Explore the most popular trail running 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

23 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

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

Monday, July 03, 2017

fun park. not hiking just a leisurely stroll.

Friday, June 30, 2017

loved it! roughly 20-25minutes from parking lot, dogs also loved it! Great trail, not busy in the evenings during the week!

Pretty easy trail with not a lot of elevation gain. The floating bridge is closed off until sometime in 2018, and the waterfall path is closed due to construction. Most of the trail goes through the forest and there is not a lot of lake access. Would be good for trail running!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bought some new backpacking gear so I headed up to Hoover lake to fine tune my setup, Ive done this hike a few times now and Ive some to a few conclusions. For me the hike is a little high strain low reward, they have this hike labelled as easy but that must just be the short 0.7km from the trail head down to the lake. The first 3/4 is a steep loose gravel logging road which would even be a workout going up for conditioned people's. Going down to put it blatantly is hell, after hiking up and to the lake you now have to slip, slide and slowly make your way down the steep gravel logging road which is hard on the ankles and knees, I even almost slipped and fell wearing full boots. Besides the hill going to and from the trail head, the short "hike" to the lake is a breeze. Once you get to the lake you have two options, go straight to a path that skirts around a marsh on the lake edge towards a couple benches/fire pits or continue left on a trail that leads you around the edge of the lake about 3/4 of the way around before reconnecting to the logging road that you came in on (from there you can leave or continue to a view point to the left). Like I was saying high strain low reward, its a cute little lake but that's about it and the trail leading around it is pretty bland and not very technical, admittedly I found my self getting bored and ended up trying to bush wack my around the last 1/4 of the lake but ended up getting lost (after finding lots of garbage at someone's hidden bushcrafting camp) and cutting back up towards the logging road above to leave. This hike would definitely be a lot more fun with a companion to talk to or share a meal/fire with at the top but solo it's a bit of a bore. In general though it's a nice hike, trails are well marked, maintained and are straightforward for hikers of all shapes and size and on a side note I saw a lot of fresh bear poo on the logging roads and the wild raspberries are just coming into season so be vigilant and be prepared, but ultimately I was attacked by a very angry momma quail who thought I was after her chicks on the side of the logging road but she let me pass after we had exchanged a couple choice words!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Moderate to strenuous ... needs a little patience going in because trail gives a 400m elevation in heading to the lake but all going downward back. More calories burned though ....

Sunday, June 18, 2017

1st 3 km is on logging road. Just after the 3km marker turn left onto a well marked trail. Short hike to lake. There is a trail 1/2 way around lake, comes out on road. Go left for viewpoint or right to return to vehicle . Viewpoint was highlight for me.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I love the combination of uphill, downhill & plateau of this trail.

Excellent trail to explore. Some hills then walking flat along the lake. Easy and beautiful. The sign says you can go to the powerhouse, but recently the trail was closed just past the slide area and you had to turn back.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Took the dogs here for the first time! Was a little nervous having them off leash for the first part of the trail as the drop off looks quite steep, but as you get towards the two beaches from the upper parking lot it's perfectly fine for dogs to roam free ( there was no one around). Water was great for them and paths were wide and easy to walk along. Wasn't sure what we were getting into and half of the path was closed for bc hydro work so just walked a few km and turned back to the car. Looks like a spot to check out again in the summer. There is a outhouse near the beach and also garbage can for park use. It was clean and well kept. Curious if it gets busy in the summer.

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