Mount MacFarlane is a 10.4 mile out and back trail located near Fraser Valley, BC that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until September.
July 25, 2016 When driving in; turn onto Chilliwack Lake Road, drive about 20 km and turn right into a parking lot for Pierce lake. Right before the bridge over Pierce Creek. Keep an eye out for it, easily missed. 25km, you've gone too far. Any car can make it as the parking lot is right off the main road. Incredible views, but it was a tough 4 1/2 hours up and about four hours down going at a steady pace. Starts in the trees with switchbacks, steep incline, opens up to some variety of rocks to climb over and creeks to cross. Great variety. Took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to lower Pierce lake. We didn't actually stop at the lake on the way up, but continued on the trail opening up into meadows with wild flowers in bloom! We climbed over more rocks from landslides and more steep inclines as we made our way up to the left side of a waterfall. At the top we crossed over the creek and found ourselves at the base of upper Pierce lake. We didn't stick around as the summit was beckoning and so as we carried on up yet another steep incline we got to enjoy some fun scramble sections. Nothing too hard. We arrived at the summit in all it's glory two hours from Lower Pierce lake. We had the perfect weather! Tank top and shorts. I'm sure it can normally be quite chilly though so bring layers. Sunshine, blue skies scattered with a few fluffy white clouds to mix things up a bit. The 360 views were fantastic as we took in golden ears, Cheam, Lady Peak, Slesse and so many more! Incredible hike! Totally worth the tough incline and doable in one long day. Though the idea of camping overnight is wonderful! (Minus the incline with a heavy pack.) Spent at least an hour up there, no one else at the summit. :) Heading back down we stopped to fill up our water bottles at the creek/waterfall running out of Upper Pierce lake… I treated my water just in case… Took almost as long going down as it's quite steep and you have to watch your step. Stopped at Lower Pierce lake for a dip in the chilly lake, so refreshing!! Enjoy!!
This is a very difficult hike, especially if you're doing it all in one day. It took my friends and I about 12 hours to do.
August 03, 2015. Steep hike up to Lower Pierce Lake. Not as bad after that but gets steep again as you get up towards Upper Pierce. Had a great swim in the lake, then headed up to the summit. Had lunch at the top then another swim at Upper Pierce on the way down. 4.5 hrs up/2.5 down
It was an amazing hike. Pretty steep the first kilometre but that's just helping you get used to the rest of the trail. There's a lot of switch backs but that's the best part.