Demon Ridge Trail
Hiking the Demon Ridge Trail is a difficult but rewarding experience that will take hikers up to some of the most scenic views in the Squamish Area. Along the trail you will traverse a variety of terrain, including dense forests, rocky trails, and sections of swamp, before reaching the top of Demon Ridge. From there, you will have awesome views overlooking nearby mountains and lakes.
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Route Description for Demon Ridge Trail
The Demon Ridge Trail is a fantastic hiking route in the Squamish area that climbs uphill to Demon Ridge, where hikers will have one of the most spectacular views of the surrounding area. The lower portion of the route utilizes the Watersprite Lake Trail before branching off for the push up the ridge. This 16.0 km out-and-back route is fairly steep and rocky, packing an elevation gain of 975 m along the length of the trail. Hikers should make sure to wear proper hiking footwear and bring additional gear such as microspikes or crampons, as upper sections of the trail can be covered in snow and ice well into the summer.
Initially, the route climbs uphill through the dense tree cover along a forest service road, before crossing a boardwalk that spans a section of swamp. After climbing further uphill, the trail becomes more rocky and technical before once again transitioning onto an old logging road. Reaching the top of the ridge, you will be greeted by amazing views overlooking the surrounding area. From the various vantage points, you will be able to make out nearby mountains such as Dreadnaught and Martin Peaks to the east and south respectively, as well as the charming Watersprite Lake below. This hike is a steep climb that will challenge your fitness and reward you with some truly spectacular views.
Getting to the Demon Ridge Trail Trailhead
To reach the Demon Ridge trailhead from the Sea to Sky Gondola, drive north on BC-99 for 1.6 km and turn right onto Mamquam River FSR. After 6.9 km, turn left and continue on for 13.2 km You will find the trailhead on your right.
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