Poland Lake Hike

E. C. Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia

Skagit Range, British Columbia

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Poland Lake Hike


  • Weaving through some dense forest at the start of the trail. - Poland Lake Hike
  • The trail merges onto a wider section. - Poland Lake Hike
  • First part of the climb up toward the ski hill. - Poland Lake Hike
  • When the trail opens up with a view of the surrounding mountains. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Coming out on one of the ski runs and looking down onto the resort. - Poland Lake Hike
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  • Optional hiking-only trail heading up to the left. - Poland Lake Hike
  • The main trail winding it's way up the mountain. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Lots of great views. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Looking down onto a run. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Fork in the trail, stay right. - Poland Lake Hike
  • First view of Poland Lake. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Following the trail around to the far end of Poland Lake. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Tiny bridge. - Poland Lake Hike
  • The trail opens up to a meadow. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Poland Lake. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Backcountry shelter near Poland Lake. - Poland Lake Hike
  • Poland Lake. - Poland Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Well maintained. Backcountry shelter. Viewpoints. Not very busy.
May be busy during the summer.
Skagit Range, BC
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
462.99 m (1,519.00 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
20.00 km (12.43 mi)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,374.04 m (4,508.00 ft)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The hike to Poland Lake is a moderate day hike through the varied terrain in E. C. Manning Provincial Park with a great reward. This trail is also popular with equestrians and mountain bikers. Tucked away behind the Manning Park ski resort sits the peaceful Poland Lake. This relatively easy trail is perfect for those looking for a quick overnighter up in the mountains. Follow the road past the Lightning Lakes area and continue toward the ski resort until you see the signs for Strawberry Flats. Park in the designated zone and cross the road, you’ll find the trailhead for Poland Lake almost instantly. 

The trail starts off fairly flat for the first kilometer until it merges onto a wider trail and starts to climb. You’ll wind your way up the side of the mountain for a while, eventually emerging into an opening on the ski hill. From here you have a great view of the surrounding mountains and the entire valley. Continue to follow this trail as it winds it’s way up the ski runs. As you cross under the red chair, you’ll see a smaller trail leading up to your left. Many hikers choose this trail as an alternate route, but it eventually links up with the main trail at the top. 

After reaching the top of the ski hill you’ll begin your journey around the back of the mountain and toward Poland Lake. A large portion of the elevation gain is climbed during the first half of the hike, making the second half a little easier and more casual. Eventually you’ll end up at a fork in the trail where you'll want to stay right to find Poland Lake. 

Bikes and horses can be left at the hitching post before you continue to hike the trail around to the opposite side of Poland Lake to access the camping area. There is a large meadow with lots of places to set up camp along with a few designated areas, fire pits, an outhouse, and even a back country shelter.

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