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 The maps posted at the entrance to the Community Forest are somewhat out of date, and part of the original Sproat Lake Lookout trail is now gone.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.