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Echo Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 2,936 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

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Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Rocky

Scramble

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NOTE: Hikers must cross the Squamish River via kayak or canoe to reach this trailhead. You cannot park directly at the trailhead. There are companies you can hire that will take you across the river. As of July 2020, users have reported that the trail has been re-routed. The new route is easier on the knees but may bypass some of the waterfalls.

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Kexin Feng
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The bypass trial down is okay

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Kexin Feng
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great

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Andrew A.
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Amazing hike but - VERY DIFFICULT / STEEP. If you’re a pro you’ll be fine but as a moderate this was one of the harder hikes I’ve done. I read here that it was 6km total, but it’s 6km each way.. (so 13 km Total!) the river on the way there was VERY fast moving, make sure one member of your party is an experienced kayak or canoer, when the water is that rapid, stand up paddle boarding seems almost reckless. The trail isn’t very well marked for the final 2km. Beautiful views all the way up. Like another person on here wrote, there’s a new ‘switchback’ route that is much easier on the knees, and I highly recommend it –it doesn’t run adjacent to the waterfalls, so maybe get your waterfall fix on the way up, but the new switchback yellow diamond marked trail was a life saver. Overall do more research than I did prior, and you should be fine - but this definitely is much harder than the chief / eagle ridge / other popular lower mainland ones. To find the trailhead, go to the GPS marker on here and then bushwack, looking for orange diamond markers nailed to the trees - if you find one, that’s the main trail.

Duncan Andrew
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Hey Maxwell, How was the overnight parking? Safe to leave a vehicle there along the spit wherever the put in is you think? Andrew.

Tanis Sawtell
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Hiking

Challenging, but highly rewarding hike. First off, you have to get across the Squamish River. There are companies that you can hire to take you across. We went across in a kayak, but was also saw some people going across on paddleboards (personally even kayaking felt a little sketchy). The trailhead is a little hard to find, but just keep walking up the multi-stream forested area towards the north side and you will eventually hit markers. The rest of the trail is very well marked. One colour going up and another coming down. There are some bypass routes. I would save those for coming down. So keep to your left hugging the creek when you come across other trails. First part is steep with some spectacular waterfalls. There are areas where you are scrambling up the hillside, some ropes and chains to help you in spots. The middle section is more relaxed and through beautiful forest with the creek running beside you. Then it gets steep again and some more amazing waterfalls until you get up to Echo Lake. Foliage gets a little more bushy around this top part, but nothing too bad. Beautiful lake with some mountains around. Great views of Squamish at certain points on the way up. On the way down it is recommended to take the bypass trails which are much easier. There are obvious signs indicating which way. There seems to be a newer trail that is not on Alltrails yet (see my recording) that bypasses all the lower waterfalls. It is gentler and faster and has, in my opinion, the best lookout over the Squamish valley from Garibaldi to Howe Sound.

Maxwell Thompson
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pretty sure the diatance is one way, or that was the hardest 3 km I've ever done. very fun hike. lots of rock and root staircases. very entertaining hike all around. The beginning of the trail is not very well marked but once youre about 100 or so meters in the markings and trail become very clear the whole way up camped 2 nights. warm but cools down at night. would like to try to make a trail around the lake.. next time. i didnt find much to explore once i got to the lake. i was pretty tired too, so didnt look very hard theres a pathway down that looks pretty new. very well marked and much faster but not as scenic as the waterfall/river route. bugs weren't bad but helped to have repellent. i floated across on my inflatable paddleboard.just on my knees.. was a wee bit sketchy. glad i put on water shoes.

Alexandre Fournier
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Hiking

How do you get across the river? Are there any canoe or kayak rentals?

Kat McNamara
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Hiking

The wasp nest is still there! Got stung 3 times and people we talked to earlier on also got stung. It's just past that big waterfall you come upon after the easy stretch in the forest for a while. Bring Benadryl! Saved my butt to get it in my system right after getting stung, as well as soaking my leg in the cool water

julien roberts
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Hiking

Awesome trail! have done it twice in the last month and is easily my favorite hike in Squamish. *WARNING* there is a wasps nest somewhere along the trail at about 2.3km up. Got stung 3 times on the way up, friend got stung a bunch too. Ran past the area on the way down and got stung even more. please be careful! Especially if you are allergic

Mark Inglis
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HikingOff trailOver grownScramble

YOU NEED A BOAT TO START THIS TRAIL. (also squamish river has tidal effects, which almost lead to me losing my kyak).This hike had some crazy difficulty at some points, but if you walk up the waterfall side and down the other, it might be one of the most interesting hikes you've done. It certainly was for me!

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Kaitlin Franks
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Hiking

6.4km is one way. Beautiful swimming pools along the way up.

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Joel Stewart
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best hike in the area! very steep but 100% worth it for the views and swim in the lake at the top aswell as in the pools below some of the waterfalls!

Celina Wolf
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Tom O'Haire
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Melissa Carriere
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Louis Kierstead
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Stuart A.
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Jackie Lang
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Emily de Mariveles
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Louis Kierstead
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Josh Orenstein
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