Top three reasons to go hiking in Squamish
Hundreds of spectacular hikes for all levels and abilities
A town built around outdoor adventure – the possibilities are endless
Hike along rivers, lakes, ancient rainforests and vast mountainous terrain
Ever wanted to explore ancient forest trails, breathe the fresh air surrounding the impressive glaciers and fjords or take a dip next to stunning waterfalls? Squamish and the surrounding Sea to Sky area offers everything you could possibly imagine. Customize your day with your professional guide and visit the pristine alpine lakes, climb summits overlooking the mountain peaks and make memories for life. Find out more about how you can spend 57 hours in Squamish, B.C.! Below, find a list of some of the best hiking options in the whole Sea to Sky region — from Squamish to Whistler and the beautiful surrounding area.
Spring to Summer
Vancouver is just under an hour away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Garibaldi Lake Full-Day Group Hike
As you hike along the first two lakes — Barrier Lake and Lesser Garibaldi — get ready to be smitten with the crown jewel of the area, the Garibaldi Lake. Surreal scenery and the turquoise color of the lake will take your breath away! This intermediate trail is well-maintained, which makes it stunning and delightful in every season. Let your guide make the most of your day and enjoy one of the most jaw-dropping places in B.C.!
Duration: 5 Hours
Rainbow Lake Full-Day Group Hike
The Rainbow Lake trail is one of the area’s most scenic trails. Let your guide take you to the beautiful Rainbow Falls and climb gradually through a scenic forested trail. Enjoy the views of rivers, falls, meadows, and a lovely alpine lake at the end. The wildflowers surrounding the lake in the summer months combined with the views of the lake and contrasting the dark, jagged edges of Black Tusk in the distance are spectacular!
Duration: 6 Hours
Wedgemount Lake Full-Day Group Hike
The Wedgemount Lake Trail is absolutely stunning, featuring spectacular glacial views, a beautiful lake, waterfall, plenty of streams and rock walls. The spectacular glacial lake is circled by two glaciers — Wedgemount and Armchair. Most of this advanced trail is under forest-cover, making it perfect for everyone who decides to hike the trail in summer. If the weather serves you, you might even see snow-capped mountains behind you right before seeing the majestic Wedgemount Lake!
Duration: 7 Hours
Elfin Lakes Full-Day Group Hike
The Elfin Lakes Trail is a unique intermediate hike taking you along a gorgeous ridge on Round Mountain that leads to awe-inspiring Elfin Lakes — two small but marvelous lakes located in the scenic alpine setting that won’t leave anyone indifferent. Join your guide on this amazing trail with panoramic views of the iconic Mount Garibaldi’s peak and the close-by Tantalus Mountain Range, and make some life-long memories!
Duration: 6 Hours
Elevation: 600m | Intermediate
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Things to know
Covid measures in Squamish
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Squamish, please refer to the Destination BC site.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of hiking
What’s not included:
- Snacks and meals
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in Squamish is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these group adventures, the usual client to guide ratio is 6:1. It takes a minimum of 2 people for a tour to operate.
- The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
- Hiking in Squamish can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Squamish, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR) just an hour away. From there, you can take a taxi which costs $210 – $250. There is also a direct bus departing from Vancouver International Airport and arriving at Squamish Adventure Centre.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. You will typically meet your guide at their downtown location or at the trailhead. Getting to the trailhead usually requires a drive of 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the itinerary.