Elk Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tzeachten 13, 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: 8.2 km Elevation Gain: 746 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

closed

This trail is currently closed due to COVID 19. An amazing trail! The trail is very well maintained. The lower half is nice and open and was very easy to walk, the top section you will definitely need snow shoes or micro spikes. Poles are also recommended.

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Long weekend Monday *Very* packed parking lot, cars lined up down the road. Lots of people on the trail, polite and pleasant. Still peripheral snow drifts. The main trail to Elk summit is 99% clear of snow. Watch your steps, some slick spots with the recent rain and snowmelt.

hiking
closed
8 days ago

This is a great hike. Defineitly a must do

No snow along the trail to the lookout, but there are some patches on the way to the summit. Didn’t use microspikes. Parking lot was almost full at 12:00 pm. Still found it pretty easy to social distance, as everyone was spread out along the trail and there was usually space to move over.

hiking
closed
icy
snow
27 days ago

April 27, 2020 10:00am - First off the trail is technically closed, but still accessible if you squeeze by the tape across the trailhead. Steady incline all the way, hit ice just before the halfway mark and then snow later on. Weather wasn't our friend, hailed seven different times and it snowed sideways a couple of times, lucky most of the time the trees helped shelter us a bit...so go when the weather is sunny. Didn't make it all the way to the top due to the weather and my friend forgetting her spikes. View was obstructed by cloud cover most of the time. Definitely want to do this again in a month or two.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
closed
snow
1 month ago

We did this hike April 11 and it was covered in ice the last 1/3 to the top of Elk mountain. Very icy! Micro spikes are necessary for this portion. It was a clear day and the views were spectacular. The trail is closed due to COVID so be aware. We are looking forward to doing this later in the season to see the wild flowers and to hike to Thurston.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Great hike We needed spikes - very icy coming back down Went up on Monday the 16th Only went to the lookout and had lunch. Felt like summer sitting on the snow! It was the warmest, sunniest day of the year so far.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Hiked Elk March 21st, need micro-spikes just past half way, saw lots of people turn back because they didn't have any (luckily I did!). Beautiful at the top :)

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike! I try to do it a few times every year with my 2 dogs. Great workout and great views!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Windy, as was everywhere I assume, but once you pop out on the southern side into the sun it was gorgeous and fully protected from the bone chilling gusts. Micro-spikes or mini-crampons are minimum cost of entry to play on the ridge. A number of people attempted without and were turned around and a few actually made it up, but I suspect going down would have been a slow possibly injurious activity. Bring a GPX track and snowshoes if you want to head to Thurston or Mercer as the trail is not properly in... and expect people! This is one of the more popular trails in the Chilliwack area. Have fun out there and be safe! Regards, Rex

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Trail is in good condition, couple of muddy spots but not really bad. Lots of snow in the second half above the road, spikes an asset. Can’t beat the view !

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Hiked on March 8th. Turned around just before the lookout (along with other groups) because it got too sketchy. Lots of powdery snow, no ice. Wore microspikes, but the snow kept getting stuck to the bottom of them. The trail goes past a very steep slope near the end and that's where it gets really sketchy/slippery. If you start sliding, it's a long way down. Would absolutely not recommend going without winter gear - You should have microspikes or snowshoes (that provide a decent amount of traction). Lots of snow falling from the trees during this hike as well - felt like it was snowing even though it was sunny. Was still a good/enjoyable hike even though we didn't go all the way to the top. Will return when the conditions are a bit better!

hiking
icy
2 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Starts to get icy past the forest road. Definitely need microspikes. Be aware of cornices at the top! We only had one pair of spikes between two of us and slid down on our butts on the steep parts. Took 4 hours round trip.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
blowdown
icy
snow
3 months ago

Great trail.. icy past the logging road. Snow at the top but we didn’t need to use the snow shoes. Fantastic views.. well worth the tough climb.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Great trail as long as you’re ready for a leg burner. Hiked it it Jan 19. Used snowshoes and spikes. Near the top had to break trail through lots of snow. Snowshoes a must.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

The trail is very well maintained. The lower half is nice and open and was very easy to walk, the top section you will definitely need snow shoes or microspikes. Made it all the way to the top but there was no snow tracks so we made our own (and very windy). This is a very steep hike but the views are very worth it!

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