This "trail" is the Cheakamus Lake access-road that is normally closed during the winter and early spring due to snow. This closure makes the road good for some x-c skiing and snowshoeing. When I was there, we (me and my parents)hardly saw anyone recreating on the "trail." For someone who likes off-the-beaten-path trails, the Cheakamus Lake access road during the winter and early-spring months is a good choice!
This trail is generally flat puncuated by some hills. We ended our hike in a wide spot in the road (possibly a parking lot) with three blue directional signs placed around it.
From Whislter Village, travel south on the Sea to Sky Highway--looking of signs indicating where the Cheakamus Lake turnoff is-- until you reach Function Junction. From there, its self explanitory.
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Posted By: vpigeon
- Sun Mar 05 22:12:48 UTC 2006
UpsideA beautiful snowshoe/back country ski outing on quite flat terrain. DownsideNone, other than the long dangerous drive up from Vancouver. CommentThis trail is the summer road to Cheakamus Lake trailhead. As it's not maintained in the winter, it's a great snowshoe/back country ski trail.
Start at the "Cheakamus Lake" road sign, approx .6 k from Function Junction, on your left. If you cross the single lane bridge, you've gone too far, but just beyond the bridge is the Crater Rim trail (see this website).
The road is occasionally ridden by snowmobiles (although did not meet a single one over 4 hrs on Sat March 4, 2006), so this trail is "groomed".
At approx 2 k, you'll come to the Valleyview Lookout, and a bit farther to the Craterview Lookout (see photo). At 3 k, you'll see the west end of the Craterview Loop on your right, ending at 4 k (see photo and map). A little farther you'll come to the west end of the Plantation Loop, also on your right (see map), and just before the 5 k marker, the east end of the Plantation Loop. This is where we turned back, first taking the Plantation Loop and then the Craterview Loop. Both loops had virgin snow. Placed a geocache at the interpretation point along the Craterview Loop (see www.geocaching.com).
Then end of the road and trailhead of the Cheakamus Lake trail is approx 2 k farther.
Saw deer and rabbit tracks, and also other tracks that were neither deer, rabbit, dog (wolf or coyote) or bear. They looked more like large cat paws. Anybody aware of bobcats, lynx or cougar in the area?
Total trek was 10.7 kms, h hrs, el gain approx 200 m.