On the morning of August 27th a group of us got up early hopped in the car to explore the Squamish Cheif.
The Chief towers high above the town of Squamish and is a popular hiking destination that offers scenic views of Howe Sound and several mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The first 45 minutes is spent climbing steadily uphill over wooden steps and a well-worn dirt path. Upon reaching a junction, we stay left which gave us the option of first or second peak. Another 10 minutes or so we came to another fork where we choose to go right, to the Centre of the peaks (second peak) we’d been told it had the best views.
The view from second peak. 1.7-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 590 metres. Sqamish City is to the North, and spectacular views all around.
After soaking in the view and taking a break, we headed northward following the ridge just a short distance away. Just around the corner and up another little peake we were at the highest peak of the three of the Chief peaks. The Third Peak, elevation gain of 630 metres. The view from the North Peak gives you sights in a slightly different direction and includes views of several of the peaks in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Carefully down the rock we went. And I tell you I was happy it was over. I would recommend doing some downhill hikes before heading up the chief. It is hard on the knees and legs.