Did you know that Whistler’s coastal mountain range sits in the Pacific Ring of Fire? It’s quite magical to think that Black Tusk is a dormant volcano you can see from Whistler Peak and that Logger’s Lake formed in the crater of a long extinct volcano.

Logger’s Lake is one of our favourite dog hikes in Whistler for three reasons:

1. it’s the only lake that’s not near a public park

2. it’s the warmest lake in Whistler because it’s not glacial fed and the crater protects you from the wind, creating a beautiful sun trap

3. you can walk the ‘Crater Rim’ loop and get a birds-eye-view of the lake from a trail built in to the basalt ridge around the crater’s rim

Side note: Cheakamus Lake is the other lake without a public park, however dogs are not permitted in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Here’s a quick photo journal of our hike to Logger’s Lake:

To get to Logger’s Lake is fairly easy to get to and is well sign posted once you’re on the Forest Service Road.
To there, drive 15 mins south of Whistler Village until you come to the Function Junction intersection. Turn left on to Cheakamus Lake Road and in 400m left on to the Cheakamus East Forest Service Road. At the fork take the right road and follow it over the bridge. Follow the signs for Logger’s Lake for 2km until you come to the Logger’s Lake parking lot.

For a more detailed trail description and directions, please visit whistlerhiatus.com.

tom micha crate rim trail (1 of 1)

Looking out into the forest from the Crater Rim trail wondering what it might have looked like 10,000 years ago when the volcano was still active.

crater rim trail look out (1 of 1)

Looking southeast on to the foothills of Garibaldi Provincial Park. On the left is the cliff band where many skiers and snowboarders have gotten lost when venturing too far left from Whistler Peak in search of the out-of-bounds area known as Khybers.

tom micah loggers lake (1 of 1)

Standing on a fallen log at the edge of Logger’s Lake. The log has been chained to the rock at the edge to act as a platform in the summer.

micah loggers lake (1 of 1)-2

micah loggers lake rocks (1 of 1)

Micah on the crumbling basalt that has fallen from the craters rim to the edge of the lake.