A short hike of less than 2 km, through an interior forest setting to a beautiful alpine lake. The trail was rebuilt about 10 years ago when improvements were made to recreational opportunities along the Coquihalla corridor.
Once at the lake you could camp if you want as there are some roughed-out sites. Or if equipped with navigation skills, climb the surrounding peaks.
If you want to vary your return a little, at the lakeshore you will see what looks like an overgrown road. Follow this up to a high point and you will come out on a gravel road. This is the same road that you have parked on--follow it back to your cars.
Take the Falls Lake exit from the Coquihalla Highway and drive a short distance to an unsigned trailhead. There is a large open space on your right and across the road you will see a set of steps indicating the start of the trail.
If you start to climb on a much rougher gravel road you have gone to far.
This road is now gated a short distance above the trailhead parking lot. At one time, before the toll highway was built, it would lead you into the Coldwater River drainage and come out the other side of the tollbooth.
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Posted By: Rosanna
- Sun Jul 29 22:42:26 EDT 2012
CommentJust got back from 2 nights at Falls Lake. Loved it. First night the winds were wicked and it was colder than we anticipated. Much better the 2nd. Didn't see any wildlife, but certainly heard the loons several times both nights. There are a couple of level areas for tents, but keep in mind the wind and set up in the most sheltered one. Sign at the trailhead indicated no fires, but there were several fire pits. We wanted to set a good example for the kids, so we didn't build a real fire and used flashlights and glowsticks to build a fake fire. Corny but fun. Very quiet -- we saw only 2 groups of dayhikers.
Posted By: happyhopers
- Mon Feb 22 22:15:36 EST 2010
UpsideGreat snowshoeing. Go across the lake and continue into the valley behind Yak.
CommentGood for a quick outing, takes only 40 minutes to snowshoe into the lake and another 1/2 hour to go up the valley. We never see anyone here in the winter.
Posted By: Bavarian Raven
- Mon Sep 24 16:17:15 EDT 2007
Comment...if u like cold water u can swim in the lake... ...ow and beware of the odd grizzly in the area...
Posted By: VANDRO
- Wed Jul 04 19:33:22 EDT 2007
CommentI dont really have a comment just yet. I do have a question. Can you swim in the lake ???
Posted By: MSAR
- Sat Nov 01 13:32:15 EST 2003
CommentDon't believe the No Through Road sign. Continue on the rough section and it will take you around the toll booth. 4x4 or good ground clearance 4x2 will make it with no problems. The gate is looong gone and hasn't been replace in a couple of years.