Challenge and Adventure!
The Sea to Summit is an Intermediate/Advanced trail with some steep and challenging sections. There are 162 numbered blazers. Each numbered blazer is 50m apart. For example, blazer number 20 represents 1km and blazer number 40 represents 2km. There are blazers in between each numbered blazer for wayfinding purposes.
Starting from the Sea to Sky Gondola parking lot, the Sea to Summit Trail rises through the lower sections of the Stawamus Chief Trail. At marker 20 you will follow the Sea to Summit trail to the right and travel under the gondola providing views of Howe Sound. Continuing on you will traverse toward Shannon Creek which feeds into Shannon Falls. Here you will see a sign to leash up your dog. It is strongly recommended that you keep your dog leashed in areas of fast-moving water and that both you and your pet stay well back from the water's edge. Passing the half-way point you rise up to a perfect viewpoint of Howe Sound. From here follow the trail to the intersection with the Shannon Basin Loop. Watch for the markers to return to the Sea to Summit Trail and traverse up under the gondola to the top.
What's the best part of the Sea to Summit hike? When you make it to the top and are greeted by all the facilities you missed in the last 3-5 hours of your hike. Sit down on the beautiful patio and enjoy a cold beverage while you soak up the views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains before taking the gondola down ($15). You can purchase your ride down only ticket at the base before your hike or at the summit.