Nice easy hike along Holland Creek behind Ladysmith and then up a very steep but relatively short section to Heart Lake. The lake is small but pretty. Its about 3k to the lake one way. From Heart Lake you can choose to return on the same route or go for a longer hike around Stocking Lake.
All trails are well established and marked except for the section under the power lines where you leave the Holland Creek trail, go past a pumping station and small pond and walk down a logging road. When you get to the intersection of another logging road turn right and follow it along until you get to the very well marked sign which marks the beginning of the Heart Lake trail.
Driving north on the Island Hwy into Ladysmith turn left on Roberts St and follow it to the end, turn left on 6 ave and park beside the RCMP station. The Holland Creek trail is directly behind the RCMP station.
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Posted By: rbagshaw
- Thu Feb 13 05:41:11 UTC 2014
QuestionWhat is the name of the mountain where Heart Lake is located?
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Posted By: theoneandonlychevy
- Tue Jan 08 17:48:44 UTC 2013
UpsideTrail is well marked above the snowline so you don't lose the trail Downsidethe maps can be misleading. Make sure you pack a compass because apparently it is easy to get turned around if you misread the maps CommentIt was a beautiful cloudless day (unusual for January!). We did the loop and visited both Heart and Stocking Lake. When we reached the viewpoint on our return we could see the Tantalus Range, Golden Ears, Cheam Range, Mt. Baker....it was an amazing view!! A very good hike in the winter months when other higher elevation hikes are not reasonable. Highly recommend :)