Hiking along the trail to Teapot Hill is a unique experience due to the numerous old tea sets that adorn the side of the path. The 4.8 km route climbs through the forest and provides educational signs about the flora and fauna of the area before summiting the stout hill. Along the trail there are several scenic lookouts with views of Cultus Lake and the Canada/United States border.
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Route Description for Teapot Hill
Teapot Hill is a quirky trail in Cultus Lake Provincial Park that is decorated with old tea sets and features nice views of Cultus Lake. Along the route, hikers can expect a largely flat trail with some smaller inclines and one relatively steep climb to the top of Teapot Hill. While you likely won’t need hiking footwear to complete this hike, you should at least wear good running shoes while out on the trail. Additionally, this route can become quite muddy during wetter months of the year, so keep that in mind if you are planning to hike Teapot Hill in the spring or autumn.
This trail is a perfect outing for hikers of all skill levels due to the minimal elevation gain and the scenic views over Cultus Lake that can be seen through the tree cover. Along the trail, hikers will pass through a beautiful stretch of forest that typifies the landscape of the West Coast. As previously mentioned, the trail is also decorated with old teapots and teacups, making for a fun, quirky afternoon of counting how many of these oddly placed objects you can spot along the route. In addition to this, the trail contains informative signs outlining the various types of plant life in the area, which makes this a fun and educational hike that the entire family will enjoy.
Setting out from the parking area next to Cultus Lake, make your way south along the service road where you will find an outhouse and a trail map in roughly 100m. Continue along the road as it gradually climbs uphill alongside Teapot Creek before crossing over it in a southwest direction.
Roughly 600 m after crossing the creek you will come to a junction in the trail. Take the path to the right to set off on the trail leading up Teapot Hill. After passing by an informative sign about the plant life in the area, the trail will begin to climb more steeply uphill and reveal scenic views over Cultus Lake.
Having reached the top of Teapot Hill, continue another 300 m or so along the trail to access a viewpoint looking south toward the Canada-United States border. After taking in the nice views and tallying up the number of tea sets that you spotted along the trail, head back down along the same route to return to the parking lot beside Cultus Lake.
Known as “The Jewel of the Fraser Valley,” the Cultus Lake area has become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to take advantage of the beautiful landscape on and around the lake. Granted status as a provincial park in 1950, the lake covers an area of 656 hectares and is commonly used for outdoor sports such as fishing, boating, windsurfing, kayaking, and canoeing.
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Insider Hints for Teapot Hill
- The trail can be muddy, so wear decent footwear for better traction.
- Take some time to read over the informative signs along the trail.
- Keep a tally of how many tea sets you can spot en route to the summit.
- Feel free to bring your own teapot to add to the collection.
Getting to the Teapot Hill Trailhead
To reach the Teapot Hill trailhead from the community of Cultus Lake, head east on Columbia Valley Highway for 5.3 km and you will find the trailhead on the left side of the road, opposite the Honeymoon Bay Group Campground.
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