Explore the most popular lake 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.

A challenging hike but so rewarding. Beautiful old-growth forest and lots of pools for a refreshing dip. We had the lake to ourselves and there was no traffic on the trail.

This was a lovely hike, without too terribly many people and with some decent elevation gain and neat features on the West Canyon side of the trail. The little offshoot we took to Hikers Beach was fun, where we found some sandy areas that you could easily camp on beside the creek. We hiked around the loop East to West but next time I think i’d just do an out and back along the West Canyon as it was more pleasurable for me with the interesting rock/ wooden steps and a bit more difficult terrain. Nice viewpoints on areas of the trail up into the mountains. Really great that there were many offshoots from the main loop for exploration. Will be back to try it in a different way again, perhaps to get up to Golden Ears peak next time with an overnighter! Took us (relatively fit 37 F/39 M) with a couple breaks, about 2.5 hours total.

it was really busy, but beautiful as well

Easy hike without too many people. The trail to upper falls is easy to miss. The trail is also overgrown and a bit of an ankle challenge. But I found it to be very well marked with ribbons.

very nice trail. Confusing at times to figure out which trail to take, not marked well.

It's an adventure getting to this spot. Past Halfmoon Beach its quite the slog through over growth and blow down. You'll need to know how to route find, track, and find markers through the bush. The tracks on this website aren't 100% correct either. It's not 29km and you won't be traveling in straight lines like the alltrails .gpx data shows. I'd say the actual distance is 36km and it took me 12 hours to do, there and back.

Check out my youtube channel, I made a video of the trip.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu-BGOwKAFFTgLbJcXlYU5g?

Way to many people and dog poop everywhere all over the trail, so bad it smells everywhere you go. this isn't a hike it's a walk. parking is slim to non! dont go on long weekends or weekends. weekdays late afternoon are the best times if your into nature walks around litter and poop.

did this trail in 2017 with my two teenage children was a tough go getting past all the blowdown 10 Km in but we made it don't I dont recommend the trail unless your experienced and have a GPS for back up as its very easy to loose your way trail is not well marked after you cross gold creek and ascend up to hector ferguson Lake some beautiful old growth when you get deep into the trail its a tough grind for the last 400 up to the lake but a great time if your a strong hiker.

This was a nice and easy jaunt on trails that are mostly old logging roads/rail lines. Starting from the East Canyon Trailhead, take two quick lefts and the rest of the trail is relatively intuitive to follow.

Gold Creek Falls is an excellent location to enjoy the coolness of the water and the excitement of the trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy walk to the falls, also known as lower falls trail. Only took 30 mins to get to them. Relaxing to sit on the rocks at the falls

The trail was quite enjoyable, the moderate status was very fitted. I found the some of the points of the trail confusing as to which route to follow, but all in all this app helped a lot with that. I wish it was just a closer trail to the water. I will go to Golden Ears again, but try a different trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice leisurely hike. Some pretty views

It's basically just a walk, not much strenuous hiking involved, but some of the views are amazing, especially on clear days. Also very crowded with people and their dogs or small children, so I'd suggest going in the morning.

walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Really lovely trail, not difficult at all but a long enough walk to warrant the drive. The scenery was beautiful, not just the mountain views but the trail itself was just a perfect depiction of west coast wilderness

It was a walk in the park.

hiking
4 months ago

Took my wife and 2.5yr old for a hike today. It was muddy, but super cute to watch my daughter climb over the exposed roots and climb up the boardwalks over the little streams. Very short hike with some of it on gravel path.

Only nice part is the fact its short. Had one view of the lake for 5 min. It was pretty ugly. Would not go again.

Good for kids, even little ones. Took my 6 and 3 year olds and they enjoyed it.

walking
8 months ago

Great walk on a cold wet day.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous and easy hike, big reward for minimal effort

Wife and I did it with a 2.5 year old today. Awesome little hike. some delapitaded boardwalks but that just added to the hike. glad to see it hasn't gotten the "4 foot wide gravel upgrade" I've heard of so many other trails going.
Son really liked it. lots of mushrooms and tree fungus to check out. old growth stumps galore. lots of exposed root scrambles. good hike all around. took us 2 hours of slow meandering stop and looking.

Beautiful hike, or better said a nice walk trough the forest...amazing views and was extremely nice right after the rain fall when the forest it's at its finest!

10 months ago

Easy little trek around a small lake. Only a few people there when we went on a Saturday morning in October, but it is apparently busy in the summer. The roots all over the trail are incredible! We've nicknamed this one "Groot Trail". Not suitable for strollers/bikes/wheels.

hiking
11 months ago

on Mike Lake Loop Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Fun times! Wish the lake was more visible tho.

Very impressive waterfalls, bring your swimwear there's a natural pool!

A great trail, especially go with kids. Beautiful, safe and easy.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

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