3.78 out of 5 - 18 reviews

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Lion Tamer from Vancouver writes:

Walked on March 17th, the day was clear, a nice break from a week or so of rain.

This was a great hike! The trail is very well maintained for this time of year. The few muddy sections had stumps laid down which worked very well. The scenery is quite and peaceful, we only saw two others on the trail.

The lake at the end is quite nice, but the dock was completely flooded. Perhaps it gets better when the lake is lower in the summer. It also lacks any sort of lakefront area to stretch out a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

Highly recommend for those wanting a relaxing hike close to the city without too many people. Those looking to spend a full day at the lake should try elsewhere.

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    Posted: March 17, 2017 03:24:56 PM PST


    Gonzalo Valdes from New Westminster writes:

    Does anyone know how to get there by bus or something like that?

      Posted: December 17, 2016 12:51:27 PM PST


      patrick from surrey writes:

      Hey Maria, Yes you can swim in the lake, but it's cold for sure. You access the water from a very small slightly submerged dock. Most people don't lazy around in the lake as you get cold fast. Mostly a jump in swim for a bit and try to warm up in the sun kinda swimming lake. I'm told it warms up in the summer months, but I'm not 100% sure of this rumour. Have fun and swim often!

        Posted: September 9, 2016 09:10:44 AM PST


        Davy from West Van writes:

        Beautiful. Really, how you can give it less than 5 stars?
        Wish they would fix the dock.

          Posted: July 31, 2016 11:46:18 AM PST


          Maria from Surrey writes:

          Hi,

          Just wanted to ask if the lake is suitable for swimming? Thanks !

            Posted: June 4, 2016 12:49:49 AM PST


            patrick from surrey writes:

            Monday April 25th hiked this with my sister. It's great fairly easy hike, at the start it is a big steep so take it easy and do some stretching breaks. The dock is small and with 6-7 people feels a bit crowded - can't imagine on a nice weekend. But the water, although cold, was so refreshing.... If you're into geocaching someone has placed 3 easy ones enroute, again makes for a nice stretch and rest break.
            Time up to lake 60 minutes and 40 back down. Little parking lot almost full at 11am on a Monday - 15 cars? Just thinking how busy it might be on a weekend. I love this hike and will be going back soon.

              Posted: April 28, 2016 12:18:06 PM PST


              Dog owner from Lower mainland writes:

              The hike was great except for all the little kids making so much noise and running around....
              Also, it's terrifying to have a 4 year old run up and lunge at you when you're only A gentle dog tied up on a leash completely restrained and able to get away, like you are there for the kids amusement, some type of play thing. Stop letting your kids harass our dogs!

                Posted: April 9, 2016 12:40:52 PM PST


                Imke from Vancouver writes:

                My friend and I hiked the trail yesterday. We continued all the way up to Cypress Mountain Ski Area via Eagle Bluffs (highly recommendable, if you like a nice workout and a tiny bit of scrambling). The hike to Whyte Lake is really nice, especially due to the beautiful forest.
                For everyone who doesn`t have a car: the trail is easily accessible by bus. Just catch the bus #250 to Horseshoe Bay and get off at Cranley Dr.
                If you continue to Eagle Bluffs/Black Mountain in summer, you will need to head back the same way, since buses from Cypress only run in winter.

                  Posted: February 22, 2016 01:33:58 PM PST


                  Sheila from West Vancouver writes:

                  The forest is beautiful as mentioned before but it's hard to enjoy when you're constantly avoiding dog poop and dogs off-leash. Dog owners - please leash up on this section of the trail and pack out the poop. Those are the rules for a sensible and courteous reason! You and your dog are not the exception... Also, it's terrifying to have a large dog run up and lunge at you when you're only 4-years old and half the dogs size. Stop letting your dogs harass our kids.

                    Posted: February 15, 2016 04:18:57 PM PST


                    Taylor from Vancouver writes:

                    Nice, easy, scenic hike. As mentioned, the dock was almost inaccessible under water. We took a different trail behind the first water reservoir that we came to from the parking lot, which added maybe 40 minutes and some challenge to the start of the hike. Once we came upon a road we followed it to the left to reconnect with the Whyte Lake trail.

                      Posted: November 3, 2015 06:18:21 PM PST


                      Brian and Stella from Vancouver writes:

                      Nice trail through the beautiful trees. Loved the sound of the creek once away from the highway noise. Will do it again.

                        Posted: August 26, 2015 03:47:38 PM PST


                        Shan from New Westminster writes:

                        Nice trail, close to the city. We got there around 2pm and the parking lot was half empty. The only thing I don't like about this trail is that there was quite a bit of dog poop along the trail so watch where your step.

                          Posted: August 17, 2015 09:01:05 AM PST


                          Mark from Vancouver writes:

                          Nice hike close to Vancouver (July 5, 2015). Bit of a slog up the gravel road, but it doesn't go on too long. Trail past the road is very nice, with large trees in a pleasant forest.

                          Lake is a bit of a disappointment - only real access is a dock, that was overrun with people. Go for the hike through the forest, and consider it a bonus if the lake is peaceful when you get there.

                          As you'd expect this close to Vancouver, the parking lot was full, and there were a lot of people on the trail.

                            Posted: July 5, 2015 03:24:28 PM PST


                            Rob Ellis from Vancouver writes:

                            This hike is a hidden Gem, and as the other comments allude, the lake is not terribly accessible. You can get in from the dock or a small entry on the far side.

                            The beauty is in the hike up along the creek and past a small grove of Duglas Furs.

                            This hike can also be done as a loop, but pay extra attention, after you cross the boardwalks and get to the junction (near the outhouse) Right to Eagle Bluffs (Cypress parking lot) Left to Horseshoe bay and loop.

                            We walked right past the turn off to back to Whyte Parking lot and all the way back down to Horseshoe bay, if you find yourself in this position, it might be easier to get a cab or walk all the way back to the lake.

                            We were able to find a skid trail along the north side of 99 that turned into a little more than a dear trail and went up the hill and eventually to the power lines. Once under the power lines it winds over the ridge and to a power line junction. Right back to the Whyte parking lot, and left to Whyte lake. (and the correct junction)

                            When all was said and done, we clocked 11.5KM and added an extra 2hrs.

                            Have fun, plan ahead and bring extra water.

                              Posted: June 14, 2015 06:58:11 PM PST


                              Melissa from New Westminster writes:

                              Great short 'easy' hike to start the year off or to go with less fit friends. Beautiful narrow canyon that is super green, makes you feel like you're in a Lord of the Ring forest.

                              I've been a few times but yesterday, June 1st 2015 about half way from the TCT junction to the lake we heard a bear vocalizing ahead of us. We did not investigate, but it was not amicable noises, more like 'woofing' or a growl. Whyte Creek was just a trickle of water.

                                Posted: June 2, 2015 07:43:42 AM PST


                                Landon from North Shore writes:

                                An awesome easy hike and great swim spot in the summer. Beavers are active here and have risen the water level along the dock, so prepare to get your feet wet if you want to really enjoy the lake. If you come in the evening, & hike out after sunset, you will usually see the beaver doing laps, but be smart about hiking out at night, don't do it alone, and bring lights. The hike can be accessed from horseshoe bay, or the westport parking lot next to the highway. The hike from the bay is quicker, but much steeper, and not as scenic. It's becoming more and more popular of a hike, but a much better option than the overly popular Quarry rock...Why do people go there?

                                  Posted: October 28, 2014 10:54:47 AM PST


                                  John from Bunting writes:

                                  Nice hike. Lake is tea colored and not particularly accessible. Go for the hike, not for the lake.

                                    Posted: August 12, 2014 11:27:02 AM PST


                                    spudwil from North Vancouver writes:

                                    Actually, there are toilet facilities at Whyte Lake. There is an outhouse along the trail just west of the lake, complete with toilet paper and a view. Also of note, the lake is flooded at the moment and it is a bit tricky to walk out on to the dock due to parts of it being under water. Apparently, this is due to the work of beavers who have managed to dam up the outflow. Still, a nice hike.

                                      Posted: July 22, 2014 01:07:51 PM PST


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