This is a short but challenging trail that starts at the Shannon Falls parking lot and heads north to connect with the Squamish Chief trails. The first kilometre is fine hiking but then the trail starts to climb for a crossing of Oleson creek. A short scramble and some steps will get you to the bridge. If the weather is icy or snowy, you might want to call this scenic lookout your turnaround point; otherwise you can make this a loop by crossing the bridge. You then come to a junction. Going right, up the stairs will lead you to the Chief, Squaw and Upper Shannon trails. Turning left and heading down the stairs (which will be slippery in wet or icy weather) will bring you to the old parking area for the Chief and the walk-in campsites. Continue through the campsite and down to the highway and it's a short walk back to your trailhead at Shannon Falls.
This trail could also be done in reverse order--some may prefer that as most of the steps require an uphill slog.
Take the Sea to Sky Highway to Shannon Falls parking lot just south of Squamish and head for the viewpoint trail. Take in the view, and then follow the well-marked trail to the Chief junction.
There is an alternate access from the Squamish Chief Provincial Park parking area, from which, depending on time of year, you may have to walk a little further to the trailhead. It's well marked.
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Posted By: hawke_gh
- Sat Feb 14 17:26:37 UTC 2004
UpsideUsed to live in Squamish and this is a nice trail that has a great feel to it at the finish (Shannon Falls) if done from the South. DownsideNone - if you can climb stairs you can do this short walk. A few challenging spots in adverse weather (the stairs on the North approach; the climb over & up to the bridge at Oleson Creek from the South approach). CommentTo increase your enjoyment of this short loop, go on a sunny day in spring or summer. Walking through the deciduous tree cover in good weather lends a beautiful golden green glow to the atmosphere. I find that ending at Shannon Falls gives you that refreshing feel of water on your face & in the air if the day has been hot.