Mount MacFarlane Trail

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Very Hard
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19.3 km
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1,798 m
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Mount MacFarlane Trail

The Mount MacFarlane Trail is a difficult 19.3 km out-and-back route in the Fraser Valley that features several lakes, scenic alpine views, and a bit of a scramble to the summit. This hike is a long uphill grind that will take you to spectacular viewpoints over the surrounding mountains. Be prepared for a tough day of hiking or split up the physically demanding travel with an overnight stay next to the beautiful Pierce Lake.

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Route Description for Mount MacFarlane Trail

The Mount MacFarlane Trail is a challenging hiking route in the Fraser Valley that climbs uphill to visit Pierce Lake before continuing on to the summit of Mount MacFarlane. With an elevation gain of 1,798 m, this trail is a bit of a grind; however, the strain on your legs is absolutely worth it when you experience the spectacular views from the summit.

The first portion of the trail doesn’t offer much in the way of views, but it becomes far more enjoyable at Lower Pierce Lake. You’ll navigate a small boulder field, fields of wildflowers, and two lakes before approaching the summit. After scrambling your way up the peak, you will be rewarded with awesome views that look out over the lakes that you just hiked past, as well as the numerous mountain ridges that frame the landscape. This tough 19.3 km trail can certainly be hiked in a day, but can also be completed as an overnight trip with a stay next to the lake, making for a fun night of camping up in the mountains.

Other Amazing Hikes in Fraser Valley

Check out our guides to Lindeman Lake, Bridal Veil Falls, Cascade Falls, Elk Mountain Trail or Hicks Lake Hike. Or see all our hikes in Fraser Valley on 10Adventures.

Getting to the Mount MacFarlane Trail Trailhead

To reach the parking area for the Mount MacFarlane Trail from Chilliwack, head southeast on Vedder Road and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto Chilliwack Lake Road. Continue on for 22.6 km, where you will find the parking area and the trailhead on the right side of the road.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Out and back

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