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    Shannon Basin Loop

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    9.5 km
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    330 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Shannon Basin Loop is a 9.5 km lollipop trail near Squamish, BC, that sets out from the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola and travels through the forest. As you make your way through the scenic woodland landscape, you will have access to several viewpoints that overlook Howe Sound, and you will be able to see mountain tops peeking through the tree cover. If you find yourself atop the Sea to Sky Gondola, then the Shannon Basin Loop is a great trail to spend a few hours exploring the dense forests near Squamish.

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    Route Description for Shannon Basin Loop

    The Shannon Basin Loop is a lightly-trafficked hiking route near Shannon Falls Provincial Park that sets out from the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola and travels around a 9.5 km forested loop. Due to the trailhead’s location at the top of the gondola, hikers will need to either buy a ticket ($55 on weekdays, $60 on weekends) or make the long hike up from the Stawamus Chief Campground. Either way, hikers that set out along this route will be greeted with well-maintained trails, moderate changes in elevation, and plenty of shade from the tree cover. Along the route, there are several viewpoints that look out over the surrounding area and hikers will be able to see the peaks of nearby mountains poking out over the trees. The Shannon Basin Loop is a great trail for those who want a moderately challenging hike in the Squamish area.

    Getting to the Shannon Basin Loop Trailhead

    To access the trailhead for the Shannon Basin Loop from Britannia Beach, make your way north on BC-99 N for 8.0 km, making a right turn to get to the parking lot for the Sea to Sky Gondola. After purchasing a ticket, take the gondola to the top and locate the trailhead to the left by the tube park viewing deck.

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