- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.5 hours
- Round-Trip 3km
- Elevation Gain 150 meters
- Season February - November
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour, 20 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The Chilliwack Community Forest has a network of trails that pass through a beautiful forested area. The trails are shared with hikers and mountain bikers and offer a variety of routes that can be done as a loop, from some steeper trails to easier loops for the family. The trails in the park area were built and continue to be maintained by the Chilliwack Parks Society and the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association.
From the parking lot, follow the trail past the map board as it climbs gradually through some gentle switchbacks before reaching a junction. This description follows the trails in a clockwise direction, so at the junction, go left onto the Pi:txel Trail heading towards the Cholqthet Trail.
The trail continues to climb as it enters the forest but the elevation gain is relatively gentle as it continues through several switchbacks. Cross over a wooden platform and just a bit further, go left at a junction onto the Cholqthet Trail. Continue following the route uphill as you enjoy the beautiful, lush forest.
Eventually, you arrive at another junction with a sign to the Broken Tree Trail. Go left, and continue ascending to where the trail splits into two. Either way takes you to the same place, however going right follows a steeper, shorter route and going left is a much more gradual route. Go right up the steep route as it's less popular with the mountain bikers and make your way to the top of the Broken Tree Trail.
At the top of the Broken Tree Trail loop, you can go left for a very short distance to see where the junction is for the trail to the Gloria Lookout, a challenging 5.5km trail to an incredible view of the Fraser Valley. Instead, go right and leave the Broken Tree Trail as you begin to follow the Upper Canyon Trail through a relatively flat section, continuing your hike in a clockwise direction.
When the trail reaches a junction, continue straight following along the canyon ridge high above the creek as the trail begins to descend quickly and through small switchbacks. When the trail reaches a junction with the Canyon Loop Trail, decide whether to take the shorter route to the right (about 500m) or the longer route to the left (about 1.7km). This description goes right, following the shorter route as you make your way through the forest to another junction with a kid's trail. Go straight until you reach a 3-way junction, which is where the long route for the Canyon Loop Trail rejoins the trail.
Continue to following the wide, well defined route until you are back at the first junction where you began your hike. Go left and walk back down the gravel switchbacks, returning to the parking lot area.