Explore the most popular lake trails near Squamish with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

This is an amazing hike in the backcountry, however, the gravel road towards the trailhead is extreme rocky and uneven. We rented a 4WD Jeep and still were afraid to go further than the 14th marker. The final 3(?) km to the trailhead we continued to walk. Some passing by cars offered to take us with them and seriously the conditions of the road got worse. I would have been to afraid to get a flat tire though. But other than that, the hike offers a variety of “underground“ conditions - from, woods and mud to gravel and rocks. We did the hike yesterday and even went for a quick jump into the lake. Nevertheless, parts of the lake are still frozen. If only hiking there for a day trip, bear in mind that the time getting to the trailhead takes an extra hour!

Awesome hike. Just the right amount of steep sections and plateaus. Still a bit muddy in sections, but those kind of add fun to it. Snow still at the top, so wear layers. All wheel drive and a vehicle with a fair bit of clearance is ideal as the forest service road has a few washouts and bumpy bits.

I want to do this hike this weekend and I’m wondering how difficult it is to get to the trailhead?

My vehicle is all wheel drive but doesn’t have a lot of extra clearance. I’m in an Audi Q3. Does anyone know how it looks exactly?

I have done this trail today in time 1,30. The weather wasnt good, but still nice walk. Very easy, i am in love with this forest.

very nice hike, but getting to the trail head was a real challenge. extremely rough road once you enter the unpaved section .

Great for beginners! Nice lookout spots.

Very beautiful lake surrounded by beautiful mountain range. The trail itself is very well maintained. Last section before reaching the lake can be quite muddy, slippery and steep.

Love this hike!! Not too crowded and beautiful scenery. :)

nice woodsy hike, well marked, beautiful lakes

3 months ago

This trail is short (20mins) around the small lake. Very pretty and green. It should be rated easy on this app. Great for children and walking small dogs. If you are looking for something longer, try Four Lakes Trail off of Alice Lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Great easy trail for anyone

Dont click directions on app as it led me to Mamquam Road (wrong road and is paved road) on google map. We had to turn around and go to Mamquam River Forest Service Road which is the right road and unpaved. It is just at bottom of the hill past the Chief but before the casino. We made wrong turn again on the Forest road left at 16 km as signage for 16 km was on the ground as we found out on way back. You need to keep right and go up hill to 16.3 km where you see the candy cane shaped vent at 16.3 km then turn left which leads to trail head, which is another 3.7 km away. I think 20 km total on forest road and it takes a while. Even if you make a left on 16 km we found out later it would of lead you to the trail head. We removed a fallen tree with the jeep. With time constraints we turned back maybe 45 mins away from the lake at the boulder fields. We went Oct 19 durning a very rainy day and many parts of the trail had water on it. It was fun crossing the creeks and streams. There is a log crossing we opted to go underneath and cross the stream instead. It started to snow slushy at the boulder fields making it very slippery we turned back as we did not want to be hiking back at dark as sunset was 6:15. Even though we didn't make it, it was a fun day outside. The trail is not that hard except the boulder fields a bit sketchy with slushy snow.

This hike is not the most exciting. It's boring for the most part but well worth it. We stayed over night in the cabin which was nice and cozy. The lake is beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike in an enjoyable setting. Busy on an October Sunday. Nice view from the river.

Be aware that you have to go on a 18km logging road to get to the base of the hike. 4x4 vehicle recommended! Steady climb to the top with some flat sections for you to catch a break. The last 1.5km to the lake gets a bit steep but well worth it!

awesome trail.

Difficult for kids. 10 hours round trip with my 6 years old.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and quiet trail. Mainly in shaded wood areas. A couple of views and lake at end. Hidden gem.

Today, Sept. 2, 2017, portions of this trail closed due to cougar activity on the trail. See photo.

hiking
11 months ago

awesome hike. we did it on July 15. drove up to trailhead with 2003 Honda CR-V.
watch out for bears and cougars.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It was a fine hike, but lots of better trails close by that are more scenic and enjoyable.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great views and takes a bit of time to do. From the moment you start you enter the forest and feel like you are far from civilization. Minor spots of incline and declines in terrain, but nothing too difficult for people who aren't terribly active!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Easy trail to follow! Great just for any distance you'd like to hike. Beautiful and lush landscape.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Nice and easy walk through the wilderness with some nice views of the river

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Awesome hike.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Hiked this May 20, 2017 and took about 5 hours to complete. There was still a bit of snow and mud for the last 0.5 km near the lake, but not enough to cause much of a delay. Be aware that the terrain is quite varied and can be very challenging, especially for the first section near the highway and the steep ravines in the forested sections.

When you first enter the logging road (about 2km in), you will turn right and hike uphill. There will be two major forks in the logging road, both of which you will veer right. Make sure you keep an eye out for the stone arrow markers leading you in the right direction and eventually back into the forest. Got lost briefly on the logging road, when we made a wrong turn and couldn't find the turnoff into the forest. I recommend double checking the GPS in this stretch to ensure that you're on the right track.

Overall, it was a great workout. The views of the Howe Sound, the Chief, and Squamish were amazing. The trail itself isn't well marked outside of the forested sections, so be aware that you may spend time trying to find where the next trail marker is. Also, there isn't really a defined trail throughout much of the forest. So often you will have to figure out the best way to get from point A to point B on your own. Also, there was bear scat along the trail so be prepared for a potential bear encounter.

hiking
Friday, May 12, 2017

This trail requires your attention especially if it's your first time hiking it. Everyone I ran into told me they got lost at least once, and that goes for me as well. Once you are in the forest and the traffic noise gets left behind, things are straightforward. Until that happens though I would encourage you to pay close attention to the markers as there is tons of rock climbing in this area and the very first part of this trail actually leads to a granite mass for that purpose. The chain wall you climb. The ropes you don't. Also, don't get discouraged by the logging road. You gonna spend a good while on it. Don't worry about the forking just pay attention to the orange markings/paint on the trees and stay on the road until you see an arrow on the ground made of stones and sticks, pointing you back into the forest. (You will veer left after a little while on the logging road, then continue up and over many streams/creeks/washouts then you will get to a point where you can go straight or turn right, you want to go right and continue the steady climb up for a good while longer and when you feel like you might have gotten lost just continue straight don't make any other turns and you will eventually get to the arrow on the ground.) Once back in the forest the trail is clearly marked. The lake was frozen and the surrounding area was covered in snow on May 7, 2017. This trail offers a very good workout. Not too difficult. I would recommend plenty of water, lunch and most importantly proper gear. Enjoy!! :)

Thursday, May 04, 2017

We attempted this trail on Saturday. The markers are sparse. Lots of snow banks & creeks to cross. We had to hike up the road (probably 3km), as our SUV couldn't make it up the snowy hill. Didn't make it to the lake :(

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