Stawamus Chief

November 12, 2009

702m

Squamish, BC

Our original plan was to hike Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park, but due to the amount of snow, it was impossible without snowshoes. So we got turned around not far in and we had to come up with another objective. Stawamus Chief is the landmark of Squamish, just on the east side of Sea to Sky Highway. This huge granite dome is claimed to be the second largest granite monolith in the world, topping 700m above the adjacent water body, Howe Sound. We followed a well maintained trail to the centre summit. The trail is short, but steep. There were a couple slippery sections due to the recent rainfall, and they provided some sort of challenge to us. I slipped a couple times. Near the top the terrain becomes very rocky. A ladder helped for a short rock step, and after that we were basically hiking on giant slanted granite rocks. On top of the Chief, Howe Sound and Squamish Valley dominate the view to west. Looking north, Mt. Garibaldi was hidden in clouds, with its summit barely showed up. Overall, with little effort, we got great views.

Vancouver seen from Cypress Park access road

Vancouver seen from Cypress Park access road

We changed objective. This is Howe Sound from Sea to Sky Highway.

We changed objective. This is Howe Sound from Sea to Sky Highway.

Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls

An erratic on the way up

An erratic on the way up

Terrain becomes rockier higher up

Terrain becomes rockier higher up

See? Big rocks

See? Big rocks

Panorama of Howe Sound from the top

Panorama of Howe Sound from the top

Looking down at Squamish

Looking down at Squamish

Howe Sound

Howe Sound

Me on the summit

Me on the summit

Me with Howe Sound behind

Me with Howe Sound behind

Looking towards another direction.

Looking towards another direction.

As you can see, the Chief is a small peak in this area. Its summit is even below the snowline

As you can see, the Chief is a small peak in this area. Its summit is even below the snowline

Garibaldi and Atwell briefly showed up

Garibaldi and Atwell briefly showed up

Interesting clouds and lighting effect

Interesting clouds and lighting effect

Another shot of the light. The first summit is in foreground.

Another shot of the light. The first summit is in foreground.

There're lots of big striations on the granite rocks.

There’re lots of big striations on the granite rocks.

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