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No swimming or wading is allowed in Canadice Lake; dogs must be leashed and are not allowed in the water.
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No fees are levied at either trailhead. The Haul Road is perfect for either hiking or biking.
The Haul Road is very smooth and good for trail running.
Begin at the parking area at the north end of Canadice Lake not far from the lake's outlet. The parking area is large enough to accommodate a dozen or so vehicles. Go through the gate that keeps vehicles off of the Haul Road and plunge into the shady forest.
The Haul Road passes a boat launch, then continues through the forest. A few hills exist, but for the most part, it feels like it's downhill more than uphill. As of fall of 2020, the sluices along the trail have been recently repaired for a smoother trail surface.
As the Haul Road approaches the southern end of the lake, views begin to open up to the lake and the mountains on the other side of the valley. Keep an eye out for kayakers and canoeists - the lake is very popular with paddlers.
At the southern end of Canadice Lake, the trail takes a sharp turn to the left (east) and then ascends a steep hill to the parking area along Canadice Lake Road. Retrace your steps to the parking area, or, if you're on a bicycle, you can turn left on Canadice Lake Road to loop around the lake and back to the parking area (be sure to take the left on Purcell Hill Road to return to the parking area).
Shared By: Anne Travels