2 miles
Distance
1,819 ft
Climb
-106 ft
Descent
5,156 ft
High Point

Lizard Lake Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • E-Bike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Island Lake
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 50 in Trail Running

Lizard Lake Trail is a wilderness trail that climbs from Cedar Valley Road though old growth cedar forest to a very small tarn lake at treeline.

The trail climbs steeply through old growth cedar and alder jungle for 2.4 km and ends in the open alpine at Lizard Lake. The trail can be quite overgrown.

From Lizard Lake you can follow a faint trail and hike to the pass (1,880m) that looks down into the Sand Creek.

Safety note: You are in bear country, so bear spray is advised.

Access Info

Drive out of Fernie heading South (Cranbrook direction) for 3km to Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Turn right in to the park and head up the Island Lake Road for 2.5km from the highway. You will come to a wooden arch announcing Island Lake property, with a large parking lot on the left. Park in there and then look for the Rail Trail signs on the left of the parking lot.

Follow the Rail Trail for the first 400 metres and then turn left onto an old logging road across Lizard Creek (no bridge). Take the right fork after crossing Lizard Creek and follow this old road to the start of the Lizard Lake Trail , about 1 km from the parking lot.

More Stats for Lizard Lake hike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,713 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,440 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,440 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,153 ft
  • Grade
    16.399%
  • Grade max
    -17.16%
  • Grade min
    57.915%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,366 ft
  • Distance flat
    570 ft
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
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      Lizard Lake Trail Reports

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      Jun 28, 2020 @ 9:44am
      Jun 28, 2020
      reporter Good to go, no snow on trail. However Lizard Lake is currently just a bunch of avi debris. Near the start the creek is raging, so turn sharp left...
      Jun 18, 2020 @ 12:09pm
      Jun 18, 2020
      Some packed snow above streams, risk of post holing into a couple inches of water underneath the snow. Very beginning the path is cut off by the...
      Jun 18, 2020 @ 12:07pm
      Jun 18, 2020
      Definitely some snow on the avalanche chutes, with some hard packed snow overtop some streams, risk of post holing.
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 3:57pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      In great shape with the advantage of low levels of undergrowth. Still large snowcovered areas near the lake. The lake itself has a large deposite...
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 3:57pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      In great shape with low underbrush. Large snow covered areas approaching and the lake. The lake itself has a large deposite of avalanche debris
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