Houston Hikers

Your guide to outdoor recreation adventures near Houston, British Columbia, Canada

  • Watershed: Upper Bulkley
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail Length: 2.06 km
  • Round Trip: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Distance from Houston: 10-30km
  • Cell Coverage: No


  • Portage


The route into McQuarrie Lake is long. The trail winds through the forest and after 1.5 km you will come to a junction in the trail. The shortest route to McQuarrie takes a hard left at this point.

McQuarrie Lake is a large wilderness lake. There are numerous bays and a few islands to explore. The route into the lake can provide for a multitude of different seasonal adventures.

If portaging is your goal, a set of rugged canoe wheels may help to ease the burden.

There are no directional or trail head signs for this site, use your map and GPS.

DIRECTIONS: (approx 35 km from Houston)

  1. Head west of town on Highway 16 for 15.5 km
  2. Turn right onto the Summit Lake Road
  3. After approx. 4 kilometres turn left Hidden Lake FSR
  4. After approx. 3 kilometres keep straight
  5. After the 9 km board drive 2 more kilometers (boards missing)
  6. Park at the road junction before the road starts going up the hill.
  7. The road to your right is the beginning of the trail.