- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.25 hours
- Round-Trip 4km
- Elevation Gain 185 meters
- Season March - November
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 20 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
Whyte Lake is a small scenic lake, nestled in the forest above the Trans-Canada Highway in West Vancouver. The most common route to Whyte Lake begins just off of Westport Road, however this route follows the western-most section of the Baden Powell Trail, starting near Horseshoe Bay, before branching off to the lake.
The trailhead of the Baden Powell (and this route to Whyte Lake) begins from a small gravel parking lot at the side of Highway Exit #2's off ramp, on the other side of the fence from the ferry terminal ticket booths. Follow the trail, past the fence, as it climbs steadily. After the initial uphill section, the trail follows alongside concrete slabs from the Sea To Sky Highway before making its way under a bridge next to a creek. Go left after passing under the bridge and continue follow the path in the direction of the highway.
The route reaches another steep uphill section and, as you climb up the wide path, you begin to leave the sounds of the highway behind you. Continue uphill, occasionally catching your breath, until the trail begins to level and continues through a wide forested section. The break is brief as the trail again gains elevation quickly.
Eventually, the Baden Powell Trail that you are following reaches a sign at a junction. Go right to Whyte Lake and follow the trail uphill. Once the trail reaches another junction, go right and walk across the wooden boardwalks. A short distance after the boardwalks, go left at the sign and walk to the dock on Whyte Lake.
After enjoying the views of the lake from the dock, return to the trail and go right, walking across the long boardwalks. After the boardwalks, go left and down the hill until you reach the junction with the Baden Powell Trail. Follow the Baden Powell Trail back downhill towards Horseshoe Bay where you began your hike.