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Mac from Chilliwack writes:

Amazing hike, my first time doing it in April it was still pretty Icy and would not recommend doing it without cleats as I soon found out but wow. Was the view ever worth the 2 near death experiences haha. You get an amazing view of baker and the whole Fraser Valley.

  • Elk Mountain photo
  • Elk Mountain photo

    Posted: April 11, 2017 07:44:04 PM PST


    LOri from Surrey writes:

    I hiked this mountain in march and there was snow on the top! I also did the bike hike iin summertime and camped overnight!!! Spectacular!!! Well worth the hike .... view is spectacular!!! A must!!!

      Posted: April 4, 2017 11:38:39 AM PST


      sabrina from chilliwack writes:

      has anyone done this hike in March or lately this year? wondering about the snow pack

        Posted: March 25, 2017 10:46:59 PM PST


        Brenden from Richmond writes:

        LOST SOCK: colourful stance sock, left foot. Orange purple blue black yellow bands.

        Excellent hike in January, although EXTREMELY slippery on the way down. Walking poles, or show spikes are absolutely necessary if you don't want to risk falling to an early demise.

        • Elk Mountain photo

          Posted: February 3, 2017 04:42:09 PM PST


          Kristina from Abbotsford writes:

          Went up to Elk mountain this September and loved it, went with my man up there, we have hiked many trails and this is another one of those gems in the forest, once you get the the top the view is spectacular. it appears as if people have been camping up there due to the burnt wood, be fire safe hikers!:) Cheers!

          • Elk Mountain photo
          • Elk Mountain photo

            Posted: September 29, 2016 02:56:03 PM PST


            Sarah from Abbotsford writes:

            I did this hike last weekend (August 20th) and absolutely loved it. It's challenging, but so worth the view at the top. When you get to the first look out which is a narrow strip with big boulders to sit on, stop for a photo and a sip of water then continue on the path! Many people think that this is the final destination, but it is not. Continue onward for about 10 more minutes and you certainly will not be disappointed. Great view!! You can then continue on to Thurston from here, but we did not. Saw plenty of wildlife (chipmunks, frogs, a woodpecker, a small garter snake, etc). The only downfall to the hike was the plethora of flies/bugs along the way. Bring lots of water and a snack and prepare for an intense workout!

              Posted: August 23, 2016 10:57:02 AM PST


              Jo from Chilliwack writes:

              A beautiful, quiet hike, some steep parts to trail. The view at the top of Elk is stunning. Lots of cute, little chip monks running around. It states 4 hours but my husband and I did it in 2. Hiking up gets you a little out of breath but don't worry. When we were coming back down, we noticed everyone was out of breath going up.

                Posted: August 7, 2016 07:55:18 PM PST


                Myra from Langley writes:

                Spectacular panoramic view. A very quiet hike for those who like solitude. A good and steady assent until the last part where it becomes very steep. I love this hike! And did I mention the view was spectacular?

                  Posted: June 25, 2016 02:22:58 PM PST


                  Serg from Richmond writes:

                  We hiked Elk last summer and want to comeback with a tents. Is camping allowed at Elk mountain or at Thurston Mountain? We saw several tents with campfires. Is there any source of water up there?

                    Posted: June 13, 2016 07:01:44 PM PST


                    Kelly from Vancouver writes:

                    Went up Monday June 6th. Made it close to Thurston and didn't see any snow at all. Beautiful views at Elk and further on.

                      Posted: June 10, 2016 12:01:22 PM PST


                      Moe from Abbotsford writes:

                      Went today on this hike April 9th. Forest trial all the way up. Beautiful panoramic view at the top definitely worth the hike up. Had a little bit of snow still but we were fine walking along the top. Definitely recommend this hike to more frequent hikers due to the length of this hike. Great views! Will do it again :)

                        Posted: April 10, 2016 01:08:16 AM PST


                        Meredith Murray from Langley writes:

                        Hiked Elk-mountain today. Beautiful view and well worth the climb. Given the time of year the trail was pretty muddy and turned to snow at the top. Top sections were very slippery. Highly recommend wearing appropriate gear for trekking in the snow.

                          Posted: March 29, 2016 12:52:41 AM PST


                          Gosha from Maple Ridge writes:

                          Hiked Elk Mountain on October 04/2015
                          Beautiful hike but I lost my sunglasses somewhere on the way down.
                          If anybody will find them please call 604 831 6949.
                          Thank you

                            Posted: October 5, 2015 12:06:36 PM PST


                            Rob from edmonton writes:

                            Is the elk-thurston trailhead the same hike or is there another hike? I followed the directions on this site to the clearing 2km up the gravel road but couldn't find a trailhead anywhere in the clearing, but 1 km up the gravel there was the elk-thurston trailhead at the side of the road.

                              Posted: September 27, 2015 09:39:45 PM PST


                              L M from Vancouver writes:

                              Hiked Elk Mountain and continued on to Mt Thurston today. It took us a total of 5 hours including taking photos and eating. Fairly easy hike for most of the way but it gets a little steep near the top. The peak of Thurston has much more amazing views then Elk and it only took an extra half hour each way.

                                Posted: August 2, 2015 10:35:41 PM PST


                                Jessica B from New Westminster writes:

                                Hiked this July 17.

                                Beautiful hike. There weren't many people, so it was nice. There are no man made stairs, but a very soft natural ground, easy to run. The loose gravel at the top is very steep and very scary. BRING INSECT REPELLENT! You sweat it off, so reapply. Those black flies are vicious but it was nice to see the butterflies.

                                  Posted: July 18, 2015 10:09:54 AM PST


                                  Herman from Vancouver writes:

                                  Did this hike today (July 6) at 36C. The heat was bearable until the Elk Mountain viewpoint where it's fully exposed and no shade. View at the Elk Mountain was beautiful and vast (180 degree view only, not 360), with wild flowers blooming everywhere. The hike up to here was quite tough but not undoable, you will definitely feel it at the quads. We continued our way to Mount Thurston and thought that we could relax at the Thurston peak for a lunch break - bad idea! The amount of flies (some black flies as well) was INSANE. They were everywhere and seem to be enjoying the sweat on our bodies and wouldn't go away. I'd say at any point in time we had at least 10 flies resting on us and if you stop walking for 10 seconds the amount doubles. You get numb after a while but it just wasn't a very good experience. The view at Thurston wasn't that much better than Elk either so I wouldn't recommend going there unless you need another 500 calories burnt off. All in all it's a great day hike until Elk, but not any further.

                                    Posted: July 6, 2015 01:36:26 AM PST


                                    Fatemeh from Vancouver writes:

                                    Did this hike on June 20. No sign of snow or misquote (both are equally annoying for me) , amazing view, great hike

                                      Posted: July 2, 2015 02:07:53 PM PST


                                      Yumi from Surrey writes:

                                      I highly recommend this beautiful hike. We did this a couple weeks ago when the flowers were in full bloom at the top; it was beautiful to say the least. Some parts going up felt quite steep but it is well worth it! Once you reach the top, you can continue along the trail to reach Mount Thurston though we did not try this.

                                        Posted: June 24, 2015 03:50:54 PM PST


                                        Suzanna from Surrey writes:

                                        My dog rolled in fresh bear scat. Not a critique against the mountain (although definitely unpleasant) but just be bear aware. It was very fresh. Otherwise trail was steep but well maintained and the view at the summit was well worth it. Continue on after the summit along the flat trail to Thursted mountain for more spectacular views and a beautiful meadow.

                                          Posted: June 6, 2015 10:32:24 PM PST


                                          David from Vancouver writes:

                                          Definitely push on for about 20 minutes past where the instructions leave off. You'll be rewarded with some beautiful alpine meadows full of flowers and great views to the east.

                                            Posted: June 1, 2015 08:50:10 PM PST


                                            Suzy Coulter from Chilliwack writes:

                                            Hello Hikers! Please help us find our dogs. We live at the base of Elk Mountain - Our two foxhounds (tri-coloured), Maddie and Millie left for their usual morning ramble at 6 am yesterday morning (Saturday May 23rd) but have not come back. usually they only go for a few hours,
                                            one has a red collar, one has a blue collar. tatoos in ears
                                            If you see these rascals please give us a call at 604 799 0039 or 604 799 2678
                                            Thanks!
                                            Suz and David at Diggers Farm 53675 O'Byrne Rd Slesse Park Chilliwack River Valley


                                              Posted: May 24, 2015 03:40:29 PM PST


                                              Nicola from Vancouver writes:

                                              I can't believe that this was only an 80 minute drive from Vancouver. I'm so happy I have started exploring the Fraser Valley offerings when they include such beauties as this.

                                              The trail head is easy to find and the road suitable for a 2WD. We were soon parked (only the 2nd vehicle in the lot at 815am) and after a quick bathroom break (bring toilet paper - today there was none) we set off.

                                              The trail is well marked - and even all the little break off tails eventually seem to all meet up with it. What greets you for the initial portion of this hike is a nice steady climb through a beautiful forest. There was one bit where you could look out over the valley through the trees too.

                                              Eventually though, as the trail gets steeper & consists more of loose rocks & dirt,you break through the forest and get to the first lookout. This offers great views of the Fraser Valley and you know then already that the exertion was worth it.

                                              It continues to get better as you come onto the ridge itself, where already there are many wildflowers bloom including wild strawberries.

                                              Once on the ridge, there are some excellent views of the mountains to the south and south-east, with what I *think* includes MacGuire and Slesse and the Chilliwack River valley below. There's also some great views of Mt. Baker as well (does anyone else want to start singing Boney M when they say that name? haha). There's also a random bench should you fancy a seat.

                                              The final bit of this trail takes you through wonderful subalpine meadows to the summit - a worthy turn-around point for a shorter hike. It was a little bit buggy today even early on but I was happy to see lots of bumblebees too!

                                              We had the entire trail to ourselves until our return journey. Loved how everyone says hello/Good morning.

                                              A quick shoutout to the lovely lady in the Toyota pickup who came to my aid with a "softer than I would like" rear driver side tire. I'm still not sure if it was a slow flat or a tire that just needed air in it but that's to her & her air compressor we got back to vancouver unscathed and the tire was like brand new!

                                              Time: 2:04:59
                                              Distance: 5.7 miles
                                              Elevation Gain (Garmin): 2511ft

                                                Posted: May 20, 2015 09:16:26 PM PST


                                                matt from langley writes:

                                                Hiked elk for the first time today with my 6month old pup. Great hike with good mapping.no mud or snow.took a little under an hour and a half to hit the peak and about 10minutes from there to reach the summit. the last stretch to the peak is steep so bring lots of water.. also the outhouse was out of TP so bring some of your own if thats an issue!

                                                  Posted: May 20, 2015 07:48:15 PM PST


                                                  Karine P from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                  Did this hike this afternoon (May 9th); completed in about 4.5 hours (including a 45 minute rest at the top... Great view, what can I say!). Wonderful hike with some relatively steep sections nearing the summit. View from the second view point is spectacular... and only 10-15 minutes from the first viewpoint! It was a little muddy at some sections near the summit, however the trail was pretty clear for the most part.

                                                    Posted: May 9, 2015 11:26:45 PM PST


                                                    Jason from Abbotsford writes:

                                                    Great trail! The view at the top is awesome. It could be a challenging work out for some people, the wife and I were at the peak in about 45 mins, took a break, and ran down with our dogs. Total time was about 90 mins (including a 15 min rest at the top.)

                                                      Posted: May 3, 2015 08:04:12 AM PST


                                                      Stefan from Chilliwack writes:

                                                      Did this hike on the weekend (Feb 28th).

                                                      There was a small amount of snow at the top, and the last bit of the trail (the scary part) was quite muddy, which made it challenging to get up and down, but it's doable. Very busy trail.

                                                      We made our way to the second viewpoint, and it was amazing. I did this hike before, but only to the first viewpoint. The second viewpoint has some amazing panorama views of surrounding mountains. It's only an extra 10-15 minutes up, but it's worth it.

                                                        Posted: March 2, 2015 10:28:54 PM PST


                                                        Terry and Zane from Chilliwack writes:

                                                        I am not an experienced hiker, but started recently. Did the hike today, overcast day and a little wet. Trail was a great work out for me and my dog. No snow a little slippery in spots, a lot steeper than I thought it would be. No view today as it was all fog and cloud. I will definitely do this one again on a clearer day.

                                                          Posted: February 20, 2015 04:12:49 PM PST


                                                          Kaley W from Vancouver writes:

                                                          My boyfriend and I did this hike yesterday with our dog. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. Although there is a pretty steady incline the whole way it is very gradual and only steep towards the very top. We wore our runners as there is barely any snow left, even at the summit. Amazing views!!

                                                          I would highly recommend this hike as it is easily accessible and good for all levels of hikers.

                                                            Posted: February 19, 2015 02:00:20 PM PST


                                                            anon from the wack writes:

                                                            Christine:

                                                            You do not take items left on hikes. There is a good chance someone left it there with the intention of picking it up on the way back.

                                                            This is not the official message board for elk mt. The owners will not be checking random message boards for their items you took off the mt.

                                                              Posted: February 6, 2015 01:59:23 PM PST


                                                              Christine from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                                              Hiked this trail today, January 25.. great trail - definitely a workout.. but went with an 11 yr old and a chihuahua. Worth the push but there were moments I wanted to quit ... lol. We did find two things that their owners might like back... a green jacket (army green) and a wool hat. If one of these are yours.. post on this comment board. If you can identify either item (brand for example).. we can arrange return. I will check comments on this board.

                                                                Posted: January 25, 2015 08:58:01 PM PST


                                                                Mary Bryant from Burnaby, BC writes:

                                                                Hiked on January 20, 2015 - Really beautiful day. Microspikes highly recommended for the top bit as it gets pretty slippery, but you still don't need snowshoes. Lost 1 red rubber microspike somewhere. If anyone finds it, please email! From the paragliding launch site, I kept going until I came to a rock cairn - took an extra 45 minutes. Could anyone advise if one keeps going to the next 2 peaks to actually be at Thurston? The snowprints ended at the big rock cairn, so I turned around there. Thanks!

                                                                  Posted: January 21, 2015 10:23:31 PM PST


                                                                  Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                  I just hiked this trail on October 11th, 2014, it is a bit steep in places, and after the first hour of hiking, you'll be thinking.. are we there yet... but, its well worth the hike to the top, the view is spectacular, it's also very cold at the top! but its great!!

                                                                    Posted: October 12, 2014 11:16:31 AM PST


                                                                    Cameron from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                    Like everyone else has said here, it's a bit steep in places, but well worth the trip to the top! There is a beautiful path along the ridge at the top, I wish I had left myself more time to walk along it. The correct trail is always well marked. Great hike!

                                                                      Posted: September 7, 2014 05:05:19 PM PST


                                                                      Chantal from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                      My sister and I made it to the first peak with absolutely no working out prior to. We quit over a dozen times but my husband pushed us through.
                                                                      It is steep.
                                                                      The kind of steep where you don't know what hurts more, going up or down.
                                                                      Beware.

                                                                      But there is a spectacular view!

                                                                        Posted: July 28, 2014 06:22:35 AM PST


                                                                        Lori from Surrey writes:

                                                                        It's a great cardio hike. At the first lookout it's steep. The path has loose rocks and dirt. Nothing to grasp your feet on. Poles would be nice to have and confidence on those types of trails.. It would be handy to have some steps, railing or a rope just for that extra confidence for going down on the first lookout area...just to help! If you don't have those fears then it's all good.

                                                                          Posted: July 13, 2014 09:03:23 PM PST


                                                                          Mark from Langley writes:

                                                                          Fantastic hike. Just be weary - it does get pretty steep in some parts and going down can be kinda sketchy if you aren't careful. Awesome views though! No snow or nothing!

                                                                          Oh, and be on the lookout for bikers, almost got run over today around the halfway point of the trail.

                                                                            Posted: July 10, 2014 03:12:40 PM PST


                                                                            Larry from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                            Hiked Elk Mountain today, May 31, 2014. Beautiful sunny day and some of the flowers are out. Lots of people and dogs on the trail. Snow is gone except for a little here and there where the sun doesn't shine. Trail is in great shape with a bit of erosion in a few places.

                                                                              Posted: May 31, 2014 06:23:03 PM PST


                                                                              Sam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              Great hike. There was a bit of snow at the top but it was a smooth hike all the way up to the ridge.

                                                                                Posted: May 12, 2014 07:57:43 PM PST


                                                                                Patti from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                I have hiked Elk in June before, but has anyone hiked Elk this May? Is the snow gone?

                                                                                  Posted: May 10, 2014 03:43:40 PM PST


                                                                                  Sarah from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                  Hiked on: Saturday March.22, 2014

                                                                                  Four of us hiked up Elk Mountain this past weekend. We started hiking at 9 am. The trail was snow free at the trail head and snow dusted the sides of the trail at about .5 km and the trail was snow covered by the time we reached the second trail head (where the trail meets the gravel road again/at the sign board). At the 2 km mark two people put snowshoes on, one of us put microspikes on, an another continued in hiking boots. Before the 2.5 km mark the trail was very well packed and more icy than snowy however, after the 2.5 km mark the snow that covered the trail was "actual snow". After the first view point there were areas with some deep snow, but the trail was well packed so no problem for the two of us without snowshoes. The final climb to the summit was very icy and there were a few exposed rocks.

                                                                                  Overall notes

                                                                                  - The road to the trail head is snow free
                                                                                  - The trail head is easily reached in a 2wd car ie the gravel stretch is in good condition
                                                                                  - The temperature drops dramatically after the first viewpoint, remember to bring some gloves, a hat, and at least a wind breaker jacket
                                                                                  - The trail is well worn and well packed all the way to the summit and all orange trail markers can be seen and are easy to follow. Note there are no markers after the first view point but there are a few bits of flagging tape that can be seen
                                                                                  - Depending on your comfort level snowshoes, microsprikes, and plain hiking boots all made it to the summit with no problems so bring the gear you are most comfortable with.

                                                                                  Start time: 9 am
                                                                                  End time: 12 pm
                                                                                  Round trip: 8 km in 3 hours with minimal breaks - it was cold at the top!

                                                                                  Once we reached the summit it began snowing and became very cloudy, we had no problems but the weather/wind can change really fast up there so be prepared for low viability on poor days.

                                                                                  All in all we had a great morning on the mountain and we ended the day with a hot and spicy lunch at Chilliwack's finest Mexican restaurant, Fiesta Loca. I have included the Urban Spoon review link below if anyone needs a lunch/dinner recommendation for after a cold day on one of the local mountains :)

                                                                                  http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/85/1701346/restaurant/British-Columbia/Fiesta-Loca-Chilliwack

                                                                                    Posted: March 25, 2014 09:27:17 AM PST


                                                                                    Munchkin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Beautiful trail! It winds up the mountain on a ridge which overlooks all of Chilliwack, which leads to a beautiful canvas of rocks. If you continue up the trail for about 10 minutes longer you will reach a camp site, with some more spectacular views!

                                                                                      Posted: July 30, 2013 08:10:20 PM PST


                                                                                      Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      One of my favorites. The first 4/5 part is alike GrouseGrand -- just climbing up and up. But the view on top is really good. You can behold many mountains with snows glaring on top, and the fraser valley as well.

                                                                                      Some people camped on top and left camp fire relish. After making the top, actually you can go farther if you want -- there are more views and flowers.

                                                                                        Posted: July 15, 2013 07:10:43 PM PST


                                                                                        Hans from Bussum (Netherlands) writes:

                                                                                        Hiked this trail yesterday, Flowers are in full bloom. because of the shorcuts between the switchbacks, the original trail is sometimes hard to find, and you tend to go up more steep than advertised. But the view is definitely worth the while.

                                                                                          Posted: July 7, 2013 02:15:15 PM PST


                                                                                          Lucy from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                          Want to do this hike next week! Are the alpine flowers blooming yet? I want to take my dslr with me. Thx!

                                                                                            Posted: June 6, 2013 07:32:53 AM PST


                                                                                            Jason from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                            Thanks Spark. I did camp at the summit last weekend, amazing trip. I have hiked Elk dozens of times and always wanted to try this. The hike was a lot more grueling with all the gear and bigger packs. I brought more water than I needed, but better safe than sorry. Unfortunately we had a lot of cloud and it was cold, so the views were not as good, but still worth the trip. Will try again later in the year.

                                                                                              Posted: June 5, 2013 10:36:46 AM PST


                                                                                              C Steingard from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                              Duanne it is about 4hours. I'm hiking the mountain today.

                                                                                                Posted: June 1, 2013 07:06:00 AM PST


                                                                                                Duane from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                Can anyone confirm how long of a hike it is to Elk Mountain and then to Thurston Mountain. Kinda of wanting to do this for the first hike of the year but don't want to over do it. :) Thanks!

                                                                                                  Posted: May 31, 2013 09:54:42 PM PST


                                                                                                  Spark from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                  Hi Jason,
                                                                                                  We've camped on top of Elk– it's a beautiful view at night of all the city lights and the sunset. Just be sure to bring lots of water as there aren't any water sources up there! It's also a pretty gruelling hike up with packs.

                                                                                                    Posted: May 28, 2013 09:29:33 PM PST


                                                                                                    Jason from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                    Has anyone camped at the summit of Elk? Thinking of doing this in the next few weeks. Hike up in the afternoon and come back the next morning.

                                                                                                      Posted: May 14, 2013 11:25:03 PM PST


                                                                                                      Karmel from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                      Did this hike today. No snow on the trail at all. Amazing view. Loved it!

                                                                                                        Posted: May 9, 2013 06:46:40 PM PST


                                                                                                        CK from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                        Has anyone done this within the last few weeks?
                                                                                                        Wondering if there is still snow?

                                                                                                          Posted: May 1, 2013 12:05:58 PM PST


                                                                                                          Tina from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                          Went up a few days ago and you can hike most of the way. You start seeing the snow about 1 hour and a half into the hike. The snow is compacted so its a little bit slippery.

                                                                                                            Posted: April 4, 2013 06:29:56 PM PST


                                                                                                            Tara from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                            Thinking about doing Elk this Saturday. Anyone know if there is snow still?

                                                                                                              Posted: April 2, 2013 09:16:18 AM PST


                                                                                                              Isabel from Richmond,BC writes:

                                                                                                              today we hiked to the summit of Elk Mountain and Turston Mountain. It was a perfect day for this hike, clear sunny sky, warm and brizzy.The alpine brush is starting to have fall colours and made the views aeven more spectacular. took us about seven hours with many photo breaks and lunch.
                                                                                                              Well worth the hike

                                                                                                                Posted: September 12, 2012 09:20:30 PM PST


                                                                                                                Le from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                did this Sept 8, 2012, view is fantastic. Reminder: last part of the climb to the top has slippery little rocks and can be dangerous without proper shoe and equipment, especially when coming down. So if not prepared, stop climbing once reached the first view point. The view from the top is pretty much the same.

                                                                                                                  Posted: September 8, 2012 10:20:50 PM PST


                                                                                                                  Sarah from Fort Langley writes:

                                                                                                                  Did this hike on Sept.3/12. It is an amazing hike that I highly recommend. Well marked trail awesome viewpoints. I would suggest continuing past the Elk Mountain summit to the Mount Thurston summit as well, it only adds about an hour to your hike and is well worth it. The trail to Mount Thurston is really easy especially compared to the steep trail up to Elk Mountain. We started hiking at 9 am and we were back at the parking lot at 2 pm; a total of five hours on the mountain, this included an hours picnic lunch as well.

                                                                                                                    Posted: September 5, 2012 08:07:21 AM PST


                                                                                                                    Hilary and Ashley from London, Ontario writes:

                                                                                                                    Did this hike in May (2012), great trail, great views, brutally steep! Felt pretty out of shape but reading others comments we did it in about equal time. Definitely recommend it, pretty cloudy day so the view could have been better.

                                                                                                                      Posted: September 1, 2012 06:00:54 PM PST


                                                                                                                      Vince from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      Positive review like most people who have hiked this trail! What a great day trip from the city. Went up on a partly cloudy Aug 28th and was actually pretty cool as between the brilliant sunshine bright white fluffy clouds would come through right at eye level or through us at the summit.

                                                                                                                      Considering the elevation gain most of the trail was not too steep at all, well marked, and well maintained and we were sitting at the top in well under 2 hours of solid hiking.

                                                                                                                      It was very easy to find the traihead, and was exactly 1 km from where the road turns into gravel. Also as someone has already mentioned be sure to use the nice shiny new outhouse just a minute up the trail.

                                                                                                                      Great views and enjoyable day trip, will be taking more friends there soon.

                                                                                                                        Posted: August 30, 2012 10:45:45 AM PST


                                                                                                                        C &D from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                        Great hike, well marked, shady most of the way up,i recommend using bug repellent. Well worth the effort, amazing views at the top. Next time we will continue on to Mt Thurston.

                                                                                                                          Posted: August 12, 2012 09:35:39 PM PST


                                                                                                                          J&E from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                          Hiked this on Sunday. Good trail, wide and dry through forest for the first 75%. Great view at the top, but beware of deer flies that were relentlessly aggravating. After the top, the trail continues through a flowery sub-alpine ridge towards Mt. Thurston. Allow extra time if you want to proceed to this. We didn't have time/energy to climb to Mt. Thurston, but the potential view of the southern mountain peaks was very tempting.

                                                                                                                            Posted: August 7, 2012 01:26:18 PM PST


                                                                                                                            Brandy from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                            I did this hike with 3 friends in August 2011 and it was absolutely worth it, the view on top is magnificent. But I must say, after reading these comments about how it only took some people 2 hours to get to the top, cudos! It took us 4 hours to get to the top and 2 and a half to get down. I didn't think I was in that bad shape...we did go higher than the pictures on this website show though, so maybe that was why.

                                                                                                                            None the less, I would absolutely recommend this hike.

                                                                                                                              Posted: July 28, 2012 12:42:50 PM PST


                                                                                                                              Jeff from PoCo writes:

                                                                                                                              Try going on a sunny day only. We hiked up when there was a little unexpected rain and it was quite boring. No view with all the mist.

                                                                                                                              This trail will provide a good workout as it's steep all the way and there's no flat to recover. Travel light but bring lots of water.

                                                                                                                              Better than the crowded Grouse Grind that's for sure. You're allowed to hike down which is a bonus.

                                                                                                                                Posted: July 22, 2012 05:13:39 PM PST


                                                                                                                                Mary Rosary Rubio from Surrey,BC writes:

                                                                                                                                Five of us were planning an adventure yesterday and decided to climb Elk Mountain. I have never ever climb a mountain before and going up there was so hard that I have to stop most of the time.I got to enjoy every bit of my stops with the wilderness and calmness of the mountain trail and reaching the top was a bonus. The sight up there was spectacular.It was all worth it!

                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 15, 2012 05:31:13 PM PST


                                                                                                                                  Linda from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                  My friend and I did this hike today, and it was glorious! Granted, we both had jello legs when we finished (we're in our 60s), but it was worth every step we took. The views at the top of Elk Mtn. were magnificent, and it is well worth the effort to go to the summit. One word of note: Don't use the outhouse that you can see from the parking area; there is a new one on the right hand side within a minute or two from the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 12, 2012 08:47:45 PM PST


                                                                                                                                    Trent from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                    Me and a friend hiked this yesterday, beautiful sunny day and it was perfectly dry :)

                                                                                                                                    Great hike!

                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 9, 2012 08:33:10 AM PST


                                                                                                                                      Lucy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      My Dad and I went up last weekend in the rain. Really slippery and a bit tricky on the last stretch up to the top but a good hike for sure. No view because of the low clouds so we'll go again when it's dry and clear! Two hours up, 1 hour 20 min down but we really took our time.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 6, 2012 04:55:41 AM PST


                                                                                                                                        Jessica from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                        Just did the hike yesterday (June 2). Not sure if we quite reached the top due to a lot of snow on the ground and it was hailing. But we went about 5km and it took 1 hr 40 mins up and about an hour down.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 3, 2012 09:39:29 AM PST


                                                                                                                                          love to hike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          Have never done this hike before. Can someone please tell me how long it takes, both ways? thanks.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 2, 2012 01:32:34 PM PST


                                                                                                                                            Nicole from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                            Im taking a group up tomorrow, a friend did the hike last week and said it was good to go.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 25, 2012 08:23:56 AM PST


                                                                                                                                              Caitlin K from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                              Anyone done the hike recently? Conditions?? (May 24, 2012)

                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 24, 2012 08:03:53 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                Tim from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                Just went up yesterday (May 12). Ice and snow starts just before the first viewpoint but it's passable without any gear. Just a bit slippery in a few spots.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 13, 2012 09:02:11 AM PST


                                                                                                                                                  Mark from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                  Cutting has occurred on the north side of the trailhead, but have not affected the trail itself.

                                                                                                                                                  Conditions become very icy just before the first viewpoint as of May 2nd, making the trail impassible without proper equipment. You cannot bypass the ice, it is widespread.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 2, 2012 06:30:58 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                    Troy from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                    A First Nations youth crew partnered with BC Recreation Sites and Trails and Fraser Valley Regional District built a new pit toilet not too far up the trail from the parking lot - hopefully out of harms way. Three stream crossings were also constructed and an information kiosk installed about 1km up the trail.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 7, 2011 10:54:40 AM PST


                                                                                                                                                      Klaus Kittel from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Tried this mountain a few years ago but had to give up half way due to a sudden very cold wind blowing in from the north. Last Friday, when reading comments on Sumas Mountain I was reminded by hiker/commentator Alison Smitten that Elk was a great alternative. Had almost forgotten that it "was still there". At various sections of this climb it is rather steep, but I did not think that the last section was any steeper except maybe for the appearance of having to negotiate loose rocks and slippery sand. Since hikers climb at different speeds I always like to know the starting and ending altitudes for my motivation,and I noticed other hikers liked that too. Trail start was at 630m, the first lookout at 1300m and the top of Elk at 1430m. Very few mosquitoes encountered, maybe also due to our bug spray.

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 31, 2011 01:22:54 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                        robert koby from west vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Went up the trail today, great trail, good work out and incredible view. Probably a slog in wet conditions, wait for a clear day, worth the pay off.

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 21, 2011 04:27:51 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                          Terry Wen from Burnaby, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Great view makes this hike worth the steep ascend. The alpine meadow is in full blossom. Part of Elk View Road was closed (detour possible) due to toad migration.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 6, 2011 08:11:05 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                            Diane from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Scenery quite breath taking once you reach the view point. Great workout.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 3, 2011 10:10:21 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                              Vanessa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike today. There is no snow whatsoever, and the trail is dry. Amazing view at the top! Well worth the steep sections for the last 10% of the hike.

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 26, 2011 06:52:28 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                Annie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Good workout, very steep sections. The view is amazing! Still a lot of snow to get to the second view point but so worth going!

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 7, 2011 09:54:35 AM PST


                                                                                                                                                                  Liz from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this today (April 22 2011)rnrnVery slippery as there was about 3 feet of snow. Took a little longer than expected. Not recommended if you are wearing shorts and runners...

                                                                                                                                                                  Very worth the view though.

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 22, 2011 05:31:33 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                    Josh from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Just a quick comment on the Directions to Elm Mountain. Exit #123 in Chilliwack is actually Prest Rd. and not Preston Rd. Not a big difference but hope that helps.

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 1, 2010 06:49:20 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                      Cody from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked the mountain today. Trail is in good condition with very few muddy spots. A bit slippery at the top, likely due to the fog. I recommend waiting to do this one until a sunny day, as it is quite high up, and was shrouded in cold, cold clouds when we got to the summit (cold, can't see much). Took about 3 1/2 hours round trip at a very casual pace.

                                                                                                                                                                      Some very steep, slippery sections at the top, so be wary and move slowly as you descend.

                                                                                                                                                                      Chipmunks at the first viewpoint love eating raw seeds out of your hand if you bring some along.

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 4, 2010 09:28:30 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                        nvhiker from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        July 1, 2010 - it was chilly and drizzly, but the trail is in good condition. flowers are in partial bloom. if you'd like to pick some berries try in 2-3 weeks later.

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 2, 2010 08:07:11 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                          Jowat from abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked Elk mountain on Saturday (June 19th) trail had lots of mud and slippery areas close to the top; I assume because of the wet/overcast days we've enjoyed this month. Otherwise it was a nice hike 1h30mins to the top and 45mins down. flowers were in full bloom at the top and the view was amazing. Well worth the trek.

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 20, 2010 10:06:18 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                            newhiker from abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            we hiked Elk Mountain today. ages 8-50. Tough hiking after gravel road. Clouded in and damp, wet trails and steep. Had lunch, rested! Should have brought change of shirt for all, cold after sweating. We are not experiened hikers but worked hard to make it up and SUCCESS! Tough hike but rewarding. Beautiful, wish it was clear. I guess we have to go again to see the view we missed.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 31, 2010 02:04:04 AM PST


                                                                                                                                                                              Dave from Aldergrove writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Climbed Elk Mountain yesterday. The bottom third was bare, but from there on the snow build. We got some great photo's of white trillium and yellow violets in the lower reaches--fern fiddleheads were breaking out all over. Getting to the top took a bit of concentration to keep your footing. By the time we reached the top, there was quite a bit of snow. We had packed up our snowshoes expecting this. The views from the top were grand, with lots of sun and cumulus clouds all around. All considered, I would do this again in a heartbeat.

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 7, 2010 02:08:24 PM PST


                                                                                                                                                                                Tamie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Climbed Elk Mountain yesterday. A nice day, not too hot. It was a little cool at the top and I would bring a change of shirt next time. The last leg of the hike, after the first viewpoint still had areas of snow. It's quite steep and I found this section challenging for early in the season. However, it was well worth the climb. Beautiful views of snow covered mountains and the Fraser valley.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 25, 2009 08:56:17 AM PST


                                                                                                                                                                                  Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Went up Elk Mountain today. It was a really hot, sunny day and the view was great with very little smog hanging over Chilliwack. I've been up in the past and have seen instances where the smog gets trapped in the valley, cloudy the view. There is no snow on the trail but a few patches of snow at the side of the trail on higher sections.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd wait a couple more weeks when the wild flowers start to bloom up high and all the colours come out.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 28, 2008 11:23:01 PM PST


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