Vancouver Hiking Trails RatingShannon Falls towers above Howe Sound at 335 metres as the third tallest falls in BC.  The wonderful, though very short trail winds through a beautiful old growth forest to get to the base of the falls.  From your car to the viewpoint takes only about four minutes, however the trail continues a bit further to a higher viewpoint (five minutes higher). 

  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProDramatically crashing falls
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProView from very near
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProShort, convenient trail on Hwy 99
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProContinue hiking to the Chief
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProNice facilities at the trailhead
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProUpper Shannon falls trail continues
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProFew people continue past the falls
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ConTrail to upper falls is hard
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ConVery busy with tour buses
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ConVery short trail to falls

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You can even continue along the trail and join with the Stawamus Chief trail which goes to the three summits of the Chief. Shannon Falls Provincial Park has a concession stand as well as an information centre next to the parking area.  This parking area is day use only, so if you are hoping to camp overnight in the area, you have to park at the Stawamus Chief parking lot, just a 1 minute drive north of the Shannon Falls lot.

If you are planning to hike the Stawamus Chief, the Shannon Falls parking lot is arguably a better place to start from.  You can take a look at Shannon Falls and then take the connecting trail to join onto the trail to the Chief.  This route is only slightly longer, yet much more scenic.

Once you connect to the Stawamus Chief trail, you will find almost constant stairs to be prepared for quite a workout comparable to the Grouse Grind in Vancouver.  The Chief is the mammoth rock face that towers over Squamish and has been iconic in this area for many centuries. Though hardly believable from looking at, the summit is only a one hour hike.  In fact there are three peaks, South (First), Centre (Second), and North (Third). Each accessible from the single trailhead.  The trailhead to the Chief is easy to find. From highway 99, in Squamish.

Finding either Stawamus Chief Provincial Park or Shannon Falls Provincial Park are very easy.  The Chief is visible for several kilometres and both the Chief and Shannon Falls are visible from the Sea to Sky Highway.  From the highway watch for the provincial park signs for either park and. The large parking lots for Stawamus Chief Provincial Park are arranged next to the trailhead.  There is a nice campground, with plenty of tent sites just up the trail.  Shannon Falls is just 1 minute south of the entrance to the Chief on the Sea to Sky Highway and easily spotted.

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Squamish Hiking Trails

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The wonderful Upper Shannon Falls trail is now also called the Sea to Summit trail, branches off from the chaotically popular Stawamus Chief trail.  About 15 ...
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The Sea to Sky Gondola opened in the spring of 2014 and has rapidly expanded into a marvellous array of hiking trails and mountaintop attractions. Located ...
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