Day Hike - Squamish


Day Hike - Squamish

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, then take pictures from viewing platforms and on short trails. Great for those who want to see good views and get outdoors, but don't have the stamina for long hikes.

  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Pace: 1.5 mph or slower with frequent stops

We will meet at the base of the gondola at 9am, departing for the top by 9:10am.

Note: I will be spending the night before at a hotel in Squamish after leading the Train Wreck Trail photo hike on the 13th.  Train Wreck Trail field trip

This is primarily for those who join me on the Train Wreck Trail the day before, but all are welcome.

Once at the top, we will check out the first viewing deck. The Summit Lodge Viewing Deck is the first of the three viewing platforms that we will encounter. Located footsteps from the gondola’s unloading station, this magnificent 5,000 sq/ft deck offers breathtaking views of Howe Sound, our coastal mountain range, and the famous Co-Pilot and Sky Pilot mountain peaks.

We will then walk along the Spirit Trail, which crosses the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and take photos (it's only a 400 meter walk). 

The Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is approximately 100 metres long and has a backdrop that falls away thousands of feet below, giving you a greater feeling of exposure and height over land. The Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge offers amazing 360 degree views of the area, both up to the high alpine of the mountains above and down to the fjord below. We will also take photos from the Spirit Viewing Platform on the other side of the bridge.

After the Spirit Trail, we will walk the Panorama Trail. This 1.6 km long loop trail takes you through coastal forest, Alaskan Blueberry bushes and granite outcroppings. Viewpoints with handcrafted cedar benches dot the trail for rests with a view. The Panorama trail has an easy elevation grade of approximately 8-10% allowing people of all ages and fitness levels to complete it in under an hour.
Halfway through the trail is the Chief Overlook Platform,  a cantilevered deck that juts out over a sheer drop and offers majestic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.

Back at the plaza, we decide on lunch at one of the restaurants/cafes before departing from home.

If interested, join me on July 13th in Whistler for more photography fun in the morning and/or Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in the afternoon of July 14th.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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