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Elk Mountain [PDF]

General Trail Info

Name of the trail

Elk Mountain


Chilliwack's version of the GROUSE GRIND! A good workout for a morning or afternoon

Trail can be used for the following activities

Hiking,Snowshoeing,X-Country skiing

Directions to the trailhead

Take the Prest Rd. Exit (#123) on Highway 1. Go south for about 4 km and at the 4-way STOP, turn left onto Bailey Rd. Stay right going uphill on Elk View Road. Follow Elk View Road (the main road) twisting and winding up until it eventually turns into a gravel road (Chilliwack Bench FSR). You shouldn't turn off Elk View road at any intersection.

After about 500 metres of gravel, park at the pullout. The trail marker indicates the beginning of the trail.

Detailed description of the trail

This trail starts out with a modest incline for the first half to three-quarter hour, depending on your pace. The first portion of this hike has been described as boring by some, since your time is spent entirely "in trees". Eventually, you will come to an old Northward-looking viewpoint that isn't too obvious due to the fact that the "view" is overgrown, but the farms below can be seen through the trees. From this point, the trail steepens considerably. Within another half to three-quarter hour (again, depending on your pace) you will break out of the timber and be greeted by a set of stairs! These stairs will help you keep your traction up the steepest part of the trail, as you make your way to the FIRST viewpoint. From here, you can view the western end of the Fraser Valley, as well as a portion to the North and South. The Whisky Jays are extremely bold here and will feed from your hands!

From this viewpoint, you can continue upwards through another brief section of trees before breaking out into sloping fields of heather. Within fifteen minutes or so, the trail will level as you near the summit.

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Location and Amenities


Nearest city


Trail located in region

Lower Mainland

Trail located in province

BC - British Columbia

Trail located in park

Not in Prov. Park


Availability of amenities

TrailheadPit toilet,
TrailCamping (Back country),


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Condititions @ Aug 31 2004

Trail quality and condition4
Road condition and accessbility5
Vehicle parking5

Point of Interest

ViewpointElk Mtn. viewpoint (not the summit!)WaypointTheShadow1
Winger's campPopular location for overnightersWaypointTheShadow1

Sources of Information

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User comments

Comment by Andy Gibb @ Monday 12th 2005f September 2005 11:50:27 AM

The outhouse has been burned down (July 2005). Again.

Great hike though - fabulous views, spectacular flower meadows.

Comment by TheShadow @ Monday 24th 2005f October 2005 08:44:23 AM

Outhouse at Trailhead available once again. October 2005

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