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.
- 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).