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

Nice hike when the clouds are too low for viewpoints. This trail is on the lower end of Moderate closer to easy. The trail is pretty well marked and if you have Alltrails ap with you its really not that complicated. There were markers big signs saying falls this way etc. So not sure if this is new, but we found it pretty easy to navigate and only checked Alltrails maps a few times. Falls are beautiful and if it was hot ( not today) some nice none dangerous pools to cool off in.

Beautiful and if you go to the falls the scenery is great.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice hike. Definatly a HIKE. It's quite steep and may be difficult getting down for those with bad knees. I'm fairly hiking savvy and would rate it more difficult than moderate based in that. Munro lake is more of a large pond with many frogs, tadpoles and lily pads. My group had time constraints so unfortunately we didn't make it to Dennet lake or the cabins but will go again for that. I never firmly rely on suggested times but for reference we made it up to munro lake and back in 3 hours with a 15 minute peruse around the meadow just past the lake. Again NOT knee friendly and wear good hikers as grip is crucial on the way down! Happy hiking fellow hikers!

hiking
15 days ago

Heads up: The picture posted by Wendy Lee of the woman sitting in the blue water by the large rocks is not at the lake, that is at Widgeon Falls (2.9 km walk up a trail from Widgeon Campsite).
Myself, my bf and two of our friends hiked up to the lake and spent a week there. I believe the km is inaccurate... we measured it to be only 10-12 km (lost gps signal here and there). The first 8 or 9 km are deceiving, it seems like a nice walk up trail and old logging road which would have been much easier of I wasn't carrying gear for a week on my back.
You will pass two waterfalls, I recommend refilling your camelbak at the second waterfall before you begin the hard part (again, we were carrying a lot of gear so we went through a lot of water).
Shortly after the second waterfall, the hard part begins. I'm an amateur hiker, so I really struggled through it for the first bit before I got the hang of climbing over tree roots with a 60lb pack on. You gain about 400 metres of elevation in the last 2 or 3 km so it's needless to say it's quite the steep incline. Lots of climbing, and there are 3 sections where there is rope to aid you in scaling across large rock.
Once you get to the top there is a gorgeous viewpoint, (technically there are two). Great place to rest before the trail heads downward to the lake. It's about 15 minutes to the lake from there.
Due to me being out of shape and an amateur hiker, it took us approximately 8.5 hours to hike up and 6.5/7 to hike down. Other's we ran into said it took them 7 hours, some said 5 hours.
The lake is stunning, crystal clear water, nice and clean too, we spent a fair amount of time swimming although it was pretty cold two of the days we were up there fog rolled in... I will upload some pics of that. It looked beautiful even in the fog/clouds.
The fishing is great in the smaller lake about 2 minutes from where we set up camp. I caught an 11 inch rainbow trout and fried him up for dinner one night.
10/10 will do again :)

Made it to Dennet peak (South Burke peak) today but turned back before the North peak due to heat. Not a well travelled trail. Markers ok but just flagging tape. Bugs crazy a times and a bit over grown. Attempted to get to Dennet Lake but Trail was hardly travelled and difficult to follow.

hiking
17 days ago

July 28, 2018 - great day out on the water and in the trail. Make sure you get to the canoe place well before opening to guarantee yourself a canoe. A lot of big groups come and take 4-5, so getting there as early as possible to get one is essential.

Canoe ride is amazing and so calm. Everyone is super friendly and relaxed. Takes around 60-90mins one way with the hike to the falls also taking a good hour to get to. All in all it makes for a great all day out adventure lasting around 5-6 hours depending on how long you take to cool off at the falls.

23 days ago

June 23, 2018 - I love this paddle and hike! The paddle can take anywhere for 60-90 minutes depending on tides wind and currents. There were quite a few shallow parts today but it was worth the trouble to get up to the campsite and hike to the falls. Such a beautiful spot!!

The people at the canoe rental place are SO nice! A great local business to support :-)

hiking
23 days ago

July 21, 2018 - Arrived at 8:15am and there was a lengthy line to rent a canoe (day rental $80 for 2 person canoe, $100 for 4 person). We may have been one of the last groups to get a canoe, so you want to arrive early if you have a larger group! The 1 hour canoe paddle through the Widgeon Valley was so peaceful and was a nice start to the day. After parking the canoe at the campsite, we took the option of Widgeon Falls via trail which is much nicer than the service road. Very few people on the trail and weaves through the serene forest and along the creek. Others say the service road is much shorter, but it only took us 1 hour for the 2.9km trail. The falls itself are beautiful, we spent 3 hours sunbathing and wading through the areas that were calmer.

The reviews explaining the lack of signage are correct - bring a GPS or AllTrails map with you! You must go through the first yellow gate up the hydro service road from parking on the main road and then take a left through a second yellow gate up more service road to reach the true (marked) trailhead. Otherwise you will be on the mountain bike trails which can be dangerous!

Hikers have made signage indicating Lower Loop and Upper Loop. These are the same trail just clockwise or counterclockwise. I saw no real difference in difficulty doing it either way and there are blue trail markers on the trees at this point which mark the trail well.

Other reviews mention the falls. This is an offshoot trail - not part of the Woodland Walks as shown in the All Trails map. We didn’t trust to follow signage without the GPS map so chose to stick to WW Trail.

This trail is not very crowded, and with berries and streams close to the trail - bring your bear bells and keep you dogs leashed! All in all a very quiet and tranquil jaunt through the woods.

This is not a safe trail and poorly marked makes it very dangerous and easy to be lost

1 month ago

busy busy busy. always super packed. this place has gained extreme popularity over the last 5 yrs. The trails and water ways are heavily trafficked. parking is also limited. lots of people park in the Bush, notorious parking lot for break ins and fines. remember over night trips require parking permits or you'll come back and your car is gone. the slomac curse is strong with this area. remember wondering further south from the camp site you will be on private property and the folks in the community there are very odd ducks who enjoy 100% privacy

I’m more of a beginner hiker, so I found this hike difficult. But it was beautiful and totally worth doing again. Great 360 view from the fire tower (just ignore the radio tower). I love looking back across to willoughby gap.

The only way to do this loop is clockwise as there’s a pretty steep climb between the falls. Do it the other way and you can only slide/fall down to keep with the trail. The trail is very well marked in my opinion. Would recommend wearing long pants. It can be a bit bushy in some places

Great moderate hike for a mostly overcast day. We did the loop clockwise, making for a tough grind right between the falls. Highly recommend bringing trekking poles to save your knees and back!

2 months ago

We hiked to Munroe lake on June 15. There is definitely snow up there but not so much that it was hard walking. The trail is well marked and we saw only one person which is great for owners of a reactive dog. It took us about 6.5 hours including a 1.5 hour rest time at the lake for the dog to swim. We will do this hike again.

So grateful for those trail guides who have marked the trails so well. Even found markers in unexpected places. Beautiful hike even in the rain and hail!!

Did this hike this weekend(June 2, 2018). Nice trail. Start of the trail is not marked, but after several hundred meters it's marked good.
A lot of bears poo. When we back we meet one of this guy )) He was eating grass right near the trail(near the bridge).

paddle sports
2 months ago

Loved it. Reach early especially over the weekends if you want to rent out a Canoe from the place itself. Those Canoes fly pretty quickly. Canoeing to the trail can take 50 mins - 90 mins each way depending on the skill level. Trail itself is not very hard. The entire experience of Canoeing and watching the widgeon falls itself is pretty rewarding:).

2 months ago

Really enjoyed the hike with the reward of Munro Lake at the end. Couldn't continue onto Dennett Lake as there was still quite a lot of deep snow on the ground once we go to the top. Only came across half a dozen other hikers on a Sunday so it appears to be lightly travelled.

Nice hike, but no markings or signs for guidance. Thankfully someone else we ran into gave us directions how to get back. Ended up cutting through downhill mtn bike trails, eventually running into a bear at the powerline clearing. Good times.. I guess

3 months ago

Great walk

Not the most well-marked trail around, went on a few down-hill biking paths as unintentional detours, but there was service most of the way so we were able to follow the map when we were led astray. This could be avoided by paying closer attention to trail markers. Nice hike in the rain. Beautiful forest scenery.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is in good shape. Lots of h20 along the route if you want to filter/treat vs pack it in. No garbage along trail as stated in previous review (thank you whomever cleaned it up). A steep clim right off the bat which continues to ridge (two hours and 2600 feet). Lots of snow up to so be prepared.

Did this hike a couple weeks ago and it was really nice. The gun range is close to the trail head, so you’ll be listening to that for the 30 mins or so unfortunately. Pretty easy trek until you hit the climb up to Sawblade Falls, which is straight up for about twenty minutes, but completely worth it. Beautiful view of surrounding mountains at the top. Amazing stumps from the old growth forest will blow your mind. The largest I’ve ever seen. Upper Falls trail is quite a bit easier than Lower Falls and I will do this hike counter clockwise next time for a bit easier hike. I’ll definitely be back in spring when the falls are in full force. :)

absolutely loved this hike. gorgeous forest of mossy trees and the terrain is perfect for either a wet or sunny day. came on a foggy day and it was still an amazing sight to see.

Great little trail especially on a windy day.

hiking
11 months ago

Great spot to unwind after the canoeing, camping, and hike up to Widgeon Lake on the day before. The hike is super easy (compared to getting to lake above), with tons of spots to unwind in the river, with scenic falls around you, and spots to jump into the water if you're brave. Just be careful!

hiking
11 months ago

Smokey from the BC forest fires when we went, it was still beautiful up there, but the surrounding mountains were a bit hazy. The hike itself was great, until the last two kilometers, which were agonizingly slow, vertical, and without an end in sight. Every crest lead to another, but finally the lake came into view. We had a round of drinks but we were all too tired to really enjoy the lake before heading back to the campsite. Still, what a beautiful lake this one is. Glad I saw it.

11 months ago

First off, Google maps says that the trail head is on the right, but it's on the left if you are coming from the main road. There is also no actual sign anymore signaling the entrance. The trail was alright but it's quite dirty. Lots of garbage left along the majority of the route.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Hiked in 40 mins and came upon moma bear and her cub at the Loop. Beautiful forest hike till that point. We had 8, 10 and 13 year old kids. Aug 8.

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