Something to do on a Sunday
This hike has a few things going for - it's
close to Vancouver (you park at Murin lake, before Squamish), it is
apparently open more of the year than most hikes and there is a
lake. The reality is a little less ideal - the Park lots charges
for parking, most of the hike is in the trees and the lake isn't much
to at. But it was something to do on a Sunday.
The hiking environment is
quite similar to parts of
the chief - forest so thick that the forest floor is nearly dead and
large rock outcroppings emerging to break up the forest.
Because there aren't views to Howe sound (save one), most of the beauty
is in the details. This forest was logged sometime in the last 50
years (says this uneducated forester), so much of the life is at the
same stage. A few trees that had died became sources of living
space for shelf fungus.
Other parts of the
trail were showing other
specialized plants. In a springy bed under pine trees we found
(once) a stand of an orchid - way to early in the season to see
flowers. In a wet place on the trail, I found some beautiful
violets just about under foot.
As we got near the
lake we found a boggy bit with a
large bloom of Skunk Cabbage. Seeing so many yellow flowers at
the same time was quite a surprise - I didn't know the plants all come
into bloom at the same time, but it only makes sense.
Once you get to the lake, you are kind of, well, underwhelmed.
The view of the mountains (when the clouds weren't obscuring them) was
nice, but not that much more that what you can see from your car about
4 hours ago. The lake is tiny and isn't particularly
inviting - lunch was had on the cliffs overlooking. Not wanting
to miss anything, we explored a side trail which I suspected
circumnavigated the lake.
I was glad I went to the effort - the trail actually lead to a
spectacular view point showing Howe Sound from it's mouth to
Squamish. It's similar to the view from the Stawamus Chief
and the chief is a
shorter hike, but often very busy.
We hiked down, remembering the view as
we hiked. Round trip was about 6 hours (including lunch) and we
felt the work out when we were done.
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From: John Harvey Photo > John Harvey Photo - Hiking > Petgill Lake
I first saw Murin lake with my kids 5 years ago when we came to Squamish on hols from Scotland. Stunning!!! Best 4 weeks we ever had!
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 at 18:43:10
Thanks for the write-up, going on this hike tomorrow, I now have lowered my expectations but that's probably a good thing :)
Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 23:06:51
I did the petgill trail from the shannon falls parking lot yesterday. The forest
trail going up to the top of the falls is well marked. The trail going to the top
of the bluffs is also well marked. There is a considerable amount of up uphill
slogging. At the bluffs a diamond marker leads on to a trail following a ridge line
well marked. When you come out of the forest onto an old logging road in about
half hours time. Do not proceed any further without a compass, gps, and topo map.
The logging road is very much overgrown with many bushes and small alder trees in
clumps. Going south shortly you cross Shannon creek on an old logging wide road
bridge intact sturdy. Serious croching bushwacking continues for at least 1 hr.
Then you reach the top of the knoll clearing with views of the Sky Pilot range.
The trai is marked with ribbons. Continue south following the creek gully to a
log jamb and keep following the creek until you reach Petgill Lake. This
is not your typical stroll hike there is some seious bushwacking but well marked
along the way. Wear long sleeves and pants and be prepared to take your pack off
and bring gear for a possible overnight.
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 19:26:43
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