Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Mission with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

clean trail with nice waterfall as a reward in the end

The loop is not open since BC Hydro doesn't want to spend the money needed to upgrade the floating bridge across Harsine inlet. contact Hydro to protest

walking
20 days ago

Great trail. Short walk but a beautiful destination. The trail is open. I don’t know why it’s marked closed.

This hike is actually a loop around the entire lake. It was closed for a long time while they did seismic upgrades on Ruskin Dam-- it should be open now-- check first! I found the Reservoir Trail less scenic, and it is longer as well, so some may want to stick to the in and out of the Railway Trail :)
From the Website:

Follow the path of a historic railway

Railway Trail runs down the west side of Hayward Lake. The pathway of the trail once served as the railway connecting nearby Stave Lake Reservoir to the district of Mission. The flat and wide area makes for a fairly easy hike with a brief section of inclines and declines. Hikers and bikers can make their way down the 6-km trail all the way to the Ruskin Dam located at the south end of the lake before crossing over the dam to Reservoir Trail.

See the dam and waterfalls

On the opposite side of the lake, Reservoir Trail will take you on a 10-km walk through the forest. Follow the north end detour for views of Steelhead Falls and don't miss the canoe landing towards the south end to take a short break and enjoy views of the lake.

Very good but long hike but not that very hard.

Beautiful views of the lake and not too strenuous. We spent 3.5 hours slowly out and back.

Trail is currently OPEN with the exception of Hairsine Inlet as the floating bridge has been removed. Getting to the parking lot and walking down to the falls is no problem.

Did the short hike from the parking lot to the dam, amazing views through the forest and walking on the dam was exhilarating

perfect with the dog and kids. all enjoyed. been back a few times.

1 month ago

Great trail, flat around the lake, the hike to the bottom of the falls and back was steep and had some rocks and roots to navigate.

2 months ago

Trail clear of snow for the season.

Good easy going trail. Small secluded sandy beaches give good respite. Trail is good for recreational runners as well as some small uphill parts which are great for short sprints. Beautiful views across the lake.

2 months ago

This is my favourite place to bring my kids and dog!

Road leading to the trail is currently closed.

Beautiful short walk to the falls. Took my four kids and they enjoyed it!

We saw two very small waterfalls,I guess we missed the big one?

We did just follow the trails though. Can anyone tell me how I missed it Lol.

The beginning of the trail has snow still but once you get past the picnic area at the lake the trail is all clear. Finding the falls was slightly difficult as the trail signs are all down right now but using the map on here I was able to find them, there is some fallen trees and debris on the trail to falls, be careful.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of snow through the whole trail. Was relatively easy going up following some old track marks that was left before from fellow hikers. The snow was packed down for a good portion of the uphill logging road. Roughly 2.5 kms up the snow became quite deep requiring a bit more effort to continue on the trail. Would recommend crampons for slippery conditions. Lake was covered in snow but was a nice reward at the end. Walking back was fairly easy and took us under an hour. Would love to return in the summer to see it without all the snow.

nice and easy, but getting into the falls is not that nice the trail but still easy to get there.

nice walk and super clean trail. my pup loved it, special the little beach in the south.

Beautiful and easily assessable

Beautiful easy trail

Good variety in levels and scenery. Wear good shoes as the beginning is steep downhill (and you have to go back up it later). I wouldn’t bring a stroller. Only saw 2 other people on a holiday. I will definitely be doing this hike again.

Heaven in my town

Nice trail, easy and pretty.

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful well maintained easy trail through towering forest, across two bridges and ending with stairs down to the base of these magical falls. The lookout was still under construction when we went (aug 2017) but there is still access to it.

hiking
11 months ago

We took an accidental left down a logging road at the 3km mark that turned into a nice view point over Hoover Lake with a mini home made campground at the end of it. Once we back tracked and took the left just AFTER the 3km we made our way through the forest. Very easy to follow with all of the markers. Went up to the view point and then continued along into the forest where we foundered orange/pink markers that led us to some ropes and chains that led down to a pretty view point over Stave Lake. Then made our way back in just over an hour. Good workout but nothing too strenuous! Simple and enjoyable!

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