I’ve heard about Brohm Lake before — and seen the hoards of cars parked along the highway north of town — but I’ve never had the chance to explore it until now. My sister, brother-in-law, and baby niece’s visit to Squamish seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out. We thought it would be nice to take on the trails on a sunny Sunday.
We planned to go early to nab a parking spot, but Ribs (as I call my niece) took an exceptionally long A.M. nap on this particular day. By the time we got to Brohm Lake, there was nary a parking spot in sight — not even in the sketchy spots along the highway. I wouldn’t have been stoked to park there anyways, since crossing the busy highway with a toddler does not sound like a great idea.
We were headed back south into town when we noticed a parking lot with a trail head sign on the right (west) side of the highway. We decided to pull in, and what do you know — the trail head announced we were at the Brohm Lake trails. Bingo!
We took off on High Trail, a well-cleared trail with just enough uphill to break out into a minor sweat (especially on a 30 degree day) but not so tough that you can’t do it with a baby on your back. We took the slight detour on the Tantalus View Trail, and it was well worth it — as we discovered, you don’t have to climb a mountain to get some decent views around here. We returned back to the parking lot going along the west shore of the lake, following Bridge Trail to Alder Trail back to the parking lot.
Despite the crammed main parking lot and prime time trip, the trails weren’t crowded at all. We only saw a few other people the entire time — though we saw quite a few people soaking up the sun and splashing in the water with floaties on the other side of the lake.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly hike that can be tackled in a couple of hours, Brohm Lake is a good one to add to your list.