When I first started this blog, my mum mentioned it is always good to know about the facilities on walks. So, in the last few years I have really started to notice how good the outhouses can be when we walk around the world. Without really trying, I have amassed a collection of loos with views! I figured it might be fun to share the most terrific toilets, worthy washrooms and brilliant bogs!
I’ve listed these in order of how much I like the vista from each toilet, so these should get more epic as you scroll down! I’ve also included links to each hiking post, just in case you fancy spending a penny in these exotic locations! I even have some other lovely blogging collaborators involved. It turns out I’m not the only one who appreciates a loo with a view!
11. Whyte Lake trail – Canada
I need to go back for better photos of this one! The Baden Powell trail has a really beautifully built outhouse near Whyte Lake. This loo is surrounded by douglas fir trees, and it even has an upper and a lower door! I guess that means you could pee with the top door open if there were no other hikers around!?
10. Hollyburn Mountain – Canada
Marc and I had out first proper snowshoeing adventure on New Years Day 2018. So we started off the year with a pretty lovely view from this outhouse on Hollyburn Mountain! This washroom is attached to a warming hut, but it has a lovely view of snow-laden trees, so I figured it’s okay to include it! Remember if you’re out in the cold; Never eat yellow snow!
9. Buntzen Lake – Canada
I have sprinted to reach this one! There is an amazing hike called the Diez Vistas trail. I’ve done it twice, once with Wanderung friends, and then again with Marc. The thing is, the trail involves several hours walking before you reach the north side of the lake, and on hot days I drink a lot of water! Marc laughed at me as I danced down the trail to reach this loo! Luckily there was no line on the ladies side! This restroom is quite new, and isn’t that a lovely view back to the lake!?
8. Grand Canyon – USA
Leigh from Campfires and concierges shared a good outhouse view from her whitewater-rafting adventure:
“I’ve done several multi-day whitewater rafting trips and it’s always fun to see where the river guides place the loo. Sometimes it’s in a spooky cave, but usually it’s around the bend from camp, with a prime view of the river…and anyone who happens to float by! On the river, they call it a groover and this is an example of the view you might get on a Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip!”
7. Watersprite Lake – Canada
This hike, close to Squamish, finishes at the beeeeautiful Watersprite Lake. The trail for this walk is only a few years old, and there is a new cabin, complete with a new latrine. I cheated slightly with the view from this loo! The lavatory is a few steps back from the trail, hidden in trees. So you need to take around 10 steps to see the epic view!
6. Tongariro Crossing – New Zealand
The Tongariro Crossing is one of NZs Great Walks, and quite a few people mentioned that I’d love it when we were planning our trip to Kiwiland! No-one mentioned the loos though! The bad thing about these outhouses is they always have queues (and there are so many people that they are pretty stinky!) Still…you’re walking through Mordor, you need to expect some discomfort! You should also look at my post about Tongariro, as there are even more spectacular vistas further from the toilets!
I like the way they have decorated each toilet with photos of the surrounding rocks to help them slip into the background! The first loo is just before the hike up to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe.
This second loo is right after the dark lava field, just before you start the knee-knackering descent down to the Ketetahi car-park.
5. Annapurna Base Camp – Nepal
4. Joffre Lakes – Canada
Joffre lakes is incredibly beautiful, and also quite an easy hike. This means it is also very famous, and very busy! But as there are so many people that visit, and pay to camp in the area, they have upgraded the facilities. So there are three toilets within less than 5km! There is one in the car-park, one at the second lake. These photos are from the last loo, by the campground at the third lake.
Once you’ve walked up the stairs, this is the amaaazing view from the loo. This has to be one of the most picturesque places in the world for a pee! You’re surrounded by mountains in all directions and can look over this stunning azure-blue lake.
3. Elfin Lakes – Canada
Elfin lakes is another gorgeous (and famous) place to walk in Garibaldi Provincial Park. We also found three restrooms along the trail to the lake. One at the car-park, one at red heather meadows (about 5km in) and one at the campground by the lakes. They are all loos with views! You can tell that this trail must get a lot of snow! The middle loo is built up high to allow snowshoers to access it in mid winter.
However the view that reeeeally blew me away was from the final toilet stop. There are no windows…but I stood back to grab a photo of this loo on location as it is so, so pretty! Remember, if you’re hiking up to the Gargoyles, this is your last chance for a place to pee.
2. Milford Track – New Zealand
“Hiking track toilets are generally a necessary evil, but not so for the one on day three of the Milford Track in New Zealand. The view is so staggeringly good that when you tell someone who has already hiked the track that you are about to do it too, they will invariably mention that loo with a view. It’s an unusual contender for one of the ‘finest walk in the worlds’ must do’s! The million dollar view looks out on to the mountain range just over the MacKinnon Pass, it’s so good that everyone chooses to leave the toilet door open! This is one bush toilet you do not want to miss.”
1. Mueller Hut – New Zealand
This is my favourite loo with a view! Although, it takes quite a lot of effort to reach it! The outhouse by Mueller Hut is surrounded by truly spectacular scenery. Plus, while I was using the facilities, part of one of the glaciers broke off and made a huge thunder-like roar sound as snow cascaded down Mount Sefton. I loved the view from this toilet so much that it became the header image on my post about this hike!!
*Extra* Sooo many amazing Aussie Loos
Finally, I found out that I am not the only one to collect photos of toilets in pretty places! Marion from Red Nomad OZ has a whole bunch of posts about Australian dunnies. If you like this post, then you should definitely have a look at her loo with view posts! The outhouse on the left is by Quobba Blowholes, and the one on the right is on Lord Howe Island in New South Wales. However she has loads more ideas for beautiful places to pee! She has even written a book about it; Aussie Loos with Views.
Should I add more?
Do you agree with my order? What is the prettiest place you’ve peed? Do you have an amazing loo with a view that I should add to the list!? I am happy to add more (and link back to your post about the area) if you have a view you’d like to share! 😊
Now I’ve started this, I will probably update this post as I find more lovely lavatories!