On a whim I decided to call our exploratory trail run around the Stawamus Chief in Squamish the “Stawesome Chief Sampler” as it’s Awesome and samples some of the best trails in this small Provincial Park. We did a loop, checking out all 3 summits of “The Chief” as well as some lesser known viewpoints and airy hangouts.
We don’t like to give too much away in our reports, so that you can discover these places for yourself, but I will supply this picture of our GPS track to get you started.
Our route heads up, steeply, from the Mamquam Road, takes a lesser known trail up the back of the 3rd peak of the Chief, which features some interesting rope pulls and Via Ferrata, it then drops down before ascending again to a lookout and airy dropoff down into the North Gully of the Chief, from here you descend again before ascending to the 2nd Peak, which we crossed over and dropped off on the common ascent trail to the South, from here we joined up with the 1st Peak trail and took it to the top. We did some exploration up here to search for a viewpoint we’d heard about that looks directly down the face of the Chief. We found it! Definitely not a place for the faint of heart. From here it was a glorious trail run down the popular main Chief trail and then a mellow run along the “Apron Connector” trail, which passes below all 3 summits of the Chief that we’d just been standing on. Awesome!
If you don’t know “The Chief” then just check out the photos below to get inspired to explore your local trails.
To cool off we ended this adventure with some cliff jumping nearby at Brohm Lake.
If you are lucky enough to live near this awesome BC Park, then DO. THIS. LOOP. So scenic, either as a lazy hike or fast and light trail run.