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Darkside Lake via Steep Creek

Duffey Lake

A stunning day hike to a beautiful alpine lake beneath high mountain peaks.

Hiking Moderate

12 km
609 m
609 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.7 km
Darkside Lake via Steep Creek Map

Darkside Lake is an excellent year-round adventure to a stunning alpine lake in the shadows of Steep Peak. In the winter, snowshoes and/or skies will be necessary, but in the summer you can often get away with hiking boots. Overall, the trail is moderate to difficult based on your hiking experience and often muddy even in the warmer months.


This hike is not suitable for younger children or dogs, but the lake is a great place to enjoy a swim during the summer. A hut at the lake offers the option to turn this hike into an overnight trip if desired.

Sources: Sebastian Patterson stevensong.com



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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