Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Did this hike yesterday, and wow what a struggle. - I want to start off by saying I started at the wrong end so that was a my bad. BUT there were little to no markers other than little orange tags which looked like someone ran through the trees and just stapled them all over the place. Every once in a while you would come up to a piece of cardboard that someone wrote 'that way' on. DO NOT do this hike without downloading this map first. If we wouldn't have had this map we would have been extremely lost. I'm assuming it wouldn't have been as hard if we started at the proper end of the trail because it would have only been one steep incline for the first hour and then mostly downhill the next couple, but on the end we started on we hiked up and up and up for 3 hours and then down for 1.5 hours. I would rate this as a hard hike, only because of the direction I went, and because of the poorly placed markers. The first vista has an amazing view, but the next nine get gradually worse each time. I'm glad I did this hike, but I don't think I will be doing it again.

Stay safe and make sure to download this map! Also - pack extra water and make sure you are out by 5:30pm! Gates close at 6:00pm.

hiking
19 days ago

Our family of 8 had a great adventure here! We chose to go clockwise around the lake. Starting with the difficult, and finishing with easy terrain. Construction of a bridge repair made for an extra hour detour. We were slower than most hikers due to little feet. Took 4.5 hours.. We would recommend going to the right (counter clockwise) instead, reach the beach at the end of the lake, then turn around and return the same way you came. Significantly easier, more scenic, and shorter by far. We all had sore feet and were thrilled to see the parking lot.

hiking
22 days ago

Trail work happening on the lower portion of this trail made this trail a little busier than expected. The west side is so much nicer than the east side. Kind of wish we had returned the way we came instead of completing a loop.

Warning: the west side is currently closed to repair a bridge, so you’re detoured to the lake view trail. Which is gorgeous (including an epic waterfall view), but definitely heed the warnings of how steep it is.

wait for a sunny day, the vistas are amazing

Great single track trail running. Ran the loop twice. Some nice elevation gain that adds a nice challenge without killing the legs. It’s a shame the park doesn’t open until 8 am, would be nice to get out and run first thing in the morning.

It was a good hike with some steep parts. View was ok. Wasn’t marked very well, we had to back track a couple times...lots of people asking if they were going in the right direction, especially at the beginning. Busy place too, I prefer a quieter, less travelled hike.

Excellent time. Enjoyed the well maintained trail. A good balance of wooded trail on one side and more open on the other side. Even though kind of a rainy day it didn’t dampen a great outing. We’ll be back likely when sunnier. Come early as parking could be a challenge. Took us about 2.5 hours at a steady pace.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop hike weaving through forest next to the lake. On the scale, slides toward moderate on the easier side due to some inclining sections. We did this in 2.75 hours walking at a good pace and stopping for pictures. We hiked it in the rain and loved it. I would come back on a hot day to add in some swimming.

I hike this trail a lot. Some nice long uphills and a few downhills, but generally an easy hike. Great swimming at the north end in summer. A couple of friendly ravens there too.

It was misty with rain today. We did the 16km hike that's including the loopback from the west side. The view was not clear from the viewpoint. It was steep to go down from the Diez vista. You must pay attention to the trail markers otherwise you may go the wrong way. all in all, it was a beautiful hike . Be prepared, I recommend footwear with ankle support. we used hiking poles and they definitely helped on the way down .we did the full hike no shortcuts .great hike!

very steep areas. the rocks beside the water falls I did slip but was caught. was beautiful but difficult

hiking
1 month ago

Great winter hike or early morning hike before work. Busy in afternoon. Dog friendly. long enough to feel like you went on a hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, the views are not as grand as the Northshore. Coming down can be hard on old joints.

hiking
1 month ago

Great low elevation hike tat can be done almost year round. Nice views of Deep cove and dog friendly area. it can take up to 6 hours. just going to the second viewpoint is good if you only have 2 or 3 hours.

Dozens of laps over several years, always a good hike & I love to pack some power snacks to have a decadent little lunch at the North beach. Highly recommend clockwise no matter what people say

really nice hike easy and friendly for dog, 2.5hours

Great walk, we have done this many times. We even did a vlog of our walk. Check it out on our channel J&M Jaunts on YouTube.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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

3 months 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!

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