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Hiking in Pemberton

Hiking Trails Abound

Summer 2009 marked extensive development of trail networks in the Pemberton Valley. Hiking trails have never been better and are well marked.

Notable Hikes

One Mile Lake Loop – Close to the Village of Pemberton, an easy 1.45km loop around the lake that is wheelchair accessible. Washroom facilities available at One Mile Lake.


Lumpy’s Epic Trail – The 9km loop trail is actually a dedicated mountain bike trail but in recent years hikers and mountain runners have used it to gain access to the top of Signal Hill Mountain. This moderate trail is easily accessed from One Mile Lake.


Nairn Falls – An easy, brisk, 3-km (1.8-mi) round-trip route that was once part of the traditional path used by the Lil’wat Nation to access the falls and Mount Currie.


Shadow Lake Interpretive Trails – Easy 6km network of trails located south of Pemberton near the Soo River, right off of Highway 99. There are a number of short trails providing examples of the various forest practices.


Birkenhead Lake Wildnerness Trail – The 4km easy/moderate trail starts from the parking lot on the north west side of Birkenhead Lake and runs along the shore line through old growth forest to a flat area with views of the mountains across the lake.


Joffre Lake Provincial Park – A very popular moderate/difficult trail that offers up a strenuous but exhilarating 11-km (6.8-mi) route that leads to the crystal-clear lake as well as to breathtaking vistas of the area. We recommend reviewing this informative hiking guide provided by 10 Adventures, before making your way to Joffre Lake.

a view of a large mountain in the background

Lumpy’s Epic Trail View

Narin falls

Nairn Falls

a large body of water with a mountain in the background

Birkenhead Lake

Pemberton Valley Trails Association

The Pemberton Valley Trails Association (PVTA) is unique in the Sea to Sky because it is comprised of many different user groups in the valley. Mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and bike users have joined forces under the PVTA to enhance and preserve the trail network for everyone in the region.