• Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 1.5 hours
  • Round-Trip 3km
  • Elevation Gain 75 meters
  • Season April - October
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 1 hour
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly Yes

The Iron Mountain Lookout in Mission, BC, has an incredible view looking across the west side of Hayward Lake and the surrounding area. The trail is not long but it climbs steeply and the top section can be done as a loop before descending to two separate viewpoints.

The route is confusing and not well marked at times as a network of hiking and mountain biking trails exist on the mountain. There are some blue ribbons wrapped around trees that make it easier to follow.

From the metal gate, follow the gravel road into the forested area and stay on this road until it reaches a corner where the road goes to the right. This is the part of the route that can be a bit confusing. Where the road veers to the right, look for a trail on the left and walk to that trail. Walk only a few steps along this trail and, almost immediately, look for another trail on the right that goes up into the forest. Walk up into the forest, then just after entering the tree cover of the forest, look for yet another trail to the left that goes up a steep hill. Follow this trail up the steep hill.

Continue to follow the trail uphill until it briefly levels and reaches a junction. Go left at the junction and continue as the trail begins to climb again. Eventually the trail will reach another junction which is the one that is the start and end of the loop, however it's not well marked and easy to miss. To complete the loop, continuing hiking straight uphill as the trail continues up a very steep section.

The route will begin to climb at a more gradual rate before dipping down into a rocky section. Climb up the rocks, following the path and, once at the top, the trail completely levels as you follow it along a ridge. Carefully make your way down a smooth rocky section and continue to follow the trail as it meanders through the forest along the ridge.

The trail begins to descend when suddenly, you reach the first viewpoint. This is the best view as it provides stunning scenery looking across the valley and the west side of Hayward Lake.

After enjoying the view, continue to hike down hill, carefully watching your step. The trail reaches a junction where you can walk around and up onto a rocky outcrop to the second viewpoint. This is a great view too.

Return to the trail and continue following it downhill through the forest until it reaches the trail that you hiked up earlier. Go left and walk back down the steep hill, staying right at the junction, then continuing down another steep section. When you reach the section near the road with the several junction, exit the forest and go left back to the gravel road. Follow the gravel road to the right back down to the metal gate where you began.

How to get to Iron Mountain Lookout

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour

The Iron Mountain Lookout is located in Mission, BC, west of Hayward Lake.

To drive to the trailhead from Vancouver, head eastbound and onto Highway #1 the Trans Canada Highway heading east. Take Exit #44 and head towards the exit for the Mary Hill Bypass heading towards Maple Ridge. Follow the Mary Hill Bypass until it merges with Lougheed Highway (Highway #7) and crosses the Pitt River.

Continue to follow the Lougheed Highway through Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. Watch for signs and turn right onto 222 Street, a connector which bypasses Haney and reconnects with Lougheed Highway. When you merge onto the Lougheed Highway, zero your odometer and drive for about 12km.

Watch for signs and turn left off of Lougheed Highway onto 287 Street. 287 Street turns into Wilson Street. Continue along Wilson Street and turn left onto Matheson Avenue. Drive for about 800 metres until you see a metal gate on the right where the trail begins. Park in the small gravel are across the street, making sure not to block the road.

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Additional Info

Camping at Iron Mountain Lookout

Camping is not permitted at Iron Mountain Lookout.

Dogs at Iron Mountain Lookout

Dogs are allowed on the trails on Iron Mountain but please keep dogs under control and remove all poop bags from the trails.

Toilets at Iron Mountain Lookout

There are no outhouses on the trail to Iron Mountain.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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