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Hike 'The Chief' on Sunday! · Sunday, March 19th
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Start: Sunday, Mar. 19th, 8:30 am
End: Sunday, Mar. 19th, 4:00 pm
Calling out to VOC drivers! We need another car on this trip. Please consider joining :)
Hey Hikers! Let's go to 'The Chief' for some winter hiking. Come hang out with your fellow VOCers and enjoy a beautiful day - the weather prediction for the weekend is SUNSHINE!! Beginners are welcome, all you need is sturdy footwear, warm clothes and a pack lunch. We'll meet at 8:30am Sunday at Waterfront Station on Sunday for carpooling, by popular vote we may have a Ramen dinner together at the end of the trip!
The backside trail of the Chief is an ideal destination if you are interested in a short hike that can be done in a morning. Although not nearly as popular as the Grouse Grind, this trail is quite busy. It's worthwhile for the beautiful view of Howe Sound at the top and to be able to say that you've "climbed" the Chief.
All trails can be accessed through the Chief campground. The turn-off is located just south of Squamish on highway 99. You can park in the climber's parking lot (right by the highway) and walk all the way through the campground to the stairs at the top of the big boulder at the back. Alternatively, the trail system can be accessed via Shannon Falls. Go past the falls heading in a northwesterly direction, following the signs to the Chief; this way is nicer. The parking lot at the Chief is free, the parking lot at Shannon Falls is not free.
There are three peaks, the first and second being very popular, and the third being visited a little less. The first and second can be reached in under two hours.
More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=stawamus%20chief