Statlu Lake Trail is a 5.6 mile out and back trail located near Fraser Valley C, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,223 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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2 days ago

I love how this hike gives you a little of everything; gorgeous lake, mountains, waterfalls. The hike was a bit more technical than expected, but still well within moderate rating. The trail actually extends beyond the AllTrails map, which confused us. You'll need to go an extra maybe 1.5km after the end of this mapped trail (marked IRL) if you want to reach the waterfall, which is the fifth stream that intersects with the lake (note the steeper stream descent on the map). The only reasons this isn't a five star is because of the logging area at the beginning, and the MANY campers that had set up along the trail (although that might be related to covid closures elsewhere).

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8 days ago

Hiking Notes: May 19, 2020 WEATHER: 0700hrs overcast, 13 degrees -1130hrs: sunny clear skies, 17 degrees Party of two: good physical ability level. Set out to complete hike as a day-hike TRANSPORT: My 4x4 SUV made it to the trailhead with no concerns. A small compact car can make it, but not without scraping the undercarriage on the FSR several times. 4WD with clearance recommended, but not absolutely necessary. Our party was cautious driving on the FSR: from Lougheed hwy to the trailhead took 2 hours. TRAILHEAD: The jerry can and blue markers that previously identified that Statlu Lake Trailhead have been removed. Orange flagging tape now marks the trailhead. Verify the trailhead with GPS. The surrounding area does not have any obvious physical landmarks to identify the trailhead. There is, however, a small plywood sign to the right of the trailhead tucked 4 meters into the bush with faded writing stating “Statlu Lake" to the right of the trailhead. GENERAL IMPRESSIONS: Do not underestimate the difficulty of this hike. Though the elevation gain and distance of the hike is not substantial, the difficulty of this hike lies in traversing through the varied terrain. Our party was surprised at the amount of time taken to hike alongside the lake: this is due to thick bush, and climbing over many fallen trees and portions of unstable rocks. If you like to scramble and climb, this is the hike for you. I would advise against hiking this trail in rainy conditions. Because of the multiple areas of rock and boulders, it would be incredibly slippery on a rainy day: especially on terrain that already takes considerable time and energy to traverse through in good conditions. We identified bear scat twice on the trail: near the three rivers by the logging road, as well as on the trial besides the lake. We spotted a large male back bear approximately 2kms from the trailhead upon our return. As with any hike, we bear aware. The technical aspect of the climb, combined with stellar swimming spots makes this an incredibly rewarding hike. The flora is also diverse: from giant cedar trees, nurse logs, to massive shelf mushrooms and many different kinds of wildflowers, this hike is a treat. Our party also spotted an owl near the three rivers, as well as several species of butterflies. Because of this, this hike comes very highly recommended. Enjoy the beauty of the area! Give yourself ample time to complete and enjoy this hike. If you set out to compete this hike as a day hike, I would advise to plan to be at the beginning of FSR at the break of dawn to afford as much time as possible at the lake. This trail would make an excellent overnight camping trip, which would allow for time to complete Brotherhood trail and also soak in the beauty of the area. ADDENDUM: Just past the three rivers there are orange trail makers on the right hand side going up to the lake. Stay this course to reach Statlu lake. However, if you continue straight past the three rivers, there is a fourth river. NOTE: this is NOT part of the trail to the lake. However, there is a very large, old logging bridge made of giant cedars over this fourth river. It is crumbling in spots, and has large holes throughout its base. If you reach this, you have hiked too far. It would be incredibly dangerous to hike over this bridge: do not. Just turn around back to the three rivers and keep an eye out for orange flagging tape that will be on your left and side between the third and fourth river. NOTES: 0830: arrived at the beginning of the SFR 1030: arrived at trailhead 1200: traversed past the set of three rivers (Water level is high and flowing rapidly at this date) 1340: arrived at south end of the lake. 1500: arrived at the second waterfall, 650 meters away from the main base camp at the end of the lake. Due to the conditions of the river (past knee length, and how rapidly the river was flowing), as well as personal comfort level, it was deemed safest to return to the trailhead. 1600: arrived once again at the south end of the lake. 1700: traversed through the three rivers. 1800: arrived back at trailhead. **this was our first time hiking this trail. Now familiar with it, I believe an hour could be shaven off of the time taken to hike up to Statlu lake.

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9 days ago

Pretty hard to find the hike, currently marked with an old plastic gas canister and a worn out sign on a tree behind it, parking was just on the road. The map for alltrails stops at a logging road junction, but keep going left for about 2 minutes. It’s about an hour of 4x4ng, but could be doable with a regular car. The hike itself to the second rockslide lookout was a round trip of 11.5km and the lake is well worth it. Had to cross a few rivers and sketchy bridges and the hike was a little technically difficult.

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24 days ago

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1 month ago

Completed this hike on Sunday April 12. There is still quite a bit of snow at the lake and the lake itself was still frozen. We had proper hiking boots and were fine without crampons or snowshoes. The drive is doable without a 4x4 vehicle but is definitely quicker with one. I would definitely recommend a offline maps app because the trail is a bit hard to follow and is a bit overgrown. The hike itself isn't too hard, makes for a good beginning of the season starter to ease into hiking season. Glad we found this trail and it was still open with all the other closures!

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1 month ago

Christine’s review below says it all. This was a beautiful hike. The access road was a pretty good service road, a bigger car with bigger wheels makes it definitely more pleasant and less bumpy but you don’t need a 4x4 to get to the trial head. The trial is very well marked, and visible most of the time, but our GPS came in handy a couple of time when our group veered off the path by not paying too close attention on the way down. Some snowy patches all along the trial, with some solid snow cover still at the lake. We didn’t need to use our micro spikes. The lake is starting to defrost, but is still mostly frozen over. Some minor scrambles near the last part of the hike, but nothing dangerous. Very beautiful hike. Bugs were starting to present themselves as we got back to the trail head, so bug spray will be a must soon!

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1 month ago

This trail is pretty fantastic. It is not well used. So that has advantages and disadvantages. One of the main advantages that there are hardly any people. We saw two groups today... the first group as we were hiking up and then lost them until we were on the way back down and we passed them as they were heading up. And the second group as they were heading back down. The disadvantage is that the trail is not well used. There are markers and the trail is reasonably easy to see... but you do lose the trail a bit here and there. So you need to be paying attention and GPS of some sort is recommended. There is also some blowdown. But overall this trail is a gem. I read on another hiking blog that this trail was featured in the 103 Best Hikes of Southwestern BC (not to be confused with Stephen Hui's updated version of this book ...105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia) and it deserves to be featured. The lake is stunning. The first bridge is not for the height phobic... although I did do it and I am quite nervous in heights. Recommend bringing a friend who is well balanced and willing to hold your hand. But the bridge is well made and solid.. just very high up over a very fast, rocking creek. The second bridge is gone... we crossed two creek beds with no issue.. but as the snow melts this may change.. particularly where we believe the second bridge must have been situated. Crossing might get tricky. But in the current situation.. this hike is pandemic ... and introvert approved. If you like solitude.. pandemics aside... this hike is for you. Just be prepared to wayfind in some spots and be prepared to cross a couple of creeks. Also the road up is. now different as they have finished the bulldozing of a new bypass road. Finding the trailhead is still tricky. And part of the trail.. you are walking on an active logging road, which beyond the sadness of seeing the clear cut trees... this hike may be challenging on a work day. There is also quite a bit of snow. Snowshoes not required, as they would just get annoying taking on and off. But you may post hole every so often. We also didn't need microspikes. But it was very warm today... that may change if the weather suddenly got cold again. Road up to the trailhead requires clearance as you are on about 40 km of logging or rough road. We did have a 4x4 but probably don't need it.. just good clearance.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful lake. The trail starts out nice but the last third requires a lot of scrambling over fallen trees on a steep slope and pushing through thick bush. Wear pants and a long sleeve shirt to keep from being scratched up. There is a section of the trail halfway up that was being cleared by bulldozers. They have plowed down about a kilometre of the trail. Walk the logging road they are creating until it takes a hard right up. Turn left at the curve and follow the rock field to find the trail. The trail beside the lake disappears a few times and is eventually so overgrown it’s almost impassable. Overall, it’s worth it when you get to the top.

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