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i wanted to get a head start for sunrise and I am really bummed I couldn't make it to the trailhead. I thought I read the reviews for this hike but apparently I did not. that being said, I've uploaded some pictures of the road so others don't make the same mistake I did.

I can handle bumpy, rocky roads and maneuvering potholes, but there are small trenches in the road. by the time I reached the second one with about 5k left, i admitted defeat and drove back to town.

YOU NEED AT LEAST 1/2 METER OF CLEARANCE AND 4WD!

Great hike, you will need an all wheel drive or 4x4 to get to though. We had a convoy going of all wheel, 4x4 and a Honda civic fwd the civic almost made it to the end. But definitely not recommended as he got stuck.

The trail itself is a mixture of wooded forest out to open trail and then scrambling across rocks. Moderate /hard but well worth it.
The reward up the top with the new tent platforms and paths are great.

Reward yourself with a swim. The waters beautiful!

Nice trail for beginners.

More people than a mall at Christmas

camping
4 days ago

Amazing hike! Recommend camping overnight down by the lake to enjoy the sunset. Extremely steep!

hiking
6 days ago

Grueling hike! The entire hike is a scramble up the mountain. Pretty relentless. The final ascent up the boulders is intense. Bring lots of water! Most of the hike is spent in the trees. About 2.5-3hours in you are rewarded with a wonderful view of the water cascading down the mountain from the lake - take a break and take in the waterfall. Another 45 minutes in the trees and finally out for magnificent views! 30 more minutes up the boulder and finally... The lake itself! It is gorgeous!

6 days ago

Great hike with no major changes in elevation so easy to do for anyone, what's nice is if you wish, you can do about half of the hike and see part of the lake, but going out the full distance is definitely worth it as it is definitely the best views. Full distance took about four hours round trip.

Black flies were brutal, still some snow up there but doable in runners - bring an extra pair of socks! Bring more water than you think you’ll need, it was a hot summer day when we did it. Waterfalls were gorgeous, view was amazing.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent hike. Nice and steep but not too long so bearable. Definitely recommend doing it as an overnighter...set your tent and then head up to the glacier :)

backpacking
10 days ago

Fantastic trail. Great for a two day trip, one day out, one day back with some time to explore in between travelling to/from the camp ground at Rampart Ponds. Be prepared for a steep uphill climb at the beginning. After the initial slog uphill, you're treated to a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Once you're past Elfin Lake the traffic will die down a lot. And you'll be treated to some great valley views before you get to Rampart Ponds, as well as a beautiful alpine lake that will probably have snow/ice still as it did in August when we hiked it. To get to Mamquam Lake you must trek downhill past Rampart Ponds. It's worth noting that the bugs get bad once you reach Rampart Ponds and continue on your trek to Mamquam. Also be ready to walk through some snow, as it is still there in August. If you get to a part of the trail and it looks washed out, look straight ahead and find the pink marking tape to guide onto the path. Do no follow the washed out section down into the valley. But if you do, simply follow the stacks of rocks until you are back on the trail. Be prepared to stake your tent/rainfly into gravel as that is what the tent pads are made from. Overall, could not be happier with this trail.

hiking
10 days ago

This is an amazing hike in the backcountry, however, the gravel road towards the trailhead is extreme rocky and uneven. We rented a 4WD Jeep and still were afraid to go further than the 14th marker. The final 3(?) km to the trailhead we continued to walk. Some passing by cars offered to take us with them and seriously the conditions of the road got worse. I would have been to afraid to get a flat tire though. But other than that, the hike offers a variety of “underground“ conditions - from, woods and mud to gravel and rocks. We did the hike yesterday and even went for a quick jump into the lake. Nevertheless, parts of the lake are still frozen. If only hiking there for a day trip, bear in mind that the time getting to the trailhead takes an extra hour!

Awesome hike. Just the right amount of steep sections and plateaus. Still a bit muddy in sections, but those kind of add fun to it. Snow still at the top, so wear layers. All wheel drive and a vehicle with a fair bit of clearance is ideal as the forest service road has a few washouts and bumpy bits.

hiking
14 days ago

The view at the top is breathtaking. A full 360degree panoramic view, with The Lions up close is a can’t miss opportunity. Please bring BUG SPRAY! I couldn’t enjoy the view to the fullest as the amount flies was overwhelming. Hiking up in July comes with muddy and snowy conditions as well so something to keep in mind. If you see « christmas gully » on your map, this portion is not easy! Trail is not clear, lots of snow, and the lack of markers makes it difficult not to be lost. The view made it all worth it.

on Mount Strachan

14 days ago

A nice hike. Hard to find trail markers in some areas.

I want to do this hike this weekend and I’m wondering how difficult it is to get to the trailhead?

My vehicle is all wheel drive but doesn’t have a lot of extra clearance. I’m in an Audi Q3. Does anyone know how it looks exactly?

Beautiful views BUT too early in the year. I did it last week (last week of June) and there is still too much snow. Up until the Lions is okay, but after that steep snow gullies and snow bridges need proper snow hiking gear (ice pick, crampons, etc).
Also, this is not really a loop...you can leave a car at Porteau Cove and then come back to start the hike from Cypress Mountain, it's 28km one way and hard, not moderate.

Nice hike, steep, sleep with a tent on wood platform. Glacier, lake and mountain are amazing!
Must do!

hiking
21 days ago

Easy family hike

very nice hike, but getting to the trail head was a real challenge. extremely rough road once you enter the unpaved section .

Hike is clear. A few patches of snow at the top past the boulder field that you walk over for 30 seconds. Very minimal. Did the hike in trail runners with no issue. People were camping at the top. Marmots galore!!!

Very beautiful lake surrounded by beautiful mountain range. The trail itself is very well maintained. Last section before reaching the lake can be quite muddy, slippery and steep.

Still lots of snow around the last 1k, did June 23rd.

hiking
29 days ago

The road in has recently been filled in so the potholes are easier to navigate. The hike is accuratley rated as hard, but it's well worth it when you get to the top! Definitely achievable without snow shoes now, only a few ankle deep patches left.

Easy trail, flat all way long. Although the lake is indeed pretty, there was no awesome viewpoint.

My first time on bike trail. It was awesome!

trail running
1 month ago

The rocky road to the trailhead is the only negative here. The trail itself has a bit of incline in the first half mile. Gorgeous lake and mountain views about 1.5 miles in. Perfect for running or hiking.

Hike is no joke but totally worth it. Bring mosquito spray! And shoes for snow.

It is a hard hike but once you get to the top it’s all worth it. The lake is still thawing, so I’ll try it in a month again so I can see that beautiful turquoise blue.
Amazing Mountain Views.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike started off smoothly until the first stream crossing via the Old Strachan Trail. Once we crossed over, we kinda lost the trail. There were many blow downs obscuring the path. On top of that, we had to deal with the snow, which further made it harder to discern the correct path to take. The orange markers were few and difficult to find. We basically followed a previously recorded track and manage to come across a part of a plane wreckage. After arriving at the south peak, we contemplated whether we should continue to make a return loop via Christmas Gully and Howe Sound Crest Trail. We could hear water rushing thru the gully. It was then decided that the best return route was to take T-33 which switches back down to the parking lot. Overall, this hike would be better experienced if there werent as many blow downs and ice. Its a good thing we had our microspikes and poles with us. As for the views, they are one of the best.

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