Trip Highlights & Description
This is physically quite a challenging one day hike (1000-1200m gained) so if you think this would be too much for you right now then please see this page for an easier version of this trip – Rohr Lake: Hidden Alpine Lake
Over the years, Duffey Lake area has become one of our favourite locations and we keep visiting it whether it’s summer or winter.
The hour long drive to the trail from Whistler already offers some remarkable mountain views and is worthwhile in itself. There is a short off-road drive just before we park.
Once hiking, we will first move through a beautiful old growth forest before a steady climb up an adventurous trail that will lead us to a charming Rohr Lake. This is usually a great spot for a quick snack and to snap some photos.
After that, we will continue hiking passed the lake and gradually up a long valley with steep mountains on both sides – at this point we will be able to see Mount Rohr in the distance in front of us. Off-trail hiking up steeper slopes will be awaiting us on the other side of the valley. Occasional marmot whistling will be welcoming us to the alpine.
About 2.5-3h into our adventure we will pop up high enough to get the marvelous views we were working for. From here on, depending on conditions and how you feel, we can either keep going higher or simply find a great viewing spot and enjoy our lunch… and of course, the amazing scenery full of steep peaks, rugged glaciers and deep valleys surrounding us!
After the lunch (and maybe even a short nap), we will retrace our route back to Rohr Lake and refresh our faces in its pristine water. Then it will be time to start thinking about dinner and to hike down to our car.
This is an approximate itinerary and might be adjusted based on your needs, mountain conditions and weather forecast.
- 8.00am: We meet in Whistler (or elsewhere)
- 9.30am: Our groups starts hiking
- 12-1.00pm: We reach our high point and have lunch
- 4-5.30pm: With tired legs and lots of photos, we return to the car
- 6-6.30pm: We can either drop you off or join you for dinner and beer
Packing List: What to Bring?
If you need to buy some of the required gear let us know and we will help you choose. Alternatively, we might be able to lend you some of it.
– Hiking boots
– Small backpack that can carry all your items
– Waterproof rain jacket and pants
– Hiking pants (and shorts on warm days)
– Merino wool or synthetic sports t-shirt
– Spare dry shirt
– Warmer top layer (light fleece or insulation jacket)
– Warm hat and light gloves
– Two pairs of hiking socks
– Water (1.5-3 liter bottle or bladder)
– Snacks (sandwiches, fruit, nuts, sport bars)
– Sun hat or cap
– Personal medications (if needed)
– Soft-shell jacket (lightweight breathable jacket)
– Knee braces (if needed)
– Phone / Camera
– Other personal items (but keep your pack light)
Not Included in the Price
This trip’s price does not included:
– Transportation for people not riding in our car (we can drive 4)
– Food & beverages on one day trips
– 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
– Your personal insurance
Emergency Insurance, Cancellations, Refunds…
Please visit this page for more details on what kind of emergency medical insurance we recommend you have for your trip and all other important information.