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07
Feb
2007
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Petgill Lake E-mail
(6 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Level: Challenging
Distance: 9½ km r/t
Time: 6 h r/t Elev. Change: 640 m
Map: Squamish 92G/11
Season: April to Nov
Access: See Getting to Whistler

Take the bus as far as Murrin Provincial Park, a popular picnic and swimming area at the edge of Highway 99. Trout fishing in well-stocked Browning Lake is also possible but since a highway runs by it pack your fly rod into Petgill Lake for a more tranquil experience. You'll easily find the trailhead just beyond the park in the direction of Squamish and Whistler. From the highway the well-defined trail begins climbing straight up to a series of viewpoints overlooking Howe Sound.

As you move away from the noisy transportation corridor the trail widens into a disused logging road which continues first eastward over fairly level ground then turns southward before abruptly swerving eastward on to a narrow footpath once again. Continue climbing over the shoulder that leads up to Goat Ridge before dropping down to Petgill Lake at 610 m elevation. The route on to Goat Ridge itself is much more demanding and may be better left for another day. To complete the circuit of Petgill Lake should take 30 - 40 minutes before retracing your steps back to Murrin Park. While waiting for the return bus be sure to check out the rock climbers who like to practice their bouldering skills on the rocky bluffs adjacent to Browning Lake.

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+1 #1 Daryl Sturdy 2010-11-04 00:48
Having hiked this many times,I wouldn't describe it as challenging. Perhaps the first part, leaving the road and getting up on the bluff at the trailhead.

The rocky bluff just as you get to the lake is a great place to have lunch.

The trail up to, and along Goat Ridge to the end, is challenging and very long. Getting up to the open part of the ridge, on bare rock, is about 4 hours. Once you are on top, there are great views. No need to go further unless you want to get up close with Sky Pilot and neighbours.
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