When it’s raining, higher trails are snow-covered, and you’re not exactly motivated to tackle anything strenuous, Alice Lake Provincial Park is just the ticket. Located north of Squamish, the 396-hectare park boasts a network of short trails enjoyed by hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers.
For hikers, a circuit of the Four Lakes Trail and DeBeck’s Hill, starting at the Stump Lake parking lot, is a good bet. The six-kilometre Four Lakes Trail is a pleasant loop with negligible elevation change through lush forest to Stump, Fawn, Edith, and Alice lakes.
From the south beach area of Alice Lake, the old logging road on DeBeck’s Hill climbs to the summit with its television repeater towers and views that are reportedly good on an unfoggy day. You’ll finally break a sweat on the hill, which involves a round trip of three kilometres and an elevation gain of 274 metres.
After the descent, walk around Alice Lake and through the campground to return to your starting point. With the whole thing clocking in at around 3.5 hours, this is a hike to take at a leisurely pace.
Alice Lake park lies on the east side of the Sea-to-Sky Highway, 13 kilometres north of Squamish. Driving into the park, keep left to find the trailhead for the Four Lakes Trail at the Stump Lake parking lot.