ELK TRAIL, CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA
This classic Chilliwack hike is easy to access and a favourite in the Fraser Valley. The trail leads through beautiful forests with several lookout points before the top. Many people stop at the False Summit which is a rocky outcrop just 500 meters from the true summit. If you have the energy it is worth continuing on as far as you have time for. The easiest part of the trail and the most beautiful in my opinion, starts after Elk as you walk through alpine meadows on the trail to Thurston. There is no water on this trail after the small stream at the bottom, so be sure to pack sufficient water! I once hiked to Thurston in a heat wave and drank a total of 8L of water. So a small 500ml water bottle is definitely not enough. There are several campsites on Elk as well as on the way to Thurston (though technically you are not allowed to camp up there). If you camp overnight be sure to practice fire safety. Don’t forget about the extra water you will need to properly put out your fire!
Elevation gain: 800m
Difficulty: Intermediate, suitable for older children or younger children with experience hiking.
From Hwy1, turn off at Exit #123, Prest Road. After exiting head south, turn left on Bailey Road and after just 1km, the road will split. Go right and head up the hill along Elk View Road and continue for 8km of paved road. The road will turn into gravel and continue another 2km until there is a clearing on the left. You will see the trail head at the far end of the parking lot. There is an outhouse a short way up.