• Shannon Basin Loop
  • Sea to Sky Gongola, Squamish BRITISH-COLUMBIA, Canada
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Squamish Snowshoeing. Accessed from the Sea to Summit Gondola just 5km south of Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the Shannon Basin Loop is an Intermediate, winding loop that follows the terrain around the Shannon Creek watershed and offers scenic views of Goat Ridge, Shannon Creek, and Sky Pilot.

The Shannon Basin Loop begins on the Backcountry Access Road, then drops down an old roadbed that meanders down 3.2 km to a bridge crossing over Shannon Creek. From there you can drop down the Sea to Summit Trail and continue to the bottom of the gondola, or stay right to take the Upper Sea to Summit Trail to return to the summit. Connecting to the Upper Sea to Summit Trail makes for a nice, moderately technical, 2-4 hour return trip from the top of the gondola.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Distance: 9.7 km
Elevation Gain: Net gain 474 m, 292 m loss
Seasonality: Summer/Winter

Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 49 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring.