Hector Ferguson Lake

Hector Ferguson Lake near Maple Ridge, BC

This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars
36 kms
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Maple Ridge, BC
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Total Distance: 36.0 km (return)

Estimated Time: 11 - 12 hours

Elevation Gain: 614-650m

Lake elevation 764m

Start Elevation: 150m

It is possible to bike the first 5.5-6.5km but the last 6.0-6.5km might not be worth it. As gulleys and dead fall cause you to carry your bike over and under things in order to continue.

10km requires you to ford the gold creek a number of times. Once to sand bar in the middle the back to the east bank again. To regain the trail on the east side. Then 11km you cross onto a sand bar and then ford to the west side and pick up the trail again.

After that the trail deteriorates somewhat due to some deadfall and goes through nice old-growth forest. Trail is well marked in most of the sections and isn't extremely difficult to follow.

At the last 1-1.5km to HF Lake you pass a major slide and pick the ribbons up in a creek. You follow the creek north but you need to pay special attention to the west side. As ribbons start again up on the bank where you might not notice them. If you stay in the creek you will come upon a suspended bolder between two cliffs and a water fall. At this point you need to turn around and find the ribbons on the west bank. Where they pick up again and lead you NW and to HF lake.

As for the lake shore its soft and a marsh so tent spots are interesting to find. Like other trails in Golden Ears I would suggest a dry day before taking this trip. As the brush is thick and you will get completely soaked by the 6.5km mark.


Head to Golden Ears park using parks board directions. Follows the East Canyon Trail at the start. Gold Creek parking lot.

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By MrBw57Posted By: MrBw57  - Mon Apr 01 18:28:30 UTC 2013 Not Rated Question Wondering if anyone has been up there recently?I was pondering hikin' this summer never been up there,so I need some info on what I'm getting into,for safety reasons.Is it possible to bike part way?Will I have to be trudging through water?Any info would help.Thank You in advance.

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By iam.with.a.backpackPosted By: iam.with.a.backpack  - Mon Sep 10 18:44:46 UTC 2012 Not Rated Upside Close to city Downside bushwhacking, destination is not worthy of an effort, annoying trail. Comment It is a very unpleasant hike in my opinion. Bushwhacking at least 4 last km to the lake. Although plenty of ribbons (freshly hang it seemed) bush is so thick in many areas, you still do not always see them. And if no ribbon - any path can be a trail once past 11.5 km mark. Passing creek at 11.5 mark can be tricky. Better take your shoes off and cross it barefoot. Lake is not pretty enough to hike this trail. 36 km it is not 28 as written in "103 hikes". I personally will not do it again. Unless you want to camp, do not do it lol, first 10 km of trail offer some nice possibilities (gravel beaches) for pitching a tent and getting there is easy. The nicest camp site is at the first 4.8km mark.

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