Stawamus Chief

Advisories

July 29, 2021: Rockfall Hazard Closures

Due to multiple significant rockfalls in the Slhanay, Grand Wall, and Western Dihedrals climbing areas of Stawamus Chief, a large number of climbing routes are currently closed until further notice. These closures will be updates as more assessments are completed.

Grand Wall Closure Area

The base of the Grand Wall (between Sense of Urgency and Commando Crack) and all trails leading to these areas. This includes climbing routes such as Java Jive, Coyote, Flex Capacitor, Commando Crack, Movin’ to Montana, Knacker Cracker, Teenage Wasteland, Exasperator, Peasant’s Route, War of the Raptors, Cruel Shoes, The Flake, Apron Strings, Sunday Whites, and Sense of Urgency.

Grand Wall Boulders Closure Area

All Bouldering areas between but not including Cacademon Boulder and Titanic North have also been closed. This area includes: Gilligan’s Island, Mantel Madness, Undertow, Lipsmack, Superfly, Octagon, Black Dyke, Viper, Thighmaster, and Survivor.

Western Dihedrals Closure Area

A very large rockfall recently occurred where the Western Dihedrals meet the Grand Wall. The following routes in this area are now closed: Deadend Dihedral, The Gauntlet, The Façade, Sticky Fingers, Sunset Strip, Millenium Falcon, Rutabaga, Turnip Arrowroot, and Europa.

Slhanay Closure Area

All routes between and including Dogzilla and The White Feather.

June 21, 2021: Day-Use Passes

Starting June 23, free Day-Use Passes are required for this park at The Chief Peak Trail (aka Backside Trail). See BC Parks’s Day-Use Pass Program page for more information. Reserve your pass through Discover Camping.

May 7, 2021: Peregrine Falcon nesting

Falcon nesting season is underway. BC Parks would like reports of falcon sightings to help locate the nest site to protect the falcons and climbers. In late March, territorial behavior was observed in the MEMORIAL LEDGE area of the Stawamus Chief suggesting the falcons may have established a nest in this area, but nest location has not been confirmed.

Watch for falcons and use extra caution when climbing in this area. If you encounter a falcon in this area or anywhere else, please show it respect and keep your distance. If birds appear agitated (e.g., high pitched calling) or are aggressive, leave the area as soon as possible.

Report falcon sightings to BC Parks at Joanna.Hirner@gov.bc.ca or 604-398-5914.

  • Illegally parked vehicles

    Vehicles parked illegally at Stawamus Chief including the Apron parking lot will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Visitors must park in designated parking lots and observe the “no parking” signs posted. Vehicles parked illegally in closed day-use areas will be charged a fee for gate unlocking. Thank you for your compliance.

About Stawamus Chief

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700 metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway.

The park provides rock climbing opportunities of international significance. Hiking trails to The Chief’s three summits offer rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish town site and surrounding mountains. This park has opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and scenic viewing atop the Chief.

For information on Stawamus Chief please visit the BC Parks website.

Know before you go

Campfires: Campfires are not permitted in this park at any time.

Parking: Visitors must park in designated parking lots and observe the “no parking” signs posted. Vehicles parked illegally will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Vehicles parked illegally in closed day-use areas will be charged a fee for gate unlocking. Provincial parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor have experienced exceptional growth in visitor numbers, leading to parking congestion and illegally parked vehicles. Public safety is paramount for BC Parks, and new parking policies are in place to ensure safe access for all. Thank you for your compliance. 

Fees: Fees are per person per night for anyone 6 years of age and older. Fees for this park are cash only paid by self registration system, please see information at the campground Entrance.

Camping: Camping is allowed on designated sites only and all equipment, tents, etc., must be on the designated site. Campsites are very shaded with large mature coniferous trees. Please store and lock all food in the storage lockers located throughout the campground and in the cooking shelter.

Hiking: The Chief Trail is a steep and difficult climb, requiring hikers to be in good physical condition. Hikers should be prepared with sturdy footwear, clothing, food and water.

Climbing: Obey posted closures of climbing routes on the Chief during the critical nesting season of the peregrine falcon.

Stawamus Chief Rates and Fees

CAMPSITE FEE

Drive – in (per person per night) 10.00
Walk-in (per person per night) 10.00

PARKING FEES

Second Vehicle – Drive-in n/a
   

TOTAL NUMBER OF SITES

Vehicle Accessible Site 52
Walk In Sites 52

TOTAL NUMBER OF RESERVABLE SITES

Vehicle Accessible Site n/a
Walk In Sites n/a

OPERATIONAL DATES

Full Service April 13 – October 15

*This park has winter camping opportunities; however, the gates are locked in the winter, so camping is walk-in only and no services are provided. 

PARK LOCATION

PARK FACILITIES

Activities

  • Climbing

    Climbing

  • Hiking

    Hiking

  • Pets on Leash

    Pets on Leash

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

  • Winter Recreation

    Winter Recreation

Facilities

  • Drinking Water

    Drinking Water

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

  • Pit or Flush Toilets

    Pit or Flush Toilets

  • Vehicle Camping

    Vehicle Camping

  • Walk in / Wilderness Camping

    Walk in / Wilderness Camping

  • Winter Camping

    Winter Camping