Hayward Lake Recreation Area is a nice 45 minute drive from Vancouver. It's between Maple Ridge and Mission. Near a small community called Ruskin.
This is part of the Old Railroad Trail, which is approx 6 kms long. There are signs up now that the trail is closed. Oops -- guess I forgot to read that on the way in.
Since Hayward Lake is part of the hydoelectric sytem, it's not really a great idea to venture into the water here. I know it looks inviting. Unless you want to get sucked through the hyrdo dam and have the ride of your life, its best to obey the signs. Some signs I do actually take to heart.
The sun came out today for some nice shots. Good thing since I was going to start snapping away come rain or high water .. didn't get the high water but I love this trail anyway.
The view from the highway in to the parking lot is breathtaking. You guessed it, I was so busy gaping I missed the turn and had to do a big loop back through some pretty spectacular forest area.
Getting sidetracked can be a lot of fun since I did run across another area I need to check out on another sunny day. I can only fit so much into one day ... sad but true.