|The Stawamus Chief - our challenge |
As we reached the trail entrance, we were met with this sign:
I wouldn't be lying if I said that I had a moment of sudden doubt about my kids ability to hike this trail, or even my own, but not being ones to give up easily, I kept my doubts to myself and we started up the 600m climb.
If you've never hiked the Chief, it is essentially a mix of wooden and rocky stairs winding up the side of the mountain. At the start, you get to enjoy the roar of the adjacent waterfall, which was a marvel to our kids. My youngest kept asking if it was Niagara Falls, which we have told him we'll visit when we head to Ontario this summer. Won't his mind be blown when he sees the size of those falls!
|Our 6 year old making light work of the rocky steps|
|We also found out our 4 year is quite the hiker!|
|Not quite Niagara Falls, but still pretty spectacular|
Up and up we kept climbing, every once and a while getting a glimpse of sun through the towering trees. Through that whole time, we never once heard our kids complain. In fact, they were the ones telling us to hurry up! As we took off from the main trail to take the trail that would lead us to the first peak, we were meant with something we had yet to encounter in our hikes to date...a ladder. No biggie, and pretty cool to our kids. And then came the chains. I had heard talk of chains needed for scrambling up the rocks, but had led myself to believe those were at the second and third peaks, the more difficult of the trails. My kids, once again, met this challenge with no trepidation, and once again, my husband and I were reminded of how resilient and determined kids can be, and that we should really give them more credit sometimes.
|Feeling dwarfed amidst these majestic trees|
|The first of two ladders up the mountain|
|Using chains to scramble up a rock face...no biggie!|
|That is one impressive view and definitely worth the climb|
|Enjoying a quiet moment at the peak with my impressive children|
|Reflecting on a great adventure with my family|