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Arsh from Vancouver writes:

Hike is not so easy but can be done on a bright sunny day. Hiking poles are mandatory. Top to bottom is continuing inclined

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    Posted: October 2, 2022 04:10:08 PM PST

    Jessie from Abbotsford writes:

    Hiked on Canada Day. Trail is snow free up until the viewpoint. Sunny and hot but a great view of the valley. We started early and it wasn't too busy at the top but lots of people coming up when we were heading back down.

      Posted: July 3, 2022 05:49:58 PM PST

      Surinder from Delta writes:

      On July 15th, I went there with family and kids of age 9 &12. It was an amazing experience as the view was really beautiful. As you climb with such hard work but it is worth to be there.
      It is a steeped hike, hard on your knees and legs while you come back so hiking poles would be beneficial to carry. Also, wear good hiking shoes and carry water and healthy snacks.
      It took 4 hours including lunch, taking pictures and making videos. Definitely we will go there again.

        Posted: July 19, 2021 09:50:37 AM PST

        Monika from Vancouver writes:

        Were there on Sat. April 17., however, not able to make it to the top as we had no crampons. Condition is very icy, slippery !!!!!! We gave up to avoid an injury. :-(
        And I also lost sunglasses :-(. If found, pls contact [email protected]. Sentimental value! THX.

          Posted: April 18, 2021 09:54:32 PM PST

          Tremblay from Delta writes:

          Hiked on July 1, 2020. Even with proper footwear the conditions were awful. It was raining and the entire hike was a complete mud pit. This made it very tricky going up and down because it was very slippery and dangerous. Started early in the morning and there were many groups on the trail. Unfortunately, due to the weather there was no view when we reached the top. On our way down, we saw many hikers starting the hike that were not prepared for the conditions. Will try this hike again when the weather and conditions are better because the terrain and forest seemed like it would be nice on a better day. Just a heads up, to be prepared!

            Posted: July 1, 2020 10:38:35 PM PST

            Colleen from New Westminster writes:

            Went up last weekend, arrived around 8:30 and parking lot was already nearly full—passed a few folks coming down so they must have gotten there early (before 7am). We were very much out of shape and had lots of breaks on the way up, so took about 3.5 hours to reach the summit and 1-2 hours back down. We will probably be back later in the summer, after we are in better shape! By the time we reached the bottom of the scramble our legs were ready to call it quits, but we'd made it so far and pushed up to the top. Worth it, but the legs are still sore a few days later.

            While most of the trail was well-marked and wide enough in most parts to comfortably pass and let others pass us, the scramble was narrower and steeper.

            Weather was almost perfect for the hike, not too cold, but not hot enough that we were sweating all the way up. There was some rain, but for the most part the tree canopy kept us dry. At the summit we were exposed to chilling gusts of wind and rain, but back in the trees we were more protected and warm. No view at the top due to fog

            We saw a few parties who were not at all dressed well for the type of hike this was. A few people didn't even have a jacket, just a t-shirt. There was also, sadly, litter that we picked up on our way back down. A plastic bottle and half-full cigarette pack amongst other smaller pieces. Please dress appropriately for hiking up a *literal mountain,* and if you can carry a bottle of water up the trail you can most definitely pack it out. Keep our trails beautiful!

              Posted: June 9, 2020 03:25:25 PM PST

              Rolando from Langley writes:

              Hello! I heard aside from the parking lot at the trailhead, there is still another parking area haftway of the hike. Does anybody know this and how to get there?

                Posted: June 2, 2020 12:53:07 PM PST

                Nilufar from Port Coquitlam writes:

                My husband and I did this hike yesterday, it was snowing and on the top was a lots of snow covering the ice, was slippery we could not finish the last 100feet because it’s steep lots of snow, ice under the snow and dangerous. I wish we have rope with us.

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                  Posted: March 8, 2020 01:19:00 PM PST

                  Xinyi Zhuang from Burnaby writes:

                  awesome hike in light rain.

                  youtube video: https://youtu.be/SuL64yNyu64

                    Posted: November 16, 2019 10:53:50 PM PST

                    Nav from Vancouver writes:

                    Hiked Oct 27, 2019. About 4 hours roundtrip, including a 20~ break at the peak. Steps are icy for last km, be careful! Gorgeous hike, amazing views.

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                      Posted: October 27, 2019 10:55:27 PM PST

                      Angela from Vancouver writes:

                      I am planning to go this weekend, any annoying flies are there through the whole trial to Elk Mountain? Thanks.

                        Posted: May 31, 2019 04:05:32 PM PST

                        Phil from Pitt Meadows writes:

                        Quite a climb through trees but, views well worth it. After you reach the rock outcrops with good view, continue for another 20 minutes for better views. Took us about 2 hours up with small dog on leash. Good trail conditions; no mud or snow on trail today. It's a 'do again' hike.

                          Posted: May 18, 2019 11:00:31 PM PST

                          Andy from andy writes:

                          Has anyone hiked this recently? What are the conditions like up there?

                            Posted: March 18, 2019 08:25:01 PM PST

                            Grace from Vancouver writes:

                            Has anyone hiked this recently? What are the conditions like up there?

                              Posted: November 28, 2018 09:20:23 PM PST

                              crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                              Hiked 2018.11.12. Trail is well marked and easy to navigate. Gradual elevation gain until you get close to the summit. We encountered ice as we approached the first major clearing/viewpoint. Since we didn't bring microspikes, we decided not to continue onto the real summit and started our descent after a quick lunch break. The ice made it very slippery and I fell twice despite wearing proper hiking shoes. We will return next summer to finish our hike to Mount Thurston. :)

                                Posted: November 13, 2018 09:23:20 AM PST

                                Julia from Mission writes:

                                Hiked this on Aug 10 - conditions were quite smokey for at least 2/3 of the way up. And while there was nothing to see through the trees in the way up and no valley floor to be seen from the summit, the smoke did make for some cool views of the surrounding mountains. Wildflowers are beautiful this time of year also. However, all that being said, I would still wait until the air clears a bit. Save your lungs and get the full view if you can. Sure is worth it

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                                  Posted: August 10, 2018 05:11:19 PM PST

                                  Kaitlin from Burnaby writes:

                                  Hiked July 25, 2018. The trail is wider near the bottom and well-marked. You will definitely not get lost. Nearer to the viewpoint, the trail gets steeper and narrower. And right before the viewpoint, it's very steep and narrow so be careful going up that part. But the views are incredible - you can see the whole Fraser Valley and the border mountains, including a great view of Baker. You can end the hike here or continue a bit further to the 'summit.' Be warned if you do this, this path is quite technical so beginners might not want to do it. I only hiked about 30 mins further before turning around. The views are the same as the first viewpoint, the only difference being you are hiking along beautiful alpine meadow.

                                  The flies are nasty at the top - got many horsefly bites.

                                    Posted: July 25, 2018 03:30:49 PM PST

                                    patrick from surrey (almost white rock) writes:

                                    Heat wave today so we decided to tackle Elk once again. Made it to the first really nice view. 8.75 Km total and 841 m of elevation (started at 626 m and up to 1,422 m) simply breath taking views. Camping not allowed, but people do camp. No water, no outhouse once you leave the parking lot. Saw a couple guys who came up around 2-3am earlier today to check out the sunshine.....gotta love that. Total time on the trail about 4 1/2 hours coming down was way quicker. Lot was one car from being full when we arrived at 9:45am on a weekday morning - secret is out.

                                      Posted: June 18, 2018 08:07:47 PM PST

                                      Leanne from Abbotsford writes:

                                      I hiked Elk a few years ago and camped at the top. What a gorgeous view to wake up to! Have things changed in terms of being able to camp up there? Seems like it's not allowed now... I'd appreciate input on this!

                                        Posted: May 30, 2018 10:20:04 AM PST

                                        Jen from Richmond writes:

                                        Hiked this May 12. Trails conditions are great and are wide (dog friendly). Last part up is very steep and narrow. Incline is steady all the way up.

                                          Posted: May 14, 2018 01:06:47 PM PST

                                          Kate from Vancouver writes:

                                          We snowshoed up to the Elk Mountain today and it's been quite a workout. It's a good cardio to get up there. The view from the viewpoint was awesome, though as we ventured higher up towards the peak, all the views vanished in the clouds and it got super windy so we decided to descend. We were glad that we brought proper gear and layers. Although we met a group in shorts and trainers as well?!! Mad guys. We had good laugh sliding down the hill, slipping like on a banana peel.

                                            Posted: February 25, 2018 11:40:53 PM PST

                                            patrick from Surrey writes:

                                            December 11, 2017 An epic hike today with two good men. Road in was salted and only a few pot holes as we got close to the trail head. 5-7 cars parked. 9:45 started our hike, 10:30 at logging road (just crossed it), 11:30 started hiking again after we rested and had snacks at the first view point....so far trail dry and in excellent condition (although steep as ever).

                                            The second half of the trail much different. As we got to the first clearing, the trail was covered in snow and icy, slippery and a bit slushy at times as well. Temp was about 10 - super warm and sunny for December. We've had 10+ days of clear and somewhat warm temps, but a few good inches of ice and slush on the middle of trail remained. It was possible to walk along the edge somewhat and find some areas to get dry land, but micro spikes at the very least with good poles highly recommended.

                                            Quite a few people on the trail, some with runners turned around at the snow or slightly past, maybe saw 10-14 people all day. Got to the first perfect clearing for lunch after taking the 'inside' trail to the very top.....we never even looked at the outside route.

                                            I think we started lunch at12:45 and headed down at 1:30, 3:30 we hit the outhouse at the car lot on the bottom. A perfect day indeed.

                                              Posted: December 13, 2017 07:02:41 PM PST

                                              patrick from Surrey writes:

                                              December 11, 2017 An epic hike today with two good men. Road in was salted and only a few pot holes as we got close to the trail head. 5-7 cars parked. 9:45 started our hike, 10:30 at logging road (just crossed it), 11:30 started hiking again after we rested and had snacks at the first view point....so far trail dry and in excellent condition (although steep as ever).

                                              The second half of the trail much different. As we got to the first clearing, the trail was covered in snow and icy, slippery and a bit slushy at times as well. Temp was about 10 - super warm and sunny for December. We've had 10+ days of clear and somewhat warm temps, but a few good inches of ice and slush on the middle of trail remained. It was possible to walk along the edge somewhat and find some areas to get dry land, but micro spikes at the very least with good poles highly recommended.

                                              Quite a few people on the trail, some with runners turned around at the snow or slightly past, maybe saw 10-14 people all day. Got to the first perfect clearing for lunch after taking the 'inside' trail to the very top.....we never even looked at the outside route.

                                              I think we started lunch at12:45 and headed down at 1:30, 3:30 we hit the outhouse at the car lot on the bottom. A perfect day indeed.

                                                Posted: December 11, 2017 06:57:15 PM PST

                                                KW from Vancouver writes:

                                                Oct 29: No snow or ice at all and very little mud.

                                                Great hike. Steep in places but most people wouldn't find a problem. Fantastic views at the top. Keep an eye out for the orange markers near the first lookout point. It's easy to go the wrong way.

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                                                  Posted: October 29, 2017 06:33:18 PM PST

                                                  Lion Tamer from Vancouver writes:

                                                  Hiked this one on October 20th. Peak was snowed out (quite slippery and on a vertical, so bring spiked shoes if you plan on doing it) but managed to make it up far enough to get the promised view of the Chilliwack river, including views of low-elevation clouds, yellow-green autumn mountains and snowy peaks beyond.

                                                  The trails is in relatively good shape, and is good on the knees for such a relatively steep hike (roots, rocks and stairs were all very minimal). The first "view point" mentioned is a bit of a disappointed and it's partly treed over (didn't even bother taking a photo) so don't hike it just for that, but the hike up to the peak wasn't significantly more challenging than the first portion.

                                                  Overall, a good hike with a great view not that far from the highway, what else could you want?

                                                  A quick note for driving to the trailhead - the city of Chilliwack has installed signs leading to Elk mountain saying "Elk Mountain 1/7" and so forth to help guide you. The trail head begins 2-3km AFTER the 7/7 marker, and is noticeable with some parking and a large sign with a map of the trail.

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                                                    Posted: October 21, 2017 09:55:20 AM PST

                                                    Mari from Vancouver writes:

                                                    Hiked on Oct 8th - Sunny/Cloud

                                                    Nice hike with lots of shades. While you are at the first look outpoint it gets a bit chilly. When you get to the summit, there's a bit of frost on the ground. Continue onward to Thurston Mountain, frost slowly accumulate on the ground and turns into snow/mush. Recommend good hiking shoes and layer up for this time of the year. Breath taking view up top.

                                                      Posted: October 9, 2017 04:09:55 PM PST

                                                      Shawn from Vancouver writes:

                                                      Did this hike today (Sept 10, 2017) great weather, about 20 degrees. Lots of tree coverage. Some good ascent sections. As moderate hikers we did it in and hour and 20 mins. Great hike, down kinda sucks, but so worth it.
                                                      Brought our dog, it all seemed very dog friendly.

                                                        Posted: September 10, 2017 05:39:16 PM PST

                                                        Nadia from Abbotsford writes:

                                                        Did this hike on July 24 2017, went at a moderate pace and took 1.5 hours up. I was in a group of three and we didn't take any breaks longer than 2 minutes. at the top it's a great area for a snack and photos with views of Mt. Baker and border mountains. other people we saw had their dogs with them or did it on their own for camping overnight at the top. there's big flies at the top but no bugs through the trail. overall beautiful and well worth the steepness.

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                                                          Posted: August 20, 2017 01:46:23 PM PST

                                                          ariane from Abbotsford writes:

                                                          Did this hike on July 30, there is plenty of shade on the trail and even though it was 31 degrees it was still very comfortable. Make sure to bring plenty of water as it's a steady incline the whole time. Especially if you have a dog since there is only one creek ( near the parking lot). The trail is very well marked, in good condition and only gets narrow in some places near the view point. (It gets very steep as you get close). The meadow was in full blossom and the view is well worth it.

                                                          Ps; there was tons of littles flies/bugs that would surround us as soon as we would stop walking, I got some nasty bites. Bring bug spray.

                                                            Posted: August 1, 2017 11:47:44 AM PST

                                                            Slimey Sabby from Vancouver writes:

                                                            July 23 2017
                                                            Overcast most of the day today, so it was not too hot. Arrived at 10am and the trail was not too busy. As others have said, it is a steady incline, getting steep before the top. The path is quite well-groomed up to the Elk peak. We decided to continue on to Thurston. This path is less steep but more narrow and over-grown. When we got to Thurston, it was still very cloudy, but suddenly the clouds cleared up to reveal a breathtaking view. Definitely worth it. Round trip to Thurston and down to the parking lot took us 6 hours, including almost an hour's worth of breaks, lunch and picture taking. I wore hiking shoes but runners would have been fine. It is a strong intermediate trail, but not as technical as say the sea-to-sky.

                                                              Posted: July 23, 2017 07:46:34 PM PST

                                                              Dave from Abbotsford writes:

                                                              I hiked up Elk Mountain with a friend last weekend (July 9, 2017) and it was absolutely gorgeous. I just want to make a couple of points:
                                                              1) This was my first real hike. I'm a bigger guy but have been walking/jogging regularly to get in shape. The comments about difficulty had me worried somewhat but this wasn't really that difficult. Yes, the top is steep and I needed several breaks but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be (and the views were well worth it).
                                                              2) I was wearing running shoes which, for most of the trek, worked just fine. However, the steep part was quite hard on them.
                                                              3) Having a trekking pole was a great help, especially on the way down. There were a few spots where I might have stumbled a bit had it not been for an extended pole.

                                                              Beautiful hike. Thanks for the great info and comments!

                                                                Posted: July 16, 2017 09:02:02 AM PST

                                                                Slater from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                Absolutely gorgeous hike. Beautiful BC lives up to its name. Pretty tough near the end but totally worth it. Just a quick question, i have found a couple of stones on the mountain that seemed pretty interesting I'm just wondering if anyone knows what kind of stones or gems are on this mountain? I know a lot of surrounding mountains have many deposits so just curious. I assume iron and quartz.

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                                                                  Posted: July 5, 2017 12:01:54 PM PST

                                                                  laurstyle from Richmond writes:

                                                                  Went on June 17. Although it didn't rain for a few days, very moist after more than half way up. Dirt trail most of the way making it slippery when wet. Very steep after first half. Follow the orange markers, we almost followed the wrong path because we saw a group coming down the wrong way. Don't waste time eating at the first viewpoint (rocky area after lots of stair in the open) as there is a nicer grass field for picnic (again got fooled by other people). Agree this is on the harder end of intermediate.

                                                                  This website does not mention about Thurston Mountain which is about another 2 hours hike there and back according to other hikers and websites (from the top of Elk mountain grass field). This portion is moderate difficulty from the 20 mins we walked. Noticed a lot of people opt out of this portion and turned around after eating.

                                                                  Very limited parking and very bumpy road getting into the parking area. Quite chilly near the top. No more snow for Elk.

                                                                    Posted: June 18, 2017 09:02:04 AM PST

                                                                    Madison from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    Hike was really nice! The first view was very beautiful however, I highly suggest you continue up for another 10 minutes to the meadows and a completely different view of the mountains that is breathe taking. Definitely a challenging hike, good cardio and you will be sore at the end. It is a consistent incline but, the last 1.5 hours is straight up and is quite steep. Round trip, it took me 4 hours including sitting at the top for 30 minutes. It's not an easy hike, so I would recommend this if your looking for something challenging that's not too difficult. I would rate it on the higher end of intermediate.

                                                                      Posted: June 11, 2017 09:49:38 PM PST

                                                                      Moe from Surrey B.C. writes:

                                                                      Has anybody hiked up all the way to Thurston? and are there still alot of snow?

                                                                        Posted: June 5, 2017 04:04:10 PM PST

                                                                        Dayna from Langley writes:

                                                                        I just wanted to comment in regards to Ross' message about portable speakers.
                                                                        I am a hiker who regularly hikes solo, I do use a portable speaker not only to play music but to warn off wildlife. It's more of a safety feature than anything!

                                                                          Posted: June 2, 2017 11:02:51 AM PST

                                                                          Ross from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          Trail report: We hiked Mount Elk and Thurston on Monday, May 22nd, 2017. Up to Mount Elk was nice and basically no snow, just one small area right at the top. Definitely no special traction needed, we saw some people just wearing sneakers.

                                                                          Hiking onwards to Thurston there was still a lot of snow among the trees. It can be done with just hiking boots (my friends did) but I put on microspikes about halfway through and they did make it easier.

                                                                          Parking was quite crowded at 10 am, but the trail was not crowded. Coming down in the afternoon the trail and parking was much more crowded. I do wish people would not play portable speakers while hiking.

                                                                          The hike itself was really nice, I really liked hiking the ridge up top to Thurston. I'd definitely do it again!

                                                                            Posted: May 26, 2017 10:51:12 PM PST

                                                                            Reema from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Went up to Elk Mountain yesterday (May 21, 2017). It was a bright and sunny day but not too hot. The trail itself is quite enjoyable; flat at some points and fairly steep at others so you definitely get some good cardio! There's still snow at the very top and it's quite slushy and slippery at some points. You can get by with good hiking boots - no need for snowshoes or crampons (though I did slip a few times). It took me about 4.5 hours and I wasn't particularly sore or tired afterwards. I did drink a lot of water (almost 1.5L) so make sure you take plenty with you.
                                                                            I got there early (around 8:30am) and was able to find a parking spot easily. By the time I finished up, there were tons of cars parked down the road. Either go early or be prepared for a mini-hike to get to the trailhead, depending on how far you have to park.

                                                                              Posted: May 22, 2017 12:25:43 PM PST

                                                                              Tianna Russo from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                              May 17/17. I did this hike today and really enjoyed it but was surprised when I got on top and it was covered in snow and too foggy to see any view. But I really enjoyed the hike for my first time. PS: it was very slippery with the snow.

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                                                                                Posted: May 17, 2017 10:38:23 PM PST

                                                                                Kayla from Mission writes:

                                                                                Has anyone hiked this trail in the last few days is there still lots of ice? I don't have cleats

                                                                                  Posted: May 7, 2017 07:53:09 PM PST

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                            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:


                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                      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 :)


                                                                                                                                                                    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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