The Lizard Lake Trail is a short and steep wilderness trail that climbs up to a small lake in a subalpine meadow surrounded by the stunning Lizard Range headwall.
Starting from the trailhead off Island Lake Road, you'll cross Lizard Creek and up through beautiful sections of ancient Red Cedar.
Distance: 7 km (return)
Duration: 3hr (return)
Elevation Gain: 521m
Don't forget to pick up a Fernie Trail Map before your hike. TrailForks users can track their progress and location along this hike, if they have GPS on their mobile device, using the Trailforks app, and the Lizard Lake route.
Leaving Fernie over the West Fernie Bridge, drive for two kilometres south-west along Highway 3 until you reach the Stanford Hotel. Take a right turn onto Mt. Fernie Park Road. Carry on driving west through Fernie Provincial Park Campsite until you reach the Island Lake Lodge parking area. The trailhead marker is toward the back of the carpark on the south edge.
As with any trip into the backcountry be well prepared for changes in weather. Remember that you are travelling in an area where wildlife is abundant. Be aware of your surrounding, follow the proper safety protocols and respect the environment.