Echo Lake Hike Hiking Trail
Incredible carved rock waterfalls, alpine lakes, old growth forests and trout
- Destination: Southwest British Columbia
- Season: March-November
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 2.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 890 meters
- Duration: 5-12 hours
About Echo Lake Hike
The Echo Lakes trail (also known as Monmouth Creek trail) climbs straight up beside a creek that has carved stunning waterfalls, galleries and canyons into the rock. It meanders through old growth Douglas Fir forest and huckleberry bushes. Then after passing by a huge fan of a waterfall it arrives at the crystal clear Echo Lake, which just happens to be stocked with trout.
From the top you can look down over Squamish, out over the Stawamus Chief and look deep east past Sky Pilot and Garibaldi into the epic expanse of the Coast Mountain Range.
Once in Squamish, follow signs to the windsurfing access road (commonly called "The Spit" by local kitesurfers and windsurfers). Once onto dike, turn left and follow it 500m towards The Spit. Park here on the side of the road.
Carry your water craft down to the river via a small access trail. There are many good locations for a safe launch.
Cross the river towards a small back channel with some old pilings. Drag your boat up and hide it well above the flood plain. Alternatively, boat services for hire exist to shuttle hikers across the river.
From here, head towards Monmouth Creek, a trail should become visible above the flood plain. This trail will meander towards the base of a steep trail that will be a 950 meters elevation gain over 6 kilometers.
Stay on the north side of Monmouth Creek and follow the trail. The trail will remain close to the flowing water from the bottom all the way to the top. Some sections will require all four limbs for balance while scrambling up and down.
Take time to view all of the incredible natural features carved into the rock. Though beware of slippery rocks!
At the top, campsites are readily identifiable. Additionally, another lake exists at the far end, above Echo Lake if you've somehow hauled a boat up!
- Cougar sightings and interactions have been known to happen in the old growth forest section.
- Water is readily available.
- Be river savvy and know what you're doing before crossing the fast flowing Squamish River.
- A great way to access surrounding mountains.
- Campsites up top.
- Echo Lake is often stocked with trout.
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By Keegan Pearson
Keegan is a photographer and storyteller who was born and raised on Salt Spring Island. He now lives in Squamish, BC.