Shannon Falls Squamish Hiking Trails
Shannon Falls towers above Howe Sound at 335 metres as the third tallest falls in BC. The wonderful trail winds through a beautiful old growth forest to get to the base of the falls. You can even continue on another 2.5km to get to the Chief.
The trailhead is just south of the Stawamus Chief trailhead, south of Squamish.
The Chief is the mammoth rock face that towers over Squamish. Though hardly believable from looking at, the summit is only a one hour hike.
In fact there are three peaks, South (First), Centre (Second), and North (Third). Each accessible from the single trailhead.
The trailhead to the Chief is easy to find. From highway 99, in Squamish. As you approach the Chief, visible for several kilometres, watch for the sign for "Stawamus Chief." The large parking lots are arranged next to the trailhead.
There is a nice campground, with plenty of tent sites at the trailhead. A better route for a day hike is to start at Shannon Falls, it only adds about 1km but includes the spectacular Shannon falls as well as a nicer route as it joins the trail to the Chief part way up.
Directions to the Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief Trailheads:
From Cleveland Avenue and Highway 99 in Squamish (McDonalds is on this corner), drive south for about 2 minutes and watch for signs on your left. You can either park at the Stawamus Chief Trailhead or the Shannon Falls Trailhead. Both are close to each other but the Shannon Falls is much better for a day hike if you want to see both. Seeing both only takes a few minutes more than hiking just the Chief.
If you are planning to camp overnight then the Chief Trailhead is better to park as that is where the campsites are.