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I saw my spirit. We did our geocaching up the way. Take your time and enjoy.

This is definitely one of my favourite hikes. This year I went in August, but a couple years back I went in September and the blueberry bushes had turned bright red making for quite the spectacle. This hike can be as long as you want it because there are so many view points that no matter how far you go it will be worthwhile. The first 45 minutes are a steep rooty climb through the forest, but it breaks off to a boulder field with 360 degrees of mountain views and then into a waving grassy trail that leads to the split off between Flat Iron (right) and Needle (left). If you continue to Flat Iron, you'll head into another rolling hill type of trail that winds (several paths) through low blueberry bushes and rocky outcrops. This eventually goes out to the lake. At the lake, there is a stunning view of the mountain (and usually some left over winter ice) and the water is clear and glassy like a mirror. There is so much to look at on this trail that I always end up making this a full day trip - it's hard to zoom through it because its simply so beautiful. After the lake you can continue to the top of the mountain. This is a bit of a rocky goat trail at first but the higher you go the flatter it gets. At the top there is a weird dark green tower - I've never really figured out what it's used for.

During the hike this year (Aug 2018) we encountered a group of people with an off leash dog. The dog charged and picked my dog (which was leashed in order to pass them) up by the neck and proceeded to thrash and bite. While no serious injury was sustained, I just want to remind people to stay safe and be respectful to other hikers. If you're going to have your dog off leash (even though here, it is stated that dogs must be on leash) - please at least be responsible about it and leash your dog to allow people to pass, even if your pet is typically friendly since you never know other people's situations. The last thing anyone wants is an emergency, especially while you're so far out from town. It would have taken us at least 2 hours to get to a vet or hospital had something gone terribly wrong.

Did this trail today, was defenitly a challenge for the cardio. I would rate this as moderate not easy. I found the Hope Lookout trail was easier and it's rated as moderate. Amazing views along the way.

It's been said many times that this hike is awesome but it is certainly tough for the first 45 mins or so at sometimes 25 degrees incline. The lake is very pretty and surprisingly warm for a dip. We encountered snow in some shaded areas which was also fun considering it was 35C or so. Great fun!

Great trail, steep and rooty at the beginning so watch your footing. Once you get to the top of the first ridge the climb lessens. We didn’t go to Needle, but camped overnight at Flatiron. Wasn’t crowded at all despite being a long weekend. Will be back to do it again. Also watched an SAR rescue from Needle peak. Please come prepared and don’t attempt anything over your skill level!

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2 months ago

Did this hike on June 24. We had 4 kids (8,8,10,11) and 3 adults. We did this hike because it is rated easy. That is wrong !!! This is much more an intermediate hike.

Overall it’s a gorgeous hike with lots to see and a lovely view. Took about 2 hours to reach the top with some very unhappy children who felt overworked. 

Coming down was much easier and then rewarded by ice cream at Barry’s General Store.

The trailhead begins right behind the green and white welcome to Yale sign you speed by. If you reach ‘downtown yale’ — you’ve gone too far. Backtrack south on the highway till you see the welcome sign or the graveyard. Parking is on the shoulder of the highway.

Very little bugs at the time and lovely foliage. We only ran into 3 other people the entire hike.

Once you reach the viewpoint, you need to follow the path for another 5-10 minutes to reach the caves themselves. They were a little spooky for me so I didn’t enter, but you’d defiantly want a headlight or flashlight.

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5 months ago

Nice quick hike with a beautiful view point over looking Yale and the Fraser. I didn't see any caves while I was up there. Today it took me 45 minutes to get to the view point and 30 minutes to get down.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

This trail definitely gives you good work out. Some spectacular views on the way. When I was here on a Sunday in august, I was surprised to find out that the only one on the trail! It was very serene.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

hiked up here on August long weekend and it's a great climb up to the top. fantastic view spots at the top, and the trail winds through a beautiful forest. Definitely a steady climb, good amount of switchback but a great work out.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

I go every year and it always blows my mind. The view never disappoints and the lake is great for a swim to cool off after hiking up. lots of room to explore up around there and lots of great things to see.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Did this last year. There is a lot of uphill on this trail and some spots were you don't want to get off the trail or you could roll down steep hills for a long way. I also concur that this shouldn't quite be marked as easy, it's a lower level intermediate. Beautiful views on the way up. The caves at the top are fairly small, but there are still multiple levels which makes it interesting and fun. A few small squeezes that can be done too. Lots of fun for kids. I'm very interested to know how the caves were formed at the top of a hill.

If you want to do a quick hike head up to the first viewpoint.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Good variety of inclination, gets close to cliff at a few places but the view (when not foggy) is spectacular. You can also see mountain glaciers.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A nice little trail and lovely views. the "caves" weren't particularly interesting to me but I would still recommend the trail.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

This trail is rated as Easy and perhaps I'm not in the best shape... but this trail is steep enough to be rated moderate. We turned around after 3km so perhaps the best part is in the last 2km. The setting is quite lovely with pretty good peek-a-boo views. But the constant climbing upwards made this trail more of a chore than it should have been.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Awesome hike we did it with our kids and really enjoyed it!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Took a few passes to find the trailhead. Parked on the road by the cemetery. Trail was very overgrown for first 20-30 minutes, but then better. Trail gets narrow on some switchbacks. Great view toward the top.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Great view point and the cool caves were greatly appreciated.

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