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Vancouver Hiking

Chilliwack's Grouse Grind ! 

 

Elk Mountain; Distance 8km (round trip) Elevation Gain: 800m High point: 1400m

Time: 4 hours.

 

This is Chilliwacks answer to the Grouse Grind and makes for a pleasant trip with great views.  The trail itself is a great hike and starts out fairly wide. The average grade is listed at 20% but I didnt find it too bad until you get to the last 100ms or so. Near the top are a few rocks where you can catch your breath before making the summit, until then you will only get a few peek-a-boo views of the area. Not to worry it will be worth the wait and on a hot day you will be thankful for the cool forest.

 

Once you reach the summit if you still want to explore further , you can go on to Mount Thurston . Continue along the ridge line for another 4km and 200m elevation gain. For wild flowers in the meadows try going July and August. Just remember to bring water as you will not find any along the way.

 

To get there- Take Highway 1 pass Chilliwack and take Exit 123 , turn south onto Prest Road. After 4km trun left onto Baily Road and then take the right fork onto Elk View Road. Stay on the main road as it travels through Ryder Lake Community. Once past the Ryder Lake Fire Hall you leave the blacktop and enter onto the Chipmunk Creek Forest Service road. About 500m past a small gravel pit is the trailhead. Dont worry there is also an outhouse at the start of the trail after your long drive from Vancouver.

I know the drive up sound convoluted however it is very picturesque and easy to find your way.

 

Once up top the valley below is at your feet. Views of Cultus Lake to the south west , along with Sumas Mt. , the city of Chilliwack , and  Harrison Lake to the North. Sleese Ridge to the South.

 

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