Pingston Lake Trail

Rating: 4 stars.

Use: Hiking.

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.

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Canberry FSR: N50 43.021 W118 00.303
  2. Pingston Lake Road Parking: N50 40 38.4 W118 05 35.8
  3. Kingston Lake Trailhead: N50 40 30.9 W118 06 45.3
  4. Pingston Lake: N50 40.293 W118 06.939

Useful Maps: Backroad Mapbook (although not all roads shown are active)

MOF Pingston Lake Trail Description PDF

MOF Pingston Lake Trail Map PDF

Pingston Lake Trail Overview Map PDF

Pingston Lake Trail Detail Map PDF

Pingston Lake Trail KML file on Dropbox

Pingston Lake Trailhead. Michael Watson Collection.
Pingston Lake Trailhead. Michael Watson Collection.
Pingston Lake. Michael Watson Collection.
Mirror image Pingston Lake. Michael Watson Collection.
Pingston Lake. Michael Watson Collection
Pingston Lake. The route towards Avalanche Lake (Rennaissance Lake). Michael Watson Collection.
The overgrown road to Pingston Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The overgrown road to Pingston Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The road to Pingston Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The road to Pingston Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The start of the Trail. Hughes Peak in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The start of the trail. Hughes Peak in the background. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Pingston Lake Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Pingston Lake Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Selwyn contemplating the rock throwing possibilities. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Selwyn contemplating the rock throwing possibilities. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Pingston Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Pingston Lake. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Ben Wilkey Collection.
Ben Wilkey Collection.
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2 thoughts on “Pingston Lake Trail

  1. Currently a massive avalanche across the road around 1km long and about 1.5km from the pingston lake turn off. Totally walkable and hardly any snow left now but lake still slightly frozen over

    1. We attempted to find this trailhead a couple of weeks ago but blew a tire. Hoping to go back mid July. Thank you for the update.

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