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Epic PNW Hikes: Semaphore Lakes

This relatively low-effort, high reward hike into alpine lakes is a great place to bring the paddle boards to relax on a hot day!

Hiking Moderate

5.9 km
407 m
407 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.7 km
Epic PNW Hikes: Semaphore Lakes Map

The trail to Semaphore Lakes is a moderate 5.8 km out-and-back trail near Pemberton, British Columbia.


The trailhead is accessible through Hurley Fork past the 14 km mark.

Most of the trail is through dense forest with with rocks, roots, and mud, so poles and waterproof boots are recommended.

The alpine lakes are beautiful & refreshing in the summer heat, and offer a great opportunity to go paddle boarding in alpine lakes! Great spot to day-trip, or overnight from June to October.

Dogs: YES, this is a dog friendly trail! Keep in mind the conservancy above the lakes if pushing towards Train Peak/Glacier is NOT dog friendly.

NOTE: Bears are common in this area.



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

between June and October


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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