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    Gorman Lake Trail

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    Very Easy
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    5.8 km
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    310 m
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    Gorman Lake Trail

    The Gorman Lake Trail is a 5.8 km out-and-back hiking route through a beautiful alpine valley west of Golden, BC, that ends at the picturesque edge of Gorman Lake. The trail itself isn’t very difficult; however, the drive up to the trailhead is challenging, so make sure you have a 4x4/high clearance vehicle for the trip. If you can successfully reach the lake, the stunning views and relaxing atmosphere are sure to make you forget all about the trouble of getting there.

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    Route Description for Gorman Lake Trail

    The trek up to Gorman Lake is one of the most picturesque hikes in the Golden area; however, getting to the trailhead is a challenging ordeal that has likely turned away more than its fair share of hikers over the years. If you can successfully make it to the trailhead, you can expect a relatively easy hike through some truly stunning alpine terrain, and of course, a relaxing lakeside atmosphere that can only be found in such a remote location.

    Setting out from the parking area, follow the trail west as it heads through the forest. The terrain along this route is nice and varied, including stretches of forest, alpine meadow, and a small boulder field that is easy to navigate. On the approach to the lake, you will be surrounded by the rugged mountain peaks that frame the landscape and will have a gorgeous sightline across the shimmering waters of the lake. The immediate area offers many options for exploration, making for a fun day up in the mountains, and there is even a small (albeit leaky) canoe that can be used to paddle across the water. After you’ve had enough of the picturesque landscape, head back down the trail for the rough car ride home.

    Getting to the Gorman Lake Trail Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Gorman Lake Trail from Golden, head north on Dogtooth FSR for 16.5 km, then head west on Gorman Lake FSR for 4.2 km.

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    • Backcountry Campsites


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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