This hike will definitely be exploratory as I haven't been there before, so if you're not the adventurous type, this might not be the trip for you :)
The Sea to Sky gondola at the Stawamus Chief is due to open on May 16 and it looks like its going to open up some easy (although not cheap) access to some very cool trails! They also plan to have snowshoeing in winter. Visit the site and have a look: http://www.seatoskygondola.com/adventures/hiking. The cost of a roundtrip on the gondola is $35, but apparently by mid April they are going to announce a summer only pass which should be a good deal.
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The hike description below is from their website:
Al's Habrich Ridge Trail
This trail is perhaps the most dramatic trail in the area. Huge vistas and views across the Stawamus river, the valley, Howe Sound, Goat Ridge… it goes on forever. Extraordinary landscape as well with granite outcroppings along the route and multiple small lakes and tarns. Head out on the Backcountry Access road turning left up past the water tower turnoff and Blueberry Lake. Turn left off the road and head up the trail. It climbs steeply and consistently, twists and turns around the rocks for several kilometers until it reaches the ridge proper.
Level of difficulty: Advanced/Backcountry
Distance: 5.8km one way/11.6km return
Estimated time: 6-8 hours return
Elevation Gain: 954m