Squamish

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.

GETTING THERE

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.

Climbing

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
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Activities

Upcoming Activities



Mock Multi Pitch - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Practice setting up anchor spots and mock leading, cleaning and efficiently passing gear and rope
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - Sun, Jun 21, 2020
No Prerequisites
16 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Jun 18
Seattle Branch

Beyond Basic Rock- Field trip - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Beyond Basic Rock
Field trip
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Jun 26, 2020 - Sun, Jun 28, 2020
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Nov 3; Instructor registration open now
Olympia Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Put your skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Jun 27, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Jun 25
Seattle Branch

Weekend Field Trip 2 - Squamish

Climbing Field trip: Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad
Put your skills to the test outside!
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Jun 25
Seattle Branch

Seattle MAC - Summer Trip - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
10-day-long car-camping Summer Trip w/ climbing, backpacking, and hiking. This year will be to Squamish.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Sat, Jul 11, 2020 - Tue, Jul 21, 2020
Prerequisites
9 participants 8 instructors 3 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 1
Seattle Branch

Seattle Explorers Camping & Climbing Trip - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
A car camping trip with some climbing and hiking--we'll be staying at Klahanie Campground.
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 - Mon, Aug 3, 2020
Prerequisites
15 participants 1 instructor 15 chaperones
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Seattle Junior MAC Camping & Climbing Trip - Squamish

Youth Youth activity: Junior MAC
A car camping trip with some climbing and hiking! We will be camping at Klahanie
Difficulty: Crag Rock Climb
Fri, Jul 31, 2020 - Mon, Aug 3, 2020
Prerequisites
15 participants 1 instructor 15 chaperones
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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