One of the easier hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake offers beautiful views of a turquoise lake surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests.
Nestled in Whistler’s interpretive forest, you will find the Cheakamus Lake trail. It’s a relatively easy hiking trail with tons of photo opportunities and a beautiful reward at the end.
The trail itself is well maintained and it promised to make you feel like you’re walking into the summer version of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Right from the start of the trail, you will get immersed in the old-growth forest covered in moss. The deeper you get into this majestic forest, the more you will start hearing the Cheakamus River rushing below you. Although the trail elevation change is minimal, it is a nice walk downhill to the lake from here. This also means that you will be hiking uphill on the way back – fun!
The complete Cheakamus Lake trail goes the whole length of the lake and totals 16km. It is an enjoyable hike with many different viewpoints and camping spots along the way. But if you just want to see the lake and enjoy a nice view, you can stop halfway and call it a day. Read more about how to get there right here.
The stunning turquoise colour of Cheakamus Lake can be attributed to the small rock sediments that slide down from the glacier during rainy days or snowmelt. Every time I go on this hike, the colour of the lake is always different. If you are lucky enough you might even see the Cheakamus Glacier at the far end of Cheakamus Lake.
The Cheakamus Lake hike in Whistler is considered a family-friendly hike with a moderately easy trail and a pleasantly rewarding view at the end. Don’t forget to bring your camera!