Levette Lake - Squamish Hiking Trails
Levette Lake is a nice mountain lake located in the enormous Squamish Valley that drains the Squamish River into Howe Sound. There are some nice views and minimal elevation gain along the trail. The amazing Tantalus Range and Mount Garibaldi on a sunny day look fantastic from the shores of Levette Lake. There is a nice campground on the shore of the lake that is well laid out and very rustic. It is located just a couple hundred metres from the parking area at the trailhead. The campground is very basic and quite nice. You won't find signs, garbage bins or any annoying signs of humanity to take away from the wonderful view of the lake and Tantalus Range across the lake.
Camping is pay use at Levette Lake as it is a user maintained, pay use. Operated by Sites & Trails BC, fees are charged from June 1st to Oct 31. The overnight fee is $13 per night, per vehicle or group of 6 people, per site. Free to use outside this time, though snow will likely block access for most in the winter. The campground areas(there are several), consist of about a dozen dirt clearings in the forest. Some large, some small, separated by the natural features of the forest. There are plenty of seats made out of cut sections of logs and several fire rings left from previous campers. The campsite is surprisingly clean, though that largely depends on the previous group that used the area. There is an outhouse between the parking area and the campsites.
Driving Directions to Levette Lake
Just 10k north of Cleveland Avenue & Downtown Squamish, opposite the Alice Lake Provincial Park is the Squamish Valley Road (left if coming from Squamish/Vancouver or turn right if coming from Whistler).
After the bridge, bear right onto Paradise Valley Road and after about 5-10 minutes watch for Levette Lake Forest Road on your left. Follow Levette Lake Forest Road as it ascends quickly on a part gravel and part paved road.
After a couple minutes you will have to bear right at the Y junction. You will see a small sign indicating Levette Lake on the right and Evans Lake to the left.
This is where the road gets quite bad with loose boulders and plenty of potholes. Cars can make it, however you have to go very slow to manage the loose boulders and deep potholes. The washouts(cross ditches) along this section are easily manageable in low clearance cars.
Best Sights Sea to Sky Highway
is an extraordinarily little known piece of paradise, so close to to Lighthouse Park as to see its tall buildings, yet immersed into a dramatically beautiful . A wonderful network of trails winds throughout massive and as well as stretching toward the ocean. , leading to Lighthouse Park, spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of . The trails in the park stretch out in several directions in the thick forest, each leading to breathtaking ocean viewpoints. Along with the majestic trees in the park you occasionally spot , oystercatchers, , , and , among quite a lot else. is another beautiful little stop between Vancouver and Squamish. Located 19 kilometres south of Squamish, it is an ideal, scenic and quick pit-stop along the Sea to Sky Highway. There are public washrooms located just a off the highway. The marine park is centred around a wonderful pier with viewing platforms that jut out and above the ocean of this majestic and enormous Canadian fjord - the most southerly fjord in North America. Porteau Cove is well known in the Scuba Diving community for amazing diving. In fact a ship was purposely sunk in the area to increase the already amazing diving appeal. towers above Howe Sound at 335 metres as the third tallest falls in BC. The wonderful, though very short trail winds through a beautiful old growth forest to get to the base of the falls. From your car to the viewpoint takes only about four minutes, however the trail continues a bit further to a higher viewpoint (five minutes higher). You can even continue along the trail and join with the Stawamus Chief trail which goes to the three summits of the Chief. Shannon Falls Provincial Park is far too convenient and beautiful to miss while driving between Vancouver and Squamish or Whistler. You can be see it in less than 20 minutes and it is free! Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is a beautiful stop in between Squamish and Whistler. It's about 25 minutes north of Squamish, 11k south of Whistler. The hike from the parking lot to the falls is less than a kilometre and on a wide and flat trail. The parking lot and trailhead have some nice information boards about the local history of the area and first nation tribes that lived here for many centuries. Brandywine Falls is also the southern end of the massive Whistler section of the Sea to Sky Trail. You will see a mapboard near the covered bridge showing the route the trail takes through Whistler. If you are feeling ambitious for a hike you can follow the Sea to Sky Trail past the Brandywine Falls viewpoint and to the spectacular Whistler Bungee Bridge just a couple kilometres further along. There are plenty of Sea to Sky Trail signs and the trail is very wide and crushed gravel with only a few short hills so it is perfect for a nice family hike. It is hard to say enough about the Whistler Train Wreck. It is fantastic stop on the Sea to Sky Highway for so many reasons. First, its location. Just a couple hundred metres from the highway and a 10 minute walk down a beautiful trail gets you to breathtaking views of the Cheakamus River. Further along the trail brings you to the first of seven amazing train wreck cars. Each one has been transformed into a world of surreal graffiti art nestled in this deep and dark forest. The train wreck occurred here several decades ago and more recently the cars have morphed into an elaborate mountain bike course. You will notice the wonderful wooden ramps, bridges and drop-offs, leading to, up and over some of the wrecks. The wrecked cars are enormous and as you walk part of the bike route that takes you up and on top of one of the cars, the drop-off off then end is from a staggering height. The highlights of the Whistler Train Wreck include the very scenic trail, the amazing and numerous river vantage points, the rocky beach by a huge bend in the river with truck sized boulders, the elaborate bike trail, and of course the amazing train wreck itself. What a fantastic place!