Perched upon a rockslide 500 metres up Mount Hope, hikers will experience an amazing view of Hope, including Kawkawa Lake and the Coquihalla and Fraser Rivers.
The loop is easy; lookout is medium difficulty.
Elevation gain: loop 100 m, lookout 500 m
[Fish] Head west on Old Hope-Princeton Way. Take the first left under the overpass and park at the picnic tables.
Access to parking is under the freeway overpass at the junction of Highway #1 and Old Hope Princeton Way, across from Rainbow Junction. A gravel road climbs to the left with the trailhead on the right before the diked creek bed. After the end of the loop (1 km) steep switchbacks climb to the talus slopes on Hope Mountain.
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Posted By: larry hrusik
- Thu Jan 29 23:19:30 UTC 2015
Upsidescenery is nice. Trail improvements and upkeep is very good. DownsideHard for people with bad knees on the way down is the only "downside". CommentI would not class this as "easy". You gain nearly 500m in 2km up hill. Took me 1:22min return, so does not take very long but is a workout for sure! Thankyou to all the people who maintain and upkeep this wonderful trail.
Posted By: happyhopers
- Fri Apr 19 19:10:57 UTC 2013
UpsideLots of new work along the trails with more stable stairs and wire covering on the bridge decks. The lookout at the top has had some awesome improvements to accommodate larger groups and allow for more comfortable viewing. DownsideMountain bikers have taken over the first short stretch of the trail so a detour on a steep gravel road is now the hiking route. Not really a downside you just miss 5 minutes of forest hiking. CommentThis is a great trail for a good morning workout. The Hope Mountain School improvements are wonderful. If you have less time the Joan Greenwood loop is a good way to spend half an hour.
Posted By: brancher
- Sat Jul 03 06:35:47 UTC 2010
UpsideGreat views - even in less-than-ideal weather conditions. DownsideSandals are fine on the way up, but a bit dicey coming back down. CommentThe loop trail half way up is an excellent diversion. We've been here in snow and on Canada Day. The only way you could get a nicer view of Hope is in a glider.
Posted By: spry-guy
- Fri Oct 13 23:54:06 UTC 2006
UpsideThe actual hike itself is, in my opinion, the highlight! What a lovely trail - beautiful trees to see along the way, and a well-chosen route. The view from the top does provide great views of the area. Well worth it!
Posted By: blackcat
- Sun Apr 16 04:47:05 UTC 2006
UpsideFabulous views, exceptional trail developement DownsideHad a little trouble finding the trail head. CommentFor those not familiar with the trail, the listing here and in the guide books etc are a little vague. So here are our directions. - From the picnic tables, go left up the old gravel road. At the "Restricted Area" sign, go left up the pipeline right-of-way. At the creek bed, look for ribbons on your right. This is the trail head. The trail is well marked with small red metal tags nailed to the trees. At the "Delicate Vegetation" sign, the trail splits to begin the loop. Go right at this point - counter clockwise around the loop. A short climb up, you will come to another split and a bench. Go left for the loop, or right for the look-out. Going up the lookout trail, 50 switchbacks and a lot of work take you to a bench with stunning views of Hope, the river and surrounding mountains. - Come back down to the lower bench, and either return to the trail head, or follow the loop for some more great hiking. -Note: If you choose to do the loop clockwise, as we did, be very careful as the trail splits near the top of the loop. Going to the right (a little less travelled) takes you around the loop. Going to the left puts you on to a well used (and remarkably engineered) mountain bike trail. The lack of red metal tags will be a clue that you are on the wrong trail. This wonder of construction complete with banked corners, jumps and other challenges climbs for a long way before just ending in the trees. There you will find a shovel, polaski, and a sign requesting that you help continue the building project!! Mountain bikers are some of the most dedicated trail builders I have encountered - thanks guys. - We live just outside of Jasper and have done a lot of hiking, and the Hope Lookout ranks right up there with the best. Many thanks to the people who built and maintain this trail.
Posted By: Bugqueen
- Tue Jun 28 05:49:10 UTC 2005
UpsideThe scree is excellent to explore. Took 2 ten year olds they did fine! CommentTake exit 171 and you can't miss the parking area
Posted By: Nighthawk
- Tue Mar 15 11:19:39 UTC 2005
UpsideThis is a great workout for those with little time. The scree slope can be explored if just making it to the lookout is not enough for you. DownsideStill to close to civilization for my liking. CommentI was staying in Hope for 4 days, working at a fire fighting staging camp and only had a few hours to burn. I didn't waste time making it to the lookout and was there in 35-45 minutes. The views of the town and Kakawa lake are pretty cool. I could also look up the Fraser Canyon and see Mt.Lincoln. (another good hike for the time impaired) Not satisfied with the lookout I continued up the scree until I reached the treeline. This afforded me another lookout view towards Silver Hope Creek and Flood Hope. The scree was fun to explore for an hour or so. I'd recommend this small outing to anyone who is either short on time or perhaps with younger children.
Posted By: Kanike
- Thu Aug 07 06:44:03 UTC 2003
CommentHiked this trail today. Steep climb but plenty of rest stops along the way. Awesome views of Hope and of the Fraser Canyon! I definately recommend this hike! Next time I plan to go higher :)
Posted By: trailpeak
- Fri May 02 23:49:01 UTC 2003
Commentthis comment sent in from a mountain biker ... Nice fast curving trail! some larger rock and ramp drops. Couple bridges, slick when wet.
The trail is a bit of a grunt, but the payoff is in the exceptional view of the Hope area from the talus slope.