Semaphore Lakes

Lower Smp Lake

Semaphore Lakes.  Wow.  What a place!  Just under a week ago my girlfriend and I headed up to a hike called Semaphore Lakes.  It was an unbelievable day.  September is trying really hard to hang on to summer.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

Semaphore Trail

The trail-head is relatively easy to find.  It is about 50 kilometres beyond Pemberton or roughly an 85 kilometre drive from Whistler.  There is about 23 kilometres of rough forest service road to negotiate so an all wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.

Semaphore Trail 2

Trail B&W


The hike itself is pretty short.  I think it took us about an hour to hike in.  It is pretty steep most of the way, however it’s over quickly so it’s not to strenuous.  There are some beautiful meadows and little ponds along the way.  Once you get to the first, upper and smaller lake the views open up into an incredible panoramic vista.  Truly stunning for all 360 degrees.

We trekked around a bit, trying to decide on a campsite.  Or rather I wasn’t satisfied anywhere until we found the lower of the lakes and it had an amazing flat spot right next to the lake.

Evening shot

It was a perfectly clear night without a cloud in the sky.  I figured it was as good a chance as any to attempt a couple more star trails.  I am pretty happy with the results.

The moon was an incredible waxing gibbous and was in full view as darkness fell.  With the moon, the stars, a campfire and a flask of Honey Jack Daniels and of course great company, I really couldn’t have wished for a better evening.

Campfire moon

Tent Night Sky

The next morning was just as incredible.  We had tactically (accidentally) set up the tent behind a mountain so the sun didn’t hit it until long after sunrise, which meant a little sleep in as it didn’t get too hot.

Tent Sunrise

Warm Lake

Once we finally left, we powered downhill because we had decided to reward ourselves with a visit to the delicious One Mile Eating House in Pemberton.  It was well worth it!

All in all a fantastic hike and camping trip for the effort required.  One of the easier trips I have done, but still as rewarding as any other.  I would definitely recommend this one.


6 responses to “Semaphore Lakes

  1. Good to see you fixed the loading
    looks good, love one with bright tent and milky way. 🙂

  2. Stunning, unbelievable – would love to be there!!!!! Beautiful

  3. Amazing James, you have certainly “nailed” the star trail pics, one looks like “starry night” by Van Gough !! You have wet the appetite for travel to Canada, will need to work on fitness before any firm commitment ! Stay well, keep on camping, hiking and recording for us all to see xo

  4. Wowie says wow awesome you are smoking it keep up the good work
    David says headlamp Lake is cool idea
    Sparkling ocean here with plenty of breaching whales… no tripod 😦
    D 🙂

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