Elk Mountain Trail

HARD 78 reviews

Elk Mountain Trail is a 8.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
747 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
1 month ago

December 11, 2017 An epic hike today with two good men. Road in was salted and only a few pot holes as we got close to the trail head. 5-7 cars parked. 9:45 started our hike, 10:30 at logging road (just crossed it), 11:30 started hiking again after we rested and had snacks at the first view point....so far trail dry and in excellent condition (although steep as ever).

The second half of the trail much different. As we got to the first clearing, the trail was covered in snow and icy, slippery and a bit slushy at times as well. Temp was about 10 - super warm and sunny for December. We've had 10+ days of clear and somewhat warm temps, but a few good inches of ice and slush on the middle of trail remained. It was possible to walk along the edge somewhat and find some areas to get dry land, but micro spikes at the very least with good poles highly recommended.

Quite a few people on the trail, some with runners turned around at the snow or slightly past, maybe saw 10-14 people all day. Got to the first perfect clearing for lunch after taking the 'inside' trail to the very top.....we never even looked at the outside route.

I think we started lunch at 12:45 and headed down at 1:30, 3:30 we hit the outhouse at the car lot on the bottom. A perfect day indeed.

1 month ago

Fantastic hike. Very popular.

hiking
3 months ago

Steady uphill ascent on a well marked trail. It is generally in good shape and well maintained. A couple of slick spots on the way down since it was wet. Views are outstanding. A bit of snow on top and pretty busy the day we went. Oct 15 2017.

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked trail, steep in many parts but the views are spectacular from both viewpoints. Highly recommend it.

One of the best views you'll get of the Fraser valley, but definitely a hard trek for moderate hikers.

hiking
5 months ago

Not too busy trail which is a good thing.
I don't think this is for beginners. Make sure you got a enough water and like everyone else is saying last part is bit challenging but worth it for spectacular view.

5 months ago

Road in is a combination of paved and gravel but no need for a 4x4. Well marked steep trail that levels out after the view point. Make sure to not turn around at first view point of Chilliwack. Continue for 5 minutes through the bush to a great view of wild flower covered meadows and Mtn Baker. Can easily continue for another 5+ km to the peak of Thurston mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

A little dull to start, but sure picks it up by the halfway point. The final third is a pretty good challenge. Spectacular views.

hiking
5 months ago

Great workout and cardio, like that it gets gradually steeper towards the top. Went up on July 17 and it was so hazy at the top from all the forest fire smoke that you could barely see Mount baker! Still worth the trek up there though.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great workout! Coming back down is made more difficult by the terrain. Took far longer than we anticipated based on the distance. Cliff side route from the first lookout to the second lookout is not good for kids... take the inland path.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is a great cardio workout. The views are fabulous and if you go at the right time of year you'll see the beautiful wild flowers. It is quite steep. There are no water sources on this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome views, alpine flowers and a good cardio workout.

hiking
7 months ago

Was a rigorous and enjoyable hike; worth it for the sense of accomplishment and time in nature. No fault of the trail but the fog today eliminated our view otherwise it would have been a 5. Some really stunning fauna and charming little chipmunks at the top. It was a steep ascent most of the way, take water and breaks and enjoy your journey :)

7 months ago

Dopeness

7 months ago

May 17/17. Me and my 13 year old son did this hike for the first time, the last 30 mins. Up is covered in snow and very slippery, no view as it was too foggy, but I will do this hike again.

8 months ago

April 22 - made it to the first viewpoint. (the stairs) The steep ascent in the last section before the lookout was still hard pack snow and ice on the trail. Beyond there snow covered. I did not have microspikes or poles but would have continued if I did. Would suggest that this is intermediate. Would do again later in the season.

9 months ago

Great hike,bring spikes and snowshoes lots of snow up top.

hiking
9 months ago

I have done this trail many times and would rate it as moderate. Cannot figure out why it is rated difficult on AllTrails because it is not. Yes, you have to be in good shape but it is not hard. Hard would be something like Crown Mountain.

9 months ago

Hard packed snow from winter hikers present in spring, bring spikes! Beautiful transition from rain to snow along trail

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