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Gloria Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 4,137 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Gloria Lookout is an out and back trail totaling 11 kilometers total. This trail is two wheel drive accessible. This trail begins in the Chilliwack community forest and heads up until you reach a small alpine meadow and lookout with a beautiful view of Mt Slesse and Chilliwack. This trail is reasonably steep and you will be going uphill all the way up. The trail is very well marked and well maintained.

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Natalie Barratt
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HikingGreat!Muddy

This trail has been on my bucket list for a while. Did not disappoint! Started at 1pm with intention of trail running Community forest, but on a whim decided to tackle Gloria. The first 1.5km or so you meander gently through community forest until you get to the Gloria trail head. The next 3km is a serious vertical leg burner, going steeply along the ridge, with a sharp drop off to the right and Ford Creek waterfall down below. The last 1.5km flattens out, a bit, but the trade off was it was super muddy. Eventually you break through the trees along the ridge into an "alpine meadow". You can follow the right hand trail for 500m to the Gloria lookout. It is breathtaking. (The trail does continue on to Thurston). I reached the top at 2:36pm. After a quick water break and photo op, I began my decent and made it back to the parking lot at 3:37. Round trip at a running/speed hiking pace was about 2hr and 38 min. Thoughts: -Bring lots of water as this trail is steep and will have you sweating the whole way. -Wear good grippy shoes. As stated, this is a steep trail, and muddy in spots. Also, being so steep, I would caution those with bad knees... at least bring hiking poles. -Well marked the whole was along, trail is in good condition. -Not kid friendly, IMO. -If you want a workout, and a beautiful pay off, this is the one for you. It reminds me of a Steeper longer version of Elk. I only saw 2 other groups of 2 on the trail ... surprised this trail isnt as busy as Elk.

Natalie Barratt
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HikingGreat!Muddy

This trail has been on my bucket list for a while. Did not disappoint! Started at 1pm with intention of trail running Community forest, but on a whim decided to tackle Gloria. The first 1.5km or so you meander gently through community forest until you get to the Gloria trail head. The next 3km is a serious vertical leg burner, going steeply along the ridge, with a sharp drop off to the right and Ford Creek waterfall down below. The last 1.5km flattens out, a bit, but the trade off was it was super muddy. Eventually you break through the trees along the ridge into an "alpine meadow". You can follow the right hand trail for 500m to the Gloria lookout. It is breathtaking. (The trail does continue on to Thurston). I reached the top at 2:36pm. After a quick water break and photo op, I began my decent and made it back to the parking lot at 3:37. Round trip at a running/speed hiking pace was about 2hr and 38 min. Thoughts: -Bring lots of water as this trail is steep and will have you sweating the whole way. -Wear good grippy shoes. As stated, this is a steep trail, and muddy in spots. Also, being so steep, I would caution those with bad knees... at least bring hiking poles. -Not kid friendly, IMO. -If you want a workout, and a beautiful pay off, this is the one for you. It reminds me of a Steeper longer version of Elk. I only saw 2 other groups of 2 on the trail ... surprised this trail isnt as busy as Elk.

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Jessica Bodnar
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Hiking

exhilarating and one of my hardest hikes yet. bring plenty of water especially if u bring ur dog with u. there is no water access, not even a creek.

Carrie Noort
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

Hiking Notes: Gloria Trail | June 6, 2020 WEATHER: slightly overcast, periodic light rain 15 degrees | Party of one IMPRESSIONS: This hike pretty well embodies the beloved adage, “No pain, no gain”. The pain? The elevation gain, to be sure, though not forcing uncomfortable scrambling or footing. The elevation gain is gradual, allowing for occasional flat portions of trail. If you’re familiar with hiking in the Vancouver region, you may also find the trail rather monotonous or of a similar nature to hikes on the north shore: lots of traversing through thick evergreen forest. Beautiful, but not offering expansive views until the summit. I began the trail in the Chilliwack community forest. This dense network of forest trail can be confusing, I found myself asking for directions on several occasions. Luckily, mountain folk are friendly and directed me to the Gloria Lookout Trailhead via slug and pixel trail. The trail was very muddy with at times 1 ft of thick mud, and with a decent 2 ft. snow coverage at the plateau summit. Prepare accordingly. The trail is also new: this is evident in the well marked paths, but also in the unsteady dead trees that line the trail. Be aware of precarious trees and deadfall. The gain? Upon reaching the summit, you’ll see all the things that make the Cheam range lovely: wild strawberries, wild heather and flowers, and expansive views. I recommend planning to complete this hike on a day with clear skies, to ensure you don’t reach a view point fogged with clouds. If you’re looking for a hike that will test your patience, and that offers a unique view give this trail a shot. Its bound to become more popular as word gets out! NOTES:  1300-Trailhead: Pixel trail, Chilliwack community forest 1345- Gloria Lookout Trailhead 1425- arrived at waterfall lookout ledge 1435-1445 rest 1620- arrived at summit: top of Gloria lookout trail 1630- 500m trek to final viewpoint/ ledge 1645- embarked on return journey back to trailhead 1815- return to waterfall lookout ledge 1900- arrived at trailhead of pixel trail, Chilliwack community forest #burtgetsoutside

Good Vibes In Van
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BlowdownMuddySnow

Great trail. More like 16+ km out and back though. A little snow on trail in the last km or 2 before popping out on the ridge above the lookout. This one is a real grind! Great view and lightly trafficed once through the approx 2 km portion from the start at the community forest. I found minor confusion navigating the most direct route through the community forest but all paths up will pretty much get you there. Some fantastic trail building and maintenance here, with minor blowdown up high out of the community forest. Fantastic to learn of this trail and the fact it connects to Thurston then Elk! Some peak a boo looks at Ford Creek Falls as well.

Jennifer Mclean
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HikingMuddySnow
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Emily Driedger
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Hiking

A bit of a long hike, with still a bit of snow at the end of the trail, but GORGEOUS view at the top. definitely worth it.

James Fidler
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Hiking

Enjoyable, dog friendly trail with rewarding views. I did this trail in May, and was surprised at the large amounts of snow remaining from about halfway up the mountain. A steep, heavily wooded walk, which provides plenty of shade on warmer days. Views from the peak are fabulous.

Tiffany Roxanne Cui
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked Monday, April 20. The trail starts off regular, no snow or ecen any snow patches. When we reached the half mark of the trail, the trail was with snow already and it was icy. Microspikes recommended as most parts are very slippery. As you gain more elevation, the snow becomes softer and it is nicer to walk on. The trail was steep, which we did not expect. It took us 6 hours and a half return. Nice trail and not so busy as most people stay on the lower trails only where they can bike and do the loop.

Anton Gerasimov
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Hiking

The trail is open. Didn’t need microspikes at all. Wore snowshoes for the last 500m of the trail, as snow was soft there. Overall a good hike with a nice view from the lookout. The distance in the stats for this hike is less as the app quit somehow and had to be restarted. 14.2 km is the correct overall distance.

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Kari Pedersen
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HikingSnow

Hiked April 18th. Quite steep the whole way up. The last 1/3 of the trail is covered in 2-3 feet of snow. Unable to go further than Gloria lookout as snow not compact enought. Micro spikes are highly recommended as are poles for the way down. Total hiking time 4 1/2 hrs including 20 mins at the top for lunch.

Nathanael Meyerhoff
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HikingIcy

Hiked on April 13. We put on spikes at km 4 and we’re needed the rest of the way up. Spikes worked very well as most of the trail was packed snow and ice. Great trail.

Ria Cooke
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HikingIcy

Still a bit of snow and ice we weren’t prepared for so we didn’t make it to the top!

Brad Driscoll
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HikingSnow

Trail was in good shape. About half way up, started to encounter snow that accumulated as we hiked further. We turned around about 500m from summit as temps started to drop and we weren’t prepared for all the snow. A great day, nonetheless. Trail is well marked.

Bien Pacheco
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HikingBugsScramble

Hiked in just over 6 hours, would have been faster but I got stung by a wasp on the back of the knee. Twice. VERY steep consistently especially along the ridge for the first half so be prepared but fairly easy trail to follow once you get out of the community forest. I recommend you put your dog on a leash while walking through the ridge around 2 k by the waterfall because the path narrows and both sides are very steep and easy to slip on also to bring bring good ventilated hiking shoes , walking stick or making one,snacks , bug spray, bear mace a lack of fear of heights and at least 3 water bottles per person, the last k is like walking into a bear salad with all the berries and flowers at the top so keep an eye out. I recorded an ascend of 1’353 Average speed of 2.3km/h up 3.3km/h down About 16k round trip And 3:10:15 to the viewpoint(my phone died just as we reached the summit) All in all, phenomenal.

Nathanael Meyerhoff
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Hiking

Hiked up August 14 in the morning. Had a close encounter with a mom and cub. Pretty disinterested in me, but we got uncomfortably close due to some blind corners descending to the lookout. Traversed to elk and saw two more bears off the summit of Thurston in a clearing.

Alex Musselman
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Hiking

I did this a few days ago,(29/06/19) and this is a real hike. Probably the steepest trail I've ever done. Poles are recommended if not necessary. It's all climbing, almost no flat spots at all. took me 2 and half hours to reach for the summit, but I could easily cut that time down. I was checking for bears a lot, I've been told by a few people there is a momma bear with two cubs around the community forest, and also 2 weeks a go I came across a black bear at Thurston. So I'd recommend some bear spray just incase. Even though this is a hard trail, it's a 10/10 for me. The view is pretty unreal, you can see the whole Valley from Hope to Abbotsford. Love the elevation!

Kerry O.
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Running

Gloria Trail follows a spur, so once you are past the (easy) Chilliwack Community forest, it is a sustained climb for the rest of it. Recommend poles or grab a branch for the descent. Not for anyone less than experienced if going solo, moderately experienced and fit if in a group. No trail running on this trail!

Szilvia Whynott
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Hiking

Did it once and once was enough. Very steep. Really hard on the knees.

Max Krolenko
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Snow

Did 28km Gloria and Thorson together great views and a lot of snow

Kelly Skoronski
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Hiking

Great hike that is incredibly well marked. Long and steep climb but you are rewarded with a nice view at the top. Fun technical descent for the way down. Quite a bit of snow still for the last couple km’s 2hrs up and 1 down

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