- Difficulty Easy
- Time 5 hours
- Round-Trip 16km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season May - November
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver 2 hours 15 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly No
A BC Parks Day-Use Pass is required to hike the Cheakamus Lake Trail.
One of the easier hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake offers beautiful views of a turquoise lake surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests.
Walk towards the sign at the far end of the parking lot and take a look at the BC Parks map. Look past the sign for a view of the Cheakamus River far below. Start your walk along the trail as it gradually heads uphill and into the trees.
Just over half an hour into your hike, you reach a sign that points the way to Helm Lake. For a short side trip, walk down this trail towards Cheakamus River and onto the bridge for a view of the rushing river below. After taking in the roaring sound of the river, walk back up towards the main trail and turn right to head towards Cheakamus Lake.
As you near the lake after walking just 3km, the turquoise river appears to the right of the trail. Another short distance along the trail and you have reached the north end of the lake.
Just beyond the first views of the lake is a camping area where campers can set up their tents along the shoreline. Continue walking along the lake for another 4km towards the Singing Creek campground at the other end of the lake. Here is a rocky area along the side of the lake that offers beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding scenery.
After enjoying a lunch break in the beautiful lake surroundings, follow your footsteps back along the trail where you came from towards the parking lot where you started your walk earlier in the day.