hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

We took an accidental left down a logging road at the 3km mark that turned into a nice view point over Hoover Lake with a mini home made campground at the end of it. Once we back tracked and took the left just AFTER the 3km we made our way through the forest. Very easy to follow with all of the markers. Went up to the view point and then continued along into the forest where we foundered orange/pink markers that led us to some ropes and chains that led down to a pretty view point over Stave Lake. Then made our way back in just over an hour. Good workout but nothing too strenuous! Simple and enjoyable!

hiking
5 months ago

Bought some new backpacking gear so I headed up to Hoover lake to fine tune my setup, Ive done this hike a few times now and Ive some to a few conclusions. For me the hike is a little high strain low reward, they have this hike labelled as easy but that must just be the short 0.7km from the trail head down to the lake. The first 3/4 is a steep loose gravel logging road which would even be a workout going up for conditioned people's. Going down to put it blatantly is hell, after hiking up and to the lake you now have to slip, slide and slowly make your way down the steep gravel logging road which is hard on the ankles and knees, I even almost slipped and fell wearing full boots. Besides the hill going to and from the trail head, the short "hike" to the lake is a breeze. Once you get to the lake you have two options, go straight to a path that skirts around a marsh on the lake edge towards a couple benches/fire pits or continue left on a trail that leads you around the edge of the lake about 3/4 of the way around before reconnecting to the logging road that you came in on (from there you can leave or continue to a view point to the left). Like I was saying high strain low reward, its a cute little lake but that's about it and the trail leading around it is pretty bland and not very technical, admittedly I found my self getting bored and ended up trying to bush wack my around the last 1/4 of the lake but ended up getting lost (after finding lots of garbage at someone's hidden bushcrafting camp) and cutting back up towards the logging road above to leave. This hike would definitely be a lot more fun with a companion to talk to or share a meal/fire with at the top but solo it's a bit of a bore. In general though it's a nice hike, trails are well marked, maintained and are straightforward for hikers of all shapes and size and on a side note I saw a lot of fresh bear poo on the logging roads and the wild raspberries are just coming into season so be vigilant and be prepared, but ultimately I was attacked by a very angry momma quail who thought I was after her chicks on the side of the logging road but she let me pass after we had exchanged a couple choice words!

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best trail for me. Complete the lakeside as well as the going to the falls. It's worth it. Lake side is easy but heading to the falls is quite challenging. Enjoy!

hiking
5 months ago

Moderate to strenuous ... needs a little patience going in because trail gives a 400m elevation in heading to the lake but all going downward back. More calories burned though ....

hiking
5 months ago

1st 3 km is on logging road. Just after the 3km marker turn left onto a well marked trail. Short hike to lake. There is a trail 1/2 way around lake, comes out on road. Go left for viewpoint or right to return to vehicle . Viewpoint was highlight for me.

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