Hike to the very remote Cirque Lake in Whistler, after paddling across Callaghan Lake for a beautiful view not many have experienced.

Cirque Lake can only be accessed by boating across Callaghan Lake. Start from the Callaghan parking/camping area and take your boat over to the lake. You must then paddle 2km all the way to the far end of Callaghan Lake. You will see a waterfall at the far end. The trailhead to Cirque Lake begins at the shore to the right hand side of that falls (You will see a small clearing at the shoreline). Just pull your boat far onto the shore and place in the bushes. Make sure it's not going to float away or you are in big trouble!

The trail is quite straightforward from there, lined with small ribbons along the way and the trail is surprisingly worn and visible. When you are close to Cirque, you will see a stunning view of Callaghan lake from above. There are two boulder fields along the way that you must climb up.

Keep following the path and ribbons and you will arrive at the lake, most likely the only ones there to enjoy the view. (Distance listed is the hike + the kayaking/canoeing across the lake. Round trip is 4km of hiking and 4km of boating respectively).

Pack List

  • Kayak or Canoe
  • Food/Water
  • Camera
  • Dry bags for kayak/canoe
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 984.3 Feet
Activities Canoeing, Photography, Kayaking, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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