3.73 out of 5 - 15 reviews

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Louis from Vancouver writes:

Date: Aug. 6th, 2018.
Start: 8 am

So I read that a couple of people had trouble finding the trail. I could see why some confusion could arise, however, the trail does literally start just to the right of the wide gravel path, and behind the chairlift.

The hike is nice and easy, yes there are roots, loose rocks, and a 150m elevation gain, but we probably passed 10 kids under the age of 5 as we were hiking back, that were having a blast.
The path leading through the forest is nice and easy, good fun for a short hike like this.

We arrived at the lake around 8:45 and only 3 other people were at the lake. We hiked around the lake to find a quiet place for ourselves among the many great exposed rocks leading down to the water. Even as the hours went by and the lake got busier, there are so many different spots around the lake, that there was plenty of space.

Also, really chill birds.

Really enjoyable and short hike! For privacy during busy weekends, definitely get there early.

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    Posted: August 6, 2018 04:08:57 PM PST


    Lee Norland from Vancouver writes:

    Note!! this is not an "easy" hike. Noticed people dealing with twisted ankles and children with scrapes and bruises on this somewhat steep incline. I would rate this as " Moderately difficult".

    Lee

      Posted: July 30, 2018 02:04:26 PM PST


      Robert from Vancouver writes:

      My group must have gone at the wrong time of the year. June 24, 2018.

      This was the worst hiking experience I've had. Even with strong bug repellent, flies kept hitting my face at a rate of 1 fly per 2 seconds. It was extremely distracting. They get into your eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

      It was also slippery as a lot of the inclines had snow. My foot fell through the snow and into a 5" deep stream of water underneath. It felt quite dangerous. All group members had wet feet.

      The scenery was also a disappointment.

        Posted: June 24, 2018 07:13:01 PM PST


        Yoshii from Richmond writes:

        Sept 24 2017

        Easy walk/hike started just before 9am.
        The beginning can be a bit tricky due to loose rocks, roots and some steep. Used my hands twice.

        No bugs at the lake. But after the lake, going up Mystery Peak, yes a few bugs.

        Gray Jay landed on my empty hand. Seems like they aren't afraid of humans.

        Can you tell me if the picture belongs to a bear track? Or a long nailed dog?
        Just before 10am, I saw a black bear behind the Brockton electric substation from about 50 yards away, before going up to Mystery Peak. But then about 10 minutes later I think I heard a bear spray going off. I stopped to hear, but didn't hear any voices or anything. Maybe I was nervous.

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          Posted: September 24, 2017 05:26:59 PM PST


          Melissa from Vancouver writes:

          We took 3 kids aged 4 & 6 and thoroughly enjoyed the rocky walk. The trail was busy as was the lake on arrival but perfect for this time of year. A good walk for kids that are accustomed to hiking trails.

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            Posted: August 27, 2017 05:07:27 PM PST


            Joseph from Vancouver writes:

            Just hiked this with my 4 kids (ages 3,5,6 and 8). The 3 year old needed to ride on my shoulders for about half the ride up, but went down the whole way on foot. Excellent hike (definitely not flat, but enjoyable). Bring swimsuits!

            Note: trailhead starts at the far end of the parking lot - Wal down the path towards the chairlift and look for the wooden post with trail info.

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              Posted: August 7, 2017 03:08:02 PM PST


              Sunny from Vancouver writes:

              The trail is definitley for more experienced hikers... also as these phtotos seem to adjust that the lake is swimmable in the summer months, do not be mistaken the lake is half frozen so don't try and bring any pool floats like I mistakenly did.

                Posted: July 18, 2017 09:12:47 AM PST


                KC from Vancouver writes:

                This is a great little hike, and really only took us about 40 minutes to get up to the lake.
                But - beware that as of today (July 9, 2017) the lake is completely iced over still. So no swimming for us!
                Also, the bugs are really bad right now. Really bad. Picture bad, and then multiply it by 10. You can even see them swarming me in the photo.
                August might be a great time to go..

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                  Posted: July 9, 2017 03:39:49 PM PST


                  Jeffrey Epstein from North Vancouver writes:

                  Good level hike to do with young kids but REALLY BUGGY! Haven't seen black flies this bad since I moved from back East. Don't bother going for a few more weeks. Much of the trail is still covered in snow too.

                    Posted: July 8, 2017 01:46:50 PM PST


                    Ray from North Van writes:

                    I love Seymour Mountain.
                    Unfortunately, I can't find this trail for two time. Might try next time. :)

                      Posted: June 25, 2017 08:03:29 AM PST


                      Robby-D from Vancouver writes:

                      The weather's been warm so decided to tackle this in mid-November. No snow but the trail was quite wet, as it seems to double as a stream bed. This hike is not an "easy" one but rather "moderate" - it's short, yes, and only 150m elev gain but it comes quickly and is fairly technical. It could be done in runners, but much more comfortable and stable in hikers. Probably 45 minutes up and 35 minutes back, at a moderately quick pace.

                      For the proper trail, it's important to note that right away you should pass underneath the Mystery Chair right above the tiny lake at the bottom of the lift. Easy to miss the trailhead.

                      Nice little trail, pretty little lake, great for when you don't have enough daylight or time to work with.

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                        Posted: November 14, 2016 06:56:47 PM PST


                        Abtin from NORTH VANCOUVER writes:

                        The trail is more difficult to categorize it as "easy"....very beatiful trail and beautiful lake at the end but challenging to kids....I would categorize it "intermediat" in compate to other Easy trails in this website.

                          Posted: August 21, 2016 03:01:56 PM PST


                          Myra from Langley writes:

                          One of my most favorite hike simply because it falls under my "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" category. A hidden gem...it's name best describes itself. And surprisingly an easy hike. I love love love this place!

                            Posted: June 25, 2016 01:57:34 PM PST


                            CL from Burnaby writes:

                            "Hiked" up here on Sunday June 5th. I wouldn't really call it a hike, depending on which trail you take there. We were lost right from the get-go as there was fencing left over from the Spartan race directing us in a different direction. I think we ended up taking the correct Mystery Lake trail, but only after we doubled back. This trail is steep and we were out of breath quite quickly (moderately fit young individuals) but we reached the lake within 20 minutes. Bring bug repellant -this portion of the trail is INFESTED with flies and mosquitoes! On the way down, we just walked straight down the rocky path, keeping Mystery Chairlift directly above us at all times. This path was MUCH easier (just be focused and aware of the loose rocks) and had zero bugs/mosquitoes. I would highly recommend following the chairlift path up and down next time!

                            Once we got to the lake, it was gorgeous. Only 2 other groups were there at 9:30am, and we stayed until 2pm. During these hours, there were at most 10 people at any given time. Other than one really loud group that brought inflatable boats and thought everything was hilarious, everyone else was respectful and quiet. This lake is very echo-y so even a normal conversation can be heard from the opposite side of the lake -no joke! There are salamanders that live in this lake. I tried catching one to no avail.

                            The water on this day was ice cold as there were still many banks covered in snow dripping into the lake. However, I was still able to go in for a couple dips. This is a well kept secret that I hope to enjoy in the coming months.

                              Posted: June 14, 2016 06:46:48 PM PST


                              STR from Vancouver writes:

                              Great walks and well marked trails. Go early on nice days - it gets busy quickly.

                              Be sure to take bug spray/repellant - there are tons of flies and mosquitos.

                                Posted: May 18, 2015 06:58:56 PM PST


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