Squamish is famous for it’s outdoor activities and all-round outdoorsy lifestyle. Hiking is one of the many activities this town has to offer. But while the majority of people will flock to the famous Stawamus Chief, there are plenty of trails to be found with far less crowds. The Mount Crumpit Hike in Squamish is a little hidden gem tucked away in a residential part of town. It’s located in the Crumpit Woods which is popular with rock climbers, mountain bikers and hikers.
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Mount Crumpit Hike Stats
My favourite thing about the Mount Crumpit hike is the views of Howe Sound, The Chief and surrounding mountains and the town of Squamish from above. Mount Crumpit is a moderate hike with some steep sections.
The Mount Crumpit Hike took us around 3-4 hours including time to stop and take photos and even more time getting lost. In whole the hike isn’t overly technical and if you know where you’re going it should take around 2-2.5 hours. Much of the trail is shaded and there are some parts of the trailhead close to high drops.
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Round Trip: 6km
Elevation Gain: 260 Metres
Dog Friendly: Yes
What To Bring or Pack
Come prepared with good hiking boots, a hiking pack and lots of water. While you may not need a full hiking set-up for a 2-hour hike, I always bring my 10 hiking essentials and never forget a first aid kit. Even on the easiest hikes accidents can happen. For a more detailed list, check out my post on what to bring on a day hike. You can also download the checklist for later in the link below.
Tips For Hiking Mount Crumpit
Before venturing on this trail I did my research beforehand and had read that getting lost is super easy on this trail, and boy they were not wrong.
We had GPS via the AllTrails app so we managed to do the hike following the directions listed, but it still took us way longer to do this hike simply because we were going back and forth on our selves. There are so many paths leading away from the trail on this hike, some are created/made for mountain biking and it’s incredibly easy to go the wrong way.
Me and my husband had an argument (which we laugh about now) mid-hike about which trail to take when we came to a crossroads. While the GPS was working it was getting lost among the trees and we had to try walking for so many metres in one direction just to see where it went, before heading back and trying another trail. After doing the hike for the first time I wouldn’t have such a hard-time finding the trail next time as the two worst parts of the trial you definitely don’t forget.
Crumpit Woods is volunteer-maintained, this means that there is a lack of signage. The signs you do see are hand-made (and very colourful) but it also means that there are very few signs on the trail. Most signs that you’ll see are for major crossroads and you’ll find that at some point in the hike they stop appearing altogether.
I would also strongly recommend going the anti-clockwise way around – this will mean that you’ll do the steepest part of the trail first and will save your knees the downhill slog. Of course if you feel you do better on steep inclines on the way down, then go clockwise.
We hated the section named “Stairway to Heaven” as it was super steep with loose gravel. Even with grippy hiking boots the gravel was no match and I was sure I was going to go tumbling, holding onto nearby trees is what helped in this section. I would have much rather have done this section first going up instead of down.
Be aware of any mountain bikers nearby, we encountered a couple and made sure to move aside so they could pass. But for the most part we encountered very few people.
This hike can be done almost year-round. In mid-March the trail was completely snow free.
How To Get To The Mount Crumpit Hike Trailhead
If driving from Vancouver, the total drive time will be between 1.5 – 2 hours approximately. You’ll need to take the Sea to Sky Highway/99 north until you reach the town of Squamish.
Once you reach Squamish you’ll turn off at Clarke Drive. Just after turning onto Clarke, you’ll need to then turn right onto Guildford Drive and keep going until you reach Westway Avenue. Turn left onto Westway and drive all the way to the end where the road joins directly onto Cherry Drive.
You can park on the street here or there is a small parking lot on the right of Westway Avenue just before it turns into Cherry Drive, it’s about a 5-minute walk to Crumpet Woods.
At the very end of the road where Westway meets Cherry Drive you will see an opening in the trees with an information board. This is the entrance to Crumpet woods and where you’ll be starting your hike from.
Mount Crumpit Hike
Once you enter the Crumpit Woods, you’ll need to turn left, follow the trail until you reach a boardwalk. About half a kilometre in you’ll see an opening in the trees, this leads you to the S&M Connector.
Here’s where the trail gets confusing – as soon as you turn right onto the S&M Connector there are two trails – one is very obvious and easy to follow and one is more hidden. Take note of your GPS because you’ll want to take the hidden trail to the right which is Stairway to Heaven.
We didn’t notice this as it’s so easy to miss and ended up doing the Stairway to Heaven on the way down – 10/10 would not recommend!
The trail going up to Mount Crumpit involves a bit of scrambling – we found that we had to climb very several rocky areas on this hike where there was no real trail.
After some scrambling, you’ll finally come across some handmade signs stating “Mount Crumpet” and “Stairway to Heaven” This part sucked coming down which is why we recommend doing it on the way up – that’s the hardest part out of the way!
There are some really great views before you even reach the Summit – take time to slow down and enjoy them. Eventually you’ll come to a plastic sign sitting on the ground beside a tree stating “Summit” this is the highest point of the trail and the summit of Mount Crumpit.
While this is the main viewpoint, there are tons along the way. We darted in and out of the trail to check out the many peaks and lookouts.
The Woodpecker trail will take you back to the trailhead. If coming counter clockwise you’ll see a sign saying “Direct route to Mount Crumpit or Scenic route to Mount Crumpit” – we had already spent so long getting lost already, we figured whats a few more minutes, and took the scenic route. The scenic loops just wraps around the direct route and while it’s still possible to lose the trail this was the easiest area in terms of navigation for us.
From the Woodpecker trail you’ll join up with the Fartherside trail – you’ll need to turn left to head back down. Once you are back to the S&M Connector trail turn left until you reach the opening in the trees and turn left again to make your way back to Cherry Drive.