- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.75 hours
- Round-Trip 3.8km
- Elevation Gain 50 meters
- Season March - November
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The hike around Devil's Lake in Mission, BC, is a scenic forested loop with views of the area from the beach and the floating bridge on the south end of the lake.
Although the hike is rated as easy, the trail is quite rugged along the east side of the lake as it passes through some rocky sections that are very uneven and can be slippery and muddy. The route crosses a floating bridge on the south end, with great views of the area.
From the parking area at the side of the forest service road, walk down the wooden stairs and follow the trail downhill. The trail will descend and pass over a couple of wooden bridges as it heads towards Devil's Lake. Just after crossing a small stream, follow the trail to the right and out onto the beach area of Devil's Lake. This is the final stop for a lot of visitors to the area as they spend the day at the lakeside.
Continue the hike around the lake by returning to the trail and following it into the forest heading north. The trail is well defined and easy to follow as it follows a route away from the lake with minimal views between the trees.
The trail rounds the north end of the lake and then begins to ascend slightly as it passes along a rocky, rugged section. There are many ups and downs along the east side of the lake as you carefully step over the rocky terrain, watching your step as you descend through other sections.
The trail will emerge from the forest cover and follow under a set of power lines before returning to the forest. The terrain becomes a bit easier before descending and, again, exiting the forest cover as you are almost alongside the lake. From here, you should be able to spot the floating wooden bridge up ahead. As you continue to walk towards it, look off to the side and back, enjoying the views of Devil's Lake and Rockwell Peak on the other side.
Crossing the floating bridge provides one of the best views of the lake area. After enjoying the views, continue to follow the trail on the other side as it makes its way through the forest. The trail will eventually meet up with the trail you were on earlier, completing the lake loop near the beach access.
Return to the parking area along the forest service road by following the trail uphill, crossing the wooden bridge before walking up the final set of wooden stairs.