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

a coastal classic. Challenging hike with some tough sections. Can be done in pieces or as a backpacking trip. best as a one or even two night trip.

Nice short, flat trail that begins at the ski lodge and runs right along the lake. Take the bear warning signs seriously as we did see a black bear just off the trail.

10 days ago

This was my first “real” hike.. newbie here.. it was hard but so worth it! We got lucky with the fog lifting just as we reached Eagles Bluff. It gets busy quickly so I suggest going before 9 am.

14 days ago

First, this is not a lightly trafficked trail. I hiked it today with hundreds of others. Ruined it for me. And so many dogs off leash!

But the hike itself is perfect if you’re not looking to commit a full day. Steep and long enough to know you’ve had a workout with picturesque lakes to stop at and a beautiful view from the top.

14 days ago

Excellent. No bugs! Lots if people but still great. Tough hike up - steep grade but well marked. Very pretty.

Great hike! work out a bit of a sweat to reach the refreshing lake! awesome for a swim. Beautiful view as well.

Great reward for the effort.

The tails are marked, but poorly orientation wise. Many trails leading in multiple directions so be prepared to get turned around once or twice. Pay attention to the maps. I essentially spent two hours just marking out my own route - so get creative!

terrible and poorly marked.... there are better trails in the area

The best point is at the start... after that... there isn't anything worth seeing

crazy view. cabin lake is awsome

quite steep and difficult on the way up, but the lake at the end is so worth it!!! bring a bathing suit and towel, and enjoy! also, right off this trail is the yew lake Lookout, and that's quite breathtaking. would highly recommend this hike if you're up for a hit of a challenge.

Nothing to see on a cloudy day. Just a very steep and crowded hike to a small and crowded (though pretty) lake. Also there is very loud construction happening nearby which you can hear throughout the hike.

1 month ago

The trail starts with a pretty steep path. 80% of the elevation gain is right from the beginning it lasts for the first 1.9km. It would become a pleasant trek with fairly rock and mud along the way. Beautiful small lakes and a huge lake for swimming with a couple of small cliffs to jump from. Stunning view from the top over the horseshoe bay and Vancouver. Definitely bring bug spray with you, or you'll get eaten alive.

We went here a few months ago and there was some snow on the ground, which made it a bit more adventurous with the slip and sliding around. Even with the snow, I thoroughly enjoyed the hike for its lush environment, the lake you’ll see on the way, and the gorgeous view at the top! On a clear day, it truly is spectacular - you’ll see Vancouver, UBC, the islands, and so much more! Of note, the upfront work during the initial incline is challenging, but go at your own pace and you’ll enjoy it a lot more. Take in the view when you take a break and enjoy that well deserved sip of water. Happy hiking!

A relatively relaxed trail that winds up through lower hollyburn into cypress over the course of 4 hours. The entrance is a bit hard to find and ended up walking up a mountain bike track instead. Regardless, there are enough trails to find your way back. Got little bit confused when passing onto private property but encountered no issues. Solid hike for a hot day with plenty of lakes and shaded for most of the way. One warning; Millstream trail is technically closed due to a landslide but there is a makeshift trail over the washed out area.

First part very steep but doable even for beginners. The rest of the trail is moderate and very scenic. Different terrain throughout. Lakes ponds forests and meadows. Very beautiful. One of my favourite hikes in Vancouver to date

Fun hike with a refreshing dip to cool off.

It was amazing but very hard. really work to keep your pack weight low as the effort from the lions to the meadows shouldn't be underestimated. bring lots of water and tablets to clean the water. Dry almost the full first day unless you scoop snow or drink pretty dirty tarn water. Took 12hr with 50lb pack (way to heavy for this type of climb but hiking with my daughter so by body weight balancing this was my share) to the meadows. Second day is easy but all downhill with lots of water sources. Unbelievable views almost the whole way but hot and buggy. I can't stress enough bring tons of water and good hiking shoes. It is some serious scrambles in places more than a "trail" Snow wasn't too bad on July 20 2018.

1 month ago

The view is awesome

2 months ago

First part of trail was quite steep with loose rocks so can be somewhat slippery going downhill on the return trip. No snow left on trail but some parts are muddy. It was a cloudy, rainy day and we didn’t think we would have a view but we were lucky because the clouds parted as we reached the bluff. Nice hike with a beautiful view. There was a raven and a couple of chipmunks on the bluff waiting for food. Took us about 3 hours return.

Beautiful walk in the woods. Enjoyed the sound of rushing water and the birds singing and flying all over the place. The signage is not clear, pay attention to your map . Thumbs down just because of signage, otherwise it is a beautiful place with quite well maintained trails.

just hiked nearly 9 kilometers on this Trail it was fantastic you can go to Vancouver Island on the west coast to Tofino and ucluelet but this is right up there with those trails that you'll find there

2 months ago

It was raining and foggy but a beautiful hike nonetheless! Steep to start but then fairly relaxed but a decent amount of mud and rocks along the way

Great, fun, challenging hike with beautiful views near the top. After a couple of miles of steady but smooth uphill walking, this hike becomes a climb. My friend is a strong hiker, but a so so climber, and it took us over an hour to clamber over boulders, roots, and rocks for the 4th mile. It turned out to be totally worth it with stunning views a mile from the top. If you’re a strong climber, you’ll really enjoy this, but if your experience is limits to hiking, you might consider turning back.

Very beautiful trail this time of the year, we saw huckleberries and raspberries along the trail.

Really nice hike for novices. Challenging! The first 1/2 hour is a bit grueling and uphill, but after that its fairly well varied. On a clear day, you can see Garibaldi from the peak, as well as an awesome view of the lions and Cypress ski area. Mid June, there was still a considerable amount of snow and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. Cabin lake looks like it would be a great spot to take a dip but it was still ice-covered. Maybe in August!

Beautiful! But actually there are no dogs allowed on the Yew Lake Loop. The loop is VERY short (took us under 40 minutes for sure). We went mid June and there were patches of snow. So I think Mid June is the best time to start going on this hike.

Gorgeous leisurely hike - took a slight detour and visited the Salmon Hatchery!

3 months ago

Did the hike today. Still quiet a bit of snow. The northern trail that summits black mountain has much less snow and better views then the cabin lake trail.

I went on a hike last summer the view is stunning

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