Levette Lake is located just north of Squamish and is about 11 kilometers round trip. This is not a difficult hike and should take about 5 hours to complete with an elevation gain of only 300 meters. If you're looking for a great hike but one that does not require as much energy as, say, Garibaldi, then try Levette Lake and I'm sure you'll be very happy you did. This is also a dog friendly hike as long as your pooch is under your control.
To get to this destination, drive along highway 99 just past both Squamish and Brackendale. Turn left at the turnoff for Cheekye and follow the Squamish Valley Road over a bridge. Turn right at the fork in the road and then take your next left for about a kilometer. You can park along the side of the road here to begin your hike. There is a signboard at the trail start with maps of all the local trails in this area.
The beginning of this hike to Levette Lake begins along an old logging road which leads to hiking in a new forest growth area. The trees have not been planted as densely as an old growth forest and are of course much shorter.
The trail is well marked for hikers and is also well maintained. I'd recommend doing this hike earlier in the season and save some of the higher elevation hiking for later on in summer.
As you continue on your hike and climb slowly in elevation you will begin to gain fantastic views of the Tantalus Range to your west, Garibaldi to your east and the Squamish River to your south. Once you leave this perspective you should notice that you have now entered an untouched old growth forest filled with beautiful Douglas fir trees.
Cross a wooden bridge and you will see a range of bluffs to your left which makes a great spot to stop for a snack or lunch. Or, continue on to the shores of Levette Lake to have your lunch and a quick swim.
There is a campground near the shores of the lake for those wishing to stay overnight. Or, after having a peaceful break by the lake, simply re-trace your steps back to your vehicle down below.
Levette Lake is a great way to start your seasonal hiking year and one that is not going to be too strenuous on even the average hiker. Enjoy this hike for the splendid views and scenery it will provide.