) Nobody plans a trip to the mountain for the sounds of nature to be drowned out and replaced by a nightclub environment. Please. And Thanks.

                    Posted: July 15, 2018 06:42:42 PM PST

                    Bae from Vancouver writes:

                    Did it June 27, 2018. Shannon falls parking lot to Peak 2. Took 49 minutes up, 35 minutes down. Starts off with wooden staircases, then transitions to rock steps. Chains at the top to help with the rock face.

                    You're pretty much hiking up stairs the whole time. No flat sections. Peak 2 is beautiful. There's alot of room up there to walk around and explore. I was there at noon on a Wednesday and there was barely anyone there.

                      Posted: June 27, 2018 05:23:46 PM PST

                      Taylor from Vancouver writes:

                      Went to peak 2. Not a fan of the stairs during the trail, but overall a decent workout/hike. Expect it to be very populated. Was windy at the top. Enjoyed the part with the ladder and ropes. Would do again, maybe try a different peak. Went at the end of April.

                        Posted: June 22, 2018 10:15:40 PM PST

                        crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                        Did all 3 peaks on 2018.06.18. We didnt feel the heat wave (30+ C) until we reached the peaks where there was little to no shade. We found climbing up the 2nd peak to be the most challenging - probably due to tiring legs after ascending & descending the 1st peak, and some of the steps needed you to stretch quite a bit (those with long limbs should have less trouble). There was no chain nor ladder for the 3rd peak. Instead of hiking back to the 2nd and 1st peaks to return to the parking lot, we descended along a trail that bypasses both peaks. This trail starts between the North Gully and the 3rd peak. It is quite well marked, a bit technical in some places (no stairs - refer to my 3rd pic), and few hikers go this way. Eventually it will merge with the main trail at the 1st junction where you needed to stay left en route to 1st peak. Our legs are tired at the end but we enjoyed the overall experience. Took us about 8 hrs to complete (I am a slow hiker and we took very long breaks at each peak).

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                          Posted: June 19, 2018 10:00:37 AM PST

                          Stephen from Langley writes:

                          Just did all 3 peaks a few days ago. Stunning. I find the time estimate to be a little long. It only took as about 4.5 hours to do all 3 peaks and descend back to shannon falls. Definitely not a good choice if you've never hiked before however, I wouldn't consider it an intermediate hike either. Its somewhere in between. All in all a very fun hike, and a breathtaking view of squamish and garibaldi. Will definitely be doing it again

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                            Posted: May 29, 2018 04:43:19 PM PST

                            Amir Ebadati from Coquitlam writes:

                            We just hiked the Chief last week and it was just so beautiful as always. There was no snow and the weather was just great.

                              Posted: May 11, 2018 10:05:40 AM PST

                              Rida from Vancouver writes:

                              Hiked the chief just last week and it was beautiful! Here's a video documenting our summit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Laj4qkKjI&feature=youtu.be

                                Posted: March 19, 2018 08:54:42 AM PST

                                Roderick from Vancouver writes:

                                Trail report:

                                The trail on March 11 was well do-able until peak 2. The snow was thawing quickly today resulting in a somewhat slippery thin layer of snow and ice on top of the rocks.

                                Up to peak 3, there would be a little more snow but probably better grip.

                                Beautiful day, nice hike and good weather so whats not to love.

                                  Posted: March 11, 2018 08:01:45 PM PST

                                  Jill from Vancouver writes:

                                  I hiked the chief on Sunday, feb 11. I started at Shannon falls and did the first peak which only took about 3 hours.
                                  Cold at the top, but no snow in sight and such a clear sunny day! I prefer doing it in February or March when it’s not nearly as crowded as the summer months.
                                  I had my dog with me and we had a bit of trouble near the top as there are two sections with ladders on the first peak. It was possible to go around them, and we did manage to find our way up. Might depend on what kind of dog you have! I don’t think the second peak is doable for a dog, but there are no ladders etc. On the third peak.

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                                    Posted: February 13, 2018 07:27:23 AM PST

                                    Ken from Burnaby writes:

                                    Did all 3 on Sep. 10, 2017. The description was not very clear or I misunderstood. I missed the trail from Shannon falls and instead went to the Gondola parking lot following sign "to stawamus chief" then took the sea to summit trail which is pretty hard. Then on the way to the second peak I took the ladders on the left cliff which goes back to the first peak. I don't remember ladders to the second peak, there are chains only on the right. I went down the 3rd peak by the trail with a sign of "to Parking lot". Bad choice. It's quite hard to come down. Anyway, still a good hike overall. The 5 hrs estimate is not realistic for average hikers compared to estimates for other trails.

                                      Posted: September 10, 2017 07:54:23 PM PST

                                      Judy from Vancouver writes:

                                      We did this hike on July 16th, 2017. We managed to complete the 3 peaks in less than 6.5 hours with lunch/snack breaks on each of the summits. Loved the trails, the hike and the scenery. We are truly spoiled with the natural beauty of BC. I had very sore legs for 3 days after the hike but it was worth it. Took off one start because (a) The trail from peak 3 (north peak) downhill is badly maintained and could be dangerous. My husband used to do this 3-peaks-in-day hike a lot and he said it wasn't like this 10 years ago. I would suggest after completing peak 3, go back to peak 2 and descend from there. (b) It is so hard to find a parking spot on the weekend. So get there early!

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                                        Posted: July 26, 2017 02:00:14 PM PST

                                        Peter from Vanderhoof BC writes:

                                        I did the hike to the top of the Old Chieftain a few times ~1960's. No development then, but a real fun climb. Too bad the old natural terrain has to be changed.

                                          Posted: April 6, 2017 09:18:01 AM PST

                                          Rob from Toronto writes:

                                          Just did the trail March 31st. The weather was fine and the trail dry on the way up, but a little wet on the way down. I'm an old guy who works at a desk and is way out of shape, so the trail was pretty tough for me, but I managed it (with lots of stops along the way). I envy you folks who get to play in the mountains every weekend.

                                            Posted: April 3, 2017 05:22:09 PM PST

                                            matt from richmond writes:

                                            did first peak only sat march 18 2017, rainy and a bit muddy, a couple tiny patches of snow but all clear and not dangerous at all. Careful on wet rocks.

                                              Posted: March 24, 2017 10:31:05 AM PST

                                              Alison from Vancouver writes:

                                              Would love to hear feedback from someone who does this hike in March 2017! Thanks in advance! :)

                                                Posted: February 28, 2017 04:33:02 PM PST

                                                V from Vancouver writes:

                                                Went up to 2nd and third peaks on Nov, 26... only saw a handful of people even though we started the hike around noon which was the opposite of the experience I had in September. Raining at the bottom and snowing at the top with about 2ft of snow at the top of 3rd peak.

                                                  Posted: November 28, 2016 08:42:55 PM PST

                                                  Kaylee from Vancouver writes:

                                                  I went to squamish chief on Sept 24, Saturday and left my black pouch somewhere in the mountain. It has my credit card, UBC student card and compass card inside. If someone spotted it somewhere, please please please let me know thank you so much! It's expensive to replace the cards please help a broke college student :)

                                                    Posted: September 24, 2016 10:15:56 PM PST

                                                    chris gibson from Mission BC writes:

                                                    Just hiked from the car park to the Gondola and back, took me just under four and a half hours. Mid week in August so quite busy up to Peak One, after that not too bad. The peak is now awful in my opinion with the advent of the Gondola. Great hike but you end up in a Disneyland type environment. My advice would be to hike to the Gondola, don't stay there, come straight back down and find a new spot with a view to relax a while.

                                                      Posted: August 17, 2016 10:31:00 AM PST

                                                      Kevin from Vancouver writes:

                                                      I'm a 20 year old guy with an average build, kinda slim and I haven't really hit the gym in a few years since physical education was mandatory in high school. This hike took us about 4 hours. Me and my friend stopped at scenic points along the way so it could have been 3 hours. It is VERY steep and challenging, this is more difficult than the Garibaldi hike. If you're more fit than me, you'll probably make it up in a shorter amount of time. This hike is around 7.5KM if you go the most difficult route, which has a lot of rope assisted climbing at the end part, however there is an easier option which is just mostly flat road but it adds an extra kilometer or so. Heat definitely adds to the time. Trail is well marked with markers too!

                                                        Posted: July 27, 2016 01:06:04 AM PST

                                                        Louis-Philippe from Mascouche writes:

                                                        Straight forward hike.

                                                        Most of it is either wooden or rocky steps, with the notable exception of some rare (but fun) scrambling areas with chains or ladders.

                                                        That Being said, to enjoy it properly, do the 3 peaks and do not go down the same way you went up.

                                                        After peak 3, follow yellow markers down a steep gully/ravine. Lots of interesting scrambling and impressive granite walls on both sides that keep temperature pretty cool.

                                                          Posted: July 1, 2016 09:59:09 PM PST

                                                          Cam from Burnaby writes:

                                                          Trail Report: The trail is completely clear of snow and as long as you're not hiking after a rain most of the really muddy sections and puddles have dried out. Overall the path is in great shape.

                                                          This hike is very popular and I would highly recommend doing it on a weekday if at all possible, since on weekends it tends to be very busy.

                                                          Also, please pack out what you pack in. My buddy made it his mission to pick up as much garbage as he could but we couldn't manage it all. Please keep the trail clean for everyone to enjoy.

                                                            Posted: June 28, 2016 11:04:00 PM PST

                                                            Myra from Langley writes:

                                                            Its funny that as soon as I parked, I started putting on my powder and lipstick and all the girl stuff and I look out and everyone is prepping up, stretching. I wasn't thinking how strenuous the hike will be. I did the 1st peak last year and I love that I felt like I was in the Indiana Jones movie hiking this trail. I love climbing the rocks...love the chains...I love the steep climb. I'll be doing the 1st and the 2nd this year and I know it's gonna be amazing just like the first one.

                                                              Posted: June 25, 2016 02:48:10 PM PST

                                                              Lillith from North Van writes:

                                                              Nice hike, but more of a straight up climb than I was expecting. Not as enjoyable of a hike as one with more variation in elevation as say, the Lions. Maybe peak 3 is different, I'll have to return and try again.

                                                              Got up to peak 1 from Shannon Falls in 40 minutes. Sat, had a bite, took in the BRILLIANT view, and then ran back down in 20 min. Lots of fun running down if it's not too busy. I went early on Friday, April 1, 2016, but I don't think I'd go on a weekend, and especially not on a long weekend. It would be unenjoyably busy, like Quarry Rock on a Saturday.

                                                              Definitely a must do hike in the area, especially if you have out of town friends or family visiting. Just make sure you go early on a weekday- and that none of your friends are afraid of heights.

                                                                Posted: April 1, 2016 05:41:34 PM PST

                                                                Dan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                Hiked 1st peak on Jan 30th, still snow up at higher elevations.
                                                                Quite treacherous to climb the ladders + chains, may be better now however.

                                                                  Posted: March 24, 2016 05:14:02 PM PST

                                                                  Mcorid from New West writes:

                                                                  We hiked The Chief to 1st peak, last year with a group of 5 and 8 year olds and they loved it! This year, the kids a year older and their 9 year old friend hiked 2nd and part way up to 3rd peak. They even brought a kite to fly on 2nd peak. The hike is a huge playground for them - ladders and chains, logs and rock and a cave to eat a snack when there was the little bit of rain on us. Thank you to all the hikers that gave these kids a thumbs up and high fives. It really made their day. Rules on hiking The Chief with kids is SAFETY at the peak - no running and the edge is off limits unless with an adult! Bring lots of water and snacks.

                                                                  Never tell a child they can't hike The Chief because it's too difficult for them or they are too young ... They will amaze you what they can do because no one never told them The Chief was a hard hike!

                                                                    Posted: August 12, 2015 11:43:54 PM PST

                                                                    SC from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    Went up to the first and second peaks on August 1st. Started the hike at 9:30 AM and made it to the first peak by around noon and second peak half an hour later. Lots of stair climbing for the first half an hour to an hour or so. After that, it's hiking/climbing/stepping over roots and rocks - a lot of fun if you like that kind of thing! On the way to the first peak, the ladders and chains weren't busy, and there were a few people paragliding at the top. On the way to the second peak, the ladders and chains were much more crowded. We had to wait 5-10 mins to get down from the first peak post noon. I thought the second peak was slightly harder to climb (there is one section near the peak where we had to haul ourselves over quite a large rock. Progression was slow, here, and this was holding up a lot of people, hence the line at the bottom). Overall, the weather was not too hot at the peaks. I finished the hike in running shoes, but almost sprained an ankle on the way down. Parking in the main lot was full by 9:30 AM but the spillover parking was still fairly empty. Bring lots of water (at least a litre) and a snack to refuel. Thought the view at the first peak was better than the second peak but both are worth the effort to climb.

                                                                      Posted: August 7, 2015 10:56:51 AM PST

                                                                      Mercedes from Port Moody writes:

                                                                      Absolutely love this hike. It's best to wake up early and do it, that way you can avoid all the crowds of tourists taking photos who are in the way of your view.

                                                                      Incredible view of Howe Sound and the surrounding areas. Be very careful once you're on the rock (I did 2nd peak). Took my friend and I only 54 min. from the parking at Shannon Falls to the top of the second peak.

                                                                      Take a ton of photos, there may be some chipmunks coming to say hi and to steal your lunch!

                                                                        Posted: July 31, 2015 06:12:47 PM PST

                                                                        Min from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Hiked on Jul 18 in a group of 5 (all beginner hikers). The main path to first peak was far too crowded so we took the turn-off to third peak about 10-15 minutes up the trail. Third peak trail is quiet, no crowds at all. The entire trail is shaded so we stayed pretty cool during the hike. Climbing over the large boulders and tree roots was fun on the way up... but rough on the knees and ankles on the way down. We will try the Sea to Sky Summit trail next time to make use of that new gondola! 4.5 hours round trip, with a lengthy lunch break at the top. Highly recommended but wear sturdy shoes as those big rocks can be slippery.

                                                                          Posted: July 21, 2015 01:18:56 PM PST

                                                                          Enric Soh from Burnaby writes:

                                                                          Went there on Canada Day 2015 with the whole family plus friends. If you want to enjoy the hike, make sure you have hiking boots and carry enough water. I saw a lady wearing dress shoes and she was having lots of difficulty on the trail. Saw another man gave up three quarter of the way. This is not a walk in he park. Stawamus Chief = intense leg workout, but doable.

                                                                          My kids (age 9 and 11) and their friends were often right in front of us and we have to ask them to wait for us. Please watch your step when you are at the top. Brief the kids about safety before the hike and remind them during the hike.

                                                                          All in all, a wonderful hike with an amazing view of Howe Sound right at the top. We only did the first peak which offers the best view I believe. With the seven of us, it took us about 5 hours going up and coming down. Remember it is not a race to the top, but simply enjoy the hike itself. Just like they say - its not the destination, but the journey.

                                                                          Hope this help others who are planning to bring families up there. Would not recommend kids younger than 9 years of age unless they are fairly fit, otherwise you will not enjoy the hike as your kids will be complaining all the way up as we have seen.

                                                                          Here's the Youtube video of the hike.


                                                                            Posted: July 3, 2015 08:07:00 AM PST

                                                                            Tak McT. from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Hike the Chief on a Tuesday morning, started at around 8am with no one on the trail except for two ladies at the start whom we passed right after the initial stairs.

                                                                            I hiked straight to the 3rd peak in about 1hr 15mins.

                                                                            I would recommend wearing boots since the tail end of getting to the 3rd peak there are lots of rocky areas, and dirt slopes especially around the tree trunks. My friend whom I was hiking with did have a little spill when descending these areas and had a minor injury.

                                                                            Great hike with a great view.

                                                                            Get there early as there were hoards of people coming up when we were descending around noon.

                                                                              Posted: June 15, 2015 02:20:42 PM PST

                                                                              Josh from Langley writes:

                                                                              Nice hike. A bit of the grind for just the first peak but the other two aren't as much of a challenge.

                                                                              Get there early. It was jammed coming back down. We started at 8 and it was nice and quiet for us on the peaks.

                                                                              As for timing, we are in decent shape (by no means amazing shape) and we did all three peaks in 5 hours with decent stops at all three peaks.

                                                                              The view is spectacular and I would argue most unobstructed from peak 1.

                                                                              The last bit is just level of difficulty. It was pretty challenging but nothing that crazy. This said, it was pretty dangerous, especially heading to peak two. There is no way I would do it on a day that was even remotely wet. There are some really dangerous spots heading up to the peak. Peak one wasn't that bad.

                                                                              All said above about the danger, this is not a hike for kids. Don't bring them. Honestly you need long limbs to pull some of the manoeuvres. Just be safe, if your kid is under 12, you're putting their life and potentially someone eles's at risk. It's just not a smart idea.

                                                                              Anyways, I would recommend it but not enough to take me away from the north shore, considering the drive for me.

                                                                                Posted: May 31, 2015 05:18:00 PM PST

                                                                                L&L from VANCOUVER writes:

                                                                                First hike up Chief of this spring; Holy Hannah you have to go up earlier and earlier to enjoy it! I do not drive an hour out of the city to be around people. Started back down from 3rd peak about 11am which was too late; hordes of people heading up. Tiny children, a girl in flip flops, another carrying a Big Gulp, several with purses...you can't make this stuff up. I recommend planning your trip so that you're heading down no later than 10.30.
                                                                                Ok, rant over...it was another great hike. I enjoy the blowdown of trees and boulders that you have to scramble over to get to 3rd. I'm not an athlete but in fair physical shape and it makes me feel challenged and that I've worked off some calories. The top of 3rd is the best view IMO. Who wants a view of the town? I just want to see the water before me and the mountains behind and around me.

                                                                                  Posted: May 2, 2015 07:39:57 PM PST

                                                                                  Emilyy from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                  Of course this trail is gorgeous, it's so widely recognized. Second peak provides the best view. First peak is fun too. Have done this trail many times, once on Christmas Day... sitting on top of the First Peak was a great way to spend Christmas morning! Also took a French hitchhiker up the trail because it's a must-see. This peak is very widely celebrated, once saw a group of friends doing birthday shotguns up there.
                                                                                  The chipmunks like to come say hi. Be prepared for that. :)

                                                                                    Posted: February 21, 2015 01:54:43 PM PST

                                                                                    Charlie from Austin Texas writes:

                                                                                    Went yesterday, Sunday, at 3pm and headed straight to peak 3 which had incredible views, the first 40mins were a bit crazy as there were so many people but it didn't slow us down. From peak 3 to peak 2 was interesting as there is some slippery rocks and roots and a steel ladder which is easier climbing down, then we headed to peak 2 and then down and up again to peak 1. Back by 7 with 30mins stop at each peak.
                                                                                    For newbies I would say 3 -4hrs, we could have done it in less than 3 hours if we hadn't stopped, but the views of Howe sound were incredible.
                                                                                    I think a lot of people use peak 1 as a grouse grind as there were a lot of bodies running up and down. Lots of kids on the trail too

                                                                                      Posted: September 15, 2014 02:08:27 PM PST

                                                                                      Katie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      6 hours time is estimated for all 3 peaks and I think that is very accurate. Two hours up and down as someone wrote is nearly impossible unless he is one of the people who runs. The first 30-40 minutes is a little like the Grouse Grind but levels off from time to time. The majority of the hike is in the trees so you are sheltered from the sun.

                                                                                      I am a fairly fast hiker, not the pace of hard-core grouse grinders but I keep a steady pace and stop maybe once or twice for a minute (literally) on the way up.

                                                                                      Last season I completed this hike 6 times and this season, five. I have gone with several different people and on average would say it takes 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get to the top of First Peak (depending on your fitness level).

                                                                                      When just with one or two other people we can complete all three peaks in about 5 hours, with only a substantial break on 2nd peak. With a larger group with someone who is new to hiking, it took us 7 hours total due to considerably long breaks (20 min or more) on top of each peak.

                                                                                      It seems this has become another hike that people "must do" - but if it is your first hike ever, do something easier first. They have to rescue people off of this trail just as often as people they rescue people off of the grind. The trail is busy, especially on weekends. The first viewpoint you see on your way up to First peak, is not the peak - seems like many get confused and don't realize they aren't at the top. Enjoy! Rating it a 4 instead of a 5 because of the number of people who do this trail.

                                                                                        Posted: August 20, 2014 06:59:08 PM PST

                                                                                        Kurtis from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        Great hike, thoroughly enjoyable, the 6 hours is misleading. I will admit I push myself but I do it in half that. I am curious about the 11km measurement. I tried measuring using Google maps and maybe I screwed it up but I couldn't get it anywhere close to 11 km. I Measured up to Peak 1, 2 and 3 and then back down and I get closer to 6.5km measuring from the Shannon Falls parking, which is the further one.

                                                                                          Posted: July 28, 2014 04:00:59 PM PST

                                                                                          Laurent from Richmond writes:

                                                                                          6hrs ?? We climbed first and second peak and got back to the parking lot under 2hrs, that's right after doing the sea to sky trail. So in my opinion, 3hrs is a good leisurely pace. Such amazing views from up there. I highly recommend it and ..... Epsom salt bath right after lol !!

                                                                                            Posted: June 17, 2014 05:08:57 PM PST

                                                                                            Shawna Imani from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                            Definitely a busy trail, but we decided to veer off and go straight up to the 3rd peak and hardly encountered anyone on a nice Saturday! The people we met along the way were all very friendly and full of helpful advice and encouraging words. Like I said, it's busy, but if you know that going in and resign yourself to that fact then I find it's not so bad. Great workout and breathtaking views at the top.

                                                                                              Posted: May 25, 2014 05:57:52 PM PST

                                                                                              G from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                              Unfortunately its changed a lot in the last 20 years. Way too many people for an enjoyable hike. Its turned into the next grouse grind. I remember when there were no steps on the way up. Good for a low level hike early in the season.

                                                                                                Posted: May 17, 2014 10:51:23 AM PST

                                                                                                Mike from Burnaby writes:


                                                                                                Refer to this comment for trail changes to Upper Shannon Falls:


                                                                                                  Posted: May 12, 2014 05:00:48 AM PST

                                                                                                  Guiseppe from Garibaldi writes:

                                                                                                  Have there been any changes to the trail or directions since the ridiculous Gondola has been installed? Will I have to pay for parking, trail fees or anything else they could capitalize on?

                                                                                                    Posted: May 11, 2014 03:13:36 PM PST

                                                                                                    MB from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    Does anyone know if there is cell phone reception throughout the trail in case of an emergency?

                                                                                                      Posted: May 3, 2014 06:49:40 PM PST

                                                                                                      John from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                      This needs a serious update, as the only way this hike could possibly take six hours is if you went up there wearing swim fins.

                                                                                                      Not as difficult as I was lead to believe, and anyone in an average state of readiness should be able to make the middle summit in under an hour. When I say "average" I do not mean some city-dwelling gormless office worker whose chief claim to physical activity is the occasional stroll around Granville Island. No, I mean anyone who would run several times per week would not find the Chief a significant hurdle.

                                                                                                      I also think that the 11km is a stretch as well.

                                                                                                      Wonderful views from the top, but, alas, one pays for the view by having to endure heaving masses of people on the trail, most of whom haven't the God-given sense to step out of the way when others are intent to pass.

                                                                                                      I consider the Chief to be a good introduction to West Coast hiking; however, as far as difficulty goes, it's all uphill from the Chief.

                                                                                                        Posted: May 1, 2014 10:48:03 AM PST

                                                                                                        Andrew from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                        Had a great time hiking the Chief with my 11 year old son (he got to play hookie from school so he wasn't complaining). We managed to get to the Third and Second Peak (in that order). Treated ourselves to "Big D's" down in Squamish for the best hamburger in town after - great memory!

                                                                                                          Posted: April 12, 2014 02:26:00 PM PST

                                                                                                          Brock from Lower Mainland writes:

                                                                                                          Went up 2 weekends ago for my first time with a group of three. Wanted to do second and third peak but took our time messing around at the view points, so we ended up going to the centre peak and hitting the loop back down. Ran into some snow near all the chain and scramble bits but everything was still easy and manageable.

                                                                                                          Took a bit to find the trail that goes to either north peak or down just because the snow and spread of trees made the first marker difficult to find, or maybe we were having too much fun wandering. Anyways, the trail back down you switch back down a creek basically and some of that was a little slick but as long as you're aware of it it's fine.

                                                                                                          Ended up being about a 4 hour round trip with quite a few photo stops and a pretty solid lunch break and hang out on the centre peak. Saw a couple locals with their dogs going to south peak and ran into one person from Bellingham on the centre. After reading how busy it gets in the summer I highly recommend trying to get out there now if you've never been and avoid the craziness of the summer trail traffic.

                                                                                                            Posted: January 21, 2014 08:08:11 PM PST

                                                                                                            L&L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                            Beautiful hike Oct. 26th that felt like summer! Look forward to more before end of year. Note To People: It is dangerous for both you and your dog, if he must be on leash on a true, vertical hike such as Chief. Please don't do it!

                                                                                                              Posted: October 29, 2013 08:17:08 PM PST

                                                                                                              Dave from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              Less challenging than Grouse, but nice views up top and more variety in terrain.

                                                                                                              As others have mentioned, the time estimates are a bit off. If you head up early to avoid the crowds, at a medium pace the South Peak can be ascended in about 1 hour from the Strawamus Chief parking lot. Add another 15 mins if starting from the Shannon Falls lot. Depending on how fast you descend, it's quite reasonable to make it back in 2 hrs.

                                                                                                              Adding the Centre and North peaks to your trip adds another 2 hours, for a total trip length of 4 hours.

                                                                                                              Add time if you'll be stopping to have lunch at the peaks, or if you expect to climb at a slower pace.

                                                                                                              Saw the misleading "6 hour" description and packed way more than I needed. I usually drink a lot of water, and 1.5 litres for all 3 peaks was quite sufficient for me.

                                                                                                                Posted: October 13, 2013 04:23:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                L&L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                Did 3rd Peak last weekend and this past weekend. It seems one must go up earlier and earlier to avoid the conga lines heading up as you are going down. I met a group of young people coming down as I set out at 8.30 am; they had gone up at 7am to be able to avoid the logjams later! Go early and get down before lunchtime; then you still have an afternoon to hang out in town or go back to the city. It was not as slippery this weekend either as the rains washed the dust off the rocks which is what really makes you slip.

                                                                                                                  Posted: September 2, 2013 07:04:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Rose from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                  Thanks alot Will for your response!

                                                                                                                    Posted: August 11, 2013 04:54:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                    Will from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    Hey Rose, A group of us did all 3 peaks this morning. Didn't see anything about any closures and the trail was getting packed with people coming up when we were on our way down. Definitely recommend getting there early, we set out around 7:45 am and only ran into a few groups on the way up.

                                                                                                                      Posted: August 10, 2013 03:01:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Rose from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      After recent hiker's death, does anybody knows if any trail closure for this hike? We plan to hike this coming Monday. Replies and comments will be appreciated greatly. Tnx.

                                                                                                                        Posted: August 10, 2013 10:11:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                        L&L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        Did the 3rd Peak on July 26th, it was great as usual. Even tho it was a weekday, we started at 8.30 to be sure to avoid crowds. Still find the 6 hour time estimate mystifying; maybe that is for doing all 3 peaks? In any case, coming down at 11am there were already too many people heading up, causing logjam so always leave early, you will be glad you did. Saw some bear scat and there are a few spots that are very animal-smelly...better safe than sorry, take a bear bell esp. if going early. Tip: go to Zephyer Café in town afterwards!

                                                                                                                          Posted: July 27, 2013 09:48:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                          HopperGoLightly from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                          I love the Chief, because it's a nice reward for a small time investment. However, I hate the crowds. I went yesterday with a friend and it was the most busy I have ever seen it, but I usually avoid weekends in high season. Although I have done all three peaks, I like the first peak the best, but that is where all the people are. We made it up to the first peak in 1 hour 15 min at a medium, steady pace. Coming down was a fun challenge to try and bypass all the slower folks, but we ran the whole way and made it down in 20 minutes.

                                                                                                                          Lydia - if your preggers friend can handle the grind, she can easily manage at least first peak, but at 8 months pregnant, I'd take it easy no matter how fit I was.

                                                                                                                            Posted: July 22, 2013 10:05:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                            Lydia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            It has been years since I've done the Chief. My friend really wants to do the first peak in August. She will be 8 months pregnant. I just cannot remember how difficult the hike is. Keep in mind, she is very fit and has kept up a healthy work out schedule throughout her pregnancy, at 7 months we completed the Grouse Grind. We would obviously be careful and take it very slowly, but I am wondering if anyone out there who knows the mountain well would make a suggestion?

                                                                                                                              Posted: July 18, 2013 01:53:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Laura from Kelowna writes:

                                                                                                                              I'm planning to hike the Chief in a few weeks. I have a fairly fit 10 year old rottie/shepherd cross and a 2 year old rottie/collie. Any suggestions which peak would be best to do? Need to keep the 10 year old on a leash at all times as she chases deer.

                                                                                                                                Posted: July 17, 2013 05:24:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Anonymous from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                Have done this hike 2 times now over the past year. Great hike, can get a bit busy as it's a very popular trail(gets annoying at the end of your hike when there's a pedestrian traffic jam near the bottom portion of the trail, can't pass as it's too narrow. Both times I've gone we've got stuck in a big line slowly making our way down, not for too long though so don't let it discourage you). I'd recommend going early or late in the season or on a weekday. If you do go on a weekend, just go early.

                                                                                                                                Great views. I like how you have options, you can do just the first peak then hike back. Both times I've done Peaks 2 and 3 and skipped Peak 1. If you do go to Peak 3(top Peak) make sure to take the shortcut back down(not really a shortcut but it's a different way back down which connects back to the main trail). I personally liked the slight change in scenery instead of going exactly the same way down. Just keep an eye out for the map on the trail, pretty easy to figure out.

                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 1, 2013 10:06:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                  Jake from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  Planning to do the Chief this Saturday, June 29. Any word on the conditions right now? Looks like the weather is supposed to be sunny with some showers Saturday. Eek, hope it's okay and not slippery. Thoughts?

                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 26, 2013 03:32:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Pavel from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    I wonder if I can reach the trail with bus? I didn´t find any bus stop close trailhead. I am afraid the closest stop is in Squamish, but I am not sure. There is no problem for me to go a few km down the road, but I don´t know if this is even possible. Thank you in advance for answer. Have a great hike!

                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 12, 2013 07:01:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Peter Lang from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                      Moved to Squamish last fall. Have been itching to do the Chief since I arrived.

                                                                                                                                      Hiked up to the third peak yesterday with three friends and my dog 'Tyler'. All I can say is amazing!!! The views are incredible - what a glorious country we live in!

                                                                                                                                      it wasn't the easiest thing to do for a 'Senior Citizen', but I have no regrets and may do it again.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 24, 2013 10:54:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Danny Smith from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                        thinking of heading there this weekend, thanks for the reports

                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 2, 2013 09:19:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Hiran from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          hiked this 2 weeks ago, March 9th and it was beautiful, no snow, but the ground was a tad wet in areas, just did 2nd peak and back, took about an hour up and 30min to 45min down. the 6 hour estimate is quite an overdone!

                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 28, 2013 02:23:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Chelsea from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                            Hiked it today, went up to second still a little snow at the top but completely safe. Third looked decently covered so we didn't make our way over.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 11, 2013 11:44:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Caitlin K from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                              What are the conditions on the way up to the 2nd and 3rd?

                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 10, 2013 12:38:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                L & L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                Thinking of the Chief this Sunday; any comments on the conditions right now? I just do 3rd and 2nd peaks, in that order. Thanks for any thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 26, 2012 09:10:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                  Great hike up to the south summit of the Chief on Sept. 13, 2012. Views are amazing, not a long hike and easy to navigate because of a very well maintained trail. Highly recommended for anyone in the area.

                                                                                                                                                  I have a bunch of photos from the hike here if anyone is interested: http://photokaz.com/2012/09/hiking-stawamus-chief-south-peak-squamish-bc/

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 19, 2012 12:31:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Sarah from Fort Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Hiked all three peaks on Sept.2/12. A great hike with awesome views. I would suggest starting this hike early in the morning as by 12 pm the trails are full of tourists and the parking lot is full. We started with the first peak, continued on to second peak, then took the trail that connects 2nd and 3rd peak up to third peak. It took a total of five hours to summit all three peaks with a very long break at second peak; the chipmunks are just way to friendly up there. Bring a bag of nuts with you if you want some adorable pictures :)

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 5, 2012 08:16:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Peter from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Got the Beautiful BC Hiking bug :)
                                                                                                                                                      Parked at Shannon Falls p/lot at 0830 - there's lots of parking available at that time.
                                                                                                                                                      Completed 2nd and 3rd peaks yesterday for the first time; it is a beautiful hike. It was alittle tricky finding the third peak trail from the second peak.
                                                                                                                                                      Took the Squaw trail down - that was fun
                                                                                                                                                      What's next Garibaldi, Black Tusk - so looking forward to the next hike :)

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 20, 2012 03:43:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        L & L from Vancouver, b.c. writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Went up August 17th with my dog, a very fit border collie. She has no problem but if your dog is not used to challenging hikes, it would be unkind to make them do this out of the blue. Dogs like humans need to be conditioned to incrementally more challenging excursions. Went directly to 3rd peak as it is the least visited; excellent view and a large area to sit on for a break (leash your dog if it likes to chase chipmunks). Went from 3rd to 2nd peak; again watch your dog as the drop into the gulley on 2nd peak is a very long way down. Skipped 1st peak as it is the most visited. In any case, plan to start before 9am if, like me, you prefer to hike around as few other people as possible. You will not find this hike difficult if you're in decent shape. Great few hours that really feel like a good break from the city.

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 20, 2012 01:25:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Mandy from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Did this hike for the second time on the long weekend. Decided to try out the 3rd peak and descend on the alternate trail the runs on the east side of the mountain. 2nd peak has the best view by far! On summer weekends when it gets busy, I would recommend skipping 1st peak and going straight to 2nd to beat the crowds.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 13, 2012 12:08:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Cedric from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                            My first time doing the hike - was just a fantastic hike. View was great. Had a great day

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 7, 2012 01:25:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              J from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Just finished it today. Did only the 1st peak. It's nice and dry, no problems at all. It's BC day weekend, so there were a lot of hikers. Sometimes it gets backed up. Suggest starting your hike at 9am or earlier like we did. Any later and you'd be directing traffic more than anything.
                                                                                                                                                              For first timers, it's quite challenging. Steep with some ladders and the last bit will require holding on to chains and some good grip. This site says its "intermediate". Don't know about that, seems pretty hard. Although it says Black Tusk is difficult but I found the Chief more brutal.

                                                                                                                                                              6 hours is a casual pace. I did the first peak in roughly 1:30hrs.

                                                                                                                                                              Get to the top, well worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 5, 2012 05:10:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                MSN from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Really tough going for dogs. Did the First Peak with my dog a couple of weeks ago and it was very hard getting him up the last bit. He's in great shape but big enough that carrying him up the last stretch was almost impossible. We made it, but barely. Also, there are very bold chipmunks at the top that seem to have no problem taunting dogs. So keep your dog on a lease and away from the edges.

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 2, 2012 11:38:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Caitlin K from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  How is peak 3?

                                                                                                                                                                  Did Peak 2 2 weeks ago in that thunderstorm... would like to go to peak 3 as I heard it's dog accessible and not as hard as Peak 2

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 25, 2012 12:14:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Mahsa from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    We are trying to hike up Garibaldi lake and the black tusk this coming weekend or one week from now and we wanted to know how is the condition up there. Is there still snow, is it too muddy? And I also heard there is 2 weeks period of wild flower up in taylor meadow, Are they in bloom? When is the best time to see those as well.

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 19, 2012 01:12:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Hannah from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone been up recently? I'd like to go on the 22nd, wondering what it might be like... Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 18, 2012 11:51:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Mar from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        Climbed all 3 peaks yesterday.. Trail up to Peak 3 is VERY muddy, so prepare to get dirty. There's still some loose rocks here and there.. Rock face on Peak 2 is extremely slippery. Other than that, the sun decided to come out in the afternoon to dry us off and we got to see some of the beautiful scenery from up above!

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 2, 2012 12:10:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          ABBY from ABBOTSFORD writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          what are the conditions like at this time?

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 29, 2012 11:49:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            shane from northvancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Just want to know is it ok to hike on your own

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 28, 2012 06:28:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Vincent from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              How are the conditions right now? Wet/dry? Temperature? Hoping to head up to 3rd or 2nd peak this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 18, 2012 06:01:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Mikey from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Definitely not a walk in the park, as the sign warns you before you begin.
                                                                                                                                                                                It's hard work, but worth it.
                                                                                                                                                                                Take plenty of water and good shoes. Some parts are very tricky.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 12, 2012 07:28:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Dolly from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  I hiked to 1st and 2nd peak in last summer, that has given me a very nice memory as I made it eventially. I make sure that I will go to there this summer and hike up 3rd peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 1, 2012 11:52:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Charles from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thinking of hiking the Chief next weekend. Anyone been up lately? How's the conditions on the third peak? Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 29, 2012 11:43:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Curt from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Is there any snow at peak 1 and 2 right now? Hope to hike it this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 18, 2012 08:33:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup its me from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Just did the Chief today, to the 3rd peak as I took my dog. (and I am only aware of the 3rd peak being "dog friendly" aka no chain ladders etc..) It was a great trek up and down. Dog enjoyed it, bit treacherous in parts for the dog on the way down but as long as you don't let him get way ahead of you, you can help him down.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 13, 2012 07:27:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Vancouver Trails from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          There's a recent report that was posted in the Forum. Check out this page:


                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 24, 2012 12:48:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            J from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone know what the conditions are like at the moment? Snow pack up top?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 24, 2012 09:10:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tranc3r from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              IF ANYONE IS DOING THIS, I'd love to tag along! It's just that I don't have a car to take me there... =[ I promise I'll be able to keep up at your pace!

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm more than willing to help pay for gas!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Contact me at [email protected]

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 21, 2012 02:27:49 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Julie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Any idea how is the trail? Would like to hike 1st and 2 nd peak this Saturday (nov 19). Hope it won't be cloudy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 18, 2011 07:20:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kartik from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hiked the first peak on Saturday 12th November. It was a pretty good hike, the top was a bit slick, so I did not go all the way, just took the chains upto the point where there was just the slippery granite rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I climbed from shannon falls parking lot, and completed the hike and back in under 3 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 13, 2011 03:24:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone been up the chief recently? Would it be reasonable to do it this weekend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, how long is the round trip to just the south peak and back?


                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: November 8, 2011 01:44:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Al from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had a great hike on peak 2 the other week. Can someone advise can one hike directly to peak 3 or do you have to go to peak 2 and down the saddle to peak 3?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      If there is a direct route, how long is the peak 3 trail? It took us 3.5 hours to do peak 2.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the info!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 8, 2011 02:33:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jared from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike on Sunday, August 28, 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not too crowded (compared to something like the Grind) and an absolutely amazing view. Well worth the effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a full summary with pictures and videos available on my site:


                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 1, 2011 11:59:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Christine Southall from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My pals and I did the second peak yesterday, Sunday. Awesome!! Have never rappelled before!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not too crowded at all if you go up mid-afternoon. We began at about 3:15, and encountered just a few backlogs on the chains at the top and for only a short time. Coming down is the most uncomfortable, harsh on the knees. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do the Grind 2 times each week and found the initial quarter of the climb to be a steeper incline than the Grind. Once past that it's still challenging but exciting, more rugged than the Grind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 15, 2011 12:48:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rae from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi Sally
                                                                                                                                                                                                            As I remember, there is no chain/ladder to go up to the first peak from the parking lot. I went to the third peak from the second peak ( about 20 minutes apart), and did not go through any chain/ladder either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            From second peak to first peak is the challenging one, with many ladders. Some ladders are narrow and long. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 15, 2011 12:29:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chelsea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had a great time hiking the Chief, but I severely twisted my ankle on the way back down - a wonderful Good Samaritan named Brad gave me his walking stick. We made a plan to get it back to him at the bottom but missed meeting up and I'd love to find him to return it and give him a big thank you. We were hiking on Sunday August 7th. Anybody know Good Samaritan Brad missing a walking stick?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 11, 2011 08:05:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sally from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are there chains and ladders on the first and third peaks? Also, if I wanted to do both the first and third peaks in a day, are there clear markers indicating the junction?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 9, 2011 04:32:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lisa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love the last quarter of the Chief when going to the second peak. The technicality of using chains and ladders is great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know of any other hikes that has the same type of technical elements?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 30, 2011 05:29:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rae from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My family hiked the second and third peaks yesterday. It was my first time on this trail, and I love it! Going up is not as difficult as I expected, but going down is the challenging part. A pair of hiking shoes and gloves with good grip are necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most of the hike is in the shade, but the peak areas are quite barren, with limited shaded spots. I got some sunburn from spending 30 minutes enjoying the spectacular view on Peak 2. I will remember to wear more sunscreen next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 25, 2011 03:14:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeff from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you're afraid of heights and value your life, I would advise against the short-cut between peaks 1 and 2.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After mustering up the courage to ascend the rickety bars, instant regret hit me as I was confronted with more rickety bars. The climb is no joke. I'm not a religious man, but halfway up the 3rd set of rickety bars I had a brief moment of religious introspection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you do attempt this climb, make sure you follow the markers. Don't always assume the path most traveled, as it will lead you off the cliff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All in all, the hike was amazing. We did all three peaks. The weather was ideal and the views were breathtaking. Wasn't busy at all, but definitely go on a weekday as previous users pointed out that there are sections with zero passing room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 7, 2011 09:25:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jo from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This has been one of my favorite hikes so far. I make sure I have time to do this every summer! My favorite of the 3 peaks has to be the third peak. It's not as steep as the Grouse Grind but it is alot longer. Make sure you give yourself enough rest at the top because it takes alot more effort going down especially when it starts to get busy. I find the trail pretty empty on a early weekday morning, but it starts to get busier around 11am. I love this hike and the view is definately worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 30, 2011 03:29:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ivy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We hiked the second and third peaks this weekend. It took us about four and a half hours to see the two peaks and come back down through the gully. There was still a bit of snow on the trails near the top which made parts a bit slippery but nothing dangerous. On the third peak we encountered the adorable chipmunks and watched some falcons coasting on thermals, showing off some barrel rolls and diving. Spectacular! There was also a partly frozen pond at the top of the third peak that was a neat surprise. I really love these trails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 25, 2011 07:34:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dave from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did the first peak today. Gorgeous sunshine, nice breeze and not too busy. The trail was completely bare to the first peak and lots of people could be seen going up to the second peak. Took us 90 minutes each way with lots of stops and going down got a little crowded at times with people tailgating or running past.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 23, 2011 07:54:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ivy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My husband and I went up to the first peak yesterday. It was fantastic! I can't wait to go back to see the views from the second and third peaks. You can do all three in one day, but we decided to take it easy. The first peak alone took us about 3 hours round trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The first part of the trail is a lot like the Grouse Grind... seemingly endless steps up the steep mountainside. There are a couple of lookout spots on the right of the trail, where you can watch the Shannon Falls cascade down the mountain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The fun part starts about halfway to the peak. That's when I stopped having to huff and puff my way up and really started to enjoy the beautiful forest around us. There's one part where there's an enormous boulder balanced on a flat bit of rock. Great place to stop and take some pictures! The last part up is the most fun. You get to scramble up the sloping rock faces, using chains and ladders in the steepest spots, until you reach the peak where you'll be rewarded with incredible views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Getting down was faster than getting up, but a lot harder on my knees. My legs were a bit shaky by the time we got back to the parking lot. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I highly recommend going on one of these early spring days, as I hear the Chief gets pretty crowded later in the day and especially towards summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 27, 2011 09:57:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paula from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We hiked to the First Peak today (March 20) and really enjoyed it but our legs are tired! Definitely need to be fit. My husband was glad he had been to the gym before tackling it. It took us 3.5 hours including 30 minuts lunch and other breaks. We took our medium sized dog and he loved it, he had a bit of trouble in one spot near the top figuring out how to get up when we were climbing the ladders but we saw quite a few dogs up at the peak so they all made it fine and all looked very happy. There were still patches of snow which made the higher spots a bit slippery. We stopped for a small break on the rock outcropping to the right about 4/5 of the way to the left turn that goes to the first peak, where there is a nice view. Really enjoyed the view at the top which made all that climbing worthwhile. Found going down almost as challenging as going up. Great hike to save for a clear day because the view at the top is what really makes it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 20, 2011 05:41:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  emily brown from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone hiked the cheif recently? I want to try it for the first time and am wondering if I could go anytime soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 16, 2011 09:10:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chantel from Fort St John writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wondering if a person could drive up the back of the chief???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 2, 2011 02:30:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frederique from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What gear should we pack to go up. wearing running shoes onlu ok? or do we have to wear hiking boots?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am use to do the grouse grind a lot this summer. Is it harder than the grind?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 3, 2010 08:50:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RacingforLives from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked all 3 peaks this morning!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Careful note on the 2nd peak. When the trail leads up to an opening where the route transitions from trail to rock, their is an ascent on the right handside with a chain. This is the ascent you want for the second peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is a ladder on the left hand side made out of rebar with a BC Parks warning sign. This ladder take you back up to the first peak. This route is not for the faint of heart or solo hikers and should not be descended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At the top of the rebar ladder there is a chained ascent and then a trail which wraps clockwise to the top of the first peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Before reaching the first peak there is another section of rebar ladder and climbing rope. Th exposure along this route is fairly open so a mistep or slip could have very serious consequences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You are better off taking the main route to the first peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From the top of the second peak head straight across the ridge and follow the orange orange markers, which become yellow markers close to the transition from the 2nd peak trail to the 3rd peak trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 15, 2010 08:16:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Robin from San Francisco writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We started up to the third peak first -- a lot more technical than I expected (for a 55 year old hiker used to the "mountains" near the coast in the SF Bay Area) - but what an experience! No mere uphill trudge, this! I spent more time on all fours than my hubby and teenage son, but I felt an awesome sense of accomplishment at the top of the tallest peak. We did the second peak as well, and skipped the first, and headed down with my quads just a-screamin'. Being passed by runners skipping downhill from rock to rock as if they were skiing moguls on a steep face was a wonder to watch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 14, 2010 09:17:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MK from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked this on July 29, 2010. Not much of a hiker. This was my second hike this year and prior to this year, had only hiked a few other times in my life. I have an active lifestyle, though, but do not have the strongest cardio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ascending, the hike was challenging because it was so steep. My legs were fine but it was a lot of cardio. Descending, the hike was hard on the legs and knees. My legs were shaking the whole way down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The hike took me three hours, not including my lunch break.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finding the start of the hike was a little challenging. There were no clear signs right off the Shannon Falls parking lot pointing to The Chief hike. I wandered around Shannon Falls for a bit before I found the appropriate sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 10, 2010 10:01:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sha from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked all of three peaks with my kids. The best hiking experience so far!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The orange marks from Centre Peak to North Peak (The 3rd Peak) could be easily missed. After hiking North Peak, don't need to go back to the Center Peak to descend. Go down along the gully will take you to the first junction you met when you came up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 29, 2010 10:22:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peter from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked the Chief to the second peak on July 18, 2010. We started at 9:30 AM and it was quite busy already. By the time we made it to the top and turned around to come back, the trail was very, very crowded. Had to wait almost 20 minutes at the ladder as there was a backlog of hikers waiting in the crevasse to come up. Still, it is worth the wait, the views are amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 19, 2010 06:46:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mademiriam from Halifax NS writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes trail is snow free, looks like it has been for some time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Go early in the day, I left at 8am by the time I returned there were many people coming up the trail and the parking was full at shannon falls. Nice and quiet in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 17, 2010 03:06:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lars from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is this trail snowfree already? Would like to do this trail tomorrow 7/18.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the feedback.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 17, 2010 01:37:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bren from coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked in late June, 2010. Went to 2nd peak. Possibly took an hour and a half. Took medium sized dog. We had to carry her up a few ladders but for the most part dogs can find their own way up like on the first peak. There is a ladder but the cliff isn't so steep so they can go around the ladder. Not the case with the 2nd peak. I am in the process of making a carrier for my dog. Can't find a good one on the net, only climbing harnesses for them which won't help. Good hike. Great exercise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 7, 2010 06:25:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Andy from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We did the first peak today, It is a little bit harder than Grouse Grill, but the view is much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 19, 2010 10:33:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joe from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are a new hiker this one is hell. It says intermediate but it's straight up all the way. I'm not unfit. But for people new to this just be warned you will sweat and hurt the next morning. I only got to the first peak. But I must say once I got to the top it was so worth it. I felt so proud of myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 30, 2010 10:15:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GB from Vancouver BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked the chief this weekend, and endured the challenging yet remarkable hike. I found that the first bit heading up is similar to the difficulty level of the grouse grind. All in all it is a challenging trek to the summit and very rewarding. The chief is one of the most underrated hikes in the vancouver area and a day hikers dream. It's no walk in the park so come prepared. Wicked view at the top!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 11, 2010 10:23:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JohnG from Ajax Ontario writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Don't make our mistake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We hiked the Chief last week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you are planning to climb the 2nd peak, be careful to keep to the right when you get into the crevasse or "gully". We made the mistake of going left and climbing the first peak by mistake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can also descend from the third peak down a rather steep gully. There are no ropes, chains or ladders, but the pitch is still quite steep. The scenery in the gully is magnificent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 24, 2010 07:16:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve from Dallas writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm just browsing around looking for a day-hike for next weekend (Nov. 7-8). The header on this hike mentions the hiking season extends through November, but I couldn't find what I consider to be reliable snow reports for the area. How much should I expect? Anyone been up there recently?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 30, 2009 09:45:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Malcolm from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked it June 28, 2009 - no snow, lots of people. Get there early as a few places don't offer a lot of passing room. Also, I'd suggest taking the left option when hiking up to peaks 2 & 3 - then coming down the "undeveloped" part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 29, 2009 08:39:12 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TC from San Jose, CA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked the second peak yesterday, April 20. Almost no snow except for a few off-trail patches. Boy was the granite wet, though. Keep that in mind when picking shoes. A spectacular day hike. Can't wait to get back to BC for more hiking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 21, 2009 06:26:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Len from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I heard there are still patches of snow on the way up and snow on the 3rd peak but the trail is apparently accessible. That came from some co-workers who hiked up just over a week ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 21, 2009 09:34:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ken Svazas from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone hiked up to first or second peak yet? I was thinking about giving it a try April 21, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 21, 2009 01:14:43 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chris from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          At the summit, you get to look over the edge... 2,100ft straight down! Check out the video

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 28, 2008 11:26:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ike from Lumby BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hiked up to the second peak a few yaers ago. I think it took me about 1.5 hours? 6 hours seems like a nice relaxing day hike though :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The View is more than incredible! And to look over the edge is somthing you wont EVER forget!! Highley Recommended

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 24, 2008 05:10:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Chief is the most recognizable peak in Squamish and has an amazing view of Howe Sound and the surrounding area. The hike is a bit brutal, steep with a few sections with chains and ladders to help pull yourself up onto the rock. However, the views from the first and second peak on a clear sunny day make the effort well worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: April 20, 2008 10:35:40 PM PST

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