Explore the most popular forest trails in Buntzen Lake Reservoir Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Perfect on nice hot day light hike with few very nice swim sports...

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful lake. The trail was well maintained and not crowded at all. Took around 2.5 hours total to go around the whole lake. Mostly shaded which is nice on a hot sunny day. Didn't feel like a real hike though since there wasn't a viewpoint at the end, it was more of an exercise/walking trail. Perfect trail for dogs.

Loved it. Dogs enjoyed it even more - lots of places for them to swim.

Did this hike at 9am on the Monday of a long weekend (August 6th) in just under 4 hours. Only saw a few other hikers, no groups of kids blaring music, and jumping in the lake at the end is the perfect finish.

walking
15 days ago

Beautiful walk, mostly shady. Lot’s of spot for swimming. I recommend to get there fairly early in the day, as the parking is very limited. We had to walk 40 min to actually start the hike

Wonderful hike. Great variety of scenery.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike! I highly recommend starting the trail at the south end of the lake and going straight up the mountain (You could loop around the lake and start up the mountain on the north end.) there are a few sketchy spots that are hard enough to go up, let alone try to go down.
The second viewpoint was the best IMO.
Took us just under 4 hours to do the hike. We are fairly seasoned hikers, so I would imagine less aggressive hikers would need about 5 hours to complete this hike. Mostly shaded and canopied. We did this hike in the hottest part of the day and stayed pretty cool the whole way.

great trail. Not for beginners, friend of mine had to rescue someone who fell down the slope beside the waterfall. A 21 year old hiker also fell from the rocks on the falls and died not to long ago.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike with hard and easy spots, wonderful workout, beautiful scenery. I wish everyone followed the dog on leash law on this trail, as some of the narrow lanes can be difficult to tread when dogs come running at you.

This is my favourite hike

on Diez Vistas Trail

1 month ago

Great hike with really cool viewpoints! The first three or four viewpoints are the best, but a couple of the viewpoints after that aren't really great because foliage covers them from the trail. The first part is intense uphill switchbacks for about three kms, then it is a nice slow downhill for the rest. Hike took a total of four hours, not very busy either for starting at 10:00 but it was a cloudier day and it was definitely getting really busy by the time we finished.

Lovely trail, we thoroughly enjoyed it!

Awesome hike! The actual start point is once you have crossed the floating bridge (that is where you see the sign) It’s definitely more than a moderate hike in my opinion, very challenging In some areas and a has quite a rocky terrain, so wear good shoes. I would definitely do it again.

Beautiful and easy

hiking
1 month ago

My favourite local day hike - a few of the vistas have disappeared due to tree growth (I strongly suspect) but the main viewpoint overlooking Indian Arm, out to SFU, Vancouver etc. is great. I like to hike up, eat some lunch at the main viewpoint, and head back the way I came rather than do it as a loop. Normally I like loops, but on this one its not a good enough second half to bother.

hiking
1 month ago

A really good hike! Not too hard, not too easy, just perfectly in the middle. At times it can get steep but has straight and downhills as well. Did it with my parents and finished around 3.5 hours later.

The views along the ridge are truly spectacular and well worth the substantial amount of work you have to put in to see them. My hike stats after completing this trail were 15km and 1250M of total elevation gain which varies slightly from the posted ones on this app.
It took me 5 hours round trip, about 3hours to Lindsey Lake and then 2 hours down. The first 1km is a nice warm up from the parking lot but once you turn on to the main trail you are in for 2.5-3kms of relentlessly steady climbing. A manageable grade but very little level relief to catch your breath. Once you reach the point where you have to choose which way to go you’ve done about 80% of your elevation gain. I chose to go left at the junction and see the viewpoints on the west side of Eagle Mountain first, high above Buntzen Lake. There are multiple view points as you traverse the ridge. Once you reach Lindsey Lake the trail turns to the backside of the mountain where you are treated to multiple small lakes (more like ponds). The last bit of the snow is melting and there was a lot of standing water on this part of the trail but it was easy to navigate around it. The trail is very well marked. Any time I felt like I wasn’t sure which way to go there were markers to keep me headed in the right direction. The climb down was almost as hard as the way up only with different muscles. Take it slow and preserve your knees! Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. It was the longest hike with the most elevation gain I’ve done to date. It was a heck of a workout but even with the sore muscle two days later I still think it was totally worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike for kids. It is fun and not too difficult. I hiked with my son and daughter (5 and 10). We took a counterclockwise route and the experience was amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

I was impressed by the number of viewpoints along the upper ridge. i was expecting only 2-3 good ones and it seems like a lot more. Watch out for a wasp nest on the trail during the north side decent, about 1.5km from the northern point of the trail. We went around it to the far right (descending), the prior hikers tried to "run" through but were swatting wasps around their heads. The tree area is well flagged with tape on trees on both sides.
It was easier than I had thought. We accidentally did a bit extra, so over 13km for us, and the downhill was a lot steeper and slower than I would have thought. Took us 5 hrs to hike, although we were passed by many. Oh, lots of people on this holiday monday (sunny) even though we started at 9am.

First time I hiked this trail. It was a bit challenging but I did complete the whole route. It was awesome and I highly recommend this for a good day out for a hike... take lots of water and energy food....

Did the Swan Falls Loop on Saturday (June 23, 2018). We did the trail counter clockwise based off the map as we wanted to leave the easier section for the end which was good for us since my husband has a bad knee. There is still snow at parts once you get to the lakes section but it is melting so be careful where you step as it could break through. Sadly when we got to the top of Mt. Beautiful it was foggy so didn't get any sort of view. Took us 4 hrs to summit Mt. Beautiful and 3hr 20 mins back to the parking lot all at a steady pace.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really a great trail. I totally agree that this is a very hard hike for a moderate trail.

We hiked the trail clockwise. The first section of the west side is a gravel road, but that ends at a BC Hydro building. After that, the trail is 3 feet wide, dirt and quite smooth. You could easily trail run the east side of the lake.
We parked around 8am on a drizzly Saturday morning. By the time we returned, the parking lots were full. Get there early.

Beautiful trail and easy to hike

hiking
2 months ago

It was my first time on the trail on Saturday and I feel like this is listed as a moderate hike as it has very good trail markings and has a good number of people also hiking it, but it is definitely one of the hardest moderate trails I have been on. Gorgeous views though and it's always great to be in the forest

trail running
2 months ago

Did this for the first time and liked it. The second viewpoint is the best and biggest one so make it at least to that one before heading back down. We completed the entire loop and went down the steep descent on the north side. I’m not the most comfortable going down steep terrain so I found it a bit difficult but doable. There are tons of rocks, roots and trees to hang onto so use them. We got lucky and got here on a day it wasn’t too busy. We did however run into more people climbing up while we were descending. I wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner hiker but if you’re careful, you can totally do it.

Really engaging and interesting hike. Lots of great views of the Indian arm looking towards deep cove. Took About 4.5 hours

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail this morning and I have to say that the views are gorgeous. It’s a pretty steep incline for a good 45 minutes up but it tapers off after that with steady switchbacks for the remainder. There aren’t 10 viewpoints as originally stated. I found the 4 with 2 of them being the most beautiful. Prepare yourself for the steep climb back down. I would suggest bringing a set of poles and wear proper shoes because some of the areas coming back are pretty sketchy. It’s an enjoyable hike and I would recommend it to those who enjoy seeing a viewpoint at the end of their hike.

Parked at 10 a.m. and was back at car at 2 p.m. sharp. The switchbacks at the beginning are the reason for the intermediate rating, after that’s its easy. Views were pretty but nothing spectacular imo. Was gonna come back later in the season to do Dilly Dally but now I won’t as I found this hike pretty boring.

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed this hike overall. It starts off with an uphill trajectory from the get-go, and the section a bit before the first viewpoint is as steep as it gets - there's a rope there to assist, although it's not needed.

There are more like 4 or 5 Vistas rather than 10. The first two are the best and provide some very beautiful views of the Indian Arm, Mount Seymour, and the North Shore.

The last 1.5 or so is a less enjoyable part of the hike, as it's a fairly steep descent in a less lush section of forest. Once you're back to Buntzen lake, you have the option of taking the gravel logging road if your knees have had enough.

Expect a 4-6 hour hike depending on how fast you go and how often you pause.

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