Hike the Cheakamus Lake Trail

Cheakamus

Distance

8.7 Miles

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Kayaking, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Easy access to one of the most gorgeous lakes around Whistler, with almost no elevation gain, but you'll still get a real taste of mountain hiking. Great for an hour or two, a full day, or camping overnight.

Cheakamus Lake is tucked in behind Whistler Mountain. If you've hike the Musical Bumps trail, or any of the paths off the peak of Whistler, chances are you saw a huge turquoise lake below you. This is Cheakamus Lake.

From Whistler Village, drive south on HWY99 to the stop lights at Function Junction. Turn left into Cheakamus Crossing. The first road on your left is the Cheakamus Lake Road. Stay left and follow this 7km to the end, where you'll see a large parking area. It's a bit rough for 2WD vehicles, but lots of them drive to the parking lot anyway. High clearance would be preferred.

The well maintained trail starts at the parking lot. Mountain bikes are welcome, but not dogs, as you're entering Garibaldi Park. Access to Helm Lake is via this trail as well.

As of 2016, online camping reservations are required for Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake, Elfin Lakes + Taylor Meadows, instead of the pay at the parking lot way it used to work.  Online reservations can be found here.

This is the perfect place to come if you're looking for an easy hike, or it's a rainy, foggy day. The old growth forest is at its' best on misty mornings, and you'll get some incredible photos no matter what the weather.

The trail follows the Cheakamus River to the lake, then along the shore to a pretty creek, 7km from the parking area. This is the end of the trail, and you return the way you came. Just 3km from the parking lot is the start of the lake, which makes for a great destination. This is an ideal place to have a picnic lunch or a romantic dinner with the camp stove.

Camping is available along the lake as well. There are bears and other wildlife in the area, in addition to beautiful wildflowers. The lake itself is that gorgeous turquoise you see everywhere around Whistler, and makes for a nice place to swim if you are brave enough for the glacial water!

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Easy, short hike to fill in your morning or afternoon

We hiked this trail as an half day option in July, taking our time to enjoy a picnic lunch along the lake shore. Very quiet and relaxing hike. Recommended to fill in a morning or afternoon when travelling to/from Whistler.

Great if you're pressed for time

This is one of my favourite spots to visit when I'm short on time and can't afford a full day out. Also a great after work camping spot.

Distance

8.7 Miles

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Kayaking, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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