Spirit Lake Trail
Spirit Lake Trail is a popular walking/hiking trail located across from the George Brown Recreation Centre along Highway 16 (the main highway) in Skidegate village. A spacious parking lot provides convenient access to the trail system.
This hike is also listed on the "Guide to Recreation sites and trails of Haida Gwaii".
The hard packed, well maintained trails are of an easy to moderate level of difficulty. Depending upon the route taken, a return hike will take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. The trail begins with a moderate gain in elevation for the first 15 minutes of walking and levels out at that point.
The trail system consists of three routes: The Forest Walk, The Spirit Lake Loop Trail and the Lake Connector Loop
Hikers will experience the quietness of the moss carpeted forest, wander over bridges and boardwalks spanning creeks and may find themselves enticed to pause and enjoy the scenery at the picnic areas overlooking the lakes.
The Forest Walk leads to Spirit Lake with the hiker then choosing either to continue around the perimeter of the lake (Spirit Lake Loop Trail) or take the Connector Loop winding between the lakes and returning to the forest.
Hikers will notice Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) on this walk. The CMTs are identified by markings such as bark strips which were removed for basket weaving or by holes which were bored into a trunk to determine the quality of the cedar for making a canoe or carving a pole.
This is a popular walk for residents and visitors alike and you may be pleasantly surprised to meet others sharing the trails and enjoying nature in its glory on Haida Gwaii.
For similar information and more pictures, you may want to see our blog entry "Spirit Lake Trail".