Posts about: Squamish – Whistler – Pemberton

Cheakamus Lake

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    Cheakamus Lake is a emerald-green, glacial-fed alpine lake, located in Whistler. The hike follows the Cheakamus River for about 3.5 kms and then follows the north side of the lake ending at Singing Creek, after another 4 kms. At this point the official trail ends. To go beyond, you will have to walk across a fallen tree over Singing Creek and do some bush-whacking (according to Park Rangers).

    The emerald-green colour along with the back drop of snow-covered peaks, really makes for some nice scenery. The hike is not too strenuous, as it is mostly flat with some small ups and downs.

    For directions, click on Trailhead and parking below.
    NOTE: There is a 7 km pot-holed gravel road to travel. My 2-wheel drive car made it with no difficulty, but I would imagine, it would be a challenge in snow or in wet conditions. Even during the best weather, take it slow due to the large number of pot holes.
    Tip: shut off fresh air, so you don’t get dust in your car.

    Distance: 15 km (return)
    Time: 3-6 hours
    Low point: 832 m
    High point: 899 m
    Elevation gain: 67 m
    Cumulative Elevation gain: 360 m
    Trailhead and parking: 50° 02’ 31” by  122° 59’ 23” (Google Maps and navigation)

    The route with downloadable gpx…

    The photos…

    Cheakamus Lake 6

    Cheakamus Lake 1

    Cheakamus Lake 5

    Cheakamus Lake 8

    Fishing at Cheakamus Lake

    The fishing was great…
    Fishing

    Trail 3

    Trail and Cheakamus Lake

    Trail

    Western Columbine…
    Western Columbine_crop

    So many wildflowers in bloom…
    Wildflowers

    This is the bridge to cross Singing Creek…
    Bridge over Singing Creek

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    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.

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

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      Alice Lake

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        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)

        The route…

        The photos…

        Alice Lake
        Alice Lake
        Cheekeye River and Mt. Alpha
        Cheekeye River and Mt. Alpha
        Mt. Alpha
        Mt. Alpha



        Cheekeye River
        Cheekeye River
        Mt. Alpha
        Mt. Alpha
        Tall trees
        Tall trees



        Trail Pic
        Trail Pic
        Trail Pic
        Trail Pic
        Trail Pic
        Trail Pic

        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.

        ★★★★★★★★★★★

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          Crater Rim Trail

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            Before heading out to this place, I never knew a Whistler had its own crater lake ! It’s pretty cool to explore these new trails and learn new stuff ! The Crater Rim Trail is in Whistler Interpretive Forest and the trailhead is on the opposite side of the highway from Function Junction. The lake is named Logger’s Lake. The trail takes you through a boulder field and up to the crater rim and along the ridge. Eventually the trail makes its way down towards the lake. There are a number of viewpoints along the way.

            The stats:

            Distance: 11.2 km
            Time: 4 hours
            Low point: 611 m
            High point: 925 m
            Elevation gain: 314 m
            Cumulative Elevation gain: 438 m
            Trailhead: 50° 05’ 11.3” by  123° 02’ 9.8” (Google Map)

            The route…

            Here are some photos…

            Logger's Lake
            Logger’s Lake
            Trail pic
            Trail pic
            Logger's Lake 3
            Logger’s Lake



            Boulder Field
            Boulder Field
            View
            View
            Trail pic (2)
            Trail pic



            Logger's Lake Area Trails
            Logger’s Lake Area Trails
            Logger's Lake 2
            Logger’s Lake
            First view of Logger's Lake
            First view of Logger’s Lake



            Columnar Basalt
            Columnar Basalt
            Cheakamus River
            Cheakamus River
            Cheakamus River Suspension Bridge
            Cheakamus River Suspension Bridge
            Still some snow around
            Still some snow around
            Flowering pine
            Flowering pine

            ★★★★★★★★★★★

            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.

            ★★★★★★★★★★★

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              Upper Shannon Falls

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                Upper Shannon Falls is the 3rd highest waterfall in British Columbia and the hike to the top is well worth it.  Today, we parked in the Shannon Falls Parking lot, but you can also park in the parking lot for the Sea to Sky Gondola, a short distance to the north. The initial part of the trail is shared with the trail for the Stawamus Chief hike. If you park in the Shannon Falls parking lot, you can see the bottom of the falls before your ascent. The trail is well maintained by BC Parks and there a few bridges to cross. Sections of the trail are steep, with some parts having nicely placed cobbles for steps. We did this hike in March 2016 and the trail was quite busy. I would imagine a summer weekend would be very busy there.

                The trail rises steeply and there are a couple of viewpoints before the top. There is also a section of the falls, where you can get very close (but not too close). There is also a nice pool of water in the creek, where you could go in – in the summer, but I would imagine the water is very cold all year.  At the top, you are rewarded with an amazing view of the end of Howe Sound, the Stawamus Chief and Squamish. The bluff at the top is a large area and accommodates many many people.

                The stats:

                Distance: 7.4 km (return)
                Time: 5.5 hours (lots of breaks)
                Low point: 3 m
                High point: 485 m
                Elevation gain: 482 m
                Cumulative Elevation gain: 820 m
                Trailhead: 49° 40’ 18.6” by  123° 09’ 35.2” (Google Maps and Navigation)

                The route with downloadable gpx…

                View from the top…

                IMG_2997b

                The falls from the bottom…

                Shannon Falls



                Bridge over Olesen Creek…
                Bridge over Olesen Creek

                Squamish River Estuary…
                Squamish RIver Estuary

                Another Bridge…
                Bridge over Olesen Creek2



                Cascading Water…
                Cascading water

                Junction…
                Junction

                Many People at the top…
                Many people at the top

                Olesen Creek…
                Olesen Creek



                Olesen Creek…
                Olesen Creek2

                Sea to Sky Gondola…
                Sea to Sky Gondola

                Pool of water…
                Pool of water

                Another Bridge…
                Bridge

                Rope for Assistance…
                Rope for assistance



                Steep Section…
                Steep section

                The Chief Overlooking Squamish…
                The Chief overlooking Squamish

                Trail pic…
                Trail

                Waterfall…
                Waterfalls

                Full Flickr photo album of hike here… https://flic.kr/s/aHsktHWSzp

                ★★★★★★★★★★★

                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.

                ★★★★★★★★★★★

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