Explore Squamish - June 02, 2018

Hiking Watersprite Lake

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Hiking Watersprite Lake

Located on the shoulder of Mamquam Mountain, Watersprite lake is a natural wonder that easily claims the title of the most picturesque lake in Squamish. The lake itself sits at the base of Watersprite Tower and features a small island which serves as a lovely swimming destination in the summer months. The hike to reach the lake is challenging, but it is surely worth the effort and makes the lake more rewarding. 


Photo: @creeks.and.peaks

To reach the trailhead turn right onto the Mamquam Forest Services Road, located just after the Stawamus Chief climbers parking lot (if heading north on Highway 99 from Vancouver). Follow the road for 13km until you reach a bridge, go left over the bridge and continue on the road eventually passing a second bridge. From the second bridge keep left again. Soon you will pass one more junction where you should keep left a third time to reach the beginning of the new trail. Please be advised that 4x4s are recommended. The final stretch of road is the most challenging; some people choose to park their vehicles in pullouts and walk the rest of the way rather than drive.  

The Route

Photo: @hikesnearvancouver

From the parking lot take the steep gravel path to your right and note the new map board for a visual overview of the route. You will follow a deactivated logging road for 20-30 minutes before turning left into a brushy section of trail. Watch for the orange flagging which will transition to orange markers as you move from the brush into more dense forest. The markers are straightforward and easy to follow, if you cannot see a marker in view, then you have gone off the trail. 

Shortly after entering the forest you will take a right turn which opens up to breathtaking views of the valley. Continue on this path and keep your eyes peeled for the Prow Lookout which overlooks a vast chunk of Squamish backcountry. 

After the lookout, the trail becomes rocky eventually reaching a rockslide section. Keep looking for the trail markers which will lead you into the forest for a few hundred metres before spitting you out on a second rockslide section which is the final push before the lake. As you come over the crest of the rocky hill you will see Watersprite Lake in front of you. To your left, in the patch of forest, you can follow a trail for a few short minutes to the new BC Mountaineering Club (BCMC) Watersprite Hut, or continue straight for a view of the lake. 

Good to Know

  • Time: Plan for the trail to take you between 5-7 hours.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed on this trail, please be responsible and pick up after your pet.
  • Hut: The Watersprite Lake Hut is operated by the BCMC, hut reservations are $40 per person per night and can be made online here.
  • Camping: Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Facilities: There is an outhouse available for hikers. There are no garbage facilities, pack it in, pack it out.

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