Almost exactly half way between Vancouver and Whistler lies the town of Squamish. A town small enough that one drives past it in less than 5 mins, but a town one cannot miss because of the beauty of it. Driving on the ‘Sea to Sky’ highway looking at the sea and the snow-capped mountains all around, you drive past a monolith rock face and know you are at Squamish.
The hike is rendered interesting because of the rushing water, iron ladders, chains and steps put in all over. The park officials and volunteers have done an amazing job to make the hike as safe and as accessible as possible. And the amount of work and the time spend on making the trail made the hike a pleasure and I can easily call it one of the best hikes I have done. And as D says we have done plenty.
After a couple of hours of walking the trails, the last part actually holding on to chains because of the steep smooth mountain, we make out way to the top of the mountain and the view is amazing. Making the entire effort worth it.
Clear blue sky, scattered clouds, sun peeking out, water, mountains, snow. And no one around, but the two of us. Our peace of heaven.
So we sat there at the top of the mountain, saw cars zipping by the meandering ‘Sea to Sky’ highway, were thankful that we took a break from our usual direct drive to Whistler, took the time to do the hike. We took in the peace, the calm, the nature almost untouched.