• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 2 hours
  • Round-Trip 6km
  • Elevation Gain minimal
  • Season year-round
  • Camping Yes
  • From Vancouver 2 hours
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly Yes

The hiking trail around Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park offers a nice, peaceful loop that passes along the lake shores, over several small streams, and returns via a gravel road. The route offers a few scenic viewpoints of the lake and joins several of the picnic, beach, and campsite areas.

From the boat launch in the day-use area, the trail starts on the right from the sandy beach. Follow the trail as it weaves along the shoreline. A short distance along the route, the trail opens next to a rocky outcrop that overlooks a scenic view of the lake. After a quick stop, walk back onto the trail and continue as it makes its way down to one of the picnic beach area.

After passing over a metal bridge, immediately go left and follow the route along the lake beach. It may look like the trail goes to the right but that route just goes to the campsite area. Continue along the trail as it weaves through the forest and arrives at another picnic area. This time, the trail enters back into the forest just up from the beach area. This is the last picnic area as you begin to walk away from the camping area.

The next section of trail makes its way through the forest, with short uphill and downhill sections, small bridges crossing streams, and the occasional glimpses of Hicks Lake. It's a scenic section of trail that can often be a bit muddy during the winter months. There are more than a dozen small wooden bridges and in the late spring, most of these creeks are rushing with water from the melting snow on the nearby mountains.

The trail eventually ends up joining a gravel road. At this point, the decision can be made to walk along the gravel road to loop back to the start or return to the day-use area along the same trail you arrived by. The gravel road does not offer many scenic points but is a quicker route due to its flatness, despite having to loop around more than half the lake still. If returning via the gravel road, note that the kilometre markers refer to the turnoff to Hicks Lake and not to the start of the hiking trail. You can expect that the parking lot will end up around the 2.5km mark at the day-use area where you started.

A view of Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park.
A view of Hicks Lake from a rocky outcrop near the campsites.

How to get to Hicks Lake

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
2 hours

Hicks Lake is located in Sasquatch Provincial Park, just north of the community of Harrison Lake. From Vancouver, drive east towards Highway #1 the Trans Canada Highway and merge onto the highway heading eastbound. Continue for roughly the next 100km, through the Fraser Valley and past Chilliwack.

Take exit #135 BC-9 Towards Agassiz / Harrison. Veer to the right and loop around, crossing back over the highway and continue along the road before going straight through the roundabout. After crossing the bridge over the Fraser River, make a left towards Agassiz / Rosedale BC-9 and continue into the town of Agassiz. Follow the signs by turning left onto Cheam Avenue, then making a right onto Evergreen Drive and crossing the train tracks, before veering left on BC-9. At the 3-way intersection, turn right and follow Hot Spring Road (still BC-9) into Harrison.

Once in Harrison, turn right onto Lillooet Avenue and follow this street through town until it veers to the left at which point it becomes Rockwell Drive. Continue along Rockwell Drive as it weaves next to the lake shore and passes several houses. At the first street on the right where there is a sign pointing to Sasquatch Provincial Park, turn right and drive up the hill to the fork in the road. At the fork, go right as the road becomes gravel and continue along for several kilometres until you reach a road on the right with a sign point to Hicks Lake. Turn right, drive up the hill and turn at the first left towards the day-use area. Drive across a bridge and just beyond, there are two parking lot areas between Hicks Lake and the Beaver Pond.

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Additional Info

Camping at Hicks Lake

A campsite is located right at Hicks Lake and there are other campsites located within Sasquatch Provincial Park.

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Dogs at Hicks Lake

Dogs must be on a leash at all times except when they are in the lake. Dogs are not allowed in park buildings and owners are responsible for picking up after their pets.

Toilets at Hicks Lake

There is an outhouse near the parking lot of the day-use area and also throughout the campsites. There are no other toilet facilities along the trail that loops around Hicks Lake.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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