Just outside of Squamish, North of Vancouver, is the lake Lovely Water sub-alpine area, which is popular with advanced hikers and climbers alike. One of the most beautiful hikes in the region, once in the alpine, camping is available at the lake, with various day hikes and climbs available from there. The hike up the area is steep and difficult but well worth it. Make sure you are properly prepared for overnight hiking and are an experienced hiker before tackling this route. You might consider hiring a guide, if you are not an experienced hiker or climber, because it is truly a spectacular area that should be experienced. We've marked out the waypoints to help you locate the trail. Datum is WGS84. Note, the topo map for this region is NAD27, so use your GPS to convert these points to NAD27 if matching on your topo map.
WP,UTM,001 , 10U ,485425.0588,5515847.941
WP,UTM,002 , 10U ,484937.1351,5516122.777
WP,UTM,003 , 10U ,484572.3025,5515886.999
WP,UTM,004 , 10U ,483894.6747,5516002.383
WP,UTM,005 , 10U ,483581.5918,5515760.944
WP,UTM,006 , 10U ,479173.721,5515146.861
WP,UTM,007 , 10U ,479521.3889,5514385.042
WP,UTM,ALPHA , 10U ,479506.2503,5514380.654
WP,UTM,ALPHA2, 10U ,479520.5382,5515300.074
WP,UTM,BEACH , 10U ,481711.1709,5514109.241
WP,UTM,BEACH2, 10U ,480143.4631,5514207.054
These are; Started at 17:20, WP 001 is the trailside beside the river, close to the trailhead. 17:55 WP 002 is at a metal placoid, joins cable trail and enters clearcut. 18:20 WP 003 is dried uo stream bed, rocky. 19:25 WP 004 is first sight of "lovely creek". 20:05 WP 005 Waterfall (lovelywater creek). WP 006 is Indian Paintbrush on ridge?
We'll place these and the tracklog in the GPS file as well, e-mail us if you need it sooner. Please use the discussion forums to provide any feedback or add any detail. Trail contributed by Danny Smutylo (spending 2001 away in Afghanistan with MSF, good luck Danny).
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Posted By: Chwkborn
- Fri Jun 15 18:06:49 EDT 2012
QuestionPlanning on hiking in the end of July - can anyone comment on what condition the trail should be in ? Has it been flagged recently ? What are some good hikes once up there that do not include "gear" other than good hiking boots.
Thanks for you input.ANSWERS are in this forum: lake Lovely Water
Posted By: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tue Nov 01 18:28:05 EDT 2011
QuestionSo myself and some friends are thinking of hiking into lake lovely water, leaving Sat coming back Sunday... Does anybody know if we need show shoes this time of year or is it more of a sprinkling we can walk on we should be expecting??
Also how difficult is it to actually find the trail once you are over the river... there are a couple of different accounts on line. Has anyone been there this year? How long does it actually take to hike to the hut again there are accounts anywhere from 4.5 hours to 20 hours... which seems totally ridiculous!! We will not be running up but we will not be taking any breaks either ... normal fit 30 year old pace... ANSWERS are in this forum: Lake lovely water this time of year??
Posted By: granolapher
- Mon Aug 30 00:05:26 EDT 2010
UpsideBeautiful views, with many scrambling or climbing options accessible, this is an excellent place to camp for a few days worth of climbing.
DownsideThe approach is heinous, crossing the Squamish river can be difficult.
CommentI wouldn't recommend doing the Tyrolean traverse, for the effort it requires, you're better off getting the jet boat to ferry you across.
Posted By: bbarton
- Wed Jul 27 14:31:52 EDT 2005
Upsideunbeleivable hike ,this place is pristine,sleeping at the falls at the west end is truly unforgetable
Downsidewent in by helicopter but you can't hike out from the westend of the lake ,you need a boat or get picked up again.unless you are prepare to go back around the mountian to the south ,you can not follow the lakeshore