Vancouver, British Columbia
May 18, 2003
Before you begin, take the time to look over the overview map of the park. You have the choice of three peaks to hike. The first peak is the lowest peak and the 'easiest' peak to reach. The second peak is the hightest, and about 30 minutes longer. The third..well it isn't as high as the second peak, and it takes longer to get there. We opted for the second peak.
The first hour, the hike is straight up, but you will have (in some areas) stairs to help you along the way (for the most part made of large stones or wood).
The last 30 minutes, this is when it really starts to get tricky. The last 30 minutes you are actually hiking up smooth granite.
You have a thin trail to follow, and chains to help you pull your self along-- there is also a ladder!
Finally, when you reach the top, you are rewarded with an incredible view of Squamish, and Howe Sound.
This trail is dog friendly! We have a dog, he was able to join in on the hike up to the ladder. Fortunately, we brought his leash and water bowl with us. There is a perfect shaded section where we were able to tie him up and leave him some water. From the ladder you only have about another 5 minutes or so to go!
From journal The Day I conquered The Chief!!