An Afternoon Hiking to Regier Lake
By Anna Mairs
Make no mistake…the lake is located at the top of the plateau behind Queen Charlotte, but if you’re down to go up it’s a great hike! Doable in 3 or 4 hours round trip, the Regier Lake Trail makes for an easily accessible, fairly quick, and rewarding adventure. The trailhead can be found on 3rd Avenue beside a residential lane. How neat would it be to have a trail in your backyard? Actually, the trail was originally created as an outdoor education project by a family that homeschooled their kids. Pretty cool!
We headed out after lunch and walked up to the trailhead. Indeed even the walk to the trailhead is straight uphill! There are nice views from above Queen Charlotte before walking into the woods. The trail itself isn’t maintained anymore, but local folks will sometimes hike it with a pair of clippers and cut back blowdown. We ran into a lady doing this on our way up! The trail is well marked though, with orange blazes or flagged trees.
We stopped a lot as we ascended (it is pretty steep hiking up the plateau after all!) but mostly it was to climb on trees. We had brought our landlord’s dog with us and he was enjoying walking on fallen trees as much as we were!
The hike flattens out towards the top when the ground becomes a bit boggier as the trial nears the lake. I wore sneakers instead of my hiking boots, so I took in a lot of water every time I stepped into a particularly wet patch. The views in the bog were really nice, and looked so much different than the mountains, islands, and ocean we see in Queen Charlotte. The ground stays wet until it just turns into lake, but there are some great logs to sit on once you get to Regier Lake!
We sat down, grabbed our snacks, and chatted under the sun. The dog kept jumping in to swim and cool off, and the he would shake off right near us. My friend Grey ended up diving in to go for a swim too! Once Grey dried off, we packed our things back up and headed down. All in all, it was a hearty hike! We made a big dinner and planned on watching a movie afterwards, but we were all so exhausted that we fell asleep early. What a great day!