Logger's Lake is an amazing little lake hidden up in the deep forest above the more well known Cheakamus RiverThe lake, almost unbelievably exists in a long extinct volcano. However, as soon as you see the lake up close, you quickly come to believe it.  The lake sits in an almost cartoonish looking, volcano-shaped bowl, with one side of the bowl a crumbling array of truck sized boulders leading down to the lake.

  • Incredible place to escape from the world
  • Surreal look at the inside of an ancient volcano
  • Great for swimming & warmer than other lakes

The crater that Logger's Lake sits in was a volcano that pushed through the glacial ice in this valley about 10000 years ago.  As the lava cooled it formed the wonderful basalt ridge that is crumbling into valley. As Logger's Lake sits deep in this ancient volcano's vent, it is sheltered from the wind and soaks up the suns rays into the dark boulders all around.  As a result makes it the warmest lake in Whistler, though most other lakes around are glacier fed(via rivers and creeks), so the comparison is not entirely fair.

The surrounding cliffs and forest also add to the tranquility of the lake.  Located a bit off the radar for most and requiring a short logging road drive and then a very steep, but short hike to get to also contributes to its serenity.  This serenity is broken at least once a year, however, when a new tradition formed in 2012.  A yearly "Flash Mob Floatie Party" began, where hundreds congregate at Logger's Lake, most with rubber boats for an outdoor party, DJ an all.  But aside from that one hilarious day, Logger's Lake is a secret-feeling oasis.

Another, though unexpected draw to Logger's Lake, is its good fishing. Occasionally the lake is stocked with rainbow trout and because of the steep shoreline, casting from almost anywhere along the shore is easy and effective.  There is also an ancient and disintegrating log that is a pier of sorts that leads to a tiny wooden platform out in the lake.  A good spot to cast from as well, though you will be standing in a centimetre of water as the platform partially sinks under your weight.  Logger's Lake has a surprisingly large network of hiking trails around it. As the area was logged quite extensively in past decades, you often hike along trails near the lake that are in fact overgrown logging roads.

The ridge directly behind you, if you are facing Logger's Lake and the log pier is an excellent place to hike.  Appropriately named the Crater Rim Trail, this trail takes you quickly up to a tremendous vantage point over the lake. Further along and up the ridge you reach the outer edge of the volcano vent and can look outward across the valley in the direction of Cheakamus Lake.  The trail then bends to the right and ascends back towards Loggers Lake.  Bearing left at the next junction takes you further along the Crater Rim Trail, while bearing right takes you back down to Logger's Lake.

Interpretive Forest Trail Map

The Cheakamus River trails consist of two trails that link via the suspension bridge at one end and the vehicle bridge in Cheakamus Crossing. These two trails, Riverside & Farside, lay at the heart of The Whistler Interpretive Forest which encompasses the surrounding areas of beyond Cheakamus River. These areas consist of the Riverside Trail, Farside Trail, Discovery Loop, Ridge Trail, Riparian Interpretive Trail, Crater Rim Trail, Craterview Loop, Plantation Loop, Biogeoclimatic Loop and Crater Lookout.

The Riverside Trail(left side of Cheakamus River if looking from Cheakamus Crossing toward Cheakamus Lake) is an easy to moderate, 2 kilometre multi-use trail with a a few steep switchbacks and a couple very scenic viewpoints over the river. At the suspension bridge it connects to the Farside Trail, an easy, multi-purpose trail that brings you back to where you started in Cheakamus Crossing. 

Camping Around Logger's Lake

Although the trails around Logger's Lake and especially the basalt ridge above the lake look amazing for camping, the Interpretive Forest prohibits camping.  The area is exceptionally dry as compared to the rest of the valley and the risk of forest fire may be part of the reason for this.  Also, the Interpretive Forest is dedicated as an experimental "ecosystem-based managed forest" and the inclusion of campsites may add to the recreational popularity of the area making future logging of this forest to be seen by the public as undesirable.  The Logger's Lake trails are part of the much larger network of trails known as the Whistler Interpretive Forest.  Several named trails(see the map below) run throughout the forest and along the wild and crashing, Cheakamus River.  The Riverside Trail and the Farside Trail are the two beautiful trails that run along either side of Cheakamus River.  The Cheakamus River suspension bridge is just a 5 minute hike from the parking area for Logger's Lake.  The suspension bridge is one end a 4 kilometre circle route that is a great way to see this amazing river.

Facilities in the Interpretive Forest

The Cheakamus River trails and the Interpretive Forest don't have any facilities such as outhouses or picnic tables. This is quite nice as to maintain a wild and untouched feeling of the area. Cheakamus Crossing has a few eateries with washrooms. The HI Whistler Hostel has a very nice little coffee shop with a few things to eat and drink. It is worth checking out, not least for a glimpse at Athletes Village. The name given to this neighbourhood for the 2010 Olympics as it accommodated hundreds of athletes. The HI Whistler Hostel is a huge hostel and looks inside and out like a hotel. Very modern and trendy feeling as you walk in the front door. The only drawback to this hostel is its location, as it is 8 kilometres south of Whistler Village, though on a regular bus route.

Restrictions and Concerns at Logger's Lake

No Campfires AllowedCamping ProhibitedNo Motorized VehiclesNo fires are allowed in Whistler's Interpretive Forest as the danger of forest fires is very high. No motorised vehicles on the trails either. Camping is not allowed, however the Interpretive Forest covers quite a large area of wilderness with dozens of idyllic places to sneak a nights sleep in the wilderness. For legal campsite options you have to look further up the Cheakamus valley. Cheakamus Lake has two very nice, wilderness campsites(pay to use). Helm Creek Campground is further up towards Black Tusk. These are both in Garibaldi Provincial Park, which is campsite friendly, but not dog or bike friendly. As mentioned above, the Cal-Cheak Campground and Whistler RV Park & Campground are good options for pay camping.

Wildlife at Logger's Lake

WildlifeThe list of wildlife in the forests around Whistler is quite extensive. Black bears are frequently seen at Logger's Lake and around Cheakamus River. There has never been an unprovoked bear attack at Cheakamus Lake, however you don't want to be the first. Be aware of your surroundings and if you round a bend and see a bear, just stop and edge back. If you give the bear some space he will wander off the trail and disappear into the wilderness. Fishing is good at Logger's Lake. Though small, you can consistently catch something most days. Other big mammals make their home around Logger's Lake, but are rarely seen. Mountain goats, deer, cougars, wolverines and grizzly bears have been known to range this area, but very rare to see.

Parking & Trailhead Directions to Logger's Lake

Parking for Logger's LakePublic Transit to TrailheadThere are several places to park in Whistler's Interpretive Forest, and all are very convenient to access the hiking and biking trails. The enormous Sea to Sky Trail passes through this area as well(see the map below).  It is a beautiful hiking, biking, walking trail that runs throughout Whistler for over thirty kilometres.  It is an amazing way to see Whistler as it passes some amazing sights as well as running directly through Whistler Village.  Logger's Lake is fairly easy to find as Whistler's Interpretive Forest has excellent road and trail signs. From Whistler Village drive south on the Sea to Sky Highway as if heading toward Vancouver. In 8 kilometres you will come to the Function Junction intersection.  Turn left onto Cheakamus Lake Road, then in about 400 metres turn left onto the gravel road(Cheakamus East Forest Service Road on the map above). You will immediately come to a fork in the road.  Take the right fork and almost immediately cross a beautiful, one lane vehicle bridge across the Cheakamus River. Follow the signs for Loggers Lake from here and you will come to the Logger's Lake parking area in 2 kilometres on your left. Biking to Logger's Lake is also a very good good option. You can head off from Whistler Village and reach the trailhead in about 30 minutes by riding along the extensive and very nice, Whistler Valley Trail.

More Great Hiking Around Logger's Lake

Cheakamus River is the beautiful, crashing and turquoise coloured river that flows from Cheakamus Lake, through the Cheakamus Valley to Daisy Lake.  Also a popular kayaking route, the main attraction of Cheakamus River are the wonderful and quite extensive network of hiking and biking trails that run along and near it.  8 kilometres south of Whistler Village and surrounding the recently constructed neighbourhood of Cheakamus Crossing is Whistler Interpretive Forest.  This beautiful forest surrounds the Cheakamus River and has been cut and replanted in several areas.  Hiking and biking trails have sprung up over the years making the area a wonderful place to explore.  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.  The 7 kilometre hiking trail to the lake is has very little elevation gain as the trail winds through the beautiful forest.  Decades ago a train derailed south of Whistler.  The cost to clean up the mess was evidently deemed too high, so seven train cars were left scattered next to the Cheakamus River.  As it turns out, time and local effort has transformed this mess into a wonderful work of art, an extraordinary bike park, and a great place to hike.  The Whistler Train Wreck.  The whole length of the train wreck and Cheakamus River hike is 3 kilometres (each way) and the trails go along the beautiful river as well as several, widely spaced train wrecks.

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