The Stawesome Chief Sampler

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.

Stawesome Chief Sampler

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.

Stoked to be on the right trail

Stoked to be on the right trail

Via Ferrata on 3rd Peak

Via Ferrata on 3rd Peak

Summit of 3rd peak

Summit of 3rd peak

Summit of 3rd peak

Summit of 3rd peak

Approaching the summit of 1st Peak

Approaching the summit of 1st Peak

Not a bad place to call home

Not a bad place to call home

Chilling on 1st peak

Chilling on 1st peak

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.

 

Viewpoint on the trail

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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