Hamilton Lake Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.9 miElevation gain2,828 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersRockyScrambleOff trailNo shade
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Victor Diaz
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Kelly Blanchard
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HikingBugsGreat!

Definite incline going up, great views when you hit the top getting to the lake. There really aren’t any views until you get to the top ; Lake is beautiful and a great spot to sit, eat a meal and just relax before going back down but if you only have the opportunity to do one hike in the area I would probably try something else. Bring lots of bug spray with you!

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Kaitlynn Michelle
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HikingBugs

My 11 year old and I just did this trail at the beginning of August. It was definitely hard with a steady incline. We met very few people on the trail and there was only one other group at the lake so we basically had it all to ourselves! It is very beautiful and a good payoff for all the hard work you put in to get there. I found the way down hard on the knees. It took about 4 hours for us to complete. Two hours up and two hours down.

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Bill Summers
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Hiked up to Hamilton Lake and then headed up to the ridge of Carnarvon. It is a steep climb from the lake, and you do want to do this in good conditions. Once you attain the ridge you can climb up to a level spot, which really is as far as you should go. We came down the ridge and through the meadows to get back to the Hamilton Lake Trail. Our route may not be the best as we should have gone down further to catch a rough trail back towards the lake.

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Adi Sutherland
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HikingBugsGreat!

Steep incline trail with lots of switchbacks. View at the top is certainly worth it. If you’re going in the summer, bring a bathing suit for a refreshing dip! Lots of shade, not much scrambling.

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Mir C
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Steady incline all the way to the top. A lot less busy than Emerald lake. Parking lot is small and fills up early but there’s lots of parking along the side of the road just adds a bit more walking time. Lake was nice! Took 5 hours with time at the lake.

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Sara & Tim
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Tough climb to the lake, but we’ll worth it. We went up mid-morning on a Saturday and only saw 4 others at the lake (no one else until a quarter of the way on the descent either). Stopped to have lunch, and basically had the whole place to ourselves. Beautiful amphitheater-shaped rocks surrounding the turquoise lake, which made it magical. Highly recommend if you don’t mind climbing 900+ meters over 5 km’s.

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Trina Bloemen
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Hiking

Beautiful lake, with waterfall on the way up! Did this out and back on July 11th. Lots of yellow mountain flowers. Easy navigation, trail is pretty clear. Did this with an inexperienced hiker, and it took us 6 hrs round trip— 4.5hrs moving time + 1.5hr enjoying the lake at the top and small frequent breaks on the way up and way down. Steep incline the entire way to the lake, gets the HR up. The way down is tough on your joints and my partner found hiking poles really helpful. If I were alone I would’ve run the way down to make it easier. I loved it, inexperienced hiker pal had a tough time haha but she enjoyed the achievement too!!

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Dillon Cole
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HikingBlowdown

Great hike, only my dog and I on the trail. Signs of bears (old scatt on trail). Was able to complete in 2.5 hours. No breaks and just a quick stop at the lake.

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Miguel Guardado Burgos
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Done it on June 22nd, lots of snow on the top, and the lake still frozen. Many fallen trees on the way. Still a beautiful hike

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Stef & Daf B
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Beautiful lake at the end. Lots of roots on the trail but a good well maintained one. Quite the exercise because it is a steady climb from the bottom to the lake.

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Anne Danson
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EMERALD PEAK

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Sharon Gough
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Trail is a climb. 50 switchbacks. Beautiful Lake

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Brad Barnett
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If you don’t mind hiking 3+ hours of steady incline with no view until the very end, this hike is for you. It is nice at the top, but with so many hikes to choose from in the area I’d go elsewhere.

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M B
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straight up, steep with one or two short flat areas. nice falls at 176m elevation gain. total ascent gain 810 m, 11 k, 5:45 hr included short walk along Emerald Lake

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Ofer Mogilnicky
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Easy hike through a forest until an open beauty viewpoint of the valley!! And just shortly after is the gorgeous lake!!! I hiked to the left of it towards a viewpoint on the top and wooww everything was so beautiful of the lake and beyond, and of the valley thats on the other side!! Saw only 3 humans woohoo. Do not let those below my review deter you from this beautiful lake.. Everyone’s level is different, they’re making it seem like the most treacherous hike... I highly recommend, only 4 stars because most of the hike was in a forest that offered little views, other than that, stellar hike!! Insta: ofer_em

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Laura H
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Short hike with minimal elevation change to see Hamilton Falls. Attempted to go up the switchback to continue on Hamilton Lake Trail but it did not have views of the falls. Instead, there is a smaller switchback that should be taken left off of the Hamilton Lake trail that will take you to a great view of the falls. The falls are really impressive, coming from a crack in the cliff rock and ending in a shallow pool before continuing down the stream.

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Corrie Layton
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Trail sign at the base is deceiving. It says hike is 5.4 km. We decided to do this on a whim but after reaching the waterfalls we started regretting our decision. It’s ALL uphill. Trail was clear and dry until around km 7 then we started seeing patches of snow. Easily passable though. Once we reached the exposed rocky area we decided to turn around because it was much more than we had bargained for. In retrospect we should have kept going as we were only a few kms from reaching the lake. Which at the point we stopped you could not see. The views from the top were nice. But not really worth all the work put into getting up there

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Travel Memories
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown

Did it on Jun 04th, only up to the falls. Lots of fallen trees on the sides and over the river, one or two over the trail. It’s mostly a walk through the forest. We went around 6 pm and we only crossed one other hiker. We didn’t stay long, maybe 20 min in and out, up to the falls and stopping for photos.

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Myrdae BP
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HikingBlowdownOver grownSnow

first part up to the falls was easy peasy, except for a few trees in the of the trail. moving upwards, you still get a few patches of snow starting about half way to the lake. most of the trail is under tree cover. then it gets really messy on the last quarter; lost the trail by following other's footsteps, got stuck in hips-high snow spot (be carefull where you put your feet!!) more than once and my shoes were just completely soaked when we finally found the frozen lake, whom was still almost completely frozen. Ideally bring cleats and gators, but it's too early in the season to do this one. we were planning 2h, took us 3 just to get there. Wait another month and it should be good.

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Mike Holden
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Snowshoeing

The trail starts from the Parks Canada parking lot right beside Emerald Lake Lodge - look for the Canada flag wind-sock - the path followed a little past that before heading into the trees. You'll cross an intersection early on and follow the sign across towards Hamilton Falls/Lake. We made it to the bottom section, where the sign points up hill and weren't sure if that was the 'Falls' or not. The trail right now is VERY icy with the warm weather - cleats or snowshoes required. The Falls isn't super impressive in the winter, but getting up to the Lake was a good climb. I wouldn't say this trail is 'Hard' but there is a lot of climbing. The path does cross the hill back and forth though, so it isn't super steep. Passed some interesting paw prints in the ice as well!

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Anthony McElligott
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We only hiked up to the falls as a last hike before we left the area for a couple of days, but the trail was short and medium-easy to the falls. Snow was packed most of the way and ice cleats were helpful on the way down. The falls were mostly frozen which made it a light trickle, but it was pretty nonetheless. We saw no one else on the trail despite many people getting off buses to take pictures of the lake.

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Mike Gerdts
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This trail starts from the same parking lot that serves the Emerald Lake Trail, but is cleverly hidden at the opposite end of the parking lot from the main attraction. Those that arrive on bus tours and for quick photos of Emerald Lake will not clog up this trail. A more gentle trek on this same trail will end at the falls just before the first switchback. On the way up to the falls, keep an eye out along the river bank for hollowed logs wrapped in wire. These appear to be a primitive form of piping used to deliver water from a tiny dam at the bottom of the falls. Past the falls, the trail gets steeper and drier. Even when the switchbacks end, the trail continues a steady climb. It is a bit of a slog up the mountain with almost all of the views of Emerald Lake and the surrounding mountains obstructed by the forest. This would make the trail a 2 star slog if it were not for what lies near the end of the trail. Shortly before reaching Lake Hamilton, the views open up. In the distance, you can see the sometimes rocky and sometimes low foliage covered mountains. At your feet, you will see that same foliage up close. In early September, there is a mixture of wildflowers that are still in bloom and others that have gone to seed and are just as beautiful as if in boom. Some of the fall color has arrived in the ground cover, leading to a sea of greens, yellows, and oranges. The lake is is the same emerald color as Emerald Lake and is quite gorgeous. While it is much smaller, there's a reasonable chance you will have it all to yourself. Bring a blanket to lay out on the "beach" at the end of the trail and plan to rest and take in the views for a while! This lake is fed from a small glacier at the far end as well as some far off source I couldn't identify. While walking the trail around the west side of the lake, I could hear running water gurgling under the broken shale. At the time that I visited, there was no visible flow from Hamilton Lake to the river that feeds the falls below. The gorge between the two shows that this is not always the case. It looks tempting to try to make a loop using the trail that leads to Emerald Peak. I tried to find the intersection of that trail on the Hamilton Lake Trail and on the Emerald Lake Trail with no luck. At the Hamilton Lake Trail end, the spot where it should be looks like it has had frequent rock and/or snow avalanches. At the supposed Emerald Lake Trail intersection, there are frequent snow avalanches as indicated by posted warnings and lack of even downed trees in the area.

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D’Arcy Lanovaz
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