Brohm Lake and Tantalus view Lookout – Squamish

Brohm Lake and Tantalus view Lookout – Squamish

Tantalus View Lookout trail near Squamish, BC, CanadaThe Tantalus view Lookout seems like it would be a fantastic trail at any time of year, but it is especially lovely during the shoulder season*, or in winter when the higher trails are too full of snow to allow you to walk. The trail winds its way around the Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest and leads you to several stunning viewpoints that look out to the Tantalus Mountain range.

We did this walk in the first week of March. The trail was almost entirely covered in ice. However, if you wear some micro-spikes, it is  a rewarding hike. This was my first non-city hike in months, so I was sooo excited to be outside in the sunshine.

Tantalus View Lookout trail map

Tantalus View Lookout trail – the basics

Distance: 8km10.5km (or less, there are so many routes!)
Elevation gain
: 155m
Highest Point: 385m
Map: I found one here, you’ll also find an easy to follow map in the 105 hikes book.
Time:  3-3.5 hours (We took 4 hours including about an hour for breaks)
What to bring:
If you do this in winter, bring microspikes. In summer, bring bathing suits.
The ten essentials (as always)
Facilities:
There are toilets at the trailhead
Dogs:
The trail is dog friendly, so bring your pooch!
How hard is it?
I think it must be super easy in summer. In winter it was icy, but if you have microspikes, it is still easy-ish.

Brohm Lake trail

This walk is a loop that follows several smaller trails. We did the hike in a clockwise direction, so we followed the Brohm Lake trail around the lake to get started. At this time of year, the lake is under a big slab of ice.

Once you reach the end of Brohm Lake, there is a well-made bridge to help you cross. We could see footprints where other walkers (and doggos) and taken short cuts over the lake, but the ice looked very thin over by the bridge!

Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest

I have to admit, I was confused by the idea of an interpretive forest. It makes me imagine a group of drama students waving in an an imaginary breeze while they pretend to be trees(!) In fact, there are three interpretive forests along the Sea to Sky highway. They were set up as outdoor classrooms to help people learn about BC forests and how they are managed.

Anyway, the Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest is a pleasure to explore. we followed the Bridge trail, followed by the High trail. We also met this friendly little dude.

Cheakamus Loop trail viewpoints

Once you make it onto the Chealamus loop trail, your legs need to put in a little effort to climb uphill. Still, it is worth it once you see the fantastic views of the Tantalus Mountain range from the bluffs. There were fantastic views of Alpha Mountain, Mount Tantalus and Pelion mountain.

The two pointy mountains are Mount Tantalus (left) and Pelion Mountain (right).

The second viewpoint was even better! You can climb up to a bluff that has a vertical drop right down to the valley below. The mountain-filled vistas are simply gorgeous.

This is NOT a good spot if you are afraid of heights!

High Trail

You need to walk back into the Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest, and re-join the appropriately named High trail.

You gradually gain elevation to lead you up to the main goal of the hike – the Tantalus view Lookout. When you look up from the trail, it seems like there is a giant wall of rock; That is where you want to walk!

Tantalus View Trail

You need to turn left onto the short Tantalus View Trail. This trail is only a couple of hundred meters. First the path is covered in a maze of tree roots, then those give way to easy-to-climb steps up to an old fire lookout.

Tantalus View Lookout

This is the lookout. It doesn’t have any windows left, but it *does* have spectacular views.

We actually like the views just below the fire lookout even more.

There is this gorgeous view looking down to Squamish and the Stawamus Chief. The mountain behind the Chief is where Shannon Falls, the gondola, the Sea to Summit trail and the Al’s Habrich ridge trail are all located. We spent quite a while relaxing in the sun and admiring this view.

If you move around between the trees, you can also glimpse this epic view of the Sky Pilot and Copilot towering above Squamish.

Ice Waterfalls

On our return journey we found a few ice waterfalls like this within the forest. There is still plenty of ice and snow on the forest floor, but the the thaw does seem to have started. Get ready for springtime!

Icy Steps

We finished our hike along the Connector trail and back to the Brohm Lake trail. This final section was mostly in shadow, and very icy. I don’t think it would be particularly fun if we did not have the microspikes over our shoes.

In the end, we only hiked about 8km. All the skiing we have been doing is obviously not as good a workout compared to hiking, so this easy hike felt a bit more intermediate-level to my legs. It seems like it would also be a fantastic place to hike in the summer, finishing with a swim in the lake.

What do you think? Do you fancy an easy-ish winter hike near Squamish?

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Shoulder season: My mum told me no one uses the term shoulder season. It is the time in Autumn or spring when there isn’t enough snow to ski, but there is too much snow to go hiking up in Alpine areas. 

If you like the sound of this walk, there are 104 other awesome walks all in the 105 hikes book by Stephen Hui. I wrote a review about the book here because I LOVE it.

41 thoughts on “Brohm Lake and Tantalus view Lookout – Squamish

    1. He was a loud little cutie! I tried to sneak in close to take that photo, so he was curious and hopped down the tree to take a close look at me(!)

      I love the swear-y squirrels here, but this one had a different noise, a bit like the pew-pew from space invader-like video games.

    1. Thanks Clazz! I should have brought you to a hike like this first, instead of going straight up a mountain with you! 🤣

      p.s. it’s getting close to a year since we became friends! Time flies!

  1. Wow – Pelion Mountain is gorgeous. And the icy waterfall is definitely a unique perspective. I’m with you though, I wouldn’t want to attempt that hike without the ice spikes for my shoes.

    Cool adventure. Thanks for sharing.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Thanks Patricia!!
      I loved the look of Pelion Mountain too. It took me a while staring at our map to work out its name! I hope I got it right!

  2. I am nauseous just seeing you on that ledge, Josy! I love the capture of the squirrel in the tree with the sun and the icicles. Looks like another beautiful day in Canada!

    1. Thanks Shannon! I probably would never think to bring you on a hike as easy as this…so it is kind of cool that I can show you online. 😀

      I hope we can walk again together in 2019!!

  3. So you are back on your feet. 🙂 That is excellent. I had no idea about an interpretive forest before your post. The views of the peaks are a knockout and your perch super cool. Reminds me of mine in Norway. Is that a red squirrel (with half of a smile on)?

    1. Thank you Dippy!!

      I blooming loved that perch! Which walk in Norway had a similar drop? I’ll have to go and take a peek at your blog! 😀

      As for the squirrel, I am not totally sure, but I think it might be a douglas squirrel. I have a feeling the red squirrels are the ones that are even smaller, and that swear at us with different shouty sounds. This one was super smiley!

        1. Oooh hopefully you will get to meet one (and have it swear at you) at some point! To be honest, I hear them even more than I see them! But they are such cute little fellas when you do catch a glimpse of them.

    1. Oops. I didn’t mean to scare everyone with my photos! I have to admit, my mum was not impressed with that one either!

  4. I am with Shannon in feeling rather uncomfortable at viewing you sitting on the ledge 🙂 Slowly adjusting enjoying climbing higher than a metre off the ground. I do it on a regular basis, climb up a mountain though never look down for long! Well done Josy, your fitness level is an inspiration!

    1. Oooh yay! You will looooove BC in the summertime, they’ll be soooo many more hikes available (and not covered in ice!)

    1. Thanks Bridget! It’ll be even nicer in the summer. The surrounding mountains will have less snow, BUT you’d be able to finish the hike with a dip in the lake.

  5. Looks like you had a great day for it. This is one of my favourite shoulder season walks since its not too high up its usually snow free early – not this year though!

    1. Yes, we were really lucky with the weather! Still, it does seem like spring is going to be super early this year (compared to last year anyway!!)

    1. That icy waterfall was pretty amazing eh!? You have soooo many cutie-critters in Aus though! I need to head down under to hike and meet your wildlife (apart from the spiders…)

    1. Thanks Claire! I have a feeling it is always pretty nice, but we were particularly lucky with that amazing weather…it made those views even more impressive!

  6. I’ve been wanting to visit the Squamish area after my daughter come back with tales and photos of the 13 pitch climb she did there. Your photos are stunning. Makes me want to go now.

    1. The rocky cliffs around Squamish are amazing for climbing, I can see why your daughter would like it if she is a climber!!

  7. This looks like a beautiful hike, even with all the ice. Also, I use the term shoulder season all the time. What kind of microspikes do you use? I’ve always just worn snowshoes for winter hiking, but I can see how microspikes would be useful for said shoulder season!

    1. Yeah, I have noticed people use shoulder season all the time in North America. It might just be that English people don’t use it as we don’t have mountains!? I mean you can hike anywhere in the UK at any time of year!!

      We have Kahtoola microspikes (these ones: https://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/) They are so, sooo helpful when it’s icy, especially in summer when the ice is packed down high in the mountains.

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