Petgill Lake – hot weather hike

Before that long hot spell fades completely from memory, I thought I’d post some recollections of our hike up to Petgill Lake last Monday — the civic holiday. This short hike is great for sunny warm weather because the trail is mainly in the trees. It’s nearby, I needed the exercise, and I love those woods. Sometimes the views on this hike are outstanding, but not this day. The air was thick with haze and perhaps the smoke from the many forest fires burning in British Columbia.

islands

Bowen, Gambier and Anvil Islands

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From the Murrin Provincial Park’s parking lot, the hike begins across the Sea to Sky Highway. It begins with a very rapid ascent and scramble up and over bluffs. Thereafter it meanders across a series of deep gullies. No sun screen is required.

Gulley on the Petgill Lake hike

Gulley on the Petgill Lake hike

Darker Gulley and Rock

Darker Gulley and Rock

First view of Petgill Lake

First view of Petgill Lake

On other hikes, the lake has been a brief stop on the way to higher destinations. On this day we decided to meander around the Lake. The quantity of blueberries was amazing.

Blueberry bush by Petgill Lake

Blueberry bush by Petgill Lake

Blueberries in Hand

Blueberries in Hand

The berries were easy to pick 2 and 3 at a time. Compared to the supermarket variety, these are smaller but much tastier!

This unimpressive mountain rises to the east of the lake. Actually it is all that can be seen of the west end of Goat Ridge — site of several earlier adventures on much more ambitious hikes.

Goat Ridge is the hill behind Petgill Lake

Goat Ridge is the hill behind Petgill Lake

For folks traveling south towards Squamish on the Whistler Highway, Goat Ridge is the rambling rocky skyline above the familiar Squamish Chief.

Goat Ridge above the Squamish Chief as seen in Google Earth

Goat Ridge above the Squamish Chief as seen in Google Earth

While the trail to Petgill Lake is well defined and easy hiking, there is only a tiny marker to indicate the place where the steep and gnarly track departs from the lake and heads up to to Goat Ridge.

This is where the steep climb to Goat Ridge begins

This is where the steep climb to Goat Ridge begins

We could not resist heading up that trail for a few minutes to a higher overlook of Petgill Lake. This is our usual stop before the daunting hike up to the ridge. On this day, it was our high point.

Petgill Lake Overlook on the way to Goat Ridge

Petgill Lake Overlook on the way to Goat Ridge

For future hikers, I should mention that on the west side of the lake there is a short trail to a bluff with a 180º panoramic view of Howe Sound. This was not the day for a picture of that, but it is worth walking there to see it.

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1 Response to “Petgill Lake – hot weather hike”


  1. 1 Nishant June 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I am going there this weekend. Thanks for the description.


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