Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail
The Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail is an 18.8 km route that passes through dense stretches of forest into Indian Arm Provincial Park. The trail travels to the tranquil and secluded waters of Cypress Lake before climbing uphill to experience the scenic viewpoints around Eagle Mountain. This is a difficult route that is tough on the legs, but the views from Eagle Mountain are definitely worth it.
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Route Description for Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail
The Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail begins near Port Moody and covers a long stretch of trail to Eagle Mountain within Indian Arm Provincial Park. The initial portion of this trail extends through a dense and sometimes confusing network of hiking routes that can be hard to navigate if you aren’t paying attention. Hikers along this route should make sure to bring a good trail map or GPS along with them to ensure that they don’t stray off the main route. Additionally, sections of this trail are rocky and technical, with higher sections that can be covered in snow and stretches around the lakes that can become quite wet and muddy. Make sure to wear proper hiking footwear and bring hiking poles, crampons, microspikes, or snowshoes if the trail conditions require them.
While this trail can be difficult to navigate, it also rewards hikers with some beautiful views along the viewpoints near Eagle Mountain, as well as the opportunity to visit the tranquil waters of Cypress Lake. The trail to reach these highlights is largely blanketed in a dense covering of forest, making views along the route hard to come by. All things considered, this is a great day hike along a less-travelled path that will leave you feeling fulfilled - if not a little sore - by the hike’s end.
Setting out from the trailhead off Hickory Drive, follow the path past the tower as it enters into the dense forest cover. Follow along the Juan Valdez Trail until you reach a junction with Randy’s Trail, taking the path to the left that will bring you to a powerline clearing near a radio tower. Take the wide path to the right to make your way over West Noons Creek, picking up the Dentist Trail on your left. Continue on this trail for 1km until you reach the Lungbuster Trail, at which point you will turn right and immediately look for the Four Lost Souls Trail on your left. Take this path for another 800m.
At the junction, go left to cross over Noons Creek and work your way north along the Lungbuster Trail until you reach another junction with the Cypress Lake Spur on your right. Take this path to make your way along the 900m stretch of trail to the scenic woodland landscape of Cypress Lake. After taking in the sights, make your way back along the trail to the junction, going right to continue on to Eagle Mountain. From here, the Lungbuster Trail will keep climbing uphill for 1.7 km before reaching another junction. Follow this to the right to work your way up to the Halvor-Lunden Trail that encircles Eagle Mountain.
When you get to the Halvor-Lunden Trail, follow it right to track around Eagle Mountain in a counterclockwise direction, passing by the “Lakes District” and the numerous vantage points that offer scenic views west across the Indian Arm and the North Shore. When you have completed the loop, follow the same trail to descend the mountain, turning right when you reach the junction with the Cypress Lake Spur.
At the next junction, go right again to follow a different route down towards the parking area, this time utilizing the Massage Therapy and Woodburner trails. When you approach the clearing along the powerlines, head left and follow the wide path for 500 m, picking up Randy’s Trail behind the radio tower. From here, you can simply retrace the initial portion of the hike, making your way down to the parking lot, having completed the Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail.
Insider Hints for Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail
- A trail map or GPS will come in handy, as the initial stretch of the trail is part of a dense network of hiking routes, and it can be easy to get lost.
- The trail can become muddy/wet in the areas around the lakes. Wear proper hiking footwear to better traverse these conditions.
- Upper portions of the trail can become packed with snow. Make sure to bring snowshoes, crampons or microspikes to help in these stretches of trail.
- Hiking poles can also be useful when traversing snow-covered trails and other technical sections.
Getting to the Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail Trailhead
To reach the parking area for the Eagle Mountain and Cypress Lake Trail from Coquitlam, drive west on David Avenue and make a right turn onto Forest Park Way. After 1.0 km, turn right onto Cliffwood Drive and a left onto Fernway Drive. In 140 m, make another right onto Hickory Drive, where you will find the trailhead on the right side of the roundabout.
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