Hiking at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Squamish and the Sea to Sky Corridor are fortunate to have some of the best hiking in the world and the Sea to Sky Gondola is right in the thick of it. For years the alpine vistas were only available to the hardiest of souls willing to make the strenuous hike on foot. Now you can take a breathtaking ride to access to extensive hiking terrain for all levels. The trails are listed below in the order of difficulty. View Trail Maps for more details on trail length and difficulty. See backcountry trails page.
Please note, if you plan to hike more than three hours, we ask that you park at Darrell Bay on a sunny day in summer (May to the first week of September). The Darrell Bay lot is a short walk to the base of the gondola and the entrance to the Sea to Summit Trail. On weekends in summer, a shuttle service is available from Darrell Bay starting at 9:00am. For more information on staying safe during your visit, please go to our trail safety page and/or the AdventureSmart website.
Tips For Hiking
- Never hike alone. Wildlife is a real risk in this area and if you happen to slip and hurt yourself, you need someone else there who can help you.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back at home.
- Be prepared for changes in weather. Mountain weather changes suddenly so carry extra layers.
- Observe all trail closures. Stay on marked trails to avoid damage to the alpine ecosystem.
- Watch your footing. Remember that steep slopes, snow and ice fields are very dangerous. Try to stay away from these if you can. In the backcountry, you are likely to encounter hazards such as cliffs, glaciers, crevasses, rock falls, avalanches and unstable surfaces.
- Treat all wildlife with caution. Do not feed or approach bears!
- Carry water, food, sunscreen and a watch.
- Check the last gondola ride down here; it is a long walk if you miss it.
- Save our information/help line in your cellphone before you go: 604-892-2551
When you see a yellow sign that reads, "END OF MARKED TRAIL", it means the trail ahead is no longer recommended for anyone BUT experienced mountaineers with the proper equipment, knowledge and experience. If you wish to enter the backcountry, but lack the knowledge and experience. We recommend taking a local mountain guide. Our Guest Services team will happily connect you with local guides.