Chadsey Lake

MODERATE 71 reviews

Chadsey Lake is a 10.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.6 km
682 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips







over grown

1 day ago

Really liked this trail. It was a good workout to the lake. Had our friends dog with us and only encounter hikers on our way up to the lake. We were at the lake alone. A great hike and very well marked.

6 days ago

Did this trail today. Found the trail easily marked and easy to follow. The trail itself was easy to navigate and the elevation grew slowly enough to be an easy hike. Three 6 year olds and a 4 year old managed the climb, and two kids made it in back carriers (the back carriers are convenient, but beware of trail obstacles you may need to crawl under af times). .

Mosquitos were bad at the lake, and the lake wasnt clear for swimming at all (my dog stuuuuunk after his dip). Was a bit disheartened by the number of off-leash dogs we encountered as well as owners not picking up after their pets.

My garmin logged well over the 9kms (closer to 13 to the lake).

Would do again. The views of the valley between the trees are gorgeous.

7 days ago

Did this hike today. Was feeling good so I went on around Lake Chadsey and on up to the Sumas summit. I ended up logging 9.6miles (15.45km). About 3000 feet (914m) in elevation climbed. This was all according to the Garmin watch. I stopped at the lake which was empty for a rest and foot soak. This was a beautiful hike. All in all it took 4 hours at a fairly strong pace. I would plan for 4 hours to get to the lake and back. Canada is beautiful!

15 days ago

Trail was beautiful and very rustic. Lake was empty and had the place to ourselves. Was lovely but not an amazing view and little views throughout the hike.

23 days ago

Nice well marked trail under the canopy. No great views but enjoyable. Overgrown in areas. Our gps had it closer to 12km.

23 days ago

Great hike. Done with husband and 9 & 11 year old kids. About 2.5 hours round trip from lowest access point. Beautiful, swimmable lake. Lots of overgrowth...wear pants and long sleeves if it bugs you. The trail gets confusing at points; follow orange "reflecters" on trees rather than tape imo. Gets quite steep at points- be careful with loose soil and rocks on the way down. First time; we would definately do it again!

26 days ago

My favourite local hike! Not too hard, good views if you go beyond the lake up to the top!

1 month ago

Great hike, just over 9km from the lower parking lot. Took just over 2 hours round trip. Path is starting to get overgrowth in some areas.

2 months ago

Good trail, bit of overgrowth, beautiful view for a nice reward when reaching the lake.

2 months ago

Beautiful forest and up at the lake was so quiet and peaceful. We are in moderate shape and it took us 4.5 hours total but we did take our time stopping to admire things and had a snack by the lake. It was a difficult enough hike that we worked up a sweat but not too difficult that we were out of breath and exhausted. Will definitely do it again!

2 months ago

was up there last week and drove to the upper parking lot so it only took a 30-40 minute hike/walk to the lake! made it up in a small corolla but a suv or 4x4 would be more comfortable however not necessary at the moment! no bugs besides some flies at the lake attracted to our food. took a swim and enjoyed the quietness:) followed along the trail on Google maps to make sure we were going the right way but it was marked well enough to not use maps!

3 months ago

The old trail is overgrown and poorly marked, but still a good hike. The scenery is awesome.

9 months ago

Decent enough hike but nothing special. The lake is pretty small and the views are minimal but overall its a nice way to spend a day. I was surprised at the traffic of other hikers for mid November. I've done this hike a few times over the years so finding the way isn't a problem but I can appreciate the previous comments that the trail isn't marked well in places. There are a couple of forks that could take you off course in the fist couple of km, especially is it is foggy. After you hit the road (around 3km) there are plenty of markers from the 1967 trail commemoration that make it impossible to lose your way. You climb through a blend of coniferous and desiduous forest on the way up. The leaves on the ground made it difficult to see what I was walking on in places but given he season that was expected. There is ice forming on some the rock outcrops near the top which are nice to look at. I was really disappointed that someone has decided to clear cut log right up to the trail near the 3km point. Shame that they couldn't have at least left a buffer. There is also taping that has been done in other sections indicating there may be more to come.

10 months ago

Loved the hike. Trarrian is rough so wear proper foot wear. Trails are not clearly marked so very easy to get lost so I suggest flagging tape to mark your route. We never did find the lake because of trails not being marked and very over grown.

10 months ago

Steady climb, nothing to steep. Just didn't "wow" me.

trail running
10 months ago

Not too difficult but quite a steady climb to the lake. Very pretty in the fall. The lake was soo clear!

11 months ago

Closed still due to fire danger. August 28th

11 months ago

Closed due to Fire danger. Mt Sumas too. Aug 12/17

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A great hike, a bit of a goat path in spots and sparsely marked. But the upside is it's a very scenic climb through the forest and challenging enough to raise a good sweat. Under 2 hrs from bottom to top, a bit less coming down.
You will need bug spray, We can recommend Deep Woods Off, neither my wife or I came back with any bites despite the ever present mosquitos.
The lake itself is gorgeous, and some people were swimming.
An enjoyable afternoon all! round.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice easy hike and the lake is fairly warm.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

amazing and gorgeous hike! lots of things to see and do, and lake is gorgeous to swim in. Well worth the hike.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Really liked this hike, and would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the ridiculous amount of mosquitoes and if we didn't go off the path thinking we were on the 'right' trail.
Have this app handy for the 1st part of this hike if you go, so you don't venture off the trail like we did.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The trail is a great work out. Pretty steady climb the whole way to the lake. The lower portion of the trail was overgrown quite a bit making it a right walk and hiding some of the roots and stones in places. There were also A LOT of mosquitos and even though we were covered in Bug spray we still came home with a bunch of bites... all that aside, the lake itself is gorgeous. I went in for a swim and it was so refreshing after the 5km climb to reach it on a hot day! We ran most of the trail back as it's all down hill and avoided getting more bites! Totally do it... just be prepared.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Some great views, would definitely recommend to anyone. Took us 5 hours with photography breaks.

Monday, April 03, 2017

It was an awesome hike, muddy at lot of places in April, suggest to bring hiking boots and dress warm still, use the tracking from this app coz it's very easy to get lost that way you can make sure you will find your back... the lake is a perfect place to take a break and have some food. Whole hike took us little over 3 hrs with couple of small breaks! Forest is just beautiful, make sure also bring bear spry coz it is high bear territory!
Enjoy !!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

over all its a fun little hike. not very diffcult. there are 2 approachs to the lake. if you own a 4x4 take batt rd all the way to the top. shorting the hike by alot. nice way to spend the day

Monday, August 29, 2016

pretty great. if you're not crunched for time, I recommend following the Time Killer bike trail all the way down. keep following it and you'll get to this wall right near the end of the Viking trail. how'd er there is a steep slope that continues down, follow it until you reach the end (5ish minutes depending on pace). You reach this large flat Rock to sit on with an absolutely phenomenal view. It'll add a bit over an hour to the trip, but it's something that is worth it for sure.

Monday, July 04, 2016


Friday, June 03, 2016

Was a beautiful trail with little bridges and a bit wild , was a great work out going up and think the rating should be moderate , mainly hiking up the whole way and a breeze coming back down.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nice forested hike. Nice little lake at the end. Went mid April and still pretty muddy in some areas

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