With the Squamish summer slipping away and my fall climbing trip to Kentucky just around the corner, we were anxious to squeeze in a couple more hikes before the snow started to fall in the alpine. One area we hadn't explored was Callaghan Lake Provincial Park, an alpine playground about 45 minutes north of Squamish. This park and its surrounding peaks is a winter hot spot for Nordic and backcountry skiers, but it also features amazing terrain for summer explorations. Although established hiking trails are rare, Cirque Lake and Ring Lake both have good approaches and make excellent day trips from Squamish or Whistler. Visiting these two basins was a great way to end our summer.
North side of Brandywine Mountain
(2,213 m) as seen from the Callaghan approach road. This is a very
popular backcountry ski destination.
at Cirque Lake trailhead. Two kilometres of pleasant paddling took us
to a small beach and the start of the short but steep hike.
Cirque Lake, a gorgeous basin below the north side of Mount Callaghan.
Callaghan Lake at sunset. The pointed peak of Black Tusk is just visible at the end of the lake.
Conflict Lake, a perfect spot to relax midway along the 10-km hike to Ring Lake.
down on Ring Lake from the ridge to the south. The highest peak visible
is Mt. Callaghan (2,409 m). It's summit is attainable via a long but
moderate 3rd to 4th class scramble along the ridge on the left side of
Enjoy the fall climbing! Winter is just around the corner...