Rating: 4 stars.
Difficulty: Easy from the trailhead. A bit more effort from the main road.
Distance: 1.6 km return to the lake from the actual trailhead. If you don’t want to scratch you new SUV then you should park at the start of the Pingston Lake Road. This will add another 2.0 km each way to the trail.
Description: This is one of those Rec Sites that have fallen off the map, literally. Too bad, its actually a really nice little trail with a really cool destination. Pingston Lake is a gem. In fact the whole Pingston Valley is fantastic with amazing views of the Gold Range. It would be a great weekend camp spot with the family. Expect some bugs. For those that don’t mind a bushwhack, why not continue on the north side trail to Avalanche Lake (Rennaissance Lake)? See the corresponding route in the bushwhack section.
Directions: Head south of Revelstoke on Highway 23. Take the Cranberry FSR until it links up with the Dry Creek Road. Follow this until the road swings around again towards the old Coursier Lake Reservoir.
- Canberry FSR: N50 43.021 W118 00.303
- Pingston Lake Road Parking: N50 40 38.4 W118 05 35.8
- Kingston Lake Trailhead: N50 40 30.9 W118 06 45.3
- Pingston Lake: N50 40.293 W118 06.939
Useful Maps: Backroad Mapbook (although not all roads shown are active)