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Backyard Travel | Raven Lake Hike, British Columbia

Raven Lake is a hike near Prince George, British Columbia. The trail head is located approximately 1.5 hours East of Prince George in the Sugar-bowl/Grizzly Den Provincial Park and Protected Area. The park is a protected habitat for Caribou, Grizzly Bears and many other smaller animals.

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Raven Lake is a moderate hike, it has steep switchbacks for majority of the hike which can be a struggle for some at times. The hike should be undertaken with preparation and with the understanding that you must be completely self sustaining.

How do I get there? How long does it take? How hard is it? …

Following Highway 16 East drive roughly 90km until you reach Hungary Creek Forest Service Road. Turn onto Hungary Creek and drive roughly 15.6km until you reach a fork in the road. At the fork proceed to the right which leads you directly into the Raven Lake parking lot where the trailhead starts. Raven Lake hike takes approximately 2-3 hours to reach the cabin at 4.7km and another 1-2 hours to arrive back at the parking lot. While hiking you will be climbing in elevation; 450m (1500ft) elevation gain to be exact. Parks BC has a great brochure I found helpful when getting prepared for the hike.

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^^ Just a reminder early on in the hike as to why you’re packing around that lumpy container of bear spray on your belt. :D

What should I bring?

While I was preparing for the hike I made sure to pack a can of bear spray and survival equipment (ex; change of clothes, rain gear, food, water, first aid kit and survival kit). When you reach the lake at the end of your hike there is a cabin that is available for hikers to stay the night in; if you’re planning an overnight trip (which I highly recommend, mostly because I wish I brought supplies to stay the night) you will need to bring a backpack carrying your sleeping bags, food and anything else you may need overnight. It isn’t guaranteed that you will have the cabin to yourself when you get there, or even, that there will be any space left in the cabin so be sure to bring a tent if all spots are taken. There are a few designated camp pads at Raven Lake that are nice and flat for you to set your tent up on. **Make sure you’re packing out everything, or more, than you brought in. There is no garbage to be left behind and no garbage cans to place your garbage in along the hike; if you see garbage, please pick it up and bring it out with you as well.

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Is the hike worth the views of Raven Lake?

The trail starts with a slight downhill slope as you pass a small unnamed lake to your right. Once you’ve reached the switchbacks and your uphill hike begins. Depending on the season the trail can be quite muddy, it’s recommended to wear a good pair of hiking boots. In August there are plentiful amounts of berries along the trail; huckleberries, wild blueberries, thimbleberries and more! Be sure to only eat berries you have knowledge of to avoid eating something that could make you sick. The switchbacks eventually open into small meadows surrounded by trees and areas with small bodies of water where birds seem to enjoy bathing. There’s a short downhill section that is made difficult by large boulders; but, it’s over quick, within a short distance you’re rewarded with sights of the cabin sitting on the edge of a gorgeously clear little lake, Raven Lake.

Is the hike really worth the views you get of Raven Lake, as well as sights from the trail? See for yourself and you can decide.

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18 Responses to “Backyard Travel | Raven Lake Hike, British Columbia”

  1. Mar September 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Bear spray!? ???? haha though the photos are probably worth the “risk” of being eaten by a bear

    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

      Haha, yes, bear spray. :) Thankfully we haven’t had to use it on any of our hikes in the region though we did see a huge Grizzly Bear paw mark in the mud. :O We were on high alert after that; though, they don’t tend to go out of their way to attack, typically only if it’s just before they hibernate and don’t have enough food.

  2. Himanshu September 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Nice clicks…i am sure you enjoyed the adventure. Look forward to more.

    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      I certainly did, it was an amazing hike! :)

  3. Ashlee September 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    Definitely worth it from the looks of those images! <3

    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

      So, truly, worth it!! This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. The cabin and lake were such a nice surprise. ^_^

  4. Erica September 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Canada is seriously so underrated. The nature there is unlike others!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it any better! <3

  5. Elaine J. Masters September 12, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    What a lovely walk. I can imagine how wonderful the air must be in that area.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      We go for a lot of hikes throughout the summer season; I’d have to say our main reason is because of the fresh air. There’s nothing like fresh unpolluted air AND fresh streams offering clean water. :)

  6. LeAnna September 13, 2015 at 1:26 am #

    We want to RV the States when we move back but the more I see on Canada, the more I want to add that to our lists! Nothing is more refreshing and rejuvenating as a beautiful hike!

    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      RVing the states would be an amazing adventure! I’d say, if you had the time and budget, making your way into British Columbia is something you both truly wouldn’t regret! ;)

  7. jen September 13, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    Looks like it was totally worth the effort. But a question – does bear spray really work? I’d love to see a bear, but hate to be close enough to an angry one to need to use it.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

      Haha! Yes, it does work. It’s made of Capsicum (hot peppers). Unfortunately, Thomas has had to use it on a bear while he was out in the forest. It was an extremely aggressive bear so he had to give it a few sprays but it worked and the bear ran off.

      A little note from a quick search, “Bear spray is statistically more effective than the use of firearms in preventing and reducing human injury, and is additionally a non-lethal deterrent for bears” – Journal of Wildlife Management

  8. Kathrin September 13, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    WOW, beautiful pictures – very inviting!

    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

      I’m proud to say Canada really is very inviting! ^_^

  9. Holly September 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Gorgeous photos. I would love to check out the lake. So beautiful.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Hey Holly, the lake truly is beautiful and a lot of fun in the summer! :)

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