Tricouni Meadows

July 20, 2003

To get to the trailhead zero your odometer at the Cleveland Avenue traffic lights in Squamish. Drive north on highway 99 for 10 km (6.2 mi) and turn left onto Squamish Valley Road. Keep left at the fork at 13 km (8.1 mi). At 33 km (20 mi) the gravel surface starts and you will see that the distance signs on this road, which is called S-Main, are in miles from Squamish. At 38 km (24 mi), about 1.4 km (.09 mi) after High Falls Creek bridge, Branch 200 starts uphill on your right. Zero your odometer again here. At the 2.3 km (1.4 mi) fork, go right. As you lose elevation at 5.1 km (3.2 mi), the High Falls Creek Trail comes in from the right. At the 6.0 km (3.7 mi) fork, go right. Do not go left at 6.5 km (4.0 mi) or 6.8 km (4.2 mi); but do go left at 6.9 km (4.3 mi). If you go too far you will come to the bridge over High Falls Creek in 200m (650 ft). The road has recently been cleared; so at 8.0 km (5.0 mi) swing left onto an older road. High-clearance 2 WDs should drive 1 km (0.6 mi) to just before a creek crossing. A rugged 4 WD may be able to drive to the landing at 10.5 km (6.5 mi)

This hike will take you into alpine country on the divide between the Squamish and Cheakamus Rivers. From the landing, the trail drops slightly to follow the creek upstream on river-left.

The lower stretch of the trail can be very muddy, even in late August making it difficult to navigate some areas.

From this trail you can reach Cypress Lake and Tricouni Peak. We were heading to Cypress Lake.

Mosquitoes were too much nuisance for my group, this was a good reminder that the best time to hike this place is during the last week of September.

I wasn't happy of coming back, but I didn't have too much of a choice (4 vs 1). 

On our way back we took lunch on a nice viewpoint. On a sunny day you can get nice views of the peaks and glaciers.

The following picture shows the Squamish River. Going upstream you can reach the Elaho River, an important tributary of Squamish River.

Squamish River

Driving distance from Vancouver: 109 km (67.72 mi)

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