Explore the most popular hiking trails near Chilliwack with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Have done this hike a couple of times over the summer - love it! Quite the workout near the very top and loose gravel makes it bit tricky coming down. The view is beautiful! Make sure to pack lots of water for you and your four legged friends!

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1 day ago

Amazing hike, just finished it with my Aunty. Super short and mellow with a rewarding view! Good for any level of hiker!

Great trail, with spectacular views.

What a beautiful day to hike Elk. first time and I will hike Elk again and can't wait to snowshoes Elk.

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2 days ago

Hiked this trail Oct.20th. Elk View road was closed leading to the trailhead. Not sure of when it will be re opened but we found a way to get there from the back roads. This hike was unreal!!! Amazing views highly recommend!

Did this on Tuesday with my girlfriend and we had 2 dogs. Hardest hike I've ever done, very steep going up. Took us 3 hours, 2.25 hours coming down. The view was amazing but don't think I'd do this trail again. My legs were so sore on the way down and the terrain was so steep, my knees were aching for days after. Also bring lots of water, there is no place even for your dog to drink.

Great trail, good cardio if you have average walking speed. also on the way dow have some acceleration definitely not boring, will do it again. Cons: busy trail with a lot dogs and some times people don’t clean up the poop.

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21 days ago

One of the best due to ease and convenience of location, grade, and rewarding view.

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21 days ago

Convenient easy location but nothing special

Stunning view of the valley! Love the hike up; however, your knees pay on the way down.

Nice quick hike that is convenient to get to.

Be careful with the GPS! The link took me to a very dangerous steep and rocky forest service road the bisects the actual trail! Never made the hike as I was almost didnt make it up the road in my non-4x4 4 cyclinder engine :(

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1 month ago

This is one of my favorite shorter hikes. The views are pretty standard for most of the climb, but the panoramic views at the top are gorgeous.

Hard hike. Same old scenery all the way up. Recommend for fast hikers only.

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1 month ago

I can start my hike up Mt Thom from my doorstep. The trail is an uphill dirt switchback that is heavily trafficked. The path gets quite narrow at some spots making it sort of 'single file' at times. I have seen quite a few runners that use this hike as their daily exercise and in the early afternoon on a nice day it becomes quite populated and you'll often find a lot of other people using the trail. There is a nice view at the top but it's not absolutely stunning. There is no water on the way so bring some for you and your dogs. Some days you'll encounter a lot of off-leash dogs - they are required to be kept ON-leash here, but a lot of people don't listen. This hike on average takes me about 2 hrs to complete starting from Walker Creek trail off Sylvan Rd.
Keep in mind that there are a few different spots to start this trail so you can increase/decrease the difficulty: Prest Rd staircase, Sylvan (via Walker Creek Trail or via Thom Trailhead), Thom Creek Drive (via Thom Creek Trail), and Ryder Lake.

Great workout as its mostly uphill. Helps to bring walking stick for the up and downhill. Amazing view at the top. But lots of flies and mosquitoes. Recommend bug spray or wear long sleeves to cover.

on Mount Thom

2 months ago

Great workout on this hike! Quiet with only a few hikers!
My dogs loved it and enjoyed the creek water at the end of the hike!

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2 months ago

great hik3 hard on the knees

Amazing!!! Super hard hiking but it is worth it!!!

great family hike but no view... hard to show the kids how far they climbed when we couldnt see anything. regardless we had a great time. baby in the pack and our 3, 5 and 7yr olds hiked in and out like little champs!

we will do it again if the look pit gets trimmed back a bit

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2 months ago

For me Thom is a great local workout hike....a grind if you like without being quite as steep as others around. You are rewarded with a beautiful view and the top and there is always a challenge to get up to the summit faster each time so it continues to offer challenge. I think most skill levels will appreciate the hike you just have to go at your pace. Easy to get to for a quick hike in the area though I don't think I'd drive out from the city just for it. water fountain at Sylvan trailhead spring-fall and porta potty which I think the city does a pretty good job of keeping clean.

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2 months ago

Went around 2pm last Tuesday. Couple cars parked but not busy in the trail. Brought my 11yo bro and dog. Bring extra water! Was a really warm day that day and most people stopped and turned after the lookout point. Lots of black flies! Really steep at the top with loose rocks. Enjoyed the hike though! You can go past Elk to Thurston, but it was too hot of a day and we ran out of water so we didn’t.

Amazingly well maintained and marked trail with incredible view to reward your efforts. Switchbacks make the relatively steady incline very manageable.

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2 months ago

Great little trail! Got there early to avoid as many people and the heat. Great steady incline and then fairly steep to the top. Didn’t make it to Thurston but definitely will next time.

2 months ago

We are weekend day hikers, and it took us 1 hr. each way with our dog, starting at Sylvan. Steep start turning intermittent and then steep again toward the Summit. Not for the faint of heart, 90% of the elevation gain occurs in 3km. Lots of shade from trees and a lovely view of Cultus at the top. A steep but lovely hike - would do it again.

very sweet hike, steep but that was ok
We went to the camp beyond thurston had lunch and did a return
trail is well marked and maintained

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3 months ago

Started at 7:30 this morning and barely saw anyone else going up, a nice surprise for a Sunday. It was a great hike to the view point over Chilliwack. From there we went to the right along the cliff route which was narrow with a lot of loose rocks and dirt. We made it to the paraglider's take off point and we were rewarded with amazing views and very few people. Going back we took a right at the pink trail marker and avoided the cliff side - SO MUCH BETTER! Streams of people were coming up and I couldn't imagine trying to pass anyone on the narrow cliff side.

Only downside to this hike was the litter. Toilet paper in so many places, cigarette butts, and poop along the trail. Pack it in, pack it out people!

Most amazing panoramic views. One of the best hikes in the Chilliwack area!

Good work out. We went on a cool day. Beautiful scenery and very well maintained.

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