- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1 hour
- Round-Trip 1.6km
- Elevation Gain 115 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour 20 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
The Stave Dam Forest Interpretation Trail is a loop through a forest managed by the District of Mission. The route climbs uphill to a couple of viewpoints that overlook the Stave Lake area and the route offers a look at the beautiful forest in the region.
Before you go on this hike, it's worth printing out the brochure provided by the District of Mission. The route has several numbered signs, which correspond to the descriptions in the brochure.
The trail begins on the east side of Dewdney Trunk Road at a small wooden plank next to a gravel parking area by the road. Walk up the wooden plank and into the forest as the route climbs towards a junction. Make sure to go left at the junction to hike the loop in a clockwise direction as this corresponds with the numbered signs in the brochure.
Follow the trail to the left as it continues uphill passing through the beautiful forest. The route climbs steeply until it reaches a gravel road. Cross the gravel road where the trail continues on the other side, following the wider trail uphill.
As the trail begins to level, make sure you are continuing to follow the markers on the trees. The trail makes its way up through a narrow section onto some rocks as this section is easy to miss if you are not following the markers. Once on the rocky ridge, you are treated to a spectacular view that overlooks the Stave Lake area, offering clear sight lines off into the distance on a sunny day.
After enjoying the view, the trail continues on the other side of the rocky ridge, entering back into the forest and looping around. Within minutes, you are treated to another viewpoint that is similar to the first.
Continuing along the trail, it begins to descend as you carefully make your way back downhill enjoying the fresh air of the forest. After hiking downhill for sometime, you reach the gravel road. Cross the road and continue on the trail through the forest as you immediately cross a small bridge.
Within a few more minutes, you reach the junction where you began. Go left and back down the last section, crossing over the plank and returning to the gravel parking area next to the road.