I wish the weather was nicer that day; we had rain, cloud, snow……yes, it’s snowing a little bit at the top, and a tiny bit of sun toward the end of our hike. Just the normal Vancouver weather in April. The lake was still snow covered.
This is a moderate to strenuous hike; it takes about 3 hours to get to the lake (930 meter elevation gain), and the trail is quite steep at the beginning. One hour in, you come to the old logging road with a gentle incline and then a steeper climb all the way to the lake. You get views of Howe Sound and water falls. I can’t really say much about the lake, as it was still snow-covered.
There are 2 entrances to the trail, the first one is directly across from the parking area by the creek, and the second one is also on the opposite side of the parking area but is about 100 meters or so north of the parking area along Hwy 99. You will see the aluminium and orange tags and that’s where you start.
If you are using the attached gps waypoints, wpt001 or START is the entrance of the second trail.
The trail is well marked. There is a major fork at 1 km (I think) from the start; to the left takes you to Deeks Bluff, and the right to Deeks Lake. From there, just follow the signs and orange tags all the way to the lake. On your hike down toward the bottom, when you come across an alternate route to Hwy 99 with a warning of steep rock ahead, don’t go there. It’s almost impossible to hike down especially on a wet day.
From Vancouver, take Hwy 99 toward Squamish, and as soon as you pass Lions Bay keep your eyes on the creek signs. Deeks Creek is the one after Loggers Creek, and about 4 km from Lions Bay. The parking area is on the left side of the highway by the creek, but please don't try to make a left turn on the highway. There is a turnaround area not too far ahead.
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Posted By: astryx
- Thu Jul 07 22:28:33 EDT 2011
UpsideA great hike to a beautiful part of our province. Close to town. An easy day hike.
DownsideSnow ... seriously too much snow around the sides of the lake for July. A few slides around the lake made it impossible to pass and continue to Brunswick Lake.
CommentA wonderful day hike. Steep in some areas, but exactly how I remembered it from the first time I went up (25 years ago :) )
People ... BRING OUT YOUR TRASH!
Posted By: jearsy
- Fri Jul 02 20:02:51 EDT 2010
UpsideA nice lake and a good workout trying to get to it
DownsideIt can be quite easy to loose the trial so you may be spending time back tracking trying to retrace your steps if you don't have a GPS
CommentThis was a good lake to hike to but the trial was much harder than I thought it was going to be.
Posted By: camshaft
- Wed Dec 16 15:19:38 EST 2009
Upsideeasy to reach, FSR isn't to bad depending on conditions, lots of peaks
Downsidetime of year and conditions, Dec 09, lots and lots of ice, full crampons required
CommentDec 13 09, enjoyed it but had to use full crampons from 950m and upwards
Posted By: BDMeakin
- Mon Sep 14 10:50:24 EDT 2009
UpsideGreat views at the lake and the trail gets quite interesting once it starts to climb. Very few people at the lake - like almost nobody, very serene. It was hot and sunny - a perfect day hike.
DownsideThe logging road part is a bit mundane. If we'd left earlier in the day we'd have gone to Brunswick Lake.
CommentWe hiked in from the parking lot at the Porteau Rd exit off the highway (this is where you go if you're following the northbound sign that says Deeks Lake Trail 1000m). The first 3.5km is a moderate, undulating walk over a gravel logging road. There is a signpost that marks the trail to Deeks Lake - easy to find. After around .5k the trail really starts to climb. Great workout! The Lake is beautiful and the water was brisk but super. We had a hot, sunny day and were grateful for the shade on the trail. The elevation gain from parking lot to the lake was around 935m by my altimeter. At a strong, steady pace it takes about an hour from the parking lot to the turn off, and another hour to the lake, and similar time on the return route.
Posted By: Supertramp2
- Wed Aug 12 21:02:47 EDT 2009
CommentI was unable to find the entrance described in the review due to the construction on the road, but there is a second entrace a short ways up. There is a sign that says "deeks lake trail 1000m", keep going and take the next right, this leads you to a nice parking lot and the beginning of the trail. From here the trail starts on the logging road and continues this way for about an hour or two, and then the hikes really begins. It gets alot steeper and it took us about 3-4 to get there, where we stayed the night. If you are continuing on from deeks lake and doing the howe sound crest trail to the lions (which i would reccomend) I advise skipping deeks lake (although it is beautiful) and continuing on to brunswick lake and staying there for a night.
Posted By: wespresso
- Tue Feb 17 13:18:29 EST 2009
Questionanyone snowshoe this route in the winter?ANSWERS are in this forum: winter
Posted By: HannahP.
- Mon Sep 01 11:02:59 EDT 2008
UpsideThis hike offers tons of eye candy! you begin with awesome views of Howe Sound, waterfalls, and of course the lake itself. Although very steep at parts, the terrain is so different it kept the hike interesting. It was well marked and all round enjoyable...on a sans rain day of course!
DownsideWhat goes up must come down! This down does take a toll on your hips and knees. The steep rocky declines test your footing...so be careful!
CommentThis is by far one of the best hikes I have been on this year. It was a bit tricky to find parking along the highway, but if you merge off Porteau Rd. there is a parking lot at the top. It does say no entrance...so park at your own risk! The books say 7 hours return...It took me 6hrs 15min. This included...literally smelling the roses, a rest at Phi Alpha falls and lunch at the lake.
Posted By: linslux
- Wed Aug 02 02:04:54 EDT 2006
UpsideIf you take this trail from Hwy 99 where the tags on the trees are just after the overpass of Deek's Creek (see the Deek's Creek Bluffs listing on this website), the first hour or so, until you hit the logging road, are beautiful. The lake itself is quite lovely. Well marked.
DownsideAfter an hour or so, you hit a logging road which no indication of where to go next. Go left, the road curves around, go up a steep hill then down it, and on the right you'll see the trailhead signs, should say Howe Sound Crest, and Deek's Lake. The rest of the trail from here is uphill and we found ourselves debating at every switchback whether it was worth it or not. Out of the 4 of us, only 1 thought it was.
CommentThe lake is gorgeous, but there were tons of bugs...it's quiet, we only saw one other person on the trail on a saturday. if you're really in shape, this trail's for you, but i don't think anyone's knees could painlessly handle the way down! There are several ways to come back on this trail...stick to the tags that say "99", rather than "bluffs". When given the choice to take the "rope", take it!(on a DRY day only).
Posted By: keepsmiling
- Mon Aug 16 17:28:16 EDT 2004
UpsideGreat views of Howe Sound. Pick a warm, sunny day and use Deeks Lake as a lunch, swim stop. Spectacular.
DownsideStart and finish are pretty steep, more of a challenge coming down for those with troubled knees.
CommentNo one around, so the birthday suit swim was amazing. Small place to camp at lake as well.