Williamson Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fraser Valley E, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.5 miElevation gain1,758 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyForestLakeWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeSnow
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Williamson lake is small lake situated in a Valley below the Cheam range. The trail to access the lake is roughly 6km long and is an out and back trail. The trail features a forest and alpine meadows and a lake at the end of it. If you go to around where the lake drains you can find some small waterfalls too. Expect steep terrain, a slightly overgrown trail and plenty of deadfall for the forest sections of this hike.

The trailhead for this trail is 4 kilometers along a 4wd only logging road, however if you don't have a 4wd you can simply park by Foley lake and walk the extra 4km along the road

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Margaret K
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HikingGreat!

The hike is steep but short if you can make it to the trailhead parking lot. The road near the end of Foley Lake, then uphill to the parking lot, has deteriorated since I was last there (about 7 yrs. ago). You need aggressive 4x4 to make it to the trailhead parking lot. Otherwise it is a long road walk each way, so just drive up as far as you can (I did a partial road walk from the old rusted gate last time and still managed to do it in daylight on a late Fall day at a slower pace). I found the trail to be in great shape except for two areas of deadfall in the forest section which were hard to negotiate over/under on the way up, easier going down. I found the trail very well marked and obvious, nicely flagged at the start where you begin on an ATV track then cross the creek (which was dry for us). Then you’ll see orange markers through the forest section, then flagged to the sidehill which has an obvious track across it. After the sidehill you go steeply up to the lake, again on an obvious track, with flagging at any notable branches. I found the sidehill section most difficult due to a couple of scrambly rock bands to cross, especially coming back where the drop-down the rock is terrifying to the average hiker, though it is doable for anyone as it really is a short section, slow and cautious did the trick! Be bear aware as there are tons of lush blueberries especially high up where we did see a bear far across the meadow, completely interested in berries though, not us. Spectacular Fall colours this time of year, the lake a dark vibrant green, really stunning with a flat meadow to have lunch at and swimmable if you like to chill! The views are fantastic all the way, I think it’s the prettiest lake-hike in the area. I would have given 5 stars if it weren’t for the gnarly road and two especially scary rock bands on the sidehill part.

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Amanda Prior
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BackpackingGreat!

Backpacked up for a night, parked at Foley Lake, took 3 hours and 7 km up. If you have a high clearance 4x4 this trail is not bad from the parking lot trail head, narrows at the tree opening to the lake though, Poles are a must. Trail is well marked, straight up and to the point. I seen 3 bears up on the mountain slopes around the lake so be cautious. Will be doing it again

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Devon Smith
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This trail is not dog friendly in my opinion. The loose shaley dirt section before the lake is very dangerous for a dog. The hike was overall good. Because of the shale sector my friend and i had to turn around because of safety concerns for my dog (which is a large dog). The creeks are dried up on the way up this hike until you are practically at the top, so bring ample water on a hot day. Park at Foley lake because the FSR past that is very unforgiving on vehicles unless you have a jacked up jeep with a short wheelbase.

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L C
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Approximately an hour to get up to the lake and just under to get back.

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Jason Lees
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Did this hike on a hot July 30, 2020. We started from the southeast corner of Foley Lake as the FSR was too rough further on. A decent 4x4 is desired as my Nissan X Trail might have gotten beat up a bit more than I wanted. From the southeast corner of Foley Lake to the trailhead, it is 4.7kms of constant uphill FSR. The trailhead is marked well with orange tape markers (I tied a bunch onto some branches to make it obvious). From the trailhead to Williamson Lake, it is 2.8kms. The first quarter is thick brush which I macheteed a lot to clear the path. The second quarter is steep incline through evergreen forest. The second half is meadow with lots of loose, dry dirt that is angled down the slopes and exposed in some spots. It shouldn't scare anyone away, but be aware the descent will take the same time as the climb due to being cautious on the dry, slippery, steep meadow trail. Reaching Williamson Lake is stunning. At the base of both Welch and Foley Peaks, it is a beautiful alpine lake with 360 degree incredible views. So, it is 7.5kms up to Williamson Lake from Foley Lake if you are to hike the whole way. Therefore, 15kms up and down. We hike at a decent pace compared to most and it was 5 hours of moving time (doesn't include the 1.5 hours we spent lying around and swimming in the lake). If you have the appropriate 4x4 to drive to the trailhead, it'll significantly lessen your time.

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megan roberts
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Dylan Gaffney
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I set out on this hike with a 2 friends on the 25th of November and we were not able to get all the way to the top. We had read that you could drive to Folley Lake but the road was pretty bad and likely to damage our vehicle should we have drove any further. We had to stop a ways from Folley Lake which added about 45 minutes of walking time there and back. Having an ATV would be a bonus to skip most of the logging road portion of the hike but the reward is much better if you can tough it out. We were unfortunate that we were running out of sunlight by the time we were about 20 minutes from the top. The conditions were pretty slippery with the snow and we did not have crampons. I would suggest if you attempt to do this hike in the winter that you bring the right gear as the steep sections could easily be a cause for injury. All in all we had a good hike and some amazing views.

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Christopher Murray-Schlitt
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August 16th 2018 The summer wildfires had the sky full of smoke so we decided to head to somewhere where the views of things more than a couple kilometers away weren't the main attraction. Decided on Williamson lake. The trailhead for Williamson lake is about 4 kilometers into a 4 wheel drive only logging road just north of Foley lake, if you don't have a 4wd you can find somewhere to park near Foley and simply walk the extra distance, which is what we ended up doing. After an hour of road walking we finally reached the trailhead, you'll start your hike in a rather bushy sort of valley and work your way up the side of it for three or four kilometers before you reach the lake. The trail is uphill the whole way, and while it can be steep in segments (notably near the end) for the most part it hangs roughly around 10-15% grade. The alpine flowers are really blooming around now and there was no shortage of colour on this hike. The lake itself is small but rather nice, apparently there used to be a BCMC cabin up there before it was swept away by an avalanche. If you go down to where the lake drains you'll be treated to some beautiful small waterfalls too. All in all it was a pretty good hike, definitely a good one for smoky days like today

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Ilia Poznak
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Amy Vander Wyk
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Jesse Brown
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Michael Butler
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Matt Juhasz
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Jacob Knippelberg
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Dawn Lauren
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Colin Mccann
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