Left Vancouver at 8:00 am and we were 1 km below the trailhead by 10:40. You'll need all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive to get there but the road is good. The last km got a little rougher and had some big sharp looking rocks. Changing a tire on a rough uphill grade did not appeal to me so we parked just below the actual trailhead in an obvious pullout. Started hiking at 11:10. At the actual trailhead there were a couple of SUV's and a Subaru... all with tires intact.
103 Hikes warns that the trial to the first lake is muddy but after the summer we've had I figured it wouldn't be too bad. BOY did I figure wrong. This trail is truly disgusting. I can't even imagine what it would be like in the spring or fall. Wear gaiters or better yet, HIP WADERS! The trail follows High Falls Creek through a narrow valley & pretty meadows. It’s not a hard trail. The incline is gentle, getting a little steeper in the last kilometre.
We were at Cypress lake by 12:30. It was so nice to be on solid ground again. The lake is beautiful and you have views of the surrounding peaks. You could spend a pleasant weekend here, camping at the lake and exploring the surrounding area.
Hike up to the second lake for more views. It’s only another 10 minutes away. We saw a black bear at the second lake before continuing on to the peak.
Access to the third lake is a little tricky and requires some scrambling over large loose boulders. Read my "Tricouni Peak" trip report in Trailpeak for more details.
Zero your odometer at the Cleveland Avenue traffic lights in Squamish. Drive north on H highway 99 for 10 km (6.2 mi) and turn left onto Squamish Valley Road. Keep left at the fork at 13 km (8.1 mi). At 33 km (20 mi) the gravel surface starts and you will see that the distance signs on this road, which is called S-Main, are in miles from Squamish. At 38 km (24 mi), about 1.4 km (.09 mi) after High Falls Creek bridge, Branch 200 starts uphill on your right. Zero your odometer again here. At the 2.3 km (1.4 mi) fork, go right. As you lose elevation at 5.1 km (3.2 mi), the High Falls Creek Trail comes in from the right. At the 6.0 km (3.7 mi) fork, go right. Do not go left at 6.5 km (4.0 mi) or 6.8 km (4.2 mi); but do go left at 6.9 km (4.3 mi). If you go too far you will come to the bridge over High Falls Creek in 200m (650 ft). The road has recently been cleared; so at 8.0 km (5.0 mi) swing left onto an older road. High-clearance 2 WDs should drive 1 km (0.6 mi) to just before a creek crossing. A rugged 4 WD may be able to drive to the landing at 10.5 km (6.5 mi).
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Posted By: mikekent
- Tue Jun 20 04:13:38 UTC 2017
UpsideCompletely alone DownsideA few falls due to failing snow bridges CommentJune 17th 2017. Road is in good shape, got to within 100 m of parking lot before encountering a small snow field which I couldn't drive over. Entire trail was covered in snow and many of the snow bridges are unstable on the lower section of the trail. Lake is beginging to defrost near the shore but there was no bare ground to speak of.
Posted By: me143007
- Wed Aug 06 21:17:38 UTC 2014
Upsidebeautiful views and pristine lakes! DownsideThe trail is just awful... CommentWe did it on Saturday Aug. 2nd. We had 2WD Subaru which didn't do well on the logging road. We had to park it on the side..4 km away from the trailhead! The walk till the trailhead was dusty, hot, full of biting bugs and with no shade to rest. Exhausted and "bitten" we reached the trailhead. The trail is very muddy for the first few km and full of all kinds of bugs, flies, bees, mosquitoes you name it... Once you reach the first lake (with the island at the center) things become beautiful, we swam in the lake for almost an hour. Swam to the island in the lake. It was just surreal experience and kind of needed at that point. Went to the next lake and had to stop due to the time constraints. Even though the views are beautiful, getting there is very annoying. If you go make sure you have 1) 4WD with high clearance that can reach to the trailhead 2) Bug spray 3) Gaiters or gumboots or something that can stand the muddy sections 4) lots of water or purifying tablets if you decide to drink from the lake.
Posted By: abythell
- Sun Oct 02 01:47:35 UTC 2011
UpsideNew-ish trail on the west side of the creek is higher and drier. No mud! DownsideThe bridge is destroyed (see photo - sorry I forgot to rotate it), some fallen trees (avalanche or wind), trail is easy to lose (flagged with tape and rock cairns) but just as easy to pick up again. CommentDrove all the way to trailhead in a stock Ford Ranger without issue. Extra clearance is required and I did use 4-low for the last bit.
About 20m after setting out from the parking lot, keep left and cross the creek on a bridge that looks like it was built with good intentions instead of solid engineering (see photo). This new-ish trail is mud-free all the way to the first lake, traveling on scree slopes high above the creek.
GPS track shows route from Squamish Valley (minus the first kilometer or so on BR200). I went up the dry west side and came down the muddy east side. It was raining and I was wet anyway and wanted to see just how muddy the trail was. Let's just say the reports are not exaggerated...
Posted By: arkitekt
- Wed Oct 01 03:24:07 UTC 2008
UpsideBeautiful views, nice lakes, and no other people on the trail when we did it in late August. The mud pits are fun to walk through / fall into on the way out. DownsideThe lower stretch of the trail was very muddy even in late August after a nice hot and dry summer, making it difficult to navigate a few areas. CommentMy stock Suzuki Sidekick had no problem at all navigating the steep and rough road up to the trailhead. 4x4 is necessary, but you don't need a monster truck like Solusrex suggests.
Bring a towel and a clean pair of clothes and shoes for the drive home.
There are a couple of places you could pitch a tent for some no-trace camping if you are so inclined. It could make a nice overnighter and allow you to explore the peaks a bit more.
Posted By: Solusrex
- Fri Sep 30 23:49:21 UTC 2005
UpsideViews are not bad, easy hike (from the top of the logging road) DownsideLogging road is virtualy not doable for 2WDs. If you do not have big 4WD or a monster truck, you have to add several kilometers to the trail. I did that hike about a year ago after dry summer and just in 10 first minutes I got dirty up to my knees.
Posted By: klucke
- Sat Sep 10 14:38:01 UTC 2005
Upsidespectacular views, clear lakes, easy hike in, real 4WD logging road Downsidemud, mud, mud, ... even in the late season we encountered huge mud holes. CommentThe logging road has recently been modified with additional drainage. You will need a 4WD with a good clearance.