Hoover Lake

November 22, 2008

To reach the trailhead drive 2.5 km (1.5 mi) east of Stave Falls Dam on the north side of the Dewdney Trunk Road, opposite the municipal landfill of the District of Mission.

This is a moderate hike along a logging road to an easy walk along the lake, you can go further to the viewpoint at the top (it's all uphill). Because of the cloudy day, our single destination was the lake.

Top: Trailhead
Bottom: Municipal landfill of the District of Mission

This area was the traditional territory of the Skayuks, a vanished Halqemeylem-speaking Coast Salish people related to today's Sto:lo.

85% of the trail is on an active logging road, be sure you follow the main route. After crossing the power lines, there is a junction, be sure you go left.

Eventually you will reach three more junctions, always keep going right.

Industrial forestry - particularly clearcut logging - is still the norm throughout BC, and ancient forests are primarily targetted by timber companies. This is the case in the coastal temperate rainforests, which are being clearcut in what some people consider to be at an alarming and unsustainable rate.

Go right

After following the main road uphill for 3 kilometres you will reach a well-marked trail leading into the forest on the left.

After entering the dark 40-50 year old forest, the trail winds it's way alongside an overgrown corduroy (cedar plank) logging road, for safety reasons, do not walk on the plank road as you may fall through it. Massive stumps seen along the trail are all that remain of the original old-growth forest.

Overgrown corduroy (cedar plank) logging road

Plank roads resembled a large set of train tracks in appearance, but felt and sounded much as boardwalks do today except most were wider than an average boardwalk. The cost of building a plank road was from several hundred dollars to several thousand per mile, depending upon the climate and condition of the terrain.

After an easy 700m trek through the forest, the trail emerges at the shores of Hoover Lake. A small boardwalk winds around part of the lake to the left, eventually leading to an undeveloped campsite and a better view of the lake.

Hoover Lake

You can fish small cutthroat and rainbow trout. Cutthroat will readily interbreed with the closely related rainbow trout, producing fertile hybrids.

Most populations of cutthroat stay in freshwater throughout their lives and are known as non-migratory, stream-resident or riverine populations. Anadromous fish may reach weights of 20 pounds (9 kg) but those fish which remain permanently in freshwater may only reach a weight of 2 pounds (1 kg).

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1. N 49.2289 W 122.3376 Elev: 204m Parking Lot and Trailhead

Roundtrip length: 7.8 km (4.84 miles)
Time: 4.0 hours
Elevation gain: 250 m (820 ft)

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Driving distance from Vancouver: 72 km / 44.9 mi

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