Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Maple Ridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

it was really busy, but beautiful as well

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing view from the top! I didn't summit as I didn't have the gear for climbing up all that snow, but it was an amazing view of Pitt Lake and the surrounding mountains (even Mt Baker in Washington) from the emergency shelter and campsite.

This hike kicked my ass. I would absolutely not recommend it if you're afraid of heights as there is quite a bit of scrambling to the top. Also, bringing a dog is a really terrible idea in my opinion, though I did see a couple people with them. It's a miracle the dog made it down in one piece.

Powered up to the summit today (July 2nd). Reached the summit in trail runners. Probably could have used crampons or micros after Alder Flats as it got a bit icy but still made it. Trail is in good shape just be prepared to get wet in the snow and for any weather, was sunny at the bottom but at the top was raining and couldn't see anything but fog. Great workout otherwise. Bring water, but fill up on that icy fresh run off, don't worry, it's safe and delicious.

Hiked this trail on the May 5th and camped on the ridge. There was still a lot of snow on the trail that stoped us from climbing the summit. Definitely will go back to finish it.
I don't know how people are talking about going up in runners! you definitely need a good pair of boots. There is no water source after alder flats but you can melt snow. after alder flats there is 45 min of hike on a dry creek which I was not a fan of, you need a good ankle support for it.

hiking
22 days ago

Camp on the ridge if the weather or snow is still heavy, then summit without packs. Proper gear, poles, microspikes. If you want to soak in the experience, stay overnight. So many do this trail unprepared. Best hiking experience in lower mainland. Option to take the east canyon to the gold creek crossing, save your energy for when it really begins after Alder Flats. I break this trail into 3 parts. Parking Lot to Flats, Flats to the Shelter, Shelter to Summit. Enjoy, stay safe!

Great workout not terribly bad for bugs, give that a few weeks! Didn’t quite make it to the top. Snow about last km an steep so turned around. The views on a clear day are fabulous. Crampons suggested at the end, but maybe not in a few weeks. I recall it easier to navigate without the snow :)

Good Hike. the end is the highlight otherwise just trees. dog friendly not as hard as the stats might suggest.

hiking
29 days ago

This could be a 5 star hike if not for the trail. It's not been maintained and now forms a creek so you are walking over a lot of boulders making the ankles kinda sore. recommend over-nighting. its a long ways to go in one day and you'll miss the sites.

Tackled this route on Tuesday in perfect conditions. The trees gave us a break from the heat, and the view made the effort well worth it! Still lots of snow in the last couple miles, and the bugs were pretty bad, but all in all it was pretty well perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this hike on June 15th and 16th, 2018. I camped on Panorama Ridge for the night very close to the emergency shelter. The camp ground was still completely covered in snow. There was however some exposed rock near the shelter, which was a convenient place to sit and cook.

The hike up was quite challenging. It was very mellow until Alder Flats then started to climb quite substantially. The trail was snow free until about 80% of the total distance, just before getting to the top of the ridge. The trail is well marked and it is easy to follow the footsteps in the snow. The snow was fairly deep still up on the ridge and the last 2km was quite challenging. There was a section just before the emergency hut that is quite exposed and it is a bit sketchy, it did feel quite risky to cross it with my 35lb pack.

The way down was hard through the snowy sections as it was easy to slip and sink in the deep snow. I did lose the trail once just before the ridge and ended up almost lost down a steep valley. I did however find the trail again by retracing my steps to the last trail marker.

There is no water source up at the top other than melting snow or finding a drip.

The total trips took me around 4.5hrs up and 4 hrs down with minimal breaks.

This is a great trail and definitely could be done as a day hike. Staying up at the top was a amazing experience though. The view in the morning after waking up from the most peaceful sleep, and the sunset were the highlights for me!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing 360 view was able to reach the summit with hiking poles and boots, shorten poles as ice axes and climbed up. If you thought the ridge was nice trust me try your best to go further. A decent amount of snow once you’ve gotten past the part where it starts getting really steep but nothing you shouldn’t be surprised of if you’ve been hiking recently on any high peaks. I saw people doing it in runners but i guess its totally up to the person, i would recommend using poles and crampons to make it easier but doable without. The only negative of this hike is the amount of flies, once you start getting some decent elevation you start getting SWARMED bug spray helped but you would have to reapply constantly,almost unbearable but fight through it and it’ll all be worth it. Have fun and a safe trip
-June 17th

Hiked this on June 2nd. Lots of snow and slippery spots especially on the descent so be careful and have proper gear. Beautiful 360 degree view at the top so well worth the grind of the final ascent to the summit.

Just did this trail. still significant snow past 1100m. beautiful old growth and wide open alpine. if you're going relaxed pace with a hour break at the top, give yourself 8 hours. amazing views and doesn't dissapoint...

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this hike yesterday May 26, 2018. Somewhere between the top and the west canyon parking lot I lost my jacket. It is a grey jacket stuffed into a small grey stuff sack. If you found it please leave a comment here. I will pay a cash reward for its return.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice leisurely hike. Some pretty views

The hike took about 6.5 hours round trip There were some beautiful views at the top of blanshard needle about 10 people on the trailHad a tough time navigating. Hiked it in Aug 2017. Well worth it though!

It was a walk in the park.

hiking
11 months ago

A great trail to hike - very few people in the morning (we saw 1 person total). It was hard to find the trailhead from the parking lots, but you can park at either the campground day area lot 1 (hike back up to the road) or begin at the Spirea Nature Loop parking lot.

Lots of old redwood stumps to see and a few surprises from the distant past. Some large cast iron pieces from old logging equipment can be found along the west leg of the trail. The optional hike (400m more) to the lookout was worth it for a place to sit, but the view is mostly blocked by trees. No real 'view point' on this hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Saw only one other person. A bit cloudy at the top, but the weather was nice and cool while hiking. The incline trail to start is pretty brutal but otherwise mellow. Heads up is great advice for trail markers. Cob webs and bugs were pretty bad.

hiking
11 months ago

Probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite. It has 360° views and it's really worth an overnight trip so you'll have longer to take that beauty in! This one is a must!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Did it in one day. 5 hours up, 4 hours down. It was a grind but so worth it. The summit is very reachable with hiking boots and poles, however there is a couple scrambles, nothing too exposed. Highly recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

We did this with our dog on 29th July. It took us 3.5 hours to get to the top, pretty much non stop. Just over 3 hours to get down.

We didn't use a gps, we found the trail was marked fairly well. Keep your head up and you will see them. The trail is varied - some loose rocky areas, tree roots, steep areas, also some fairly flat logging paths. There is definitely a lot of uphill, but it's not all steep. There was snow on the way to the top, but not enough to cause a problem.

Not a well travelled trail - we saw a total of 11 people in 7.5 hours.

In my opinion, the view from the top is outstanding. 360 panoramic and breathtaking. Given, we were there on a clear, sunny day. No doubt for me that it is well worth the hike. We had the top to ourselves for the 40 mins we spent there. A big change from the other, more well known hikes.

Bugs, but not terrible. (I did have bug spray on). Rough on knees on the way down. We got to the trail head at 9.30am and there was no problem with parking.

Amazing view. Make sure you are in shape, difficult last 2km and then the decent felt long.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

June 26, 2017 View from the top was amazing. Trail well marked both up and down. Snow for the last ~2km. Keep head up for markers due to lack of trail in snow.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Very poor trail markers. The trail is very unkept.... lots of bushwhacking. It is not steep or anything but because the trail is in such poor condition I would not recommend it. Also a long stretch of logging road before the trail starts. And Right now the trail is still very snow covered.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

had a hard time finding the start of the trail but once we got going it was okay. signage isn't that great but managed to make it to beautiful lake leaving 5 kilometers left until the peak. there was snow and we didn't have the proper gear so we headed down. round trip was 16km from the parking lot by Mike lake.

Monday, May 15, 2017

love this place just up the street from me although there is no public parking many park by the mail boxes.
It has a gate but there is no restriction on it so available to everyone.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quite wet right now. Bring waterproof hikers and be prepared to jump through active water rock ways on the path. Clear path, great signage.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great hike! Just tried the West trail past Alder flats (as far as I could go) made it just past the rock slide lookout. Trail was not passable at the first large hairpin. Way too much snow.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

We parked in the beach parking area and according to the gps we were right at the spot to start the hike. However there were no signs to show where the trail started. So we basically pulled out the gps and we had to walk to the main road in order to just find the Trail. Terrible markings but the scenery and tranquility was unsurpassed. A pretty good hike, I'd say in the easy to moderate category.

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