A popular climbing area in British Columbia, Canada. Crags with rock and aid climbs include The Chief, Smoke Bluffs, Cheakmus Canyon and Tatoosh. There is also some great hiking and other adventures in Squamish.


Take I-5 North towards Vancouver, BC.  Pass through the border and continue on BC-99 N.  Take exit 16 towards BC-91 N. Proceed through Vancouver, following signs for Trans-Canada Highway/BC-1 W.  Merge onto Trans-Canada Highway/BC-1 W.  After 19 miles, merge onto BC-99 N.  At mile 26 the Stawamish Chief Trailhead Parking Lot will be on the right.


Crags with rock and aid climbs include The Chief, Smoke Bluffs, Cheakmus Canyon and Tatoosh.

  • Guidebook: Squamish Select, 3rd ed by Marc Bourdon (Quickdraw Press 2012).
  • Guidebook: Squamish Rockclimbs by Kevin McLane & Andrew Boyd (High Col Press 2018).

Day Hiking

The Sea to Sky Walking trails consists for four trails. To access the trails, take the Sea to Sky Gondola to the plaza at the top.

  • The Panorama Trai
  • The Spirit Trail
  • The Wonderland Lake Loop
  • Front Country Trails

INFORMATION for leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb

Upcoming Activities

Traditional Climbing Course - Field Trip #2 - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Traditional Climbing Course
Review FT #1 lessons and begin mock lead and lead trad routes
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 - Sun, Aug 22, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration closed Jul 14
Olympia Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Leading on Rock
Put your lead skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Aug 27, 2021 - Sun, Aug 29, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Sep 30
Seattle Branch

Basic Canyon - Squamish

Canyoning Trip
A weekend of canyoning in Squamish!
Fri, Sep 3, 2021 - Mon, Sep 6, 2021
7 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Aug 2
Seattle Branch

Leading on Rock 2 Field Trip - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Crag Climbing
: Practice on knowledge and skill gained during leading on rock lecture and Rock 1
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Sep 18, 2021 - Sun, Sep 19, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Aug 12; Instructor registration open now
Bellingham Branch
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