The trail to the top of Sugarloaf Hill is a good one for shoulder season. We usually wait and do the hike on a bit of snow in December. The route starts off the Sugarloaf Ranch Road as a double track. We stay right at the first junctions and are soon hiking past a frozen pond, then on a slope above the Coquihalla Highway, heading south.
The route follows a double track for about 3 km to a flat bench below the last steep hill. At this point flagging tape goes off through the steep forest to the top of the hill. It is not a well-defined trail, but the flagging tape winds up the hill, showing the way. The gain in elevation from the bottom is 358m (1174 ft.).At the top is a viewpoint with views in each direction, including south through the clouds to the sun .
Later, as the temperatures start to drop, the clouds condense and the valleys fill up again. The trail/route is out and back, about 8 km of hiking (2 – 2.5 hours) and a pleasant option for a shoulder season day.
More info on the Sugarloaf Route.