• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 1 hour
  • Round-Trip 2km
  • Elevation Gain 52 meters
  • Season May - October
  • Camping Yes
  • From Vancouver 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly Yes

Falls Lake is a beautiful lake located in the subalpine of the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area between the towns of Hope and Merritt. The trail is a short, well marked route that follows a creek right to the shores of the lake, offering scenic views of Nak Peak to the left and Zoa Peak to the right.

From the gravel parking lot, walk up the road on the right side and within about 20-meters, a sign on the left will point in the direction to Falls Lake. Go left at the sign and head uphill into the forest, following the creek down below to your left.

The trail initially climbs quickly but the ascend is more gradual as you continue through the forest, crossing a couple of small wooden bridges. The sound of the rushing creek below can be heard through most of the hike but only small glimpses of it can be seen.

As the trail plateaus, it begins to descend slightly and the first views of the lake can be seen in-between the trees. A few more steps and you arrive at the incredible view of Falls Lake where the towering Nak Peak sits on the left side of the lake.

After enjoying the view, head back down the trail in the direction you arrived, following the well worn back to the gravel parking lot area where you began.

How to get to Falls Lake

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
2 hours, 30 minutes

Falls Lake is located just off the Coquihalla Highway at Exit #221, between the towns of Hope and Merritt.

From Vancouver, drive towards Highway #1 and enter the highway heading Eastbound. Continue on Highway #1 for roughly 150km to Hope, BC. After passing the town of Hope, continue onto Highway #5 the Coquihalla Highway heading towards Merritt.

About 45km after passing the town of Hope, watch for signs for the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. Take Exit #221.

After exiting the highway, drive under the highway and turn left. Do not get onto the highway again; turn right and follow the narrow road uphill until you reach a gravel parking lot. Park in this lot as the trail begins just up the gravel path where there is a sign pointing to Falls Lake.

View a map of Driving directions to Falls Lake.

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka'pamux), Syilx tmixʷ (Okanagan) and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō).
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Additional Info

Camping at Falls Lake

There are a couple of tent pads located at Falls Lake for backcountry camping.

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Dogs at Falls Lake

Dogs are allowed on the trail to Falls Lake but please pick up after your dog and remove all poop bags from the park area to protect this sensitive habitat.

Toilets at Falls Lake

There is an outhouse located at Falls Lake. No toilet facilities are located at the trailhead.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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