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Weather didn’t cooperate and we missed the views

Did this hike last weekend and we were the first ones to hike all the way to the top in the new snow fall. Really soft and deep snow from second lake

Relatively easy....if youre in decent shape. Lots of stairs and lots of people. Would do it again first thing in the morning. Viewpoint spectacular.Wish Kayla

This trail has everything you’d want in a hike. Water features, amazing outlooks, some challenging stretches. Definitely recommend. Wasn’t as crowded as I was anticipating.

Great exercise, and a view that makes the climb worth it! Bring snacks and water!

Hike/run took 1 hr 50 min.

too many tourists.

too many tourists aviod. Do Baden Powell instead to mount Seymour Hwy instead

snowshoeing
16 days ago

It’s close to the city so it’s a pretty busy trail. Parking is very difficult on a weekend so it’s best to get there early. Great for an outdoor winter workout.

Easy to moderate hike: easy in terms of technical skills required but moderate in terms of fitness level. There are lots of steps which are very well maintained and the only way to get across three creeks and gorges. Beautiful, tall trees and a wonderful view at the end. In all, a very well maintained trail with lovely scenery along the way to a beautiful viewpoint.

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Just completed this hike again today in snow shoes. There’s plenty of snow on the trail now, so I recommend snow shoes or spikes but some people seemed to be getting along with hiking boots and poles. The trail meanders through powder covered trees and terrain before coming out to a view of the city. It’s a very beautiful and easy hike. My only complaint is that, like most good hikes in Vancouver, the trail is very busy with other hikers. Overall a great trail for snow shoeing though.

hiking
22 days ago

Last time I hiked this trail was 30 years ago - much has changed. Crushed gravel laid on potentially muddy sections, bridges over creeks and hand railings on steep side slopes. Great accessible trail for all abilities.

I learned 2 things today that reacquainted me with the Westcoast rain; 1) touch screens on cellphones don’t often work and 2) OR Foray Rain Jacket and matching rain pants work awesome!

So many steps

Easy trail. Not much for views or amazing vistas, but perfect for those times when you have only a couple of hours and want to stretch your legs, get some fresh air. I've done this trail at least a dozen times and still enjoy it. We usually go clockwise around the lake to get the minimal bit of elevation out of the way first. Sometimes we pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic area at the north end of the lake.

It typically gets quite busy, so we usually try to get on the trail early. Lots of people, lots of dogs (about half of which are running off-leash). The busy-ness is the only reason for my rating of 4/5 stars. The trail itself is great.

1 month ago

Easy Trail

1 month ago

I loved it for the view and the challenge. beautiful forest. but the first half is a straight up stream bed. a LOT of rocks and chances to turn an ankle.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on Dec 8th! Not enough snow to snowshoe but the trail gets very icy the higher up you get. We didn't have spikes or crampons but definitely bring them if you have them. Many areas were inches of solid ice hidden beneath a dusting of snow so it was very sketchy and there was a lot of slipping. It was still a fun adventure! On a clear day I imagine the view is still spectacular (but it was super cloudy for us).

Seriously icey on 5th December. Crampons a must. Great view from the top.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail but definitely not for beginners in this season, get spikes and snow gear since it's already covered by snow.

1 month ago

Did the hike joffre lake 25 years ago for 5 years in a row. Was one of my favorite. No one on the trail. Now did it on August long weekend this year. Wow so busy. But still so beautiful.

Hiked yesterday. There is snow along the entire trail. The trail was packed down, so there was no need for snowshoes. It was quite icy and slippery. Wearing spikes would have made the hike much easier and safer. The view from the top was stunning.

Great quick hike but way too busy.

1 month ago

Challenging hike, good trail but lots of slippery stones and erosion so get ready to use your balance.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, I think it is for beginners too but just when don’t have snow. I went today and it is very slippery, spikes are highly recommended. Bring extra clothes just in case if you fall and get wet. Use gloves, scarf, hood, and nice and warm clothes. We already started the fall/winter season so you will need it because is very cold there.

A challenging adventurous hike for kids and families, easy but not boring for the more seasoned hiker. It’s definitely a far cry in technical difficulty from your local park trails, substantially harder.

Great hike and view

beautiful

Beautiful.

Beautiful three lakes, and easy hike. Good for a beginner too. Parking was full.

Hiked on Nov 17 - bright beautiful day in the forecast and cold. Trails are compact snow and ice in sections now: RUNNERS NOT APPROPRIATE. Allow for extra time due to slippery sections. Arrived at 945am, parking easy. Try to time it so that you are at the third lake just after noon bc before that the sun is still behind the mountain and it's shady. Most of the trail will be in the shade so dress appropriately. Highly recommend cramp-ons at this point. Beautiful way to spend the morning if you're prepared. Left at 1:30 and lot was full.

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