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Cheakamus Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October.

Length 8.9 mi Elevation gain 1,318 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Closed

No dogs

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NOTE: It has been reported that the gravel road to the trailhead is CLOSED at the moment so there's additional 14 kms of walking to the Trailhead. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Relaxing, family friendly trail that would be a good choice for beginners. It's well marked and very popular. The lake is a gorgeous color with plenty of nice access points to have a picnic.

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Greg Forrest
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HikingClosed

Went up there today to check on the road. Not only is the road still closed, the trail itself is closed as it’s within Garibaldi Park which is still closed due to Covid19. The only physical barrier is a chain blocking access to the parking lot. We did the trail to the first campground anyway, but do realize that you could be fined for being in the park.

Vineet T.
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Hiking

Unfortunately the gravel road to trailhead is closed at the moment so there's additional 14 kms of walking which is not too bad actually. The actual hike is also very simple compare to the others nearby. Overall friendly and moderate hike. We saw a Black Bear (not fully grown yet) so be careful as well. Very good for mountain biking though!

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Jimmy Broadhurst
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Hiking

Road still CLOSED for logging - 5th April.

Binshuo Hu
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December 14th, road is closed due to logging truck hauling, at cheakamus lake Rd, 7km from trailhead

Shalaine Watson
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Relaxing, family friendly trail that would be a good choice for beginners. It's well marked and very popular. The lake is a gorgeous color with plenty of nice access points to have a picnic.

Kailyn Donald
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Hiking

I did this trail for the first time today and it was awesome! It is about a 7km drive to the trailhead on a dirt road with a bunch of pot holes. It took me ~25 minutes in a VW Golf. The trail itself is well kept and it is impossible to get lost. Some trees have fallen down but they are easy enough to climb over. Cheakamus Lake is beautiful. I only passed around 5 groups of people so pretty much had the trail to myself. Definitely a good time to go!

Ekaterina Shaganova
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HikingMuddy
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Zain R.
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HikingMuddy

The lake is beautiful, the forest is beautiful. You're usually looking at one or the other. Very muddy when we went but didnt need any gear other than hiking shoes and rain jackets. Worth seeing at least once.

Christiaan van Betuw
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HikingMuddy

Did this hike the whole way in and back out today. It made all together an almost 15km long hike on nice trails. Although it rained most of the day, this hike keeps you nicely covered for most of the time. Views were still amazing, the lake is beautiful and greenish blue. The forest you walk through is diverse and makes that you have different sceneries every time you go around a corner. After the first camp site the path is sometimes blocked by fallen trees which you have to climb over. Some parts are also quite muddy. At the end of the trail (singing creek) you have a nice view back on the lake on the path you just walked on. The road to the parking spot is not that bad if you drive an ATV. Wear proper hike boots: we saw some tourists doing this on All Stars but I would guess they did not make it that far or are still out there.

Carlyne F
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Hiking

Easy, flat. Very pleasant and pretty! Pretty diversified : river, bridge, lake. Colors and trees. Really nice

Tabitha Mann
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Hiking

Easy trail all the way to the end with minimal elevation gain No bugs Not muddy Today was a lovely day to get to campsite #8 early and hike the trail before we head up to garibaldi lake tomorrow. Great hike to learn to backpack on as it’s a relatively easy hike and easy to follow trail

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Frank Dragojevich
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Hiking

Good family hike. Spectacular trees.

Paul Ghandour
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HikingBugs

Nice easy trail in a heavily forested area. The type of trail you could do with your family. Beautiful views of the lake and background mountains. Very quiet and peaceful.

Andrea Kreiger
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Hiking

Ran out and hiked back. Absolutely gorgeous lake and river. Great trail for running. Like most, lot filled by mid morning. Highly recommend.

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Jayme Pohl
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Running

This is a well-maintained, undulating trail with spectacular views of pristine Cheakamus Lake. There is just enough rock hopping, brook crossing, and bounding up little rises in the path to keep a runner entertained. Most of the trail is composed of delightful forest floor with just enough spring to silence one’s footfalls. There is a small outhouse about 2.75 miles in. Once you run past three miles, it’s likely to be just you and the wildlife. This trail is hard to beat - a must do.

Amanda Duncan
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Beautiful family hike! Road is long a rough going in but worth it! Great views and lots of places to swim

Michael Reust
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Hiking

Solid hike. Easy terrain, there's a couple rock scrambles you could do off to the side, but not actually part of the trail. Folks are right, the road is rough. There were some standard sedans in the parking lot, but I'm glad I had an SUV with some clearance.

Roope Järvinen
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HikingMuddy

Great family-friendly hike! This hike is also a good starting point for someone who is just starting out, to then build up to tougher ones! You get lots of nice vegetation and since the hike is next to the lake the views are good during the whole hike!

Rory Diamond
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Hiking

The road to get in is rough, good thing I had my 2007 Lexus es350, a formidable drive!

Richard Paradis
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Superbe en Famille. Très accessible pour les enfants.

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Irina Orlova
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Hiking

loved this trail for its flatness. sometimes you need it for a change. lake is very beautiful. took me 4 h. to complete in more or less relaxed pace. trail is great for trail running

Edgars Simsons
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Hiking

Beautiful lake and a nice bridge with a short detour but challenging access road and lots of garbage in the parking lot and by the trail

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Brian MacLachlan
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Hiking

We loved it! Our family enjoys hiking, but are not super experienced or hardcore. Took our sweet time heading out, really enjoyed the dense cedar forest, amazing freshness smells, peaks at the river, and finally the lake. Elevation changes were very manageable, this is between intermediate and beginner.

peter ferenz
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HikingBugs

If you want the true wilderness feel this is the trail you want to do. Huge cedars and a wonderful forest setting ending at a beautiful lake. Expect alot of bugs at the lake but that's to be expected. Go early and you will be like you are the only ones there.

Kurtis Williams
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Hiking

"Moderate" maybe due to length but it's a relatively easy hike. lots of spiderwebs across the trail early am. no signs of bears while we were out, a nice Sunday walk!

Scott Kerr
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Hiking

Nice and really easy trail. Starts off with old growth forest before getting to lake views and snow capped mountains in the distance. The privies are scary. The road going up is a forest service road and rough in a few parts. If you have an SUV, bring that. Our Prius did it, but we had to take our time.

Gert Piqueur
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Hiking

Very nice easy hike. we did it on the 11th of June and the trail was in perfect condition. Nice forest with several streams for the first km's and lots of great views from the lake afterwards. Perfect reflection of the mountains. with several photo stops it took us almost 4 hours.

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Danna Aphayavong
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Nature trips

A nice easy walk. The reflection of the mountains and trees off the water is beautiful. More of a nature walk then a hike. Nothing strenuous. Encountered a black bear on the drive out. Super cute! Health is wealth baby, let’s get it!

Natalie Claire
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HikingOver grown

We did this on May 31st. Very pretty trail. Almost no elevation, but it follows the edge of the lake around with plenty of little beach-like spots to stop in. It's more of a nature walk than a hike, and is very family friendly with lots of shady spots. The only issue we had was that the path suddenly becomes overgrown with a mixture of nettles and cow parsnips, but if you're careful you will be able to pass by with no stings. Beware - there are bears around. We saw one cross the service road into the forest on the drive back down. You have to travel down the service road for a little while to get there. Standardly pothole-ridden, along with some pointy looking rocks. There are more than enough passing places for when you meet another vehicle, and we managed the road in a '06 corolla sedan just fine. All in all, a relaxing hike for a hot day!

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