Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
2 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.

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?

The viewpoint was a little confusing. There’s like two kinds but barely enough room for like 2 people to sit and have lunch

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, despite the rain, fog and no view at the top; definitely worth it!

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.

Trails are pretty clearly marked which is good if you are a beginner. Ensure you take the climb up to the viewpoint it is well worth it. All around great trip through the woods.

hiking
11 days ago

Took my 6,8 and 10 year old up, they did great! Tough, steep fun hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Did this on Saturday. I'm not sure I could recommend the trail when it is wet, there was quiet a bit of mud. Near the end there is some climbing that needs to be done which I don't think is mentioned so be aware. It's quiet peaceful at the top however, I would recommend it during clear weather.

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
17 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!

hiking
18 days ago

hiked it Wednesday, it is cardio galore, calf and knee killer!!! (for me

nature trips
21 days ago

Really nice hike with okay views. this will turn out to be the worst hike you have ever been on if you do not bring lots of bug spray and a face net. I’m serious , this hike will be torture if u do not have these things!!

I set out with my 10 year old daughter to do this and it was lovely! It wasn’t too challenging but still offered some exercise and views. We’re excited to explore what else is there!

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 :)

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike to test your stamina and cardio. The moment you leave the Valley View Trail it’s uphill all the way, with just two short breaks towards the top. The last bit is a scramble to the top. Unfortunately, we had a cloudy day with a few glimpses of the nearby waterfalls from the peak. We had tons of insects though so bring a face net and lots of bug spray!

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

hiking
24 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
27 days 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
29 days 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

Beautiful view from the lookout and over Viking creek

1 month ago

Dogs cannot go beyond the climbing ropes so unless you're prepared to leave them behind, you can't summit.

Amazing hike did this june 3rd easy to follow great views and had some left over energy so went back to the junction and also did allouette mountain which still had a lot of snow during the steep ascent but made for a fun slide down total trip took 6hrs including stops and breaks

Great easy hike with so many great views of the river and the mountains! It was lovely and quiet. We only ran into three other groups along the hike, everyone was friendly. The dog loved the trail as well!!

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.

Nice and very short hike! We went there as a warm up :)

hiking
1 month ago

Up, up and keep going up!
Grouse Grind on steroids and way less crowded.
Went up on Monday, May 21st there is still a little bit of snow after the rope climbing.
Great workout and hard on the knees coming back down.
Would do it again though!

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