Squamish Hiking Trail RatingRing Lake is a fantastically beautiful and wonderfully remote lake similar to Cirque Lake but considerably farther to hike to reach it. The 10 kilometre hike takes you through a tranquil forest, then to a spectacular meadow filled with ponds and ringed with distant, enormous mountains. 5 kilometres into the hike you come to Conflict Lake with trails running around it.

  • Idyllic lake high up in the mountains
  • Nice and varied trail infrequently hiked
  • Lots of accessible alpine routes beyond the lake
  • Black Tusk's little brother sits across the lake
  • Ring Lake feels wonderfully far from the world
  • Trail starts from beautiful Callaghan Lake
  • The trail is longer than other Whistler trails
  • No wow factor like Wedgemount or Joffre Lakes
  • Easy to lose the trail if you aren't careful
  • Local tour company marches groups through

Signs at various junctions indicate which trail to take to reach Ring Lake, a further 5 kilometres 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.

Three kilometres 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 5 kilometres, then Ring Lake, another 5 kilometres past Conflict. The 5 kilometre hike to Conflict Lake is quite relaxed and easy as you don't gain any significant elevation. The 5 kilometres from Conflict to Ring Lake is very steep, and though marked well with flagging tape and cairns, if often difficult to follow.

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The Ring & Conflict Lakes Trail

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Ring & Conflict Lakes Trail Map

Trail Map - Squamish Hiking TrailsRing Lake and Conflict Lake have their own, unmarked trailhead, a stones throw from the parking/campsite area for Callaghan Lake Provincial Park.  It is very easy to find once you arrive at Callaghan Lake. Just a few metres outside/before the campsite/parking area at Callaghan Lake you will see a large area at the edge of the road with room for about 8 cars.  The wide and very visible trail enters the forest and almost immediately crosses a large bridge over Callaghan Creek. Shortly after that you will spot trail signs at various stretches of the trail.  Easy to follow and with good distance markers.

History of Ring & Conflict Lakes

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Geology of Ring & Conflict Lakes

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Camping & Bivouacking at Ring & Conflict Lakes

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Facilities at Ring & Conflict Lakes

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Restrictions at Ring & Conflict Lakes

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Wildlife at Ring & Conflict Lakes

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Driving, Biking & Public Transit to Ring & Conflict Lakes

The Callaghan Lake turnoff is 38km north of Squamish. Turn left 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 unmarked 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.  Most years the snow has melted by late May.  Callaghan Country blocks access to the access road to Callaghan Lake until the 15th of May.

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