Tricouni Peak

A moderate scramble of 10 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain. This is an excellent alpine scramble above scenic alpine lakes and meadows with expansive views of the south central British Columbia coast range mountains in Canada.

getting there

Drive Highway 99 north of Vancouver, BC.  At the 7-11 store on Cleveland Avenue in Squamish continue north 6 miles (10 km) and turn left onto Squamish Valley Road.  From the highway at 2 miles (3.7) km and stay left after crossing over the Cheakamus river.  At approximately 18 miles (28 km) and turn right onto "Branch 200," a steep logging road that will likely require a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle.  Parking adds approximately 5 miles (8.4 km) to the trip mileage total.  

Follow this road 1.5 miles (2.3 km) and turn right.  Continue to a fork at 3.7 miles (6.1 km) and turn right.   Continue to a fork at 4.3 miles (7 km) to and turn left.  Note there are several small left spur roads before this point. The left you want is 0.25 miles before the bridge over High Falls Creek.  Follow this road 0.7 miles (1.1 km) farther and turn left.  After 2 miles (1.9 km) the road crosses a creek.  Continue 0.25 miles further to an intersection and park there.

approach & ascent

Follow a way trail slightly down and then ascend back up the valley staying on the east side of the creek.  The trail climbs two small benches to reach the first lake.  Note: this section of the trail can be very muddy in places.  Follow a creek east of the first lake to a second lake just as you break out of the trees.  Ascend the talus along the creek to the third lake. Bypass the lake on the west (left) side towards Tricouni Peak, which will be visible in the distance.  Continue towards the summit and head towards a sub peak west of the true summit, which will form a cliff band that can be ascended through at its thinnest point on the right side.  This will consist of broken terrain and a short corner that will allow passage through the cliff band to the upper peak.  Head up the scree or snow slopes to the right skyline ridge and follow the ridge to the summit.  


  • Guidebook Reference: Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia by Matt Gunn (Cairn Publishing 2005).
  • Guidebook Reference: A Guide to Hiking & Climbing in Southwest British Columbia by Bruce F. Fairley (Gordon Soules Book Publishers 1993).

information for leaders

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.
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 3
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • 6,962 ft
  • CNTS Cheakamus River 92G/14
  • CNTS Brandywine Falls 92J/3
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