To reach the trailhead, travelling east on Highway 1, take Exit 119A and drive south until you reach the bridge over Chilliwack River. Turn left and drive for about 23 km, crossing Slesse Creek and then passing the Department of National Defence firing range. After 23 km, you will see a sign, Pierce Lake Trail, turn in there and drive 300 m to the parking area.
Keep in mind than vandalism in Chilliwack is an ongoing problem, do not left any valuables in your car and pray for not seeing any broken windows at the end of your day.
The mountain you see on the left is Mount Pierce.
The trailhead starts on your left. Walking along the forest you will cross a new logging road. Just watch for the orange squares marking the route
The trail is always rising, you will have your first views after crossing a slide area. The trail was rerouted because of a major landslide.
From the slide, besides the mountains, you can see some logged areas. Chilliwack is the home of Cattermole Timber, a logging company who halted logging near Hope because of fears of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee that a spotted owl nest was destroyed during logging operations.
After crossing a stretch of nice trees, the trail drops slightly to cross Pierce Creek followed by a steep climb to the lower lake.
During my hike I was distracted by a spider web. The spider, after spinning its web, will then wait on, or near, the web for a prey animal to become trapped. The spider can sense the impact and struggle of a prey animal by vibrations transmitted along the web lines.
If you are not interested in spiders, keep going uphill. Sooner or later you will reach the junction to Lower Pierce Lake, a good camping spot. In my case I keep going crossing the valley side adorned with beautiful summer flowers.
While on my left I have views of Lower Pierce Lake and more views of Mount MacFarlane.
Before entering again into the shade of the forest, I had another view of this beautiful emerald green 100 ft deep lake.
Very soon I reached a wet meadow. I almost put my foot on a tiny frog. Most species are found in tropical rainforests, but the distribution of frogs ranges from tropic to subartic regions.
The steepness of the valley sides and the many wet meadows keep the trail above the lake.
This is the only part of the trail where things can get a little bit muddy. But think about this, mud provides home for numerous types of animals, like the small frog you saw before, so please, watch your step.
When you reach the steep valley headwall, you need to cross the creek and go east (ok, left).
Before reaching the Upper Lake, you need to follow a rocky slope. Before reaching the trees, there is a small area that is a little bit slippery
During my ascent I was constantly rewarded for the beautiful views of the sorrounding mountains and the inner peace that natural settings like this can bring