The Best and Most Beautiful Chilliwack Hikes
When it comes to hiking trails, Chilliwack has some really beautiful hidden gems! This past Summer, Dave and I discovered that the hiking trails in Chilliwack are much less well known that the hikes in and around Garibaldi Provincial Park and some of them have mind-blowing views!
In this guide I am only listing our absolute top 5 favourite Chilliwack Hikes which all have gorgeous views.
Most of these hiking trails are not for beginners except for Lindeman Lake which is the perfect beginner hike in Chilliwack.
One thing we have come to realise, is that the hikes in Chilliwack are some of the most beautiful we have ever done, but also some of the hardest.
Unlike hikes in Washington State, many of the trails in Chilliwack you have to start from the very bottom of the mountain and cannot drive part of the way up to make it shorter.
All of the hikes listed in this guide you can do as a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.
📍 Where is Chilliwack
Chilliwack is only a 1 hour 20 minute drive East of Vancouver and most of the drive is on the highway. It is located in the Fraser Valley in BC and the mountain range is called the Cheam Range.
🌲 Leave No Trace
Before heading out into Beautiful British Columbia’s backcountry, please remind yourself of the Leave No Trace Principles. Take everything back out that you take in, take only photos and respect the wildlife and other people. You can read more on the 7 LNT principles here.
🥾 Best Hikes in Chilliwack
Here it is! My list of the best hikes in Chilliwack! These hikes are in order from easiest to hardest to help you choose which one you want to do first.
Distance: 3.6km / 2.2 miles | Elevation gain: 300 metres / 984 ft | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Lindeman Lake is an extremely popular hike and for good reason! It’s reward vs difficulty is very high (as in little difficulty HIGH REWARD)! The trail is only 3.6km / 2.2 miles return with an elevation gain of 300 metres / 984 ft and you get to see one of the most beautiful lakes in British Columbia.
Lindeman Lake is a shocking turquoise blue colour and you can see straight through its water to the sand and rocks below. You might even be able to spot a fish or 2 just by looking down at the crystal clear water.
During Summer, it has become quite popular for people to hike up to Lindeman with their inflatable paddle boards and blow up floaties. You can swim in the lake but it is glacial water so will be COLD!
If you hike a bit further you can reach a second lake, Greendrop Lake, which also allows camping.
You can do Lindeman Lake as a day hike or a backpacking trip. Just make sure you arrive nice and early to get a parking spot. More information can be found in my Lindeman Lake blog post here!
Distance: 8.4km / 5.2miles | Elevation gain: 668m / 2,191 ft | Time: 4-4.5hours | Difficulty: Moderate
The trail to hike to Cheam Peak is not too hard. There are a few steep sections but for the most part, you can take it slow and steady and not have too much trouble. The trail is well maintained and high trafficked.
The journey to reach the trailhead to Cheam Peak however, is another story. You can read more about it in my dedicated Cheam Peak Hiking Guide here, but let’s just say, you WILL need a 4×4 vehicle to reach the top. Even with a 4Runner, our group didn’t feel quite comfortable enough to get through the last horrific obstacle.
The views from the top of Cheam are incredible, well that is if you get some… we only got a few glimpses through all of the clouds. You will feel like you are on top of the world up here!
There is no official camping on Cheam Peak and you should not camp on the vegetation, however if you can find a spot on the gravel up the top, then that is fine. This is what we did although we were surrounded by freezing wet fog the entire night which wasn’t very pleasant.
There’s actually a little camping shelter up there that someone has built which can fit a small tent.
Distance: 13km / 8 miles out and back | Elevation gain:1,500m / 4,921 ft | Time: 6-7 hours | Difficulty: Hard – Challenging
Flora Peak is a grind. The increase in difficulty from Cheam to Flora Peak is quite a big one. We did both of these hikes with our overnight backpacks on which made them harder. I can imagine that perhaps with a day hike bag, Flora would not be as brutal. Although I’m not promising anything.
The trail to Flora Peak is relentless – long and steep pretty much the entire way. You start the trail from the same place as Lindeman Lake, but break off pretty quickly. The first half of the trail is in the trees until you come out onto a ridge and hike around the ridge.
We bumped into a black bear on the way back in this area so keep your eyes open and stay noisy to let any furry friends know that you are coming.
There is a bit of a scramble towards the end and I found the loose dirt underfoot while hiking a little scary, especially coming back down.
We spent both sunset and sunrise up at Flora Peak because we camped up there and both were stunning.
Distance: 5.6km / 3.5 miles | Elevation gain: 969m / 3,179ft | Time: 4-6 hours | Difficulty: Challenging
Goat Ridge is a good hike to do as a day hike as it is not as long as some of the others on this list (excluding Lindeman Lake). The trail is extremely steep with multiple rope sections and scrambling sections.
Even though it is shorter than Flora Peak, it is more technical and has more scrambling so make sure you hike with a friend, have a satellite communicator and pack more food and water than you think you’ll need.
Along the way, you will get stunning views of Chilliwack Lake, Lindeman Lake, and Greendrop Lake. From the top, there is a viewpoint called the Porcupine Rock viewpoint which looks over Lindeman Lake. This is where most hikers will end their hike, however you can continue on further to Goat Ridge Peak.
Distance: 17.1km / miles | Elevation gain: 1,804m / ft | Time: 8-11 hours | Difficulty: Very Challenging
Mount Macfarlane is on our list to tackle this coming Summer but from what we have heard from some of our hiking friends, it is a super hard hike! Hard, but worth it for the views. We have heard that it is one of the hardest hikes in Southern BC due to how long and steep it is.
It is a long a strenuous hike and not that many people complete it in only one day. It is popular to camp at either Lower and Upper Pierce Lake to split this tough hike into at least 2 days.
From the top, you get stunning panoramic views of Upper Pierce Lake which is a deep sapphire blue and the surrounding mountains.
🎒 Backpacking Gear Essentials
If you want to do any of these hikes as an overnight hike, you will need some extra gear. Check out a full list of all of our backcountry camping gear here!
ℹ Other Things to do in Chilliwack
Hiking isn’t the only thing you can do in Chilliwack. It has a pretty up and coming little town with a lovely shopping area that is decorated beautifully at Christmas time. There are also festivals throughout the year such as the Chilliwack Tulip Festival and great lakes to swim in like Chilliwack Lake.
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