Habrich Ridge Trail Sea
to Sky Gondola, Squamish
M~2~RT~ST~V~RH~R~DF~KF~S Length: 12 Km’s return Elevation: 954 meters Toilet: At beginning of trail Dogs: Yes but two rope assists
2014~Your hike starts at the
top of The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. You park at the long term parking
lot. Take the free shuttle over or walk for 10 minutes to the base camp. Once
there buy your ticket for the gondola. If you’re planning on two visits or more
consider buying a year or a season pass. You can also buy a pass for your dog.
For the first part of the hike you'll walk along a wide rocky road to the trail
head. Turn left here. The trail starts at #1 and ends at #44. It's well marked.
After a few minutes you’ll come to a steep rock slab. It’s not difficult coming
Shortly after it's a dirt path again. Soon you will come to your first one of
two rope assists. The first one is longer but it's totally doable. Then another
path that comes out to a rock path and again into a shorter rope assist. That's
the worst part of the trail if you follow it up to the pond. There are some
viewpoints that would be great with rope assists but you don't have to go up...there
are plenty of beautiful views!
Now you’re traveling on a granite rock slab for quite some time. There are some
pretty views on either side. Soon it comes to a dirt path surrounded in cool
timber. It's here where you start to go down on a rooty, dirt path. It then
flattens out but don't get too comfy as it starts to climb quite steeply. Soon
it starts to open up as you come to a big granite rock on your right. You can
go up this steep slippery granite rock. Hoping they will install a chain or
rope assist. Up top you can see as far as Garibaldi. Once you’re satisfied come
down and walk for a few minutes, you come out onto a huge flat granite rock
that has some stunning views. This is where the trail continues but is a
beautiful spot for picture taking moments and lunch. Once done go left and
follow the rocks with spray painted arrows.
The trail goes back into the woods on this rooty, spongy dirt trail...it's
rolling hills now as you near the pond. You'll notice on your left as you
approach the pond there's a new trail to Neverland Falls.
It's a loop and it's about 1.5 hrs to complete.
Once at the pond you'll see a trail on the left side. This takes you to some
falls but when we visited it was bone dry. If you keep following this trail it
snakes up to another view point but it's sketchy getting up to the lookout and
it's pretty much the same as you've seen earlier today.
highly recommend this hike. It's a great workout and has some amazing views.
There's the possibility of hiking up to the top of the gondola (Sea to Summit Trail/Wrinkle Rock) and hiking
Al's but it would be 22 Km's & 2000 meters of elevation. Happy & safe