Watersprite

Watersprite near Squamish, BC


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
15 kms
8hours
moderate
Hiking, Snowshoeing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Squamish, BC
User Jenk
A small humble lake with little treed islands in the middle surrounded by the most beautiful crystal turquoise waters. This lake lies in a cove like setting surrounded by breathtaking peaks to further explore.

The beginning to the trailhead started at what looked like an overgrown logging road.

We gained elevation with ease and took in a few of the mountains when looking back. Beautiful! The road narrows and widens along the way and a stream crossed its path a couple of times. My gps alerted me but you will notice along the way a trail leading off to your left marked with pink ribbon...you need to take this left. Some people without gps were telling us there got lost here...take the left!...lol thats what all those pink ribbons are telling you :) It gets very mucky at this point. Gaiters are definitely recommended! Its pretty slippery as well and there are a few logs to go over and a couple log bridges. Nothing major. The marshy land and ponds were absolutely breathtaking!

There are 2.5 boulder fields. The first one is .5...don't get excited and think, oh this is small and only one more to go. You'll be wrong. :) I love the boulder fields. Although it was not raining when we went the boulders were slippery and some covered with moss. I'm thinking by now there maybe even snow. Watch your step!

After crossing the second of the two large boulder fields we were shocked to find a grouse grind type situation, I would say on steroids! Covered in deep mud! Big fun!! I just kept thinking...this should be very interesting coming down. Not to lengthy though. I was very thankful to have my poles for this part. Once past the the mud grind you will come to your third and last boulder field.

Almost right after completing this awesome challenge you are rewarded with the most beautiful lake I have yet experienced on a hike yet. Something you would see out of a fairy tale book. And those peaks! I highly recommend camping a night or two here to further explore them if climbing is your thing. I certainly will.

Directions:

Take hwy 99 North, turn Right on Mamquam FSR (unpaved) before the casino, follow this main road till you hit Skookum Road and turn left...drive till you hit the 16 km marker and turn right upward towards the parking lot. You can find more detailed directions on google "Watersprite cabin location".

I saw 2 gps maps available...one summer and one winter. I chose the winter route. I understand a new trail is under construction to replace both the summer and winter trails however, I have yet to see the gps for it.

Keep in mind this is for the "winter" route)



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