Sea-to-Summit Trail & Sea-to-Sky Gondola

On Saturday, Jesse and I tagged along on a friend’s birthday hike up the Sea-to-Summit trail in Squamish. After never having been to Squamish before, this made for two weekends in a row! It’s really a beautiful area and I love the scenic drive up.

The trail was about 6km of mostly up and took about two and a half hours not including a relaxing break we took at a viewpoint. Jesse kept asking, “How many Grouse Grinds is it?” I still have no idea how to answer that question, but here is a comparison below.

Grouse Grind:

  • Distance: 2.9 km (one way)
  • Elevation Gain: 853 m
  • Time Needed: 1 – 2 hours

Sea-to-Summit (via Wrinkle Rock):

  • Distance: 7 km (one way)
  • Elevation Gain: 835 m
  • Time Needed: 2 – 4 hours

The Sea-to-Summit (via Wrinkle Rock) trail is about the same elevation but over twice the distance so despite there being some steep, technical sections, overall it is a more gradual ascent. The most noticeable difference though, was that there were way less people on the trail, especially after the junction that splits off to the Chief.

I always cool off quickly after exercise so I had brought a warm-ish jacket for the top but turns out it was roasting up there! The sun was beating down on the patio and I had to put sunscreen on because I could feel my face getting red. 

Most of us picked up some grub from the cafeteria, which was suprisingly good! I recommend the yam salad, I didn’t have it but it looked delicious (and sold out)! We also partook in some birthday cake which had been transported up by gondola for the birthday boy.

Everyone took the Sea-to-Sky Gondola back down. It fits up to 8 people and costs $10 per person for the down only trip. It was a beautiful ride and you can even take your dog on it (for a small fee).



I started running about three years ago. Until this time i had never considered myself a runner and actually hated running. I’m not sure what changed but i’m glad it did! I enjoy sharing my thoughts, training, and experiences through my blog and encouraging and supporting others in their running journeys.

Since becoming a runner, I have completed a handful of half marathons, three full marathons, and four ultra marathons. However, my biggest accomplishments have been running the Rim2Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon and completing a seven-day, 250km stage race in the Alps. These were adventures of a lifetime and something I had never imagined that I would do even in my wildest dreams!

1 comment

  1. Looks like it’s roughly 2 Grouse Grinds, but it felts like 3 Grouse Grinds.

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