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Cheakamus Lake is a wonderfully relaxing way to get in the wilderness easily and quickly from Whistler Village. The trail begins on the far side of Whistler Mountain, 8 kilometres from the Sea to Sky Highway at Cheakamus Crossing across from Function Junction. This 8 kilometre stretch of logging road is fairly bumpy and potholed, but does have the benefit of allowing you to drive the elevation gain instead of hiking it.
You can easily manage this road in a car, however carefully and very slowly in parts. Mostly free of snow in 2016 by May 1st, though some vehicles may have difficulty through one large muddy/snowy section. Once you reach the trailhead/parking the entire 7 kilometre hiking trail to the end of the maintained Cheakamus Lake trail has barely any elevation gain. Just plenty of gradual inclines and declines along the winding route.
In fact, this makes it one of the few trails in Whistler and Garibaldi Park that can boast that. The nearby Garibaldi Lake trail and the Wedgemount Lake trail make you work for the views, however, the Cheakamus Lake trail hardly makes you work at all. The trail to Cheakamus Lake takes you through an amazing forest of giant cedars that fill the forest with their amazing aroma. This forest is so packed with ancient giants that year to year the trail is adjusted by a monster of a tree fallen across the trail during some winter storm. Sometimes the trail bends around these behemoths, but more often they are laboriously chainsawed by BC Parks staff. The more enormous of these remain as fixtures of the trail. Either edging the trail or as a mighty obstacle to climb over.
One monster of a cedar remained sprawled across, actually along a section of the Cheakamus Lake trail for much of 2012. It surely surprised every hiker to come to an abrupt end of the trail with a tree across the trail too big to even see over. The bypass route was a hilarious, yet dangerous looking scramble underneath and along the edge of the trail for about 20 metres to get back on the trail at the other side. Look for it when you pass by. Though it has been mostly moved the tell-tale wreckage is hard to miss and captivatingly beautiful. What a sound it must have made, exhibited now by giant cedar spears still menacingly pointing from a break in the massive trunk.
The first three kilometres of the 7 kilometre long Cheakamus Lake trail takes you parallel to the beautiful Cheakamus River. This large, fast and always crashing river can be seen and heard occasionally through the massive forest and up close as you near Cheakamus Lake. There is a trail sign, 1.5 kilometres from the trailhead, indicating that the trail descending to the Cheakamus River eventually leads to the Helm Creek campground and much further to Panorama Ridge, Black Tusk, Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake. There is a beautiful bridge across the Cheakamus River that is just a two minute hike from this sign and well worth it. You can see below your feet through the floor of the bridge the swirling and fast moving river under you.
Back on the Cheakamus Lake trail, at 3 kilometres you arrive at Cheakamus Lake. The trail continues along the left side of the lake, passing some wonderfully located campsites, and very small beaches. There are 10 very nice and hidden tent areas in this area, excellent water sources from several creeks, a bear proof food hang as well as tidy outhouses here. The next 4 kilometres of the Cheakamus Lake trail reveal viewpoints progressively more amazing. Camping fees must be paid before entering the park. Parking and day-hiking are always free in Garibaldi Provincial Park. There are no cash payment options.You can pay online here.. The trail hugs the edge of the lake, with frequent views of its amazing, turquoise colour, distant snow capped mountains and occasional bear sightings. With so much to see and such an enjoyable trail, Cheakamus Lake one of Whistler's best and most family friendly hikes around. The trail is never strenuous and constantly beautiful with the wonderful smells that come with an old growth cedar forest are incredible.
At 7 kilometres from the trailhead/parking you reach the end of the maintained trail and another 7 tent sites beautifully blended into the surroundings, another bear proof food hang and outhouse. Around these campsites are dozens of cute little beaches all along the trail which invite swimming in the crystal clear, though bitterly cold water. Cheakamus Lake has always been known for its good fishing so bring your rod and sit back in the sun. The entire trail and mini beaches are south facing and capture the sun the entire day. You can keep what you catch at Cheakamus Lake, however Cheakamus River is catch and release. For more details read the notice board located at the first main campsite area.
Singing Creek is where the BC Parks maintained trail ends, however, an unmaintained trail continues much further. Easy to follow and well worn, this trail leads to cute and secluded little beaches that are so numerous and unknown as to be well beyond the sometimes noisy campsites and main Cheakamus trail. Singing Creek originates high up towards Whistler Mountain and a long faded and unmarked trail connects to Russet Lake. The unmarked route begins on the far side of Russet Lake and ascends through the forest reaching the alpine after just over 1 kilometre and Russet Lake in 2.5k.
There is no charge to park at the parking lot/trailhead, though there is a charge for overnight camping. $10 per adult, $5 per child. Take a look at the BC Parks site for info on how to pay online. The road to Cheakamus Lake is covered in snow until about mid May every year, but from May to October it is reliably clear enough to drive. The road is horribly potholed, which makes the 8 kilometre drive very slow going. The potholes are frequent and very deep. As long as you drive slowly and carefully, most cars should be fine reaching the parking area.