This is the primary summer access route to Callaghan Lodge, situated in the sub alpine of the upper Callaghan Valley.
The trail is well marked and climbs gently through a variety of West Coast forest types. The elevation gain is 150 metre elevation over 4.5 kilometres. Please allow about two hours (one way) from the summer trailhead to the lodge.
As you approach the Lodge you enter a transition zone that leads up to the Alpine Tundra Parkland eco-sytem classification. This is what is commonly referred to as sub-alpine terrain and is characterized by extensive glaciation , rock outcroppings and minimal vegetation. At the higher elevations those plants that due live tend to be shrubs, herbs and lichens. Where tree species occur,they are most often stunted and comprised of Subalpine Fir, some Engelmann Spruce, Mountain Hemlock and White Bark Pine. Garibaldi Park visitors will be familiar with this landscape as it predominates much of that Park only at a somewhat higher elevation.
From Downtown Vancouver (approx. 1 1/2 hrs.)
Drive towards Stanley Park on Georgia Street. Follow the Stanley Park Causeway across the Lion’s Gate Bridge. On the north side of the bridge, keep left and follow the cloverleaf under the bridge towards West Vancouver. Turn right at the first set of lights onto Taylor Way. Follow
Taylor Way to the top of the hill and turn left at the lights immediately after driving under a big overpass (this is the highway). You will now be on the on-ramp to the Trans-Canada Highway (#1). Continue along Hwy #1 and follow the signs to Highway 99. From Vancouver to Whistler is about 1.5
hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. About 30 minutes past Squamish, you will pass Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. The turnoff to Callaghan Country is about 5 minutes past this park on the left hand side. You will see a sign announcing the Callaghan Valley Recreation Areas and another sign announcing Whistler Olympic Park as the 2010 Olympic Nordic venue. Turn left here. Follow the paved Callaghan Valley access road about 8.5km. You will see our sign on your left. Turn left and cross the bridge
over Madeley Creek (If you arrive at Whistler Olympic Park, you’ve gone too far!) Follow the Callaghan Lake Forest Service Road to Callaghan Lake. It is about 8.5km from the Callaghan Country base to Callaghan Lake on a rough road and it takes about 30 – 45 minutes. A vehicle with good clearance (4WD preferred) is recommended. The trail to the lodge begins about 250m before you reach the lake – look for the sign on your left. There is a small clearing just off the road – park here. From here, the
hike is 4.5 km and will take between 1.5 – 2 hours depending on your ability and fitness level.
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Posted By: Jessie
- Fri Oct 05 03:20:22 UTC 2012
QuestionI would like to get a actual map with this hiking trail marked on it. Is this possible to get?ANSWERS are in this forum: callaghan lodge trail