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awesome views easy hike even with a 3 year old

Did this hike on 8/17/18 starting from parking area and going up clockwise behind hostel. Good views of the falls on the way up. Pretty steep for the first few miles. Then some up and down along the ridge for a couple of miles. Great view and cool breeze from the glaciers above you. Once you start down you will be in the forest again. There was smoke when we were hiking, but still some great views. We are mid 60' s and had no problems, but we are also not in any big hurry.

Great experience!

Beautiful nature!

Such a gorgeous view! I am a beginner and was still able to manage. It was really tough and I took my time; took about 2 and a half hours. I recommend going early or on a week day.

Great hike! Very well marked and maintained. Steep but the views make it worthwhile!

This trail was like being in another world. From small log bridges, lush waterfalls, climbing caves, and fields of wildflowers!

Be aware of a wasp nest at the beginning of the first waterfall. We passed many others who also got stung!!

We started on the Hartley road and used a off roading suspended Jeep to travel to the second parking lot. There were other trucks that went to the second parking lot as well.

beautiful view

really nice hike easy and friendly for dog, 2.5hours

this was a beautiful like just got back this morning there's a tower you can stay in just make sure you bring your own spoons and forks and sleeping bag there's beds up there and make sure you stop at the last Creek grab enough water but yeah I told the amazing hike

A very sustained incline! amazing for those who want to push themselves in the capacity of a day hike. Such a rewarding view from the peak. Made from trailhead to peak in exactly 2 hours 30 minutes with few breaks. Brunswick lake is worth cutting down to while you're in the area, cold water but not so much that you can't stay in and swim for a while.

A great local walk/hike. Recommended if you live close. Nicely kept trails and really nice surroundings. But a little too short in distance.

Fantastic trail! Just came off the trail (August 15). The most physically challenging trip ever. Beautiful scenery, great campsites a couple of great spots to grab non freeze dried meals and lots of great people hiking the trail. Did the trip from North to South in 7 days. Right call as your pack gets lighter before you hit the last tough 5 km stretch. Also didn’t feel rushed and you can take your time to enjoy your environment.

Great workout as its mostly uphill. Helps to bring walking stick for the up and downhill. Amazing view at the top. But lots of flies and mosquitoes. Recommend bug spray or wear long sleeves to cover.

Easy going hike. Opens up access to some nice scrambling above the lake. Also a great place for a summer swim.

Cheers

Great 360° views

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Nice moderate trail, I wouldn't categorize it as hard. Amazing views at the end. In the summer it's a great 3 hour return hike, in the winter it's an even easier 3 hour return snowshoe trail.
Highly recommended.. here is a video of our snowshoeing trip earlier this year: https://youtu.be/7FVLNTGHriw

Nice moderate trail, I wouldn't categorize it as hard. Amazing views at the end. In the summer it's a great 3 hour return hike, in the winter it's an even easier 3 hour return snowshoe trail.
Highly recommended.. here is a video of our snowshoeing trip earlier this year: https://youtu.be/7FVLNTGHriw

hiking
2 days ago

absolutely gorgeous. quite heavily trafficed with tourists. if you're a fast hiker, I'd aim for later in the day, the crowds disperse a bit by then. perfect light around 4:30pm at upper lake (summer)

August 16th 2018
The summer wildfires had the sky full of smoke so we decided to head to somewhere where the views of things more than a couple kilometers away weren't the main attraction. Decided on Williamson lake.

The trailhead for Williamson lake is about 4 kilometers into a 4 wheel drive only logging road just north of Foley lake, if you don't have a 4wd you can find somewhere to park near Foley and simply walk the extra distance, which is what we ended up doing.

After an hour of road walking we finally reached the trailhead, you'll start your hike in a rather bushy sort of valley and work your way up the side of it for three or four kilometers before you reach the lake. The trail is uphill the whole way, and while it can be steep in segments (notably near the end) for the most part it hangs roughly around 10-15% grade. The alpine flowers are really blooming around now and there was no shortage of colour on this hike.

The lake itself is small but rather nice, apparently there used to be a BCMC cabin up there before it was swept away by an avalanche. If you go down to where the lake drains you'll be treated to some beautiful small waterfalls too.

All in all it was a pretty good hike, definitely a good one for smoky days like today

Great walk, we have done this many times. We even did a vlog of our walk. Check it out on our channel J&M Jaunts on YouTube.

walking
2 days ago

great Hike! Finally got the kids out and they loved it and the Wife was in awe of the view. (scored some points for the good family outing!!)

Great hike! work out a bit of a sweat to reach the refreshing lake! awesome for a swim. Beautiful view as well.

backpacking
2 days ago

Great scenery, well maintained trail. The climb from Whitehorn campsite to Emperor Falls can be tiring with a heavy pack. For light pack carriers or day trippers it is considerably easier.
My 12 year old managed easily with a 27 lb pack.
The falls are worth the effort though they are magnificent!
After that all the trails to Marmot, Berg, Rearguard, or Robson are pretty flat so it is an easy hike from there on.
Great hike, beautiful country!

Did hike today.. nice beautiful hike... fantastic view..

A nice accessible walk with a few lovely views.

A great and simple hike for me and my 2 young daughter's. Little harder to breath with the smoke. Took us 1hr.

fishing
3 days ago

Beautiful little lake with tons of very hungry little pan sized Rainbow Trout

Stunning. Challenging and technical with lots of verticals. We left our car at China Beach and took the west coast shuttle to Port Renfrew. We camped at Little Kuitsche Creek, Chin Beach and Bear Beach. They were all lgreat places to camp... Lots of space, pretty level. The forest hiking was lovely and the beaches were stunning.
Definitely use gaitors...there's a lot of mud and boggy parts. We went in early July. The trail is very wild. There was a hornet's nest in a mud bog just south of Sombrio so be careful.

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked the trail to the lake. The round trip was 4hrs 20min. With a 15min. rest at the lake. Definitely take your time and watch your step for the first kilometer as others have mentioned lots of rocks and roots to catch you, keep your eyes peeled. This was a very pleasant walking in the old growth sections. The large boulders with the Moss and trees growing around and amongst them is
very grounding making you feel very small. A good hike definitely not a Beginners Trail.

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