Explore the most popular off road driving trails in British Columbia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Good change to an alpine hike from more typical lower mainland trails. Nice flowers, butterflies and birds as well. The views at the top are supposed to be great but visibility today was limited due to smoke. It was still really good even though I didn’t get the “full experience” at the top. The trail itself is in excellent condition though the same cannot be said for the road. The road has a lot of washout but they are really solid bottomed so you don’t need to worry about anything but clearance.

10 days ago

Just did this hike yesterday, August 5th. We spent a total of 5 hours to complete the hike including an hour at the top, and stopping every few minutes to enjoy the views.

I would recommend accounting for an extra 1.5 hours for the drive to and back from the trailhead. The drive isnt super bad, any 4x4 pickup truck or a jeep would do.

Views and the hike is worth all the effort.

hiking
13 days ago

Real beautiful, good workout, 1h 45 up, 1h 20 down from staging area, 4x4 or walk to trail head.
Took too much water but always prepared.
Lots of people and trucks , but friendly,
Highly recomend

Amazing hike amazing views and a bit scrambley to the peak
The road in is about 11 Km very rough but no problem with my 4Runner as long as you take it easy...helps to have good clearance on your vehicles

hiking
16 days ago

Snow is gone on the road and trail. Some rough road here and there. Somebody asked if a Forester would make it - I’d say it can - just be wary of some of the runoff sections. Keep to the sides and you shouldn’t have an issue.

Trail has two muddy sections around the middle section. Was slippery in spots but there’s enough dry spots to get through.

Easy and nice!! You can even camp at the far end of the trail!

18 days ago

This can be a steep trail for beginners. The road up there can take over a hour and very hard without a Jeep.

18 days ago

The road is NOT good condition right now. You can maybe get 3-4km from the trailhead before the snow is densley packed. We hiked an hour or so to the trailhead but had to turn around. Unless you have snowshoes and a full day of time to do it, it's worth waiting until the melt. That being said, we still had a blast walking along the snowed in FSR and looking at the views!

20 days ago

Did near end of July for sunset and it was spectacular. 2 small patches of snow, easy to navigate over. The road is as awful as they say. Ideally need high clearance and 4WD, or you could probably make it in a 2WD Jeep, or a car you don’t care about breaking.

on Cheam Peak

hiking
21 days ago

No 4x4 unfortunately, so planning on hiking to the trailhead and going up that way. Unless anyone is going up this weekend! :)

This is an amazing trail! The turquoise color of the lake is stunning. I was disappointed that we couldn't quite finish it with our 9 year old, but went about 3/4 of the way. I would recommend to go as far as possible, the views got even better towards the end.

22 days ago

Anyone tried with a Subaru Forester? Wondering whether my Forester will make it. Thanks.

26 days ago

Amazing views and a great climb. Need a truck or 4x4 to get to the trail head. completable there and back in under 3 hours from the top parking lot. bring snacks to feed to chipmunks at the top!

Nice trail for beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

I did from beginning of 4×4 road took me 29.2 km 7 hours elevation 1926m round trip was great. P.s. I didn't have 4×4 vehicle

1 month ago

Great hike with no major changes in elevation so easy to do for anyone, what's nice is if you wish, you can do about half of the hike and see part of the lake, but going out the full distance is definitely worth it as it is definitely the best views. Full distance took about four hours round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Favourite hike in the lower mainland. Spectacular views. Baker always looking good from up there too.

walking
1 month ago

Nice short hike with great views at the top. Took the path from the bottom car park through the newly planted raspberry bushes and found the hidden track by diverting left just before the train track and crossing 40 meters further up. Would recommended if your looking for a nice afternoon walk with a great result at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy family hike

1 month ago

Best at the end of summer but went up the beginning of June! Be prepared for all of the different elements. Had to hike a couple km’s to the trail head. Only made it to just above the meadow and turned back due to weather. Incredible during the winter!

off road driving
1 month ago

4x4 with good clearance is a must.

Easy trail, flat all way long. Although the lake is indeed pretty, there was no awesome viewpoint.

My first time on bike trail. It was awesome!

trail running
1 month ago

The rocky road to the trailhead is the only negative here. The trail itself has a bit of incline in the first half mile. Gorgeous lake and mountain views about 1.5 miles in. Perfect for running or hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked it for the first time and solo 6/16/18 (Saturday). Unpaved road (approx. 6 km) to trailhead. Potholes, washboards and rocks to contend with, but there were several cars that made the trek. Arrived aprox. 10 AM, parking lot nearly full. People started parking along the road after it filled up. Temp was supposed to reach around 80 degrees in Whistler. However, it was much cooler along this hike as the vast majority of the hike is in the trees and the canopy blocks most of the direct sunlight. It was damp with a slight wind and perfect temp for hiking. Trail makes its way through an incredible old growth forest next to the river coming out of the lake. Reminded me of Redwood Forest). Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail so there are not too many obstacles as it appears to be fairly well maintained and there is no major/really steep grades. Some mud and a few small stream crossings, but nothing a rooky couldn't handle. Upon reaching the end of the lake closest to the trailhead there are several locations along the shore from which to soak it all in. Continuing along the trail which essentially runs parallel to the eastern shoreline, there becomes fewer and fewer access points to the shoreline due to topography, fallen trees, vegetation, etc. There is a sign at Singing Creek, which indicates the trail is no longer maintained from this point. This is the end of the Cheakamus Lake Trail. I attempted a creek crossing here over some logs and nearly fell and reinjured my shoulder. Use extreme caution if crossing on logs as they can be very, very slippery. After nearly falling, I decided to head back to the trailhead. I brought a rain jacket and about 16 oz of water, which seemed adequate for this hike. I didn't bring food. I didn't rush, but I also didn't take too many breaks and only stopped for about 20 minutes to gaze at the lake and surrounding snow capped peaks. Most stops were to urinate. There are a few shack restrooms along the trail, but I only used the one at the trailhead. Arrived back at my vehicle around 2:30 - 3 PM. I felt some soreness and fatigue but not exhausted. Soreness was partially due to a mountain biking accident earlier in the week that sent me to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder. Overall, this is a wonderful day hike, that can be enjoyed by most individuals (there were younger kids hiking the trail as well as a few senior citizens). Even though the parking lot was overflowing, the crowd factor was not a significant issue for me and I found many stretches of solitude. Plus with this many people on the trail there was no need for a bear bell or bear spray.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely need a 4x4 to get to mount cheam. If you don’t like we didn’t we walked the road 12km in. We didn’t get to the peak not enough day light and or time add on another round trip of 4hrs to the peak and back down to the car it would of been late. Traveled June 15th. Lots of snow still up at cheam.

Can anyone tell me how to get up to the lookout? would like to take a look!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, gorgeous lake views with mountains in background, lots of camping sites. Impeccably well kept trail, not too long of a walk from parking lot to lake. Very easy hike; pretty much flat with hardly any elevation, bathrooms strategically placed throughout trail. Great for this who wish to bring family members that are not incredibly active. More challenging trails connect to this one; including Helm and a 16km connector trail to Garibaldi lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and sweet ascent. Tricky FSR drive in. Had to rescue a few people after their cars didnt make it. 4WD and high clearance is necessary. Insist on doing this on clear day as the views down the valley are amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

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