Hector Ferguson Lake Trail is a 18.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Ridge, BC that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is practically impassable beyond the 10.5km mark as of June 2016. A windstorm blew threw and decimated the trail and the markings that were on the trees. It is very easy to loose your way.
If you're really keen and up for a scramble you could give it a go. A fellow was putting up new ribbon for trail marking, however we decided it was not worth it. Until this is cleaned up (if it is), I would recommend experienced hikers only.
Amazing hike. Poorly marked past the Gold Creek crossing as you begin to climb the creek leading to the lake however. Lots of old growth cedar past the crossing and small rainbow trout in the creek. Took about 8hrs to get there and 6hrs to get back.
The trail is 27k's.
The first ten k's were easy the trail was relatively flat, the last couple k's took just as long as the ten k's due to the vertical climb the trail takes. It was awesome! But, be prepared! The trail mainly follows a creek so there's no fear of going thirsty. Once up at the top you have about an hour to swim in the glacier fed lake before you have to head back. The deeper you go in the trail the older the trees get. There's also some old logging equipment from the 1800's in one area, too deep for scavengers and regular tourists to pilfer. Wear proper hiking foot ware or your feet and the skin around the achilles tendon will be chewed up.