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). Take Hwy 99 North past Horseshoe Bay, towards Squamish. Take the marked turnoff and follow the road to it's very end then follow the flagging up to the ridge. Trip Page Home Help Index Login Watersprite Lake via initial route #8075 Timestamp Exempt: 2020.11.19 - 06:56:52 null Note: As of September 2016 the 2014 trail referred to in this report has been replaced with a newer trail that comes in from the north. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors. Again, take your time. The hike starts steeply from the large parking area on an old de-commissioned logging road- easy going for about 45 minutes with occasional glimpses through the trees of MamquamPeaks and Garibaldi. The hike was beautiful, we got there by 8 am on a Sunday and there was already a lot of people (like at least other 10 cars) Also the trail is very muddy in some parts so make sure to bring gortex/ waterproof shoes. Click Here for Current Weather Conditions. snow about 2/3 the way up. Watersprite Lake Trail Trail Authorization Status: Section 56 Maintained By: BC Mountaineering Club Begins at the Skookum Power Project Intake Dam. Amazing hike to the frozen lake. The BCMC hut at Watersprite Lake is first rate (kudos to BCMC! 5. We could tell this is a freshly made trail – a lot of branches and roots poking through the ground and on the trail. I’m always in awe of the people who build trails, as … The trail veers sharply left after about 1.4km and climbs up a steep, rocky section for about 600-meters before veering right and opening up to a view of the valley below. New Watersprite Lake Trail is a 8 km blue singletrack trail located near Squamish British Columbia. Eugene Y. at Watersprite Lake: “Nine of us went to explore the new trail to the Watersprite Lake near Squamish. Drive on level road followed by relatively steep downhill to Raffuse Creek bridge at the 9.0km mark (320m elevation). flat for the majority but it has some steep sections as well. it was a bit cloudy but I snatched couple shots with blue skies. Dreadnought Peak (1,994 m) is off to the left, Watersprite Tower (1,810 m) is straight across, and Martin Peak (1,877 m) is to the right. Continue up the road on a steep hill, followed by a steeper hill after the hairpin turn at 15.6km. Watch for flagging tape as this turn is often missed. ).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. Mamquam FSR was in a decent shape, and our Subaru Outback and Forester quickly made it to the bridge across the Mamquam river (~13 km mark). Go past Alpen spur at km 9.8 followed by more uphill until the high point on the Mamquam FSR is reached around km10.8. Hikes Patrick Latter September 27, 2017 Camping 2 Comments. Eugene Y. at Watersprite Lake: “Nine of us went to explore the new trail to the Watersprite Lake near Squamish. Continue until you get to the bridge over the Mamquam River at km 13.1 (Bridge #1 on map below, 450m elevation). The hike itself is completely snowy as of today start to finish. The hike to the lake is full of spectacular views of mountains, valleys and creeks but getting to the lake is no small feat. I hiked to Watersprite Lake last September. This is the first road on the RHS 1.7km after the Sea to Sky gondola. Crampons were of big help on the way down. Beautiful trail with lots of different aspects to it (flat terrain, trees, rocks). I had to cancel my hiking plans and revert to a walk around Cates Park instead. The trail then opens back up again, but can be slippery, muddy and filled with obstacles. It took us 2h15 minutes to go up and then about 2h30 to come back down just due to slippery snow conditions. At 16.3 mark keep going left for another 3.7k to the roads end. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. The intended direction a trail should be ridden. We were lucky as it just started to snow as we got to the lake and we missed anything heavier than a light brushing. Not too long after, the trail gently starts to climb the eastern side of the valley, exposing you to nothing but stunning views of the valley floor below. Watersprite Lake is a beautiful day or overnight hike about 2 hours from Vancouver. We stopped 1 km from the trail head, lots of slushy snow. However, the remaining 7 km along the Skookum Dam road were much more challenging. It's a 17km round trip with 660m elevation gain. The trail begins by winding through tall grass and bushes, before joining a narrow boardwalk to avoid some muddy terrain. But know you are in the home stretch! The trail leads off to the left from the road and can be easily missed. Trail use is highest during weekends for all trails. Google maps has the trail head in the correct location so turn on GPS before you lose reception it can be helpful. The road definitely needs a 4 x 4 to get up, the first 3/4 of it is not a big deal but the last 6 km is so the potholes are quite deep. Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail. Wander Vancoouver Hikes Watersprite Lake. There is a steep uphill immediately after Raffuse creek. 1. Turn right at the Mamquam FSR Main Rd (unpaved). High-clearance all-wheel drive should be considered the minimum. Watersprite Lake is a gem of a lake - turquoise in colour and surrounded by mountains. 6. Trail use is highest during weekends for all trails. They experienced differing levels of increased activity, depending on the month. The 3 1/ End result was great but the main trail was on an old logging road so not as cool. It’s since blown up on social media and unfortunately it saw way too much traffic this year with the pandemic and I heard it’s been trashed. Demon Peak / Ridge Trail via Watersprite Lake Trail Facts Demon Peak is part of a ridge extension known as Demon Ridge [Demon Peak is on the west end away from Dreadnought Mountain] which wraps around Watersprite Lake near Squamish,… Read More » Demon Ridge / Demon Peak via Watersprite Lake Trail Hike Guide Getting to the trailhead: After hiking 8.5 km and climbing the requisite 660m in 3 hours, we arrived at Watersprite Lake (1450m). Recommend to wear hiking boots and crampons as well as have poles for navigation. Posted in Hiking, Sea-to-Sky, Trip Reports Tagged bc, canada, Hiking, squamish, watersprite, watersprite lake By bcmtnman 10 Comments 10 thoughts on “ Watersprite Lake in the Rain – Sept. 19, 2015 ” The new and improved Watersprite Lake Trail is situated 20-kms east of Squamish at the Skookum Power Project Water Intake Dam. A bit rocky and not many views until the lake. Cross the bridge and shortly after, bear right to cross a second bridge over Skookum creek (Bridge #2), just below the power station at 13.3km. The notably and picturesque turquoise-coloured lake is a stunning sight to see, and it makes the hike well worth it. Mamquam FSR was in a decent shape, and our Subaru Outback and Forester quickly made it to the bridge across the Mamquam river (~13 km mark). There were 6 of on this trip, 2 going to the lake on the Friday and the rest of going in on the Saturday AM. 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