Patty Ho

What a brutal hike and what a beautiful lake!

I booked with Jay, Squamish Jet boat over a month ahead for about 8 ppl in my group. We were alittle worried about Jay not showing up or late because of the bad review online. It turns out to be a fun ride. The ride is about 15 min from the boat launch to the trailhead. We even saw a group of Elk crossing the river while we were heading up on the boat! We booked for 9am on Aug 20, 2016, and Jay was only late for about 6 min. He showed up with the jetboat. We were having such a fun ride just going up to the trailhead! (same as coming back!). This lake was high up in the mountain, it took us between 4hour to 5hours to hike up there. And the path just gets steeper and steeper when you get all the way up, especially last hour was just brutal. It is a beautiful trail though. There were quite a few camping pad just around the hut when we arrived. We didn't book the hut because we were only there for 1 night and it was a sunny day. There were few groups flew in with helicopter or float plane. Apparently if you have 10 ppl, you can fly into the lake for about $290 a person. I might do it if I were to stay more than couple days on the lake. We were only there for 1 night, so $50 for the boat ride return plus 4 hours of brutal hike is worth the effort. We went in the hot day, so there were quite a bit of bugs flying around. It is kinda annoying but the water still very nice to swim. You can use the canoe to canoe into other side of the lake. We didn't get to the "beach" part of the lake because it is another 2.5km plus 300m elevation and none of us have that energy to hike another hour to get there. The beach area seems small, you can probably fit like max 4 to 5 tents. We canoed there and found there are a group of ppl came by float plane and took up half of the beach with all their equipment. We stayed by the hut side, there's no nice beach entry except there's a dock. We hang out by the logs area, and it was decent and we just happy to make it there and relax for the rest of the afternoon. On the way back, it took us longer than we heading up, due to the steepness, so our group really took the time and rest. We make sure our knees will still be okay when we are done. And when we reach the trailhead. Jay already left a bucket of beer for us! What a treat!!! On the way back it was pouring rain but that 15 min of Jetboat ride was still fun to be on! If people having trouble reaching Jay, Squamish Jetboat. You need to text and email them to make a reservation early. There isn't much choices, you could try to kayak or canoe to the trailhead but it is also against current. For us, it will be too time consuming and just too much effort. If you want to use the jetboat, try to have at least 5ppl or if you go there on a good day on a weekend, you have a higher chances combining with other groups to go there without booking.