Posted August 28, 2017 - 9:14 am
Berries are Out
The fire hazard is rated Extreme. Please dispose of cigarettes butts properly and avoiding placing hot bike brakes on the ground. In case of a fire emergency you will hear 3 short horn blasts. Please return to the Lodge if you should hear these blasts.
Lake Trail: The trail makes for a quick loop and is our most popular first hike at the lodge. Make sure to visit the beach, lookout and I Dew Point and keep your eyes peeled for animals. This is a family friendly trail.
Rail trail: The trail starts in our lower parking lot at the beginning of Island Lake road and ends in a second parking area where the Old Growth Trail starts. It offers easy walking for all ages and abilities. This trail takes its name after a logging train-track that operated 100 years ago.
Lazy Lizard biking trail: The trail is designed for various ability and levels including novice and young riders.
Old Growth: A perfect hike in the ancient old growth cedars and its canopy offer lots of shade on a warm day.
Fir trail: Another fun trail mostly in the shade for the family on warm days. You will see beautiful Douglas fir and large cedar trees.
Spineback: This is easily the most popular trail at Island lake. Keen hikers can reach the first bench in a couple of hours. For those wanting to go into the Alpine the second bench gets you up close and personal with the rocky environment of the Lizard range.
Tamarack: This trail offers the quickest access to a treeline viewpoint halfway up or you can continue on hiking to the top for more views.
Baldy: We recommend you hike this loop by going up the North Baldy side first. From the North Baldy top you can enjoy the beautiful 360 degree view of the South Rockies. It showcases some of Island Lake’s famous gladed ski runs.
New trail: The trail is getting longer. Hike Spineback trail and a few meters before the second bench you will see the start of the new trail. Follow the orange dots all the way up to the saddle behind Baby Bear. Then drop down into the valley before descending down the ski run known as 37. You can boulder hop following flags back to the Spineback trail in about 30 minutes. The length of the addition is 2.2km with 700m left to complete
Heiko's: The trail is in good shape. Lots of berries in the section between Three Sisters Pass and the top of the Tamarack trail. There has been many recent sightings of grizzlies with cubs in this section.