Elk Mountain Trail
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The Elk Mountain Trail can be found southeast of Chilliwack and climbs uphill through the beautiful forest and over an exposed ridgeline to reach the summit of Elk Mountain. Hikers will have amazing views over the green land of the valley below and can spot numerous mountain peaks in all directions. Make sure to arrive early for this popular hike in the Chilliwack area.
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Route Description for Elk Mountain Trail
The Elk Mountain Trail is a steep out-and-back hiking route just southeast of Chilliwack, BC that climbs through a dense forest to reach the summit of Elk Mountain. The upper portion of the trail traverses a technical ridgeline until you reach the 1,432 m peak. This stretch can become very slippery and is often covered in snow or ice in the spring, fall, and winter. We recommend wearing proper hiking footwear and bringing additional gear like microspikes, crampons, and hiking poles in order to safely navigate the terrain. Additionally, there are few water sources along the route, so bring lots of water to stay hydrated on this steep uphill climb. This trail is also very popular, which means that arriving early to secure parking and beat out the crowds is a must.
This is an amazing trail that offers a decent elevation gain, good variation in terrain, and spectacular views that overlook the Fraser Valley. Hiking up toward Elk Mountain, you will pass through some absolutely beautiful stretches of forest before breaking through the dense tree cover and onto the exposed ridge. This upper portion of the hike will reveal amazing views of the rugged mountain ranges in the area as well as the green tracts of land that stretch across the valley below. From the summit, you will be able to gaze further along the ridgeline to mounts Thurston and Mercer to the east, as well as Cultus Lake to the southwest and Mount McGuire to the south. This hike is an amazing outdoor experience that shouldn’t be passed on if you have the chance to hike its trails.
Setting out from the trailhead next to Chilliwack Bench FSR, follow the trail north as it winds through the trees and begins to climb uphill. This section passes through a lovely stretch of forest and is less steep than the upper ridgeline, so enjoy the nice gradual climb through the scenic woodland atmosphere. After 3.2 km of hiking through the forest, you will eventually break out of the dense tree cover and be greeted by some amazing views over the surrounding area.
The next stretch of trail along the ridge is a bit more technical and exposed, with loose rocks and a steep drop off. Take your time as you work your way east along the ridge for another 850 m to reach the summit of Elk Mountain. From here, you will have views that stretch across the undulating ridgeline to the east and south across the mountainous expanse of the Canada-United States border. When you have had your fill of the beautiful views, head back down the Elk Mountain Trail to return to your vehicle below.
Other Amazing Hikes in Fraser Valley
Check out our guides to Lindeman Lake, Bridal Veil Falls, Cascade Falls, or Hicks Lake Hike. Or see all our hikes in Fraser Valley on 10Adventures.
Insider Hints for Elk Mountain Trail
- Bring crampons or microspikes for better grip on the upper portions of the trail.
- Pack lots of water as there are few sources along the trail.
- Wear appropriate clothing as there can be a significant temperature difference between the base and summit of the mountain.
- Arrive early to secure parking at the trailhead.
Getting to the Elk Mountain Trail Trailhead
To reach the Elk Mountain trailhead from Chilliwack, drive southeast on Vedder Road and turn left onto Knight Road. Follow this for 750 m and turn right onto Chilliwack River Road. Continue on for 1.5 km and turn left onto McGuire Road, following it for 1.3 km. Turn right onto Prest Road and take the third exit at the roundabout. Continue on for 11.0 km to find the parking area on your left.
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