NTS Map: 92G14. The Skyline Loop, including the trip to Levette Lake, is a pleasant hike on a varied trail. It winds through hollows, over outcroppings and through beautiful forest and moss gardens. And, unless you hike on a cloudy and rainy day, like we did, you'll get stunning views of the Tantalus Range and Mount Garibaldi, which makes you feel to be much higher up and much closer to these mountains than you actually are. Levette Lake is nice, has a campground right beside its shores, and must be fun to take a swim in on a warm day. To get there, however, you have to take a less exciting 1.5 km walk on an old logging road. Total hiking distance for the Skyline Loop and Levette Lake is approximately 11 km, with elevation gain about of about 550m. The trail is well-kept, and easy to moderate difficulty. There is one or the other stretch where you ascend over a boulder or descend a stair step hacked out of a fallen tree--these can get quite slippery when wet. Overall, a pleasant and rewarding hike, even on a rainy day!
From Squamish, at the traffic lights at Cleveland Avenue, go north on Highway 99 for about 10 km. Turn left onto Squamish Valley Road, across from Alice Lake Provincial Park. Continue to a bridge over the Cheakamus River, cross it, and shortly after the bridge you come to a junction, where you take your right onto Paradise Valley Road. Continue for about 2 km. Opposite the North Vancouver Outdoor School, turn left. Ascend the steep, partly paved, partly gravel road until you come to a map-sign. Park at the fork. To the left, you'll see a private road--you're where you'll return. The trailhead is across the main road.
Topo-Map: Cheakamus River 92 G/14
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Posted By: kzfo
- Wed Nov 13 02:44:13 UTC 2013
UpsideNice and easy trail until 2/3 of an uphill, but.. Downsidethen there is a service road trail for the rest. Downhill trail is currently blocked as an entry old bridge is not stable enough. So you have to take the service road all the way down which is boring, and doesn't let you do enough exercise. CommentOnly recommended for easy-going hikers. Good for dog-walking.
Posted By: sillybluecreature
- Mon Jun 18 03:36:42 UTC 2012
UpsidePotential for a nice easy hike with views. Most hikes in Vancouver are pretty hardcore if you want a good payoff but this was has little elevation and a beautiful lake at the end DownsideSeems like the path is rarely used and parts you need to really be careful. There was some log stairs that was mostly rotten and another bridge that had washed away. Much of the trail is on a road. CommentWent June 17 and it was pretty rainy. One of the bridges was washed away and much of the trail had turned into a river. Trails need maintenance and bushes need trimming. Views were a bit grown over and once we reached the lake we weren't sure what the viewpoint was. Again, alot of trees in the way of an excellent view and some camp sites were taken by hunters so we didn't want to intrude into their "area". About 1/3 of the hike is on a gravel road with cars so watch out!
Posted By: goaroundglobe
- Sun May 20 20:42:08 UTC 2012
UpsideThe views at the lake are amazing! DownsideLong, dusty logging road with really a whole a lot of nothing all the way up to the lake. CommentWe most likely missed the trail head and ended up going to the lake on the logging road. This of course made this hike a not very enjoyably adventure ;(. Once at the lake, we tried to find a loop trail around a lake but after a few tries and going where no man gone for a long time before, returned to the lake and took boring logging road back to the car. If anyone knows where the actual trail starts, please send me more info. We also posted some more pics on our website: goaroundglobe.com
Posted By: g_macra
- Sat Sep 06 03:28:15 UTC 2008
QuestionIs this trail a full loop? I'm basically wondering if the 11km is roundtrip or one way.
Thanks!ANSWERS are in this forum: Loop?
Posted By: dpacker
- Sun Jul 11 16:11:11 UTC 2004
UpsideGreat Hike Lots of varied and interesting terrain. Good for early season DownsideSome logging roads CommentMake sure you check out the scary grave and pentagram at the end of the skyline summit? spur off of the copperbush/ part of the trail. See a trail map. I'm going by memory.
Posted By: toolbox
- Sun Mar 21 03:15:38 UTC 2004
UpsideAwesome views! No snow (end of march 04) DownsideA bit of hiking on a 4x4 road. CommentWould highly recommend this trail for some early hiking. The views are awesome!! You feel like you are in the middle of the mountains. Get out there and do this trail. Follow the blazed trail, and when you get to the road make a right and head up to the lake. On your way back, just before a major bridge hang a right down a path.