Elk Mountain Hike

July 20 – Friday – Elk Mountain Hike – Chilliwack, BC (rainy day alt.: Lindeman Lake) Trip Leader: Fritz Ullrich. Departure 8:00 am Sunset Square Safeway parking lot (SE corner). Carpooling encouraged with $5 gas contribution suggested (50 miles one-way).

Let’s get the passports (or NEXUS cards) and visit our neighbors in BC for a day hike on Elk Mountain. After the 1h 20 min drive we will hike uphill approximately 3.5km (1km = 0.62 miles) with an elevation gain of 800m (1m = 3.28ft). The hike is rated intermediate to hard because of partially steep slopes. Hiking poles come in handy because there are not many switchbacks to speak of. It’s for people who like uphill hikes with a rewarding view at the top. After approx. 2.5 hours hike through a beautiful forested area we will reach the top at 1,432m (4,700 ft). Looking to the south we will see the North Cascades mountain range with our namesake mountain featuring prominently. To the north we will see the BC Coast Mountains and to the west the Fraser Valley. After a relaxing brake we will continue on the Elk-Thurston trail along a scenic ridge for another hour to another outlook before we retrace our steps and hike back down. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen.

Alternative for a rainy day: Lindeman & Greendrop Lakes hike also close to Chilliwack, BC.

The drive there will be approx. 1h 40 min and the hike distance 10.4 km roundtrip (6.5 miles). Elevation gain 500 m (1,600 ft). Stunning scenery and access to two lakes. Lots of boulder field crossings.

 

Trip Report

Have you ever wondered what’s north of Tomyhoi Peak? Five of us have ventured out and hiked up Elk Mountain to find out. It has been a long day. Mei, Jim, Bruce, Rita, and Fritz left at 8:00 am and returned at 9:00 pm. A cool summer day was ideal for this steep hike. It was strenuous as promised with an elevation gain of 2,600 ft in 2.2 miles. On top of Elk Mountain we had lunch with a view of Chilliwack valley but the clouds still covered the mountain peaks of the North Cascades. We saw some flowers though. Tiger lilies, penstemon and sickletop lousewort were in full bloom. After lunch we pushed further to Thurston mountain. Here the clouds opened up a little more and we could see part of the Cascades and guess the contour of Mount Baker still in its cloud cover. At the way down one of us fell and Mei featured her First Aid kid and provided professional help. You see, being prepared is everything. After we returned to the US our first way in Sumas was to have dinner and a couple of beers. Wait, only our leader Fritz had a couple. He was so happy that the first trip he lead for MBC was successful with no loss to report.