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Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Saturday September 7, 2019 - The RBC GranFondo Whistler Ride from Vancouver to Whistler.
Access to parks along the Sea to Sky Highway as well as in the Squamish and Whistler area may be impacted on Saturday September 7th due to the RBC GranFondo Whistler ride from Vancouver to Whistler. For more information on all traffic delays along the Sea to Sky Highway please visit- https://www.rbcgranfondo.com/whistler/traffic-impacts/
Sea to Summit Trail closed for the foreseeable future
The Sea to Summit Trail and Upper Shannon Falls Trail will be closed for the foreseeable future due to a major lift accident on the Sea to Sky Gondola making the trail unsafe to hike at this time. We will release more updates when details become available.
Peregrine Falcon nesting climbing closures no longer in effect
The closure of climbing routes in the Dihedrals area of the Chief, including Planet Caravan and Warriors of the Wasteland, is no longer in effect because falcon nesting has finished for the season. If you encounter a falcon, please respect them and keep your distance. Please report falcon sightings to BC Parks [PDF 3.6MB]
Rockfall affecting climbing in the North Walls area
Recent rockfall in the North Walls area of the Stawamus Chief, just below the rock climb “The Calling” may have created instability in the surrounding area. Please stay away from the base or the climbs around The Calling.
BC Hydro infrastructure work April 25 – May 31
Between April 25 and May 31, BC Hydro will be conducting civil works on their infrastructure adjacent to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. Some of this work will occur along the Climbers Access Trail, located between the Climber’s Access Parking Lot and the main parking lots by the campground.
Please expect delays as crews and machinery operate in these areas. For your safety, please stay well back of operating machinery and adhere to all signs directing trail users.
Illegally parked vehicles
Vehicles parked illegally at Stawamus Chief including the Apron parking lot will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Visitors must park in designated parking lots and observe the “no parking” signs posted. Vehicles parked illegally in closed day-use areas will be charged a fee for gate unlocking. Thank you for your compliance.
Rockfall debris on the Angel’s Crest Trail
Rockfall debris is present on the upper sections of the Angel’s Crest Trail. Please use extra caution in this area.
About This Park
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700 metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway.
The park provides rock climbing opportunities of international significance. Hiking trails to The Chief’s three summits offer rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish town site and surrounding mountains. This park has opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and scenic viewing atop the Chief.
- The Stawamus Chief is one of the largest granite monoliths in the world and provides good nesting habitat for the Peregrine Falcon. Please respect the wildlife and keep your distance. Viewing is best with a pair of binoculars.
- Please obey posted closures of climbing routes on the Chief during the critical nesting season of the Peregrine Falcon.
Size: Park – 530 hectares; Protected Area – 2 hectares
Date Established: Park – July 28, 1997; Protected Area – June 25, 2012
Know Before You Go
- Trail and stair treads may be slippery in the winter, please use extra caution and watch for falling ice.
- The Chief Trail is a steep and difficult climb, requiring hikers to be in good physical condition. Hikers should be prepared with sturdy footwear, clothing, food and water.
- Obey posted closures of climbing routes on the Chief during the critical nesting season of the peregrine falcon.
- Rockfall debris is present on the upper sections of the Angel’s Crest Trail. Please use extra caution in this area.
- BC Parks and a volunteer group of climbers have developed the below strategy to manage rock climbing in Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls and Murrin Provincial Parks. The strategy will be used to direct management activities related to rock climbing in the three parks. It must be stressed that this strategy is site specific and will not be applicable to the situations found in many other provincial parks.
- Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls & Murrin Provincial Parks Rock Climbing Strategy [PDF]
- Best Practices Guide for Rock Climbing Route Development in the Squamish Area Provincial Parks [PDF 2.2MB]. This Best Practices Guide recommends new guidelines and considerations for rock climbing route cleaning, including route development, and intends to balance climber’s needs with protecting the environment and public safety.
BC Parks has implemented a parking enforcement policy at Stawamus Chief and Murrin Parks.
Provincial parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor have experienced exceptional growth in visitor numbers, leading to parking congestion and illegally parked vehicles. Public safety is paramount for BC Parks, and new parking policies are in place to ensure safe access for all.
Visitors must park in designated parking lots and observe the “no parking” signs posted. BC Parks has implemented a tow-away policy for any vehicles parked illegally.
- Please be aware, camping is allowed on designated sites only and all equipment, tents, etc., must be on the designated site.
Location and Maps
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Located immediately adjacent to Shannon Falls Provincial Park at Squamish, BC. Squamish and Brackendale are the communities nearest to this park.
This park is serviced by Parkbus
Did you know Parkbus is an environmentally friendly, affordable transportation service from downtown Vancouver to select BC Parks? To find out more about Parkbus, as well as their routes and schedules, check www.parkbus.ca or contact them at 1-800-928-7101.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: Named after the First Nation village of St-a-wamus at the north end of the Squamish River.
- Wildlife: Obey posted closures of climbing routes on the Chief during the critical nesting season of the peregrine falcon.
- The approved master plan for Stawamus Chief Provincial Park [PDF 2.11MB] is available in PDF format. Because of the large size of the file, the photos are listed separately:
MASTER PLAN PHOTOS
View from the Chief between the second and third peaks [PDF 15.23KB]
Remnants of old-growth forest [PDF 151.7KB]
View of the second peak from the third peak [PDF 112.74KB]
Swamp east of the Chief [PDF 167.85KB]
View from the Chief across the Squamish Valley [PDF 149.21KB]
Climbers on the Chief [PDF 196.6KB]
Viewpoint from second summit [PDF 133.21KB]
Trail to the summits of the Chief [PDF 171.65KB]
FINAL REPORT PHOTOS
Final Report Cover page photo [PDF 134.38KB]
Page 12 photo [PDF 131.87KB]
Page 18 photo [PDF 261.39KB]
Page 27 photo [PDF 257.68KB]
Appendices photo [PDF 339.91KB]
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Commercial climbing such as guiding and giving instruction is prohibited unless authorized by a valid Park Use Permit. Bouldering opportunities exist at the base of the Stawamus Chief.
Hiking trails are accessed from the day-use parking near the campground. They follow Oleson Creek before dividing into separate trails to each peak. The trails are also accessible from Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Be properly prepared for a strenuous hike and changing weather.
First Peak: 1.5-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 540 metres.
Second Peak: 1.7-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 590 metres.
Third Peak: 1.8-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 630 metres.
To Shannon Falls: 1.5-kilometre hike from the Stawamus Parking Lot.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Sites are very shaded with mature second-growth coniferous trees. There is parking for extra vehicles in the day-use parking lot, available for a fee. The gate is locked between the hours of 11pm and 7 am, and during the winter season. Walk-in camping is available when the gate is locked. If there are no staff available to direct you to a site, find a site that is not occupied by equipment or a valid camping permit. Campground fees are to be paid in cash at the entrance of the campground through a self registration envelope system.
The closest store is in Squamish approximately a 5 minute drive north on Highway 99. There is a pay phone located next to the information kiosk. There are storage lockers located next to the cooking shelter. No campfires are permitted. Campsites are small and overcrowding is not permitted.