Mount Mercer is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fraser Valley E, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.9 miElevation gain4,314 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingSnowshoeingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildlifeOff trail
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The route depicted is a winter route to Mount Mercer. This is not a well defined trail. Uses older logging roads, about 2 Km of open bush-wacking, then mountain ridge travel in the alpine. Park at the start of the Chipmunk FSR, where there is a gravel pit. One can save 1.4 Km of road walking if you park further up at elevation 560m, FWD then suggested. But, the road is narrow and there is not much room to park at that higher location. Single vehicle would be okay. The ridge views are spectacular. There is no technical or very steep terrain and no avalanche hazard if you stay on the ridge. Highly recommended winter snow shoe route for intermediate skill and above. There are a couple of well defined quad/mountain bike trails that cross the lower old road part of the route; so GPS recommended to stay on this track and not get confused. Make sure you get up to at least 950m elevation before you leave the roads and start up through the trees, to avoid the steep easterly facing slopes and stay on the top of the ridge throughout.

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Sarah S.
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SnowshoeingBlowdown

Made it to the peak Jan 9. Just over 8 hours with breaking trail, so this included many short breaks. The road up to where you connect to the trail was in decent shape, so you can drive up in a high clearance vehicle. Lots of blow down on the first section of the ATV trail. Hiking trail that climbs to the ridge is now well flagged. Put on snowshoes halfway up this hill - they are necessary by the time the forest opens up with over 2 m of snow and deep tree wells. Stunning views along the ridge and the snow was more firm from being windblown. The final push to the peak was worth it, but didn't spend too long at the top because of the wind.

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Lauralee Lamarche
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Hiking

well I must be out of shape from the holidays. mt mercer was merciless. wow what a grind!!! from dogding fallen trees at the begging to tromping through fresh snow in snowshoes straight uphill.

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Natalie Barratt
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SnowshoeingOff trailSnow

Party of two & a dog, snowshoeing. Late start, started at 11:40 and back at the car by 4:25. Did not summit due to time and getting dark fast, but was within 2-2.5km from summit according to map. This trail requires some way finding and has some very steep sections and cutting up through the forest, but is worth it if you like that type of hiking. The first 3.5km or so are along quad trails, so pay attention to your map/gps. After 3.5km the trail cuts steeply up the the left and its pretty well marked with flagging tape the whole way up. there are spots where you lose sight of the flagging and need to way find. We were in deep snow as soon as we broke through the trees and into the open. This is not a trail you would want to attempt without snowshoes. Excellent views at the top.

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Natalie Barratt
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Matthew Follette
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Hiking

6 hikers 3M 3F 21-36yrs Staged a vehicle up Thurston FSR at the beginning of the day ~2km from ridge top. Lots of flies past Elk, annoying. Amazing views, well marked trail but slightly overgrown past Thurston until you hit the road.

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Nick Gulka
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Hiking

Nice mix of on and off trail. GPS definitely recommend as a large portion of the trail requires some backcountry navigation. There is a trail that leads to the top but unsure where it starts-we joined it once we got onto the ridge. Views would be great, however visibility was poor. There is also parking available at the trailhead if you don’t want to walk the first 2km up chipmunk creek fsr, although the road is a bit rough.

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Zika Trajkovic
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownSnow

Great trail, you’ll need GPS as the markers aren’t helpful and often disappear for long stretches at a time. Did this on July 13th and it was still snowy in patches during the last half (didnt require snowshoes or microspikes), very muddy in the beginning but it was also raining. Had some trouble wayfinding and veered away from the trail a few times, not hard to find your way back as long as your comfortable bushwacking. Breathtaking view once you get to the ridge, would recommend going on a clear day as we went when it was cloudy and the view was largely covered. Quite challenging with the elevation and terrain, but doable for an intermedite/experienced hiker with GPS (necessary!!).

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Jamie Ewen
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HikingOff trailRockySnow
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Yolanda Zeng
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HikingBugsOff trailRockySnow

Must follow GPS, marks or signs not easy to follow.

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Michelle Hanna
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grown
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Stephen Hobbs
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HikingOff trailSnow
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This route reaches the east end of the long ridge that has the popular Elk Thurston trail at its west end. The route stays on the ridge and avoids the steeper terrain associated with south side of the ridge. This is a good all day intermediate winter snow shoe route; but would also be quite rewarding at other times of year, for those comfortable with off trail routes. Route finding is easy because the route follows the fall line or the top of the ridge. The two km through the bushes, between the old roads and the alpine, is open with little or no shrubbery or wind fall.

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Jennifer Mclean
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Tyler Greenwood
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Mario Cumal
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Snowshoeing
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Stephen Hobbs
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Ray Becker
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