This post is for the 4 Lakes Trail at Alice Lake Provincial Park, just north of Squamish. This hike is fairly flat and quite easy. The trail meanders through a forest and around 4 lakes. Although the highlight for me was a stop on the Cheekeye River with an amazing view of Mt. Alpha.
Distance: 8.4 km (loop)
Time: 3 hours (lots of breaks)
Low point: 192 m
High point: 317 m
Elevation gain: 125 m
Cumulative Elevation gain: 280 m
Trailhead: 49° 47’ 1.3” by 123° 7’ 17.1” (Google Map)
Here’s a link to all my photos on the hike… https://flic.kr/s/aHskvLTXcc
Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.
Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.
For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.