Petgill Lake Trail

HARD 13 reviews

Petgill Lake Trail is a 10.1 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
725 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
15 days ago

Nice and quiet trail. Mainly in shaded wood areas. A couple of views and lake at end. Hidden gem.

hiking
24 days ago

2 months ago

It was a fine hike, but lots of better trails close by that are more scenic and enjoyable.

3 months ago

Awesome hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this May 20, 2017 and took about 5 hours to complete. There was still a bit of snow and mud for the last 0.5 km near the lake, but not enough to cause much of a delay. Be aware that the terrain is quite varied and can be very challenging, especially for the first section near the highway and the steep ravines in the forested sections.

When you first enter the logging road (about 2km in), you will turn right and hike uphill. There will be two major forks in the logging road, both of which you will veer right. Make sure you keep an eye out for the stone arrow markers leading you in the right direction and eventually back into the forest. Got lost briefly on the logging road, when we made a wrong turn and couldn't find the turnoff into the forest. I recommend double checking the GPS in this stretch to ensure that you're on the right track.

Overall, it was a great workout. The views of the Howe Sound, the Chief, and Squamish were amazing. The trail itself isn't well marked outside of the forested sections, so be aware that you may spend time trying to find where the next trail marker is. Also, there isn't really a defined trail throughout much of the forest. So often you will have to figure out the best way to get from point A to point B on your own. Also, there was bear scat along the trail so be prepared for a potential bear encounter.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail requires your attention especially if it's your first time hiking it. Everyone I ran into told me they got lost at least once, and that goes for me as well. Once you are in the forest and the traffic noise gets left behind, things are straightforward. Until that happens though I would encourage you to pay close attention to the markers as there is tons of rock climbing in this area and the very first part of this trail actually leads to a granite mass for that purpose. The chain wall you climb. The ropes you don't. Also, don't get discouraged by the logging road. You gonna spend a good while on it. Don't worry about the forking just pay attention to the orange markings/paint on the trees and stay on the road until you see an arrow on the ground made of stones and sticks, pointing you back into the forest. (You will veer left after a little while on the logging road, then continue up and over many streams/creeks/washouts then you will get to a point where you can go straight or turn right, you want to go right and continue the steady climb up for a good while longer and when you feel like you might have gotten lost just continue straight don't make any other turns and you will eventually get to the arrow on the ground.) Once back in the forest the trail is clearly marked. The lake was frozen and the surrounding area was covered in snow on May 7, 2017. This trail offers a very good workout. Not too difficult. I would recommend plenty of water, lunch and most importantly proper gear. Enjoy!! :)

6 months ago

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nice hike and not very busy. The terrain is pretty varied so it's not a slog the whole way. Views of the Chief and Squamish going up with a great view at the end.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

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Sunday, May 10, 2015