NTS Map: 92G11. I quite enjoyed myself on this hike. It stays at a generally low elevation and makes a 11.5 km (7 mi) round trip, which makes it an excellent all-year-round (almost) hike. It is accessible near Squamish--leave Hwy #1 at Horseshoe Bay and get on Hwy #99. Nearing Squamish you pass the large Murrin Provincial Park parking lot on the left. Park here, and then continue on foot towards Squamish. After a few hundred feet you'll see a trail heading up a steep bushy slope on the right.
After a little ways of switchbacks, you'll get to a series of viewpoints that render magnificent views of the Squamish valley. Next the path proceeds through some woods and onto an old logging road (now more like a big rocky path). This does almost a 90-degree turn and continues along, ending to lead you back in the woods. Eventually you'll emerge on a little ridge (quite cute!) that leads to a large rock platform. Soon afterwards you'll find yourself overlooking Petgill Lake.
The lake is fairly small, and you can quite easily circumnavigate it in just a few minutes. In case you're wondering, the best place to eat is right where you emerge from the trail and can see the lake (there is an open rock area). If you head clockwise around the lake from this point, you'll soon see another trail that splits off to the left. It leads up to a ledge...that lends one the best view of the Squamish River (ummm, not the Fraser River) and Squamish that I've ever seen! The view from the top of Stawamus Chief is great, showing almost 270 degrees, right down into the valley, but from this viewpoint there seems to be a more artistic influence...making for a more interesting sight.
See above. There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
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Posted By: filipblaho
- Tue Jul 17 18:10:46 UTC 2012
Upsidequiet, great viewpoints, epic lake at the end of the trail Downsidenot really Commentepic trail, chief-ish character with couple of great viewpoints and the warm lake at the end of the trail. if you wanna avoid crowded chief i definitely recommend this one.
did it on the weekend of 13th july 2012
Posted By: Tesserakt
- Sun Jul 08 15:36:29 UTC 2012
UpsideIf you're tired of doing the Chief I'd suggest giving Petgill a try. It took us almost 6 hours, which includes totally missing the trailhead by almost a km (pay attention folks - the trailhead is very close to the Mirren parking lot!) and also losing the trail at one point and doing some bushwhacking. We also took our time at lunch and when we got to the viewpoint. The view is stunning. The hike up alternates between quite steep and meandering and I liked the variety. The forest is lush and you feel really alone most of the time. Even the logging road section is really nice. DownsideI underestimated how long this hike would take. I have crummy knees so struggled a bit with it as some sections are quite steep. It's a bit of a confusing hike as you keep thinking you've reached the top but then you come to another steep climb and sigh a bit with disappointment. CommentI would definitely do this hike again. I loved the view from the top. It's very peaceful up there and it's nice getting a different view than you do from the Chief.
Posted By: mortgagediva
- Sun Jun 10 00:30:15 UTC 2012
UpsideThe views and lake are stunning! Downsidesteep ledges to rock climb over and downhill really hard on the knees. CommentHike is steep right off the start. Took us 5 hours (with 20 minute lunch). If you have any fear of heights, it might freak you out abit climbing along the ledges. The trails are narrow, and steep for the 1st hour and 40 mins, then tapers off (sort of) a bit as your reach the lake area. A bit muddy at the top. When you get to the Lakeview, make sure you take the extra 30 minute and continue to the viewpoint! You can either go around the lake (lake loop is another hour) or just out to the viewpoint and back. It a tough hike in my books and not for those starting the season. It's comparable to 3rd Peak Chief, High Falls, or Lynn Peak.
Posted By: Centurion
- Thu May 24 18:58:23 UTC 2012
UpsideFun, easy trail! Free parking. Nice glacier lake! Couple nice viewpoints. Overall very easy nice spring/summer hike! Well marked. DownsideWho knew swimming in glacier water was so damn cold?!!?!? CommentFun, easy trail. We went Mid May 2012 and aside for some snow on the very last leg, was totally clear and beautiful. Decently busy, with people every so often. Free parking across street by Murrin Lake. The trail head was a little hard to find at first. You have to cross the highway and walk down for 5 minutes and you'll see a sign post with a small trail leading in. The lake itself was frozen when we arrived. Some nice rocks over looking the lake for lunch when you arrive. We took 5 hours round trip at a very leisurely pace, stopping to smell the roses along the way.
Check out the video I made of the trip: https://vimeo.com/42737316
Posted By: hobbit
- Wed Jul 27 05:36:38 UTC 2011
UpsideKeep left at the top viewpoint and you'll climb out onto a nice rock for photos. Free parking at Murrin's now. DownsideMany ups and downs, so the elevation gain is deceptive. It's much more tiring than doing Chief. I rate it moderate-difficult. There's no place to sit at the lakeshore with a view of the lake, so if you're not IN the lake, you're going to the top viewpoint. Comment3 hours up, with generous resting periods. Spent an hour on the top: swam in the lake, kipped at the viewpoint. Almost 2 hours down.
Posted By: docdusty75
- Mon Jul 25 16:00:44 UTC 2011
UpsideCool sections of rocky bluffs in the middle of forested area. Good views from viewpoints. DownsideCrossing the highway on the first sunny Sunday of the year. CommentReally enjoyed this hike. Good warm up hike for experienced hikers. My 12 year old did it. Easy to follow markers. 5 hrs round trip and we were dogging it. Experienced hiker could do it in 3.5 hrs easily. Oh yeh, parking is free now.
Posted By: hobbit
- Wed Aug 04 07:26:11 UTC 2010
UpsideCool, clean lake for swimming. Nice viewpoint. Well-marked trail. Little traffic (we only ran into 3 other groups). DownsideLonger than expected. View from the Chief is better. Mosquitoes along the trail, none up top. CommentThis weekend it took us 9hrs to finish (4.4hrs up; 3.5hrs down) with one beginner resting frequently. Our faster group finished in 6hrs.
I concur that "the best place to eat is right where you emerge from the trail and can see the lake (there is an open rock area)", but eating at the viewpoint 8min away is also an excellent choice.
"If you head clockwise around the lake from this point, you'll soon see another trail that splits off to the left" to the viewpoint; going right at the split lead us shortly to the lake.
Pay $3 (only coins accepted) to park at Murrin's lot all day.
Posted By: @l@in
- Mon Mar 05 18:25:37 UTC 2007
UpsideYeah , we were happy we brought our snowshoes cause midway on the logging road it started to get fairly deep and we made it past the lake , will sure come back when the snow is melted... DownsideYes , it's a fairly long hike under the trees . CommentThere is no way you can see the Fraser from up there haha !
Posted By: vpigeon
- Mon Jun 05 05:06:35 UTC 2006
UpsideA decent cardio workout, with el gain of approx 700 m. Some good views, a good shoulder season hike. DownsideTypical west coast trail, rocky, rooty, muddy, mosquitoes. CommentDid this trail on June 3/06. Heavy tree cover, so poor GPS reception. Congrats to whoever got the GPS data for this trail, because it's very spotty reception.
Apparently the trail to Shannon Falls starts next to a little campsite on the north side of the lake. Headed that way, but way too muddy on the trail around the lake to venture it. Maybe later in the summer when things have dried up.
Posted By: Blair
- Wed Jul 07 00:05:27 UTC 2004
Commentyou must have good eyesight to see the Fraser River from Petgill Lake!
Posted By: ckato
- Fri Feb 13 17:08:27 UTC 2004
Upsidewe did this trail in winter.We ended up hiking in 6 feet of snow,Lucky we had snow shoes.Summer this would be a very easy hike,Winter in the snow was a challenge.Trail was difficult to follow.But we had a great time and camped at the lake which was frozen over.Beautiful in the winter. DownsideNot really any place to camp on the lake. CommentAs far as the shannon falls connection,I don't know.Havent been into petgill in the summer.
Posted By: tagnew
- Wed Jan 14 00:32:43 UTC 2004
UpsideVariety in terain,flora & fauna! The lake is pleasant and it makes a great day hike in & out... DownsideI find the logging road long and monotonous...glad to find myself heading off onto the upper ridge... CommentI understand that you can connect up with the top of Shannon Falls from Petgill...tried a couple of times, but the trail is very rough...wonder if anyone else has done this?