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Went back and hiked the general outer loop of the trail system. I marked waypoints at each trail junction I came to. A lot of these trails aren't marked with numbers. Don't trust the dotted black line on the AllTrails map - it's partially on private property.

There's a beautiful viewpoint along trail EQ22. You can see Sunnybrae and Shuswap Lake from there. as well as the Skimikin valley. But hiking all the way up to Mount Hilliam - THAT is the view! You can see all of the North Shuswap, as well as the mountains across the valley.

There's about 3 inches of snow at the top of Mt. Hilliam right now, and about an inch for the rest of the upper trails. Saw fresh bobcat, coyote, rabbit, deer and moose tracks.

I did the loop counter-clockwise. Past the Mt. Hilliam spur and coming down, you encounter a private property gate. The trail goes up over a hill to the right of the gate. I was doing great until I got to the junction for trail EQ30. Don't know how I lost the trail as I was continually checking my map but I did, and I ended up going down a logging road to meet up to Fleming FSR. Not sure if some signage was removed..? In total, my loop was nearly 24 km.

4 days ago

Great hike with lots to see along the way then a spectacular visit if greater Vancouver

We tried! But turned around as it was pretty icy. Made the safety call. Unfortunately another lad did not and did in her ankle and needed rescue.. So proper shoes and ice gear highly recommended now. We went to Dog instead, but it had some icy parts as well. Beautiful day, but be safe!

5 days ago

This is not a hard trail, I would rate it as moderate.

Went on Remembrance Sunday. The first bit up to Cabin Lake is well maintained but steep. The path is icy in parts so be careful. I would recommend going via Black Mountain and Cabin Lake which I think is shorter plus Black Mountain has views of Howe Sound.

View is excellent!! Well worth the trip.

5 days ago

Steep uphill climb in the beginning was a great warmup to start off the trail. After that, the trail is easy and pleasant. Mildly trafficked on the Saturday afternoon we hiked. Spectacular view at the top

great hike, lots of rocks....with snow and ice everywhere, as we found today, poles were very handy. great views.

Hiked the road last weekend, about 1/2ft snow the first km, then goes down to almost nothing and then 3/4ft snow the last two km coming up to the lake. Spent the weekend at Elizabeth Parker Hut and much more snow from the lake to the hut- but so worth it!

Did some trail running around Skimikin Lake and a little ways up a trail on the mountain. No snow yet but it's in the forecast for tomorrow. I plan to hike this more extensively in a couple of days, so I'll provide an updated recording & distance. My 6.7 km loop barely touched the extensive trail system, which includes 100 km of marked trails, much more than what's showing on AllTrails. If you visit Shuswap Trails online and look up Skimikin Lake in the South Shuswap, they have a detailed PDF map of the trail system.

The mountain trail is wide and a little rocky in spots. This area is noted for its equestrian trails. The area around Skimikin Lake is easy terrain, but the trail is more moderate as you go up the mountain. My route was half trail, half logging road today so based on that, I'm only giving it 4 stars so far.

Skimikin Lake is pretty. There is a nice maintained campground there, along with a horse staging area and mulitple outhouses. You can fish this lake. Skimikin Lake is slightly closer to Salmon Arm than Chase, located on the back road between the two towns (off Skimikin Road).

8 days ago

Incorporated this into the Pump Peak trail. nice views from the peak. Lower end of moderate.

Wow. The views in the second portion of the hike from the Red Heather Hut to the lakes are breathtaking. I couldn't stop taking pictures!

This hike is long but not technical at all. Had I known, I would have started earlier and tried to combine with one of the other hikes that start from the Elfin lakes to make it a huge day hike (Opal Cone maybe). I will definitely do it again if I'm in the area!

PS the last portion of the road to the trail head is steep and bumpy but very doable in any type of car! just take it slow!

no fee for parking. bring water, no good place to fill your bottle at parking lot. take ski run , not trail for first 2km

Did it again on October 20. Wonderful views and pleasant trip.

superbe balade en foret avec bcp de lacs aux couleurs de l’automne. seul regret, le bruit de l’autoroute lorsque l’on admire la vue sur la sunshine coast

27 days ago

Well marked trail. Incredible views.

Beautiful trail as we took the Nature Path for only foot trail, no bikes, and skirted right along the river to the lake. Gorgeous scenery!

Hiking on that road is really boring, especially if you have to do the 22 km in and out in one day. There is no view on that road, and it is a road not a pretty trail. It is best to reserve a bus "months in advance" and hike other trails around the lake. Those other trails are breath taking! A amazing view from all the other trails.
In the winter, you can x-country ski the road. It is track set and easy enough and at least, it is way faster on the way down!!!

Definitely a climb in the beginning but 100% worth it!!!

Love this hike little hard at first. But when you get to the top the view is breathtaking. Wow, it's amazing would recommend.

horseback riding
1 month ago

Great area for horseback riding. There are 8 corrals you can reserve and camp overnight. Lake view loop is the first to open up in early spring. The loop up to Cec’s cabin is late spring once the snow leaves. Trails are wide x-ctry trails or single track though forests or logged areas.

1 month ago

perfect for a quick hike. trail itself is super easy. it's the stairs coming back up from the falls and near the end of the trail that kill me! (I'm a very very novice hiker and uphill is my enemy!) :) other than that this is a great little trail

Very steep climb to begin with. Gets easier after couple of kilometres. We did it today on Wednesday and only ran into a handful of people. The view from the Bluffs is breathtaking. Spent some time there and had lunch. All together with the break it took just over 3 hrs. I would not call this trail hard. I’m not a very experienced hiker but didn’t find it particularly difficult. Lots of roots and rocks and some muddy areas. All in all well worth the effort!

1 month ago

Great hike. I’d love to go back on a clear day. We didn’t get much of a view!

1 month ago

Nice scenery and well maintained. Saw a black bear by the falls but he didn’t stay for long. Loved the sound of water all along this trail.

I've done this trail twice in the winter and once in late summer. It's a great hike (or snowshoe/split board) with amazing views. There are some avalanche hazard areas in the winter so just make sure you check online before you go and make sure you're fully prepared.

The hut at Elfin Lakes is great! There are burners in the kitchen for boiling water and a propane heater to keep the hut (somewhat) warm.

In the summer, the views from the tent pads can't be beat.

I haven't swam in the swimming lake yet (you can only swim in one of the two lakes) but it looks great.

1 month ago

Rewarding hike. On a clear day, there are great views all along the way.

Easy 3.3 km trail from the Chase Cemetery to Chase Falkland Road (6.6 km out and back). Lots of parking available at the cemetery, which makes it the best end to start at. Nice and wide trail the entire way, with optional side trails like Attila's Lane and Chase Falls, as well as some steep single track trails if you want to add elevation gain to your workout. Beautiful trail for walking/hiking. Trail runners will want to be aware of the moderate amount of embedded rock.

Fun, challenging path. Many people and dogs on the trail. View from Mt Seymour is beautiful and very windy. Wear layers and shoes with good treads.

1 month ago

Amazing view! It was my first time backpacking and going on a hike. It was a great experience! Sadly it was foggy, rainy and snowy. I suggest that you go in the summer time! Otherwise it was an amazing experience.

trail running
1 month ago

Vraiment un beau coin de pays!! J’ai adoré faire la mont albert edward à la course à pied.. Je le recommande à tous!!

Loved this trail! Would highly recommend!

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