- Difficulty Easy
- Time 0.75 hours
- Round-Trip 2km
- Elevation Gain 30 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour 30 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
Hillkeep Regional Park is located on the top of Chilliwack Mountain and offers two sections, one that goes to a viewpoint overlooking the Fraser Valley and another that meanders through a meadow. The land comprising of Hillkeep Regional Park was generous donated by local residents, Pat and Paige Woodward and intended as a nature reserve that the public can also enjoy.
Both the Viewpoint route and Meadow Loop route begin on separate trails from the cul-de-sac near the park map but are both short enough hikes that each can be completed.
Starting with the viewpoint trail, follow the gravel road furthest from the map board past the metal gate as the wide route quickly enters the forested area. The gravel road weaves around a couple of short corners until, just a few minutes later, you see a sign post on the left next to some wooden stairs. Go left and walk up these stairs. The trail narrows as you climb the stairs before briefly levelling and then climbing again. Just a short distance further and you reach the wooden platform at the viewpoint. The view is obstructed in places by trees but you can still enjoy a fairly spectacular view looking across the valley towards the mountains surrounding Cultus Lake.
Return to the parking area by following the trail back down the hill to the gravel road, before going right and back down the road, past the metal gate.
The Meadow Loop begins next to the park map and follows a trail down a steep hill. Follow the trail, enjoying the occasional glimpse of the Fraser River between the trees to your right. There are a couple of junctions, which are shorter routes that cross the larger loop, however stay to the right and complete the full loop. After the second junction, the trail briefly climbs before veering left and descending down to the marshy pond. Pass the pond and watch for a sign where you will have to go right to continue the loop. Another short distance and go right at a second junction as the trail wanders amongst the trees before descending back to the original trail where you walked along earlier. Having completed the loop at this point, walk the short distance back up the hill to the parking area.