The Stawamus Chief is a 700-metre high granite dome that guards the southern end of Squamish. The Chief is the centre point of a 5-square kilometre provincial park founded in 1997. The park encompasses not only the Chief but also the Stawamus Squaw a slightly smaller granitic dome located a short distance to the north-east. There are a number of maintained hiking trails which lead to the First Peak at 610 metres, the Second Peak at 655 metres and the Third Peak at 702 metres. Some of these maintained trails are quite difficult in places – some sections are so steep, narrow, or slippery, that chains and ladders have been bolted to the rock for your help. The Chief is famous for its granite walls. There is rock climbing for all standards of climber and it’s justly famous for this reason.
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