Explore the most popular lake 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.

Parking is tightly controlled and the gate into the park will be closed and guarded once lots are full. On a weekend/long weekend it’s full and closed around 10am. It’s possible the gate opens again mid afternoon. The lake trail is wide, well marked and maintained.

perfect hike, start strong and then calm down to a chill walk. lots of loose pebble and stone, right footwear and careful foot placement are musts.

Love this trail. One of my all time favourites. After you make it past the steep section it’s rolling hills and beautiful views.

This hike is one of my go-to trails when I want a quick outdoor excursion that has some challenge. I like going on weekdays as it gets crowded on weekends and holidays. The beaches on each end have gorgeous views.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a great trail for getting outside, even on a rainy day. Well maintained, and well categorised as moderate

hiking
16 days ago

.... the trail can be rather rooty at times but for the most part , an enjoyable walk with a few ( not 10) spots with great views of Vancouver... with a beach at both ends and many options to modify the return journey it makes for a great lower elevation hike when the higher peaks are still covered in snow .

hiking
16 days ago

This is always my go to hike if I’m short on time and just want to get outside and breathe in some fresh air! It’s an easy trail with some moderate hills. It can get quite busy though, especially in the summer months but if you don’t mind that, then it’s a great hike to do.

hiking
16 days ago

I did this hike for the first time a few weeks ago. Most of the views are overgrown (and we actually passed right by most of them without knowing) but there are a few that aren’t and those are really pretty! The best views happen early on in the hike, then the rest of the hike is mostly weaving through the forest - I personally loved this!

I’ll definitely be doing it again.

I did this hike to snowfall in April. It was pretty good hike with moderately trafficked around the lake, but no one to the snow fall and other hike. The hike had some tough patches but it was very natural, forest arounf with super quite area. Reaching to the fall point was fun! would recommend this hike with proper gears as it is easy to get lost.
I would love to do this hike all the way to the last and other recommended areas.

22 days ago

Compact snow above 900m, micro spikes helped. Still 2+ feet of snow through the lakes and onto the ridge toward Lindsay Lake.

tail gets a bit confusing at points and the views at each piont get somewhat repetative, that's if you can find them all.

Good hike but of the 10 views I only really thought one was worth stopping for and the final loop around the lake is a little boring.

Started at Butzen parking lot, walked around the lake to the swan falls trailhead. Steep climb up to the first falls and continued to the source falls at the lower gully. Returned the way i came. About 51/2-6 hours at a leisurely pace. Good workout with a view.

hiking
1 month ago

Good workout hiking. Very nice surroundings.
Dont go here cause I like it more quiet lol

eh. it’s a pretty lake. a bit too populated for me but i’m a snob. nice walk for conversation and such.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy loop hike with some elevation along the west side of the lake, making it super fun to mix up trail running and walking. I love bringing a lunch and eating on the floating dock that overlooks the lake, near the car park (if it’s not full of fishermen). There are some great swimming spots along the east side, so I recommend wearing a bathing suit, going for a dip, and walking off the wet in the summer months!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from Sasimat lake as butzen didnt open that early. Hiked to second view and returned taking the buntzen side of the small loop. Trail is dry and still well marked. Five ish hours at a moderate pace. Nice morning hike alittle tough on the knees.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed it today with my 10 year old son. The west side of the loop is definitely a little more difficult with more up and down the crests of the hillside. Lots of waterfalls, a suspension bridge and nice views of the lake. It’s challenging but do-able, but for those that aren’t in the best shape, you might want to stick to the east side of trail.

Great hiking!

Great

I don't recommend. Views are not more than OK and the path is full of rocks and roots. You will see nothing except trees for 99% of your hike. You can find way better hikes in the area.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

We went snowshoeing to Eagle Ridge this Sunday. There's no need of snowshoes till the first Poytrichum Lookout. We've put snowshoes on 500m after that. From El Paso further snowshoes are absolute necessity, snow is up to your crotch in some stretches. We made it to Barton Point in about 2.5 hours, spend an hour sunbathing and soaking in the gorgeous views, saw couple of eagles as well. Way down was faster, but painful. The trail was not super busy, pretty peaceful actually. Get up early if you are tough enough to do the whole loop in the winter. Keep in mind that the gate closes at 7pm.

camping
2 months ago

This is a great trail with tons of views. Don't under estimate the "hard" difficulty it is exactly that. However I do recommend starting from the north, getting the most difficult part out of the way.

the trail pretty good and nice hike

hiking
3 months ago

A nice hike. Quite busy, even in the winter. Lots of hills, and a good variety of terrain.

Have done past two weekends (wet) and over 20 times. Always a great trail, moderately strenuous, but never too difficult. Absolutely love this place!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked trail today for the first time found it to be in good shape views were great.
The trail was well marked with steep vertical at the start,sure footing required
Note this route is harder than the lake trail,the post that sugested to do the lake trail a couple of times first is good advice

I’ve done this a lot in the summer. Does anyone know the current conditions of this trail?

A bit of everything on this trail. No water sources at all other than two rancid swamp ponds. Pack water.

Very nice trail .

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