Where: BC, Canada
Description: This backcountry trail offers plenty of beautiful forest scenery and open mountain views. Unfortunately, the marked trail ended partway up the mountain and we had to bushwhack the rest of the way up. It’s possible that the full trail has been developed and marked since the time of this writing (but don’t count on it). There is also the option to add the new Neverland Loop Trail, which winds through the forest and passes a couple of swimming holes. The Habrich Ridge trail (not including the Neverland Loop) is a 11.6-kilometer (7.2-mile) round trip with an elevation gain of 954 meters (3130 feet). The views are amazing.
Time: Various sources recommend allowing 6 to 8 hours for Habrich, and 1 to 2 extra hours if you add the Neverland Loop. We came in just under 6, moving at decent pace and with a short stop for lunch and a few pauses to take photos.
Cost: Unless you want to add an additional very long, steep hike up the mountainside before beginning the Habrich Ridge trail, you’ll need to take the gondola. Options include a one-time pass for $34.95 or a summer pass for $99 (adult rates).
Difficulty: This hike is described as advanced. There is plenty of steep, rocky terrain along the way, with some scrambling and, at the time of this writing, bushwhacking required to get all the way to the top. This one isn’t recommended unless you have a relatively high level of fitness and lots of hiking experience.
Required Equipment: Hiking boots, sufficient water and food for a strenuous day, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, mosquito repellant, gaiters and/or microspikes during certain months of the year (we encountered snow in early summer up there).
- Fantastic views
- Diverse scenery
- Great workout
- Close to the city (Vancouver), so not too much driving required
- High cost of the gondola ride to access the trail
- No dogs allowed on the trail
- Check the gondola’s opening hours when planning your hike.
- Don’t go during or shortly after wet weather. There are lots of relatively smooth rocks to hike over in the more open areas, and their surfaces will become slick when wet.
- For more information, see the SeatoSkyGondola.com Haybrich Ridge Hiking Trail page, the ClubTread.com Habrich Ridge page, and the SquamishHiatus.com Sea-to-Sky Gondola page.
For more great hikes in BC, see the Rainbow Trail to Rainbow Lake, the Lions Hike (Binkert Trail), Mt. Seymour Three Peaks, and the Red Heather Trail. For Northwest U.S. hikes, see Harry’s Ridge and the Heather – Maple Pass Loop.