Finally we get to see this Instagram-famous view with our own eyes! A sunny hike in was followed by a snowy and rainy hike out the next day. And it was worth it. A big thank-you to the BCMC for all their hard work in creating this trail.
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Finally we get to see this Instagram-famous view with our own eyes! A sunny hike in was followed by a snowy and rainy hike out the next day. And it was worth it. A big thank-you to the @bcmountaineeringclub for all their hard work in creating this trail. #exploresquamish #hiking #backpacking #backpackingbc #hikebc #bchiking #beautifulbc #beautifulbritishcolumbia #explorebc #mountainmonday
Warning: potentially unpopular opinions ahead.
So I finally got to see Watersprite Lake in person at the weekend and I’ve been trying to pin down exactly what I think of it. My initial reaction is that I was not wowed by it at all, which I put down to a few things:
- I’ve seen a billion photos of that same view on Instagram. Yawn.
- The lake is smaller than you think.
- The sun was dipping below the ridge to the south west, casting deep shadows over the lake and making it hard to get a good photo. Plus I found that the scene would have benefited from the wide-angle lens that I had left at home in favour of a telephoto that didn’t get used. Then it clouded over anyway.
I was also a bit tired and impatient to get to the campground and drop my overnight pack, and we still had a snowy boulder field to cross.
And while the approach is on a good logging road, it’s still just a logging road, although the views are rather gorgeous on a fine day. On a wet day it’s a long soggy trudge.
The view of the lake from the campground is nothing to write home about. I probably need to get higher up.
Sounds like a terrible place doesn’t it?
Well, after getting all that out of my system, my conclusion is that I simply didn’t get to spend long enough at the lake to explore and size up the best angles for photos, or catch the best light, so I simply have to go back! The reality is that the lake is a fantastic colour and nestled in a stunning amphitheatre of sheer mountains. The BCMC has done (and is still doing) an excellent job in ensuring that this beautiful place will hopefully be able to withstand its new-found fame. It was a lovely place to camp for a night, and was so atmospheric in the snow.
Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Pick up a copy of 105 Hikes and check it out yourself!