3.7 out of 5 - 10 reviews

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JSR from Vancouver writes:

This is an unusual West Coast BC hike. Most of the hike is NOT spent in forest. Through the middle 5-6km, you are in the open and there are scenic vistas of Garibalidi, Pyramid, the Tantalus Range, and Sky Pilot. You also get tremendous valley views right down to Squamish. Jaw-dropping. The BCMC hut at Watersprite Lake is first rate (kudos to BCMC!).The trail is well-marked, except for the last half a kilometre-or-so steep ascent to the Lake and Hut, but you can't really get lost. The hike is accurately graded as "moderate," but with some challenges through some boulder fields, and there are a couple of log bridges over quick running water (in late June 2017). Lots of running water and some wet patches along the trail. Good hiking boots and probably poles required. You have to believe you are lucky to take your chances with 2W drive to get to the trail head - and then home. It should be rated 4W drive with proper clearance.

As of June 23, there is snow on the last .5km ascent to the lake and the lake itself is still frozen. The scenery around the lake is spectacular. If you are waiting for the snow to clear from the last part of the trail, check back in 2 or so weeks. When the snow goes, the peaks around the Lake look like scambling material. We were a 61 year old hiker plus 24 year old son...

    Posted: June 23, 2017 07:10:35 PM PST

    Mia from Whiterock writes:

    Drive to the trail was very rocky. MY SUV was struggling on the way up the rocky parts. A 4wd vehicle would be best if you're going up there. I suggest to wear proper hiking boots because some parts of the trail were very wet and muddy. Also, have a bear spray handy just in case you encounter bears along the way. We attempted the hike this morning, but when we got to the middle of the trail, we decided to head back down because there was a cub hanging around just a few steps away from us. It sucks we didn't get to the lake, maybe next time we'll be more prepared.

      Posted: June 22, 2017 09:18:53 PM PST

      Jennifer from White rock writes:

      Is this trail clear of snow now? We have been waiting to do this one. thanks!

        Posted: June 19, 2017 06:24:16 AM PST

        Chris Ludwig from Richmond writes:

        Hello Hiking Public,

        As the BCMC Trail Crew Chief responsible for the New Watersprite Lake Trail, I wanted to let everyone know that we have been late this year in clearing downed alder and deadfall from the trail this year.

        The reason being is we have been investing our time into heavily upgrading the first two Kilometres of the trail with new infrastructure. There are now three bridges spanning all major creeks in the first half of the trail (only two remain to be bridged in the later half of the trail) and 90 feet of newly installed boardwalk across Demon Creek Swamp. This Saturday, we will be constructing up to 90 stairs and heavily upgrading the "connector" trail at KM 1.5 to 1.8. We will also be installing a large trail Kiosk, and removing all deadfall from the first 2 KM.

        We are scheduled to clear the deadfall and alder for KM 2 - 5 two weeks following this Saturday (As well as repairing the culvert/logging bridge which was damaged this winter at the 4 KM Mark).

        The long term plan is to make the trail BC Parks quality, but that is a multi-year project on our part.

        See you on the Trail

        Chris Ludwig - Your friendly neighbourhood BCMC Trail Building Crew Chief

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          Posted: June 15, 2017 03:27:50 PM PST

          Daphne from Vancouver writes:

          Emma, we used 4WD but we saw several other 2WD cars up there this past May long weekend They clearly made it just fine but I personally wouldn't want to drive up there in anything less than a high clearance 4WD.

          There is tons of snow, starting about halfway up. It's melting pretty quickly and we were postholing waist deep in areas. Some of the creek crossings are also getting weird with high/fast water levels and snow bridges. Be careful of avalanches as there are a few significant avalanche slopes.

            Posted: May 25, 2017 03:05:04 PM PST

            Emma from Chilliwack writes:

            Thank you, Scott!! I really appreciate the reply :) If I'm reading this right, you do need a 4x4 to get up there?

              Posted: May 22, 2017 06:46:04 PM PST

              Scott from Vancouver writes:


              I haven't been up there, but there is currently still decent amounts of snow up in the 1200m - 1400m elevations. I'm looking to do this hike sometime in June or July this year.

                Posted: May 22, 2017 12:20:35 AM PST

                Emma from Chilliwack writes:

                Do you think there would be snow up there in May?

                  Posted: May 21, 2017 10:10:50 PM PST

                  Greg from North Vancouver writes:

                  Did this hike August 2016, and I liked it a lot. Wasn't too easy finding the trail as I believe it changed, but we managed to make it all the way up. We had to go all the way to the end of the logging road until we couldn't go any further as there was a closed gate. While not too bad, there were some spots where it got a little rough. The hike was pretty tough, with 2 boulder fields to cross and several ups and downs with technical terrain. I think it took us roughly 7 hours round trip, and we were actually keeping a respectable pace. Some of the sections remind me of Hanes Valley, and there is tons to see along the way, including some panoramic vies of Squamish Valley. The actual lake is gorgeous, with a huge rockface looming over you, and it's well worth the trip. Very quiet compared to most glacial lakes (Joffre or Wedgemount), and the trail is much less beaten up. A unique hike that will feel more like an adventure and less like a tourist attraction, very cool!

                    Posted: May 12, 2017 06:37:49 PM PST

                    Gemma Coughlan from Vancouver writes:

                    In the winter, snow covers the road which makes it hard to find the trailhead. We parked at around 15.5km, which means walking to the candy cane shaped air vent/pipe. At the pipe, take the left fork and continue for 4km. You'll go over at least two bridges and past at least one more candy cane air vent. Apparently the trailhead is well marked after 4km.

                      Posted: April 14, 2017 06:31:45 PM PST

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