Statlu and Brotherhood Lakes are ones of the most beautiful lakes on the Lower Mainland, however the only book providing some decent information -- 103 Hikes In SouthWestern British Columbia -- is not quite right. This hike deserves to be done on a sunny day, personally I find some sections of the hike to be very dangerous on a wet day.

To reach the trailhead drive east on Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) to Harrison Mills, 32 km (20 mi) beyond Mission and turn left onto Morris Valley Road. Very soon you will reach a stop sign where you go left onto Chehalis Forest Service Road. Zero your odometer and follow the main road. Just in case, at around 14.5 km you cross a bridge (Statlu Creek), keep your right. At around 20 km go left on a fork going uphill. From there you have some views of Chehalis Lake. At around 33.5 km you will reach a bridge crossing Chehalis River and the road changes its name to Mistery Creek Forest Service Road. Park before the bridge if you have a 2WD otherwise go left. In my case this was the starting point of my hike.

Chehalis River

Some web sites will tell you about the 194 water bars that you need to drive over the last 5 km before you can reach the trailhead.  Well, the continuous driving of 4WD has made many of those water bars disappear, I counted thirteen that can seriously damage a vehicle with low clearance and from those thirteen water bars, four need special driving skills if you are driving a low clearance or a long wheelbase 4WD, the last water bar before the trailhead can be troublesome on a rainy day or during spring run-off.  But compared with the last time I was here, any 4WD for sure can make it to the trailhead

Last Water Bar

The last water bar is a deep hole into the road, from there you cross two bridges in quick succession.  The last bridge is on a deteriorating state, still drivable but you better check the next time.  If you think is unsafe to drive over the bridge, there is a little park area before.

Immediately after the bridge, the trail starts on an old road on the left. Yes, you can still keep driving but then you will be missing the pleasure of doing hiking. After 1.5 km the road quickly deteriorates becoming just a bedrock, however a lifted F150 was able to make it to the very end of the road.

I couldn't avoid the temptation to stop and admire the job done in this truck, it was a fine job let me tell you. I believe this truck was using a Superlift 6" lift, my guessing was because the rear leaf springs were relocated from bottom to top of the axle and the front and rear legs of the control arms were captured by a single bracket strenghthened with cross members.

After the end of the road, you need to follow a steep and well marked trail. After 15 minutes you will reach some kind of creek. This is the place where three people have already died. Trying to have views of the impressive falls leaving the lake they went very close on the slippery and mossy flat edge of the cliff. Because of this the trail was re-routed back from the edge of the falls but you can still use the old trail.

I compared old pictures and most of the smooth slope is now covered by gravel (maybe a slide?), but don't be fooled by this. The problem wih the reroute is that is much steeper than the existing trail.

Let's say you really want to see the falls. Try this, after crossing the creek, go towards the cliff following the flags. Very soon you will reach the falls, use caution specially if the trail is wet

Few minutes later you will reach the east end of another little corner of paradise hidden away. This is a good resting point to enjoy the distant views.

This is an interesting area if you like geology, it is believed that this area deglaciated while ice persisted in the Fraser Valley. The study was done by Dr. Brent C. Ward, an Associate Professor of the Simon Fraser University. Let me know if you want to have a copy of his study.

Back to the hike, you need to cross a large rock slide. The trick to cross it is to be very close to the lake.

Don't forget to take your time to admire the views

The trail goes slightly uphill and very soon you will find a second large rock slide. Now you need go do downhill.

After crossing the slide, again, you will go slightly uphill, on your right you will see two small ponds.

 

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