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Slhanay
Squamish-Squaw-Chief.jpg
A view from the Squamish Smoke Bluffs with Slhanay on the left and the Chief on the right. The mountain ridge in the background is part of Mount Habrich.
Highest point
Elevation 665 m (2,182 ft)
Prominence 160 m (520 ft)
Coordinates 49°41′44″N 123°06′56″W / 49.69556°N 123.11556°W / 49.69556; -123.11556
Geography
Location British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Garibaldi Ranges
Topo map NTS 92G/11
Climbing
First ascent Prehistoric
Easiest route Hike

Slhanay, formerly known as The Squaw is a large dome of granitic rock located adjacent to the town of Squamish, British Columbia. Although the mountain, known as Slhanay in the language of the Skwxwu7mesh people is indeed an impressive geological formation, it tends to be overshadowed by the Stawamus Chief, a much larger granitic dome located immediately south-west.

The use of the term "squaw" as a name for the dome is controversial. For a long time, no alternative had been successfully applied, probably due in large part to local tradition and an inability to get such an alternative name to "stick". This was remedied in 2009 when the new name Slhanay was adopted for the area after consultation with local First Nations.

The Slhanay is situated within the boundaries of the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. A partially maintained hiking trail, accessible from the Chief's main "backside" trail, leads to the Slhanay summit area. This trail is rugged and the Slhanay summit area is seldom visited. However, the sheer rock walls on Slhanay's west face are greatly appreciated by rock climbers who access them from the nearby Mamquam Forest Service Road.

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