Watersprite Lake (Summer Route)

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Watersprite Lake (Summer Route) is a 17.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back 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 April until October.

DISTANCE
17.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
935 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

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Getting to the trailhead: 1. Take Hwy 99 North past Horseshoe Bay, towards Squamish. 2. Turn right at the Mamquam FSR Main Rd (unpaved). RESET ODOMETER. This is the first road on the RHS 1.7km after the Sea to Sky gondola. 3. Proceed northeast along the potholed Mamquam main. Bear right at 3.7km slightly past the Valleycliffe housing subdivision (70m elevation), and stay on the main road, ignoring secondary spurs. Go up fairly steep hill around km 6 for 1 km, driving past Mt Mulligan Rd on the RHS at km 7.0. Drive on level road followed by relatively steep downhill to Raffuse Creek bridge at the 9.0km mark (320m elevation). There is a steep uphill immediately after Raffuse creek. Go past Alpen spur at km 9.8 followed by more uphill until the high point on the Mamquam FSR is reached around km10.8. Continue until you get to the bridge over the Mamquam River at km 13.1 (Bridge #1 on map below, 450m elevation). 4. Cross the bridge and shortly after, bear right to cross a second bridge over Skookum creek (Bridge #2), just below the power station at 13.3km. 5. A few hundred meters later, turn left (north) onto the new Skookum Dam road. Go past the gate to the power station at 13.7km (room to park here, if needed). Continue up the road on a steep hill, followed by a steeper hill after the hairpin turn at 15.6km. 6. At 16.3 mark keep going left for another 3.7k to the roads end. The new trail head starts on the other side on your right and is well marked.

1 day ago

Dont click directions on app as it led me to Mamquam Road (wrong road and is paved road) on google map. We had to turn around and go to Mamquam River Forest Service Road which is the right road and unpaved. It is just at bottom of the hill past the Chief but before the casino. We made wrong turn again on the Forest road left at 16 km as signage for 16 km was on the ground as we found out on way back. You need to keep right and go up hill to 16.3 km where you see the candy cane shaped vent at 16.3 km then turn left which leads to trail head, which is another 3.7 km away. I think 20 km total on forest road and it takes a while. Even if you make a left on 16 km we found out later it would of lead you to the trail head. We removed a fallen tree with the jeep. With time constraints we turned back maybe an 1 km from the lake at the boulder fields. We went Oct 19 durning a very rainy day and many parts of the trail had water on it. It was fun crossing the creeks and streams. There is a log crossing we opted to go underneath and cross the stream instead. It started to snow slushy at the boulder fields making it very slippery we turned back as we did not want to be hiking back at dark as sunset was 6:15. Even though we didn't make it, it was a fun day outside. The trail is not that hard except the boulder fields a bit sketchy with slushy snow.

This hike is not the most exciting. It's boring for the most part but well worth it. We stayed over night in the cabin which was nice and cozy. The lake is beautiful.

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17 days ago

Be aware that you have to go on a 18km logging road to get to the base of the hike. 4x4 vehicle recommended! Steady climb to the top with some flat sections for you to catch a break. The last 1.5km to the lake gets a bit steep but well worth it!

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29 days ago

1 month ago

awesome trail.

1 month ago

Difficult for kids. 10 hours round trip with my 6 years old.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

awesome hike. we did it on July 15. drove up to trailhead with 2003 Honda CR-V.
watch out for bears and cougars.

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3 months ago

5 months ago

We attempted this trail on Saturday. The markers are sparse. Lots of snow banks & creeks to cross. We had to hike up the road (probably 3km), as our SUV couldn't make it up the snowy hill. Didn't make it to the lake :(