Trail Name: Gibraltar Rock II
Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Cell Service: none
Trail Conditions: The entire trail is single track packed dirt and rock.
Highlights: This hike offers both a nice flat stroll along the lake followed by a long ascent up some switchbacks, to the top of Gibraltar Rock giving way to some beautiful views of the Paul Lake area.
To get there: Head north on the Yellowhead highway (Hwy-5) before turning right onto the Paul Lake Rd. In 12km the road will fork, keep to the right to stay on Paul Lake Rd for another 2.5km. Just as you’re about to enter the Paul Lake community, you’ll notice a concrete barrier coming up on your left. You can park in the boat launch area just before the concrete barrier so long as you’re careful not to block lake access. Or, there’s additional parking around the corner on your right immediately following the concrete barrier. Or get directions from Google here.
The trailhead is marked by some signage and a brown fence to the left of the boat launch. This trail is a linear that could easily be split into two parts. The first 2km hugs the shoreline closely and brings you to a cozy bench. Some may choose to turn around here for a relaxing 4km lakeside stroll. For those who want more of a climb with rewarding views, continue to the left at the bench and begin your ascent. Around the 3km point, you’ll come to a well signed intersection of 4 trails. Head straight and continue until you reach a second intersection; this one has a bench. Turn right to begin your final ascent to the top. Once you’re on your way to the top, the trail may split and fork a few times, but all paths lead to the summit. Just keep climbing and you’ll get there!
This trail is quite popular among local hikers, mountain bikers and their dogs. People of all ages were on the trail including young families at the summit having lunch. The vast majority of this trail is in the shade, but only the first (and last) 2km is close to water. If you’re bringing your dog, be sure to pack some water for them at the top.
If you’re looking for a slightly longer hike, you can continue straight at the second intersection and head across to the Paul Lake Provincial Campground. We’ve detailed this trail from this side here.