This trail makes a great day trip. It would be a long day with a heavy pack but the trail extends far beyond the second viewpoint if you are so inclined. When most other trails are still covered in snow, you can still get a bit of an alpine fix by way of some spectacular views in spring time along the Sigurd Creek Trail.
Do try to make it past the second view point. Apparently there are spectacular views of the glaciers of Ossa and Pelion Mountains just one hour past the second look-out, but we were pressed for time and had to head back. Easy access is another strong selling point for this trail as it is only 36 km past Squamish on the Ashulu River Road. Any car in reasonable shape can make this trip. Park on the main road and hike for 15 minutes along the A-200 logging road. You could drive it in a 4x4 or all wheel drive car but it's only 15 minutes and it's pretty narrow. Unless you don't care about your paint job, walk.
From the trailhead, enjoy an easy 15 minute walk before starting your ascent. You gain about 1000 ft between here and the junction of Crooked Falls and the main trail and it's not on a nice wide maintained trail. The trail is marked but it's easy to miss the markers sometimes as you're paying closer attention to your footing. There is a large white quartz rock about 10 minutes before you reach the turn off to Crooked Falls. Then the trail drops suddenly and comes back up to the junction. We did not have time to visit the falls. Hopefully someone else will and will post some pictures.
The first view point is about 10 minutes past the junction on your right. There is a log with a small plaque dedicated to Randy Stoltman and just beyond it, a wonderful place to stop for lunch and take in the view. If you decide to continue to the second view point, the trail climbs very steeply for 15 minutes before levelling off and becoming quite boggy (at least in May). The trail is not in good shape here although hard working trail maintenance crews have done their best. Follow Siguard Creek past some nice waterfalls and enjoy the relatively leisurely grade for a while because the trail turns away from the creek and climbs straight up hill up to the second view point. There are no switchbacks on this trail. Personally, I prefer it this way but its murder on the knees coming down.
You cross a small tributary of Siguard Creek shortly before the second viewpoint and may see some flagging tape on your right. Do NOT follow the flagging tape. Stay left, following the orange markers. On your left you will see a large knoll. That's the second viewpoint. The trail continues on from here but you really won't get any better views than you got from the viewpoint by continuing down into the valley. The trail is steep and slippery so don't bother unless you are continuing on to the next viewpoint about an hour further along the trail.
From the traffic lights at Cleaveland Avenue in Squamish (McDonalds) set your odometer to '0' and continue up the highway for 10 km, turning left on to the Squamish Valley Road. Stay left and continue on after the road turns to gravel. Stay left again and cross the Squamish River over a sturdy wooden bridge. Cross 3 more bridges and after the 4th bridge you'll see branch road A-200 on your left. Park on the main road.
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Posted By: _sportiva
- Thu Jul 12 16:07:52 UTC 2018
QuestionDoes anyone know much about the trail conditions beyond the Sigurd lookouts at this time? BC Parks doesn't even acknowledge the trail system so I'm wondering whether anyone have made an effort to independently maintain or improve access back into Sigurd Lake.ANSWERS are in this forum: Trail Conditions
Posted By: ewander
- Tue Aug 20 23:16:12 UTC 2013
UpsideThe Crooked falls are spectacular, especially in spring. Well maintained and clearly marked trail, especially up to the 2nd lookout. CommentLast weekend, we encountered two wasp/bee nests and got stung. The first nest was right on the trail about 10 min past the second viewpoint, where the trail was crossing an open area overgrown with bushes and Devil's Club plants. The second nest was about 5 minutes further along the trail. It seems like the area is prone to wasps, as they were mentioned in a couple of older trip reports in 2005 and 2009. Be especially careful if you travel there in late summer.
Posted By: Centurion
- Mon Jun 27 20:20:39 UTC 2011
UpsideGorgeous waterfall (Crooked Falls). Seriously awesome to view and only an hour in maybe. Easy to get to. Final viewpoint was nice. DownsideSuch a GRIND! The entire trail is uphill. Switchbacks? No. Straight up the whole way. Not recommended unless you very fit. CommentReally enjoyed the trail! The falls were nothing short of spectacular, and the 2nd viewpoint was a great finish. While not mind blowing, it was still a nice way to end off our day. Be warned though, this trail is super steep in some sections and a steady uphill grind pretty much the entire way. Saw a couple other people on the trail, but for the most part it was dead. Some great old growth forest in some sections. Patchy snow in the upper regions. (End of June) A great trail and a great workout! The falls are a MUST SEE!
Posted By: paulo.82
- Mon Jun 07 05:59:57 UTC 2010
UpsideThe construction on the road is finally done, so you can drive straight to the botom of the trail. Waterfalls are worth seeing. DownsideConfusing trail at some points due fallen trees and boulders. CommentI did just up to the Crooked Waterfalls then, it started pouring rain and we went down because we left the rain gear in the car (I know, I know...) 1:10hs up and 1:05 down, up to the falls. I recomend you bring a rain jacket or something lke this, because you'll get wet when at the falls. The water mist coming from the falls can soak you if you stay there for too long, also your camera, cellphone and food. We saw two spots with bear poop at the beginning of the trail, also lots of salmonberry getting ready to be picked next month (July 2010) at the bottom.
Posted By: JRobyn
- Wed May 05 20:14:35 UTC 2010
UpsideBeautiful look out. Very isolated area. Didn't see any other people. DownsideThere were a lot of fallen trees about an hour into the hike. Dangerous area, needs to be cleaned up. A lot of giant mosquitoes so don't stay still for too long. I hiked this trail on May 4, 2010.
Posted By: carmesan
- Sun Sep 13 18:01:09 UTC 2009
CommentI forgot to mention that when we went, there was a construction site up past the 2nd bridge. When we saw it we got confused and thought we drove the wrong way. After driving around for a while we decided to go back to the construction site. It ends up it is the right way. You had to sign in with the security guard then you can continue through to get to the trailhead.
Posted By: carmesan
- Sun Sep 13 17:58:42 UTC 2009
CommentWe did this trail near the end of May and stopped at the 2nd viewpoint. The trail is steep, especially between the 1st and 2nd viewpoint. It was also wet and muddy the whole way up because it was spring time. We also lost track of the trail somewhere and missed the 1st viewpoint on the way up, but found it on the way down. But I think we ended up doing a couple extra kilometers of hiking somewhere.
Crooked falls was nice, but I didn't find the viewpoints that spectacular. For the amount of work this hike was, the views were not worth it for me.
Posted By: rmcdonnell
- Sun May 31 06:14:45 UTC 2009
UpsideCrooked Falls was absolutely amazing. I could have stayed there all day. The forest walking was beautiful. DownsideTough descent in parts, as a result of steep grade. CommentA great day trip up to the waterfall and then the second lookout (we didn't see the first one).
Posted By: anwon
- Sun Oct 26 04:55:51 UTC 2008
CommentA new trail bypass was created on 2008.10.20, just below the "station gondola lookout" (Stoltmann Memorial). The bypass is signed and marked. It bypasses the lookout and the Sigurd Peak junction, rejoining the main trail about 20m lower and 150m beyond the Sigurd Peak junction. The bypass also eliminates any use of hands to get past the rock rib.
Posted By: mbcline
- Tue Sep 13 16:11:28 UTC 2005
UpsideTrail is easily accesd, Beautiful alpine area below the glacier, excellent scrambling on Mt. Ossa. DownsideTrail is very steep and rough, very few views on the way up (actually, none except for the two viewpoints mentioned in the map). Lots of boggy sections, lots of sections where trail is narrow and closed in by vegetation. On our trip, there were 2 wasp/bee nests right in the trail and each member of the party got stung numerous times. CommentI would not recommend this trail unless you plan on going up to see the glacier. In my opinion, the two viewpoints were not worth the grunt up this trail. We went up to scramble to the top of Mt. Ossa (this trip is described in Matt Gunn's recent scrambling guidebook). Camping beside the glacial creek was excellent and the scrambling on Ossa was spectacular (I didn't take this into account when rating the trail as 'poor' though). Visit http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~durocher/trips/coast/ossa2005/ossa2005.html for a trip report and some pictures from Ossa.
Posted By: anwon
- Tue Jun 22 08:08:56 UTC 2004
UpsideA beautiful trail late in the season (October/November). CommentThe tapes that lead right (north) off the main trail immediately before the second lookout were put in to flag a more level route that would bypass the 50m drop after the lookout. Unfortunately, this section and several others beyond it require regular (ie. annual) brushing. If you are so inclined, feel free to bring loppers and other tools with you to remove the salmonberry!
Posted By: rgorter
- Fri Apr 16 17:14:01 UTC 2004
UpsidePristine area. The long hike through old growth, across slides, and along sigurd creek, though the meadows is rewarding in and of itself...and hopefully the long hike allows the area to remain relatively untouched. DownsideNo well established trail/markers when trail levels off in subalpine. CommentEcho the comments of others regarding the need for trail markers through the beautiful heather in the subapline. Easy route to Sigurd lake is straight up the draw from the north end of the second lake, follow the ridge line from there that winds back to the east(So Riven's intuition above is correct). Sigurd lake is stunning by the way. Beautiful cliffs surround it in spots.
When we did this hike we shuttled a vehicle to the access at Pokosha Creek, and proceeded down a ridge off the northwest side of Sigurd lake. Do not do this without a topo and compass! In fact, just don't do it if hiking. We did not discover any trail and bushwacked for 4 hours before accessing an old fire road on the west side of the valley. Any trails you see on maps are likely ski touring trails.
Posted By: acdm
- Fri Aug 15 17:40:47 UTC 2003
UpsideRead Spidergirl and Riven DownsideLong hike to reach subalpine CommentMust agree with Riven about markers thru the heather meadows as this trail gains in popularity. We climbed the very steep hill to Sigurd Lake but the Ridge Riven speaks of might look longer but would be easier Dayhikers can do the hill Overniters take the ridge The lake at utm 0470960 5525347 Riven talks about and the other two lakes around it look like nice camping
Posted By: Riven
- Thu Aug 07 04:50:53 UTC 2003
UpsideGreat valley to explore. Loads of potential. DownsideUpper end of valley has large population of blackflies and mosquitoes. Also spotted grizzly bear prints in mud. CommentOvernighted at small lake at the left end of the above map, August 2/3, 2003. The trail markers go a bit further than shown in the map. They end just after crossing the creek west of that little lake where the trail is shown as ending. Easy to navigate up to the head of the valley. Real need for markers to be set up, though. If everyone starts blundering through the heather, we'll make a mess in short order. The trip in to the small lake (one of three at the end of the valley) took about 6.5 hours. We are slow and took numerous breaks for map reading. The total climb was just over 1100 metres. If the distance to the second viewpoint is 4.5 km, we probably did about that again from the viewpoint to the head of the valley. The real trick is to figure out how to get into Sigurd Lake. We think going to the small lakes and picking up a ridge that cuts back towards the lake might be easier than trying to work up the steep slope that Sigurd Creek descends. Riven email@example.com
Posted By: mountaingirl
- Thu May 15 07:49:29 UTC 2003
UpsideEasy access & views Downsidetrail is quite steep in parts and not in very good shape, especially after the first view point. CommentThere are more pictures, a personal trip report and video of this trail on my web site: www.mountaingirl.net