This trail has a tremendous variety of terrain for the beginner to the seasoned hiker. It rises from sea level to 700m. At that point there's an excellent viewpoint - supposedly a helipad clearing - with an spectacular view of Harrison Lake to the north. Picnic here or continue for another few Km's to Campbell Lake.
A few minutes from parking at the trail head brings you to a water reservoir and lookout. Continue around the right side and follow the trail for about an hour up to Hydro Tower 92. Rounding the tower, continue up through the forest. The trail is quite well marked but has changed over time in some sections. When in doubt, check upward until you locate markers again. Check your footing before crossing bridges, wooden stairs or large rocks. You may find it easier to walk along side some of them.
Take Hwy 1 east of Vancouver past Chilliwack to the Agassiz exit, just before Bridal Falls. Drive north over the Fraser River bridge, west through Agassiz, and continue on Hwy 7/9 west to the 3-way stop. Turn right onto Hwy 9 north for about 4.5 Km until you reach Balsam Ave. on your right. Park at the turnout to your left - the west side of Hwy 9. There are 2 warning signs at the gate. There's also a 3rd welcoming sign for hikers to Campbell Lake.
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Posted By: goaroundglobe
- Sat Sep 07 23:28:25 UTC 2013
UpsideVariable terrain, good workout, good views from the lookout area. DownsideThis is not the hike you want to drive for over 2 hours from Vancouver. Nice trail but views leave you wishing for more CommentAlthough I did like the trail, this is definitely not a very rewarding hike. Somehow I had an empty feeling after we came back to the car. Parts of the trail can be very slippery on a wet day. Lots of section of the trail are rerouted due to fallen trees. make sure you find your next orange marker and use common sense.
Posted By: happyhopers
- Sun May 05 01:42:22 UTC 2013
UpsideNice change of scenery, awesome view of Harrison Lake and a beautiful little mountain lake at the top. DownsideLots of downed trees on the trail made it hard to determine where to go to get around them and refind the trail. CommentWe did this hike and found the geocaches along the way. It took us about 5 hours to get to the lake and back down. We really enjoyed walking to the lake, the trail from the lookout to the lake is quite flat and the lake is pretty too. We had a nice sunny day and the viewpoint is stunning. The trail wasn't nearly as steep as I had been expecting it to be so it was a nice walk and a great start to hiking season.
Posted By: phrenzik
- Mon Mar 04 18:57:09 UTC 2013
Upside- Diverse scenery - Nice views - Trail well marked (orange markers) - Good workout! Downside-Recent weather appears to have knocked down several trees that had markers on them - was difficult to see the trail at a few points, but easy enough to keep going - Some points difficult to get to with fallen trees everywhere. - Log bridge near lookout was extremely slick and difficult to get across. CommentHiked this trail yesterday (3/3/2013). First bit of hike up to powerlines was covered in running water making footing a bit tricky. Once past the powerlines, there was less water and trail got a bit easier. Trail was well marked (orange markers) and easy enough to follow but it seems like recent weather had caused several trees with markers to fall over. When in doubt, just look uphill and you should be able to see where you need to go.
After about 400 metres of altitude we hit lots of snow patches, but nothing too bad. We made it all the way to the log bridge near the lookout, but turned back here as the bridge was EXTREMELY slick and we didn't see an alternate route. Could have made it across but didn't want to risk it as we were running low on time.
Nice hike, good views, will be back!
Posted By: theoneandonlychevy
- Thu May 10 06:59:44 UTC 2012
UpsideAmazing views from the lookout out onto harrison lake Downsidethe rocks where the creek runs are hard on the knees CommentHiked this one a few weeks back successfully! Barely any snow now and very hikable but I recommend gaitors. Honestly, the lake isn't worth the extra effort...the lookout is much better. I'd recommend making that your endpoint
Posted By: theoneandonlychevy
- Tue Apr 24 20:03:16 UTC 2012
CommentConstruction is gone now. Snowshoed this hike back in January. Only made it to the viewpoint due to the heavy snowfall the day prior (were running out of daylight). Definitely worth going back again, very diverse scenery/terrain and enjoyable hike
Posted By: brancher
- Sat Dec 26 05:31:26 UTC 2009
CommentThe construction was temporary. The trail head and trail are still there.
Posted By: limegirl
- Sun Sep 27 00:33:03 UTC 2009
CommentWent to do this hike today....not sure what the warning signs are supposed to say, but it was an active construction site as a new water reservoir is being built on the side of the mountain. The sign I saw said authorised personnel only/hard hats required! Wasn't going to risk going through as I had my 12 year old with me and I could hear them working....too bad!