Squamish Hiking Trail Updates: New Trails for Summer 2014
The trail network in and around Squamish has been attracting visitors & locals looking to reconnect with nature for years. Local trail builders have been busy over the last year creating some new hiking & mountain biking trails that are destined to become the new classics over time. Squamish is home to many epic hiking trails and this article is meant to give you the inside scoop on the newest hiking for all your Squamish adventure exploring.
Sea to Sky Summit Trail:
Photo: By Paul Bride
If you want to experience the new Sea to Sky Gondola but are looking to take the pass less traveled to the top try the new Summit Trail. This hiking trail starts at the base of the gondola and takes you all the way to the top. It is a 3-4 hour hike of 9.8 km one way with an elevation gain of 918m. This is a mix of steep descents, stunning views & forested areas offering the best reward of a locally brewed beverage at the top and a gondola ride down for $10.00. That is definitely my kind of hike!
The Spirit Trail:
Photo: By Paul Bride
If you still have energy once you reach the summit you can explore the new walking trails that have been built at the top of the gondola. The Panorama Trail is 1.6km long with a low grade that is accessible for most fitness levels and offers stunning views over the Chief. The Spirit Trail is a quick 400 meters long but offers a journey through First Nations History with interpretive pieces that build on the rich history of the surrounding landscape.
New Murrin Lake Trails:
Located off Highway 99 about 10 minutes south of Squamish, Murrin lake has long been a destination for rock climbers and commuters looking for a refreshing dip on their way to or from work. The area has undergone a mini renovation with new picnic tables & lounge areas. The recently completed 1.8 km hiking trail at Murrin lake offers similar views of the Howe Sound as the infamous Chief, with less work and less crowds.The trail head starts near the end of the lake, look for the Commonwealth, Quercus & Valley of the Lost Tribes sign and enjoy your time exploring. Hikers are rewarded with a refreshing lake dip and new picnic tables for a snack after.
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