Lindsay Lake Loop

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    The Lindsay Lake Loop at Buntzen Lake is one of the more popular ‘difficult’ hikes. It’s difficult based on elevation gain and distance.  Our group of five started at 8:15 am and reached Polytrichum Lookout (a 535 m ascent) one hour later. Once we reached El Paso Junction, we took the east loop, which takes you through the Lakes district, which is a roughly 15 hectare area with 9 named lakes (or tarns) and Lindsay Lake 750 m further north. Signage can be poor up here, so it’s a good idea to take a GPS device. We stopped at Lindsay Lake for a bit before moving on. We proceeded around the lake, passing the junction to Mt. Beautiful. An amazing viewpoint is only 15 mins away. After the great view, you continue on the trail, passing a number of other viewpoints. Eventually the trail meets up again at El Paso Junction, where you will turn right (west).

    The Stats:

    Distance: 13 km (return)
    Time: 6 hours
    Low point: 130 m
    High point: 1140 m
    Elevation gain: 1010 m
    Cumulative Elevation gain: 1180 m
    Trailhead: (Google Map)

    Here is today’s route (Click ‘Details’ for larger image)…

    Best view of the day…
    View from The Pulpit

    Below are some of the lakes…

    Chickadee Lake…
    Chickadee Lake

    Lindsay Lake (we saw a newt and a tadpole here)…
    Lindsay Lake

    St. Mary’s Lake…
    St. Mary's Lake

    Below are three trail photos…

    Lindsay Lake Trail 1

    Lindsay Lake Trail 2

    Lindsay Lake Trail 3

    The skunk cabbage were thriving in the alpine environment…

    Water droplets on Skunk Cabbage Leaf

    And the water lilies made some of the lakes shine…

    Water lily

    There are a number of viewpoints. Here are two more…

    View From Spahats Rigg (Bear Ridge)…

    View From Spahats Rigg (Bear Ridge)

    View from Little Valhalla…

    View from Little Valhalla

    The wild blueberries were a treat…

    Wild Blueberries

    Overall, the day was great. Starting trail temperature was 14 degrees and finishing trail temp was 22. It was up to 27 degrees out of the forest.

    I’ll end with a photo of Nancycatch Creek…

    Nancycatch Creek

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

    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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      3 thoughts on “Lindsay Lake Loop

      1. Hi, how would you rate this hike? intermediate? difficult? We are not very fit hikers yet. Can you swimm in any of the lakes? Thanks !

        1. It’s a difficult hike. You must be very fit and good at trail finding.
          There is also still snow up there now. I’ve never seen people swim in the lakes, but I suppose it’s possible. Buntzen Lake is much nicer for swimming.

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