you drive past the store (on your left) and through the gates into Buntzen
Lake, a few moments later you'll see a little blue sign on your right, then the
first parking lot on your right. This is the lot you need to be at. There's a
sign post and a pit toilet in the parking lot. Be aware of the gate closer
time. There is no parking outside the gate so you must be back in time as BC
Hydro is on time. You will not be able to get your car out until the morning if
you don't make it back in time.
your hike on the Academy Trail (near the pit toilet). It climbs gradually up
the wide, rocky & snaking trail. After about ten minutes the Halvor Lunden
Trail is on your right. Turn right...It begins winding it's rocky way up, up
come to your first switchback and then the trail snakes again up to your first
sign that says, 'Eagle Bluffs Lookout' to your right. There were power lines
obstructing the view, it's 800 meters to the lookout. With so many amazing
lookouts...I would suggest to see it on your way down if time is not on your
climbing then you'll come to a creek crossing and a semi flat area. Don't get
too comfortable as this trail climbs almost to the end. More switchbacks and a
snaky trail as it somewhat climbs again to Polytrichum Lookout. There are views
of Buntzen Lake and surrounding mountains. It took
is about 1.5 hrs to get to this point.
trail continues to climb again up through a rooty part and over a little wooden
bridge. Then a short stretch of another rough part and under a log. Right away
you go down and up a creek bed then the trail finally flattens again for a long
time. Soon you pop into a bright and opened area with a ravine on your left. If
you have a fear of heights forget about looking down. It's really pretty in
here. Not long after you're back in the woods.
you'll see a sign high in the tree that says, Left: Lindsay lake & Right:
**White Rock. Stay left.
after what seems like forever you get to the El Paso junction. Going left takes you though
the view points and loops back around to this junction or right takes you
through the lakes and then the view points and back to the junction. We choose
down the somewhat steep rocky path to a stunning little waterfall with a pool
of frothy bubbly water. Once you fill your camera with memories. Keep going,
the next section of trail is a little rough. A rock and a chain assist helps in
one part. It's rooty & has steep up's and down's and after about 30 minutes
you'll be treated to beautiful lookout. Barton Point has everything. Views all
the way to Surrey and beyond. It is here where
I would suggest to either keep going completing the Lindsay Lake Loop or to
head back to the El Paso Junction. The entire loop is about 2.5 hrs depending
on your speed. I choose this was my summit as the gates were locked at 5:30
your way back the same way carefully navigating all the steeps sections down.
This hike is best done in the summer months where the gates are open later and
the days are longer. It's also not a good idea after it has rained as it would
be slippery on the roots and rocks.
can also add on Swan
Falls but it is longer at
20 Km's. Happy & safe hiking.
*You should leave
your hiking it itinerary with the Warden's Office. On the map Lindsay Lake Loop
says #1 but no where on the trail does it indicate this. However, the trail is
well marked with trail markers and has a signs closer to the top of the
different points of interest.
Rock is a real pretty lookout but due to daylight hours we skipped it. We
planned on seeing it on the way back but you don't see the sign as easy. If you
want to see it I would suggest seeing it on the way up. I'm not sure how far in
it is and the trail conditions.