Sproat Lake Lookout

Sproat Lake Lookout trail is a nice half-day hike through the Community Forest in the Alberni Valley. This is a hike that really is about the destination, although there are some other nice vantage points along the way. There used to be a fire lookout cabin here, but only the concrete footings remain now.  The view includes the Beaufort Mountains, Mount Arrowsmith, Mount Klitsa, and of course, Sproat Lake.  Spring gold and rock phlox provide welcome colour in the spring, and broomrape can sometimes be found on the east side of the bluff. 

It is recommended that you download the GPS file on this page before setting out.  The maps posted at the entrance to the Community Forest are somewhat out of date, and part of the original Sproat Lake Lookout trail is now gone. The key is to make you way up to the High Level Road.  From here the trail is marked well with wooden signs. A note on the GPS file, there are two small loops that will take you off the path to the Sproat Lake Lookout. The first is can be avoided as it was a push through thick bush as we attempted to find the original trail. The second is a short detour to a nice viewing point overlooking Sproat Lake. 

3-4 hours round trip (10.8 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
483 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49°17'13.6800", -125°57'14.640"
GPS Map: 


UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

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