sea to summit trail hike & sea to sky gondola

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Leading off the Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief hiking trails is the challenging Sea to Summit trail, leading up to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Dad and I began our climb at the gorgeous Shannon Falls, right by the parking lot and usually crowded with tourists stopping to stretch their legs.

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From there, the trail towards the Sea to Summit trail is the same as the beginning of the Stawamus Chief. The route is about 8.5km and took us about 3.5 hours. We were greeted with the occasional burst of sunshine and glimpse of views and we tackled the steep climbs; this hike is not for the faint of heart and requires scrambling up rock piles with ropes and chains and a steep grade.

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The top part of the trek has a few different options of varying difficulties. We picked the Shannon Basin Loop which is very clearly sign-posted and is quite easy on the legs as it completes a number of switchbacks up the mountain. It’s about 3km from the top of the Sea to Summit to the lodge, which we cut short via the Wonderland Lake Loop.

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The view at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola at the suspension bridge is gorgeous. I think it’s much more rewarding if you’ve battled your way up to the top, but you can pay $40 for a round-trip ride up the gondola. You shouldn’t hike back down for safety reasons, which is why the gondola ride one-way down is just $10 per person.

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*Including photos by Dad

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