Cheakamus Lake Trail is a 14.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
14.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
402 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

muddy

no dogs

30 days ago

Relatively easy hike with good views of the lake

hiking
1 month ago

If you take the dirt road up to the parking lot, it’s only a 5 mile trail. Beautiful walk through the forest with Moss covered logs and huge cedar and hemlock trees. Nice picturesque lake at the end. The fall colors are lovely this year!

hiking
1 month ago

Great beginner hike, beautiful trail and lake. And NO dogs. :^) please. A couple off shoot trails if you want to go real big.

1 month ago

Nice one through the woods. Quite easy as well, the trail is well maintained.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Nice trail for beginners.

4 months 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
4 months ago

Easy family hike

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

My first time on bike trail. It was awesome!

trail running
4 months 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
5 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
5 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.

walking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This was a easy and pleasant forest walk on a fairly level and mostly smooth settled gravel path. Misleading to be described as a moderate hike. Beautiful views of the river and lake begin about 30 minutes in. It is a great option for visitors to Whistler who want a forest experience but are not capable or equipped for a wilderness hike. About a 30 minute drive from the village including 15 minutes up a gravel access road suitable for a car with average clearance and without 4 wheel drive. Dogs are not allowed. Ample parking at the trailhead and clearly signed.

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beautiful. Relatively painless hike.

camping
Friday, July 28, 2017

We camped for two days in the lake. The camping spot is next to the lake. It was an amazing spot.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great hike but closer to 10 miles round trip. There's a little beach at the end where you can stop and have lunch. Expect to be gone for 4-5 hours. Beautiful and highly recommend this hike!

walking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This was a very pleasant relatively easy walk through a forested area. I have several suggestions.
1) Do not believe the All maps elevation rating of 2000 ft. The highest elevation change is closer to 300 ft.
2) Although there are several Trail hands along the road go to the end of the road and park in the large parking area.
3) At 2.2 mi ( approximately half the distance) is a map and the lake becomes wider. Continue about .3 miles (5 to 15 minutes) there is very nice lunch spot looking across the lake at snow dappled mountains.
4) In the second half of the trail past the large sign there are multiple well marked comfort stations.
The trail is easy to get to following the dirt, potholed road approximately 6 - 7 km from the main road. The beginning part of the trail is less forested and therefore allows for many wildflowers sightings. The forested area has several small creeks which go under the trail giving small waterfalls. At 2.2 miles is a large map and the Lake opens up. The rest of the trail skirts the lake and has wonderful views of the distant snow speckled mountains. There are multiple stops along that part of the trail for lunch.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Wonderful trail.
And it is surprisingly easy as well.
It's a "long" trail, but flat. You won't get any steep climbs or something.
There's no reason to not do this trail.
The lake is absolutely beautiful! I don't recall any easier trail with such a high reward.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wonderful trail. We went 5 miles in and then turned around. The trail did go on. We went early so avoided the heat, but most of the trail is in cover so should not be a problem.

The scenery is spectacular. With no wind had amazing reflections of the mountains on the water. The forest was easy. There are a few fallen trees on the path so had to either climb over or go around. Plenty of mud spots to navigate.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

We went in May and it was a little creepy feeling. We left after about 30 minutes hike in the forest. The forest was dead looking.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

camped here at the end of Aug. Breath-taking scenery. absolutely worth the trip. We hiked in to cheakamus lake the first night. Made our way to singing creek on day 2. There were a ton of people and not enough camp sites for everyone that made their way in. So go up early if you want a nice spot!

Pros: Easy trail, nice camp sites, absolutely out of this world scenery.

Cons: Obnoxiously over crowded.

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

beautiful trail, the lake is stunning with the mountain landscape. mountain biked this trail and it was tiring as lots of climbing throughout. on foot it's a breeze.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

June 4 2016- spectacular weather made for a really great hike. took a pack, and got a good sweat on some of the ups and downs. this is 10 miles out and back if you go to the end of the trail. I'd rate it easy and very very beautiful. only downside would be the outhouses but patrons play a part in that too.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nice easy hike and mostly flat. The lake is very beautiful too and even ran into a black bear on the trail. I wish that whoever was in charge of maintaining the outhouses would put toilet paper in there though.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It is a very easy trail for all age groups. Great camping for the family. Stunning lake.

camping
Friday, November 13, 2015

Nice trail with campsites along the shore of the lake. Leisurely.

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013

This well maintained trail had everything! River, creek, waterfalls(small) and the lake. I think 5.3 mile round trip takes you to the first campground and back. We passed the campground and went little farther and found a quiet place to sit and enjoy the lake. Our round trip was 5.78 miles and took us little over 2 hours. It was a very enjoyable and fun hike! You can make this hike easy or moderate by adjusting the distance. Not much elevation change and terrain is easy here so kids can enjoy as well.

BTW, someone posted a picture of a bridge. Where is that?? It is not on the trail to Cheakamus Lake.

hiking
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Good, easy- moderate hike that runs along river to suspension bridge. Nice views. Trail took a little under 2 hours round trip.

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