The Sea To Summit Trail , or Sea To Sky Gondola Trail is located in Squamish. It is most easily accessed from Sea To Sky Gondola Parking Lot.
Distance: 7.5KM One Way (15$ for tram down!)
Time: 5 Hours
Elevation Gain: 918 Meters
Before I discuss more about this trail I’ll start by saying: do not underestimate this trail! If you’ve ever done the Grouse Grind you gain as much elevation as that AND cover a distance of 7.5KM. Its a really good workout, so make sure you have the right gear and pack plenty of water/ food!
Take the Sea To Sky Highway to the Gondola (36800 BC-99, Squamish, BC V0N 3G0.) You’ll want to park in their “Darrell Bay” overflow parking lot(500M South from Gondola), as the lot right below the Gondola is only for short term parking. You can find more info about the parking situation here: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/facilities/parking
Trailhead: I entered the trailhead from the main Sea To Sky Gondola parking lot. You can easily find it at the North West corner of the lot. There are also lots of signs pointing you to this! It can also be accessed from that overflow parking lot. As it is very touristy the trail head is well marked, as well as the entire trail! They have done an awesome job on this and maintaining the trail!
(Lots of signage including- 1/4, 1/2 , 3/4 Markers:)
Other Relevant Info:
Trail highlights: You will pass Upper Shannon Falls along this hike which is beautiful. There are also several spots along the hike where you will be able to see the beautiful Howe Sound. Certain sections of the trail you will be holding onto a rope, so be ready! There are many activities once you reach the peak including being able to cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge.
(View of Howe Sound right after the 1/2 Mark:)
(Quick iPhone Shot of Upper Shannon Falls:)
Food/ Water at the top: They also serve food with a surprisingly healthy menu. As with all tourist locations expect to pay a little bit extra for food (my meal was around 15$.) There is also a great selection of Craft Beer at the top 🙂
DON’T FORGET TO BRING:
1: Ten Essentials: Headlamp, Compass, Whistle, First Aid Supplies, Fire Starter, Emergency Blanket & Knife.
2: Required Clothing: Hiking backpack, Hiking boots, warm clothing (sweat resistant), gloves, toque, waterproof jacket.
3: Assorted Personal Items: Any medication your require, Extra Dry Clothing, Cell Phone, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Trekking Poles, Hand Sanitizer, Camera, Binoculars.
MOST OF IMPORTANTLY: ENJOY IT! THIS IS AN AWESOME PLACE AND WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND GOING HERE. DON’T FORGET TO TAG US IN YOUR PHOTOS, WE LOVE SEEING THEM!!