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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Default Stawamus Chief second to first peak back side route

A friend and I hiked up the chief today, all three peaks and we noticed between 2nd and 1st peak there is a trail between the two that can be done that does not involve much elevation loss. It is not the main trail, there are steel footholds that take you up the wall on the east/back side of first.

Has anyone done this route and can give a description of it?

My friend did not want to do it however we did figured out where the two ends were.

We did though go up the back side of third peak which was lots of fun for us.

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Yeah, I seen those steel footholds probably 20 years ago. What condition are they in now?
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Yeah, I seen those steel footholds probably 20 years ago. What condition are they in now?
They are in great condition, nice and secure, no obvious breakdown noted. I am not sure though if they have been replaced since you saw them as 20 years is a long time.

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I recall it being quite a climb up those rungs. Even in great condition I can see how someone could back down from that.

Don't recall exactly what it was like 20 year ago ... a few were missing I think.
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I do it every now and then. Last time was on January 14, here is my Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1357859001 to give you an idea which direction to go (look between 01:13:00 and 01:17:00) After the first set of vertical rungs there is the second one coming trending a bit right followed by a chain to help (if you want to) to go up on a slab. You emerge on a ledge just below the summit. Here you turn left (see note below for an alternative), a bit in between the trees and with the cliff on your left until you get to another steep(er) section. There are some rungs there to help in case you need them. Eventually you meet with the regular trail for the First Peak. From the left turn I mentioned earlier you could as an alternative go across the slabs and contour the Peak until you reach the regular trail, just before the second ladder. This time of the year, with verglass here and there, I personally found the rungs and chain useful
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I do it every now and then. Last time was on January 14, here is my Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1357859001 to give you an idea which direction to go (look between 01:13:00 and 01:17:00) After the first set of vertical rungs there is the second one coming trending a bit right followed by a chain to help (if you want to) to go up on a slab. You emerge on a ledge just below the summit. Here you turn left (see note below for an alternative), a bit in between the trees and with the cliff on your left until you get to another steep(er) section. There are some rungs there to help in case you need them. Eventually you meet with the regular trail for the First Peak. From the left turn I mentioned earlier you could as an alternative go across the slabs and contour the Peak until you reach the regular trail, just before the second ladder. This time of the year, with verglass here and there, I personally found the rungs and chain useful
Thanks Gabriel, I will wait for a sunnier day to go back explore this route.

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It's a fun route. I wouldn't do it if it's icy.
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