This trip brought me back to the early days of Wanderung. I truly enjoyed the company of my 7 companions (interesting in the "good way") as we hiked up to the this classic "two-payoff" hike. I had forgotten how the trail itself is a great part of this hike as we rose and fell throught mossy sparely treed areas, but payoff #1 was even more of a hit: the lake. Non-glacial temperatures make this one of the best hike lakes I know (6 of us swam). After the lake we went up to the viewpoint and had lunch overlooking How Sound. On the way down we came across more people that I recall Petgill ever having,... including a guided group! (at Petgill?!). On the way down we hit 1 viewpoint we missed on the way up (around 1/2 way down), that had yet anther great view of the Chief and Squamish from a rarely seen angle.
For those looking for a pace to hit o a warm day - Petgill is it. Tons of tree cover for shade, an awesome lake and and viewpoint where you can dry out.