IMPORTANT: This trail starts on private land and only by the nature of our circumstances did the people that own the land allow us to pass through. Regrettably, they do not want people walking the 5km access road needed to get to Henrietta Lake, and on to Roderick. This trail will eventually become overgrown I suspect and should not be considered an option.
Pros: no people, great camp spot, cabin, unique location compared to most hikes in area
Cons: access difficult (by kayak), ugly logging road, security presence doesn't want you there, a bit buggy
Sean, John and I paddled 6km from Squamish on a Friday evening. This stretch can be very dangerous due to wind, amateur paddlers should not even consider it. We chose our paddle time based on what is typically the low wind time.
At 9pm we arrived at the Woodfibre mill and had and encounter with site security. We could not paddle back in the dark so we were allowed to pass through (after a few calls).
We stashed our boats and decided to hike the first 5km to the lake in the dark. It was a good choice, the road is in very good condition,.. up until a point, so we didn't even need headlamps despite no moon that night.
We hit the end of the road and then had to put on the headlamps to cross a downed bridge (ot was still usable), and bushwacked 1 more km to Henrietta lake cabin and setup in darkness.
In the morning we found it to be a great location, complete with boat and fishing rods. We then hiked to Roderick with 2 water stops at Sylvia lake. The views were great, I'd never been ont his side of the sound. Mt Sedgewick proved to be too far but we were satisfied. The Tantalus range also was omnipresent. Though hot and sunny the whole way, within 5 mintues of returning we were treated to an amazing lightning storm.
We hiked out in the morning and paddled across to Shannon Falls and then back to Squamish with the wind at our back.