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Conflict Lake in the Callaghan Valley, Whistler

 

Ring and Conflict Lakes Location Map

Ring and Conflict Lakes                                             Whistler Area Hiking Trails

Ring Lake is a fantastically beautiful and wonderfully remote lake similar to Cirque Lake but considerably farther to hike to reach it.  The 10k hike takes you through a beautiful forest of cedars then to a spectacular meadow filled with ponds and ringed with distant, enormous mountains.  5k into the hike you come to Conflict Lake Ring Lake Partly Frozen in Julywith trails running around it.

Signs at various junctions indicate which trail to take to reach Ring Lake, a further 5k from Conflict.  The trail from Conflict Lake to Ring Lake passes through a huge valley for a couple kilometres, then abruptly ascends on the right side of the valley.  The trail is poorly marked in this section and you have to keep bearing right to avoid descending back into the valley.  3k of, at times very steep, but not technical trail gets you to the magnificent Ring Lake and the imposing Ring Mountain across the emerald green water.

The trailhead to Ring and Conflict Lakes is very close to the Callaghan Lake Provincial Park campsite.  From the campsite, drive a couple hundred metres as if returning to Whistler and you will see a clearing on the right and a very well worn trail.  From this trail you will see plenty of signs to guide you first to Conflict Lake in 5k, then Ring Lake, another 5k past Conflict.  The 5k hike to Conflict Lake is quite relaxed and easy as you don't gain any significant elevation.

The 5k from Conflict to Ring Lake is very steep, and though marked well with flagging tape and cairns, if often difficult to follow.

Meadow Near Conflict Lake

Conflict Lake

Ring and Conflict Lake Trail

Ring Lake in Whistler

 

Ring and Conflict Lake Topo Map

Ring & Conflict Lakes Trailhead/Parking                                       Whistler Hiking

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The Callaghan Lake turnoff is 20km south of Whistler Village. From Whistler drive 20km towards Vancouver, then turn right at the sign for Whistler Olympic Park. Drive up the beautiful, winding road for about 8 minutes. The sign for Callaghan Lake will be just before Whistler Olympic Park, you will turn left, cross a bridge and drive a bumpy logging road for 6km. This logging road is usually deep with snow until mid June.  The trailhead for Ring and Conflict Lake is on the left, about 100 metres before the Callaghan Lake campsite.  There is room for about 6 vehicles at this trailhead.

In 2011 there was a metre of snow as of June 30th at the Callaghan campsite.  For conditions on this road and the Callaghan campsite visit the Callaghan Lake Provincial Parks Page.  There is lots of parking at Callaghan Lake, an outhouse, boat launch and several nice campsites.

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