Gwillim Lakes is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Slocan, 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 June until October.

Length6.5 miElevation gain2,506 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningLakeViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Shalla Kadima
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Stephen Hobbs
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Dry rooty and boulders. Some melting snow. Interesting route.

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Stephen Hobbs
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From Gwillim campsite in Valhalla Provincial park. This is short hike from base camp or a way to extend a day hike. When conducted counterclockwise ascent to bench with lakes is using the Lúcifer Peak trail. Descent from the bench is a route following a creek (not the waterfall). Circumnavigating the lower larger lakes there is a short waterside creek to scramble d. Route also crosses a trail that leads up to a hanging lake, which is north west of the campsite.

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Stephen Hobbs
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Last 2km of road is by 4wd. 2WD vehicles park at mine road intersection. Very well signed FSR approach. Be careful not to accidentally end up at the Gimli trailhead. Chicken wire is provided at trailheads to wrap around base of vehicles to prevent porcupines from eating engine hoses. Our vehicle was still invaded by a chipmunk that chewed up food and Kleenex. Firm dry trail with boulder and rooty areas. Bring snow shovel to scrape snow out of tent pads. Currently possible to dry out the pads with some sunshine. Consider extra insulation for sleeping pads.

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Alisa Booth
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The trail itself was amazing, lakes beautiful, great looking spots to camp. The road to the first parking lot decent and due to reviews of simply needing a 4WD, we took the extra 2.5 km to the second parking spot. DONT DO IT unless you don’t mind scratching the heck out of your regular sized truck or unless you have a skinny Jeep or quads. Perfect quad trail. If we’d had a flat tire, there wouldn’t have been space to change the tire and Somebody would be backing up forever if you’d met another vehicle. Took 40 minutes to drive the 2.5 km. As to the hike, we saw no other hikers (Sept 16, 2020) and it took us 50/60 year olds 3 hrs 40 minutes up and down with a long relaxing picnic at top. So beautiful even In The smoke.

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Josh Young
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Shane Korpisto
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Backpacking

Hiked it the second week of August and the trail conditions were excellent. Probably busier than most years but 2020’s been a strange one. Epic scenery in every direction and the camping area at the lakes are done very well. Took us 40-somethings 3.5 hrs up and 2.5 hrs down.

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Tam Carson
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Absolutely gorgeous hike. I would rate it as difficult, not moderate. we parked at the lower lot and my tracker said almost 17km return. this was quite a bit further than the 10.5km we had anticipated so ran out of water... great views, tough workout. bring poles if you have knee issues.

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Samiha Rahman
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Charly Defouw
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I LOVED this hike! There were views 24/7 the whole way up. Even on the drive up and down. There were quite a few black/horse flies so be cautious about that and bring bug spray. The water was so warm at the top which was so nice for glacial water. After the first parking lot the road does get a bit bad, I wouldn’t recommend a 2WD for that road but my small ford SUV made it up no problem! The two sink holes some people HAVD mentioned were not bad and easily avoidable! Best hike I’ve ever done.

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Travis Proulx
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Wonderful scenery, nice trail and easy to follow. The camp spots look great and can’t wait to spend a night while watching the stars!

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sam allum
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Brittany Coulson
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Good, definitely an advanced hike. But nice scenery and places to stop.

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Ash Peplow Ball
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Such a great hike. We parked at the lower car park because we saw 4WDs down there so thought the road would be really bad, but absolutely regretted that. There were heaps of cars in the upper car park including small RAV4s and Subaru outbacks/legacys. Wouldn’t attempt in a 2WD but totally doable in a 4WD. No chicken wire at lower car park, some at the upper but it was very busy. Return took 5 hours including the extra 5kms from the lower car park (the 2.5kms up on the FSR was a slog especially as we immediately realised we could have driven it!). Campsites were all stunning, definitely worth getting in early though as it was full by midday on Friday. Surprisingly no bugs! Was very prepared for a lot of them. I’ve included some photos of the upper section of the road incase they are helpful.

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Claire Taylor
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last bit of road to get up was pretty rough but do-able in 4WD, but main parking lot was full. Very nice trail and easy to follow, it’s a grind to get up but the way back is mainly downhill with one climb. Lots of spots you’ll want to stop and take pictures of! definitely bring bug spray and start early - it’s a long hike!

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Tanya Gervais
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We had to park 1km from the trailhead due to poor road. Hike was breath taking all the way up and down!!

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Shelley Jun
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DON’T USE THE GOOGLE MAPS DIRECTIONS TO GET TO THIS HIKE. Make sure to look up the directions before you go seeing as you most likely won’t have service. I tried to do this hike but had to stop driving because the road was almost impossible to go up. I decided to hang out at the creek instead and saw over five other cars get up to where I was then turn around (including pick up trucks).

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Ksenia Obolenskaya
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Snow

We hiked it on July 2nd. Still lots of snow. Gaters and poles were very helpful. Campgrounds are also covered with snow. Road is a bit bumpy, but you can get to the parking lot if you have SUV. We are planning to come back in August.

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Ryan Teraverst
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We attempted to get to the hike, however the road was incredibly muddy, washed out at lower elevations, and snowy a little ways up. We had a high clearance 2WD vehicle. DO NOT attempt to access the trail without 4WD despite what others may say. The road is incredibly rough and unmaintained.

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Ashley Gauthier
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yesterday september 28th: lot of snow! keep track on the trail. Also, watch out for slippery rocks!

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Shawna Sanchez
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Beautiful scenery all the way to the end. Totally recommend a sleep over

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Vanessa Pepin
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Incredible trail with tons of amazing vistas of the spectacular Valhalla’s mountain range. The road conditions being what it is, we didn’t risk it with our 25 feet rv. We parked a few kms before the trails started. It’s good to keep it in mind before heading out! I would definitely recommend camping at the Gwillim lake like we did. Gives you more time to take it all in and enjoy the scenery. I also find the 3.5 hours estimated to get to the top is not quite enough as you’ll definitely want to take several stops along the way for photos. Plan for at least 30min to an hour more. We went on a Thursday and had the whole camping to ourselves. Also, I don’t know if that’s usual for that time of the year but they was almost no bug at all !

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Tanja Shaw
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So beautiful!! We hiked to Gwillim Lakes and a bit beyond to the ridge past- 16K round trip. Enjoyed a breathtaking swim in the lake. Road was no problem in our F150. A bit of a lone gravel road so get ready to bring joy to the entire journey! Trail was well kept and JUST STUNNING!!

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Irwin H
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TJ Boast
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cool looking swampy Alpine with meandering trails

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Madeleine Saxer
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Joel Solomons
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Solid hike, the lakes are beautiful, but this seems to be a really buggy area and views were blocked partially by smoke, both of which contributed to 3 star rating.

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BK Kennedy
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This was a beautiful hike! We really enjoyed it, and the views were just stunning. Was a pretty gradual hike and easy to follow trail following the inuksuk’s through the scree. The hike itself took about 4.5 hours with a lunch break. The road was in decent condition for most of the drive but the last couple KM were really tough with potholes, sinkholes and encroaching brush, some maintenance is definitely needed.

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