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FoX from Burnaby writes:

Did it in 2002 Forester in September, no problem, but the road was not easy at all.

Just wonder if anyone drove up in Dodge Durango 2011 or newer? It's a much heavier an longer vehicle with very questionable approach angle after all.

    Posted: March 31, 2017 10:06:48 PM PST

    Brandon spring from Coquitlam/ live in Langley writes:

    Looking for winter skin trail info for a decent ascent and a fun decent :) trained and geared up. Thanks in advance

      Posted: December 31, 2016 12:48:52 PM PST

      Tyrone Joseph from Kamloops writes:

      I agree that the worst part of this hike is the drive up.
      I don't agree that you need a lifted 4x4 for the drive though.
      I used a 2008 Nissan Frontier rwd and didn't have any trouble whatsoever. The only problem with 2wd is the drive down, it's not geared low enough to prevent you from riding the brakes.

        Posted: September 23, 2016 10:19:04 PM PST

        Silvia from Vancouver writes:

        Completed this hike on Sept. 11 - To get to the logging road, read "how to get to mt. cheam" below the comments. Just saying, because I see some people are claiming that there are no signs and clear directions to the trailhead or the service road, and this is in fact NOT true. And statements such as that can be misleading and discouraging to those who would like to attempt this hike. I followed the steps and looked for signs. There ARE signs (mt. cheam) clearly showing which way to go (arrow pointing to the left), just a few metres from where you supposed to turn onto the logging road from Lake Chilliwack Road. There is also an information sign right as you turn onto Foley Creek FSR. The directions are actually almost 100% accurate on this site, except for the fact that there are 3 bridges all together that you must cross with your vehicle to get to the trailhead. The first two bridges are fairly close to one another, I'd say in the first 4 kms (approx.) and the third one is later on. Once you are passed the 4 kms on the logging road there is no need for signs or markers as it's obvious where the main road is. if you can't pick up on this, you should not be out in the wild. Prepare yourself, pay attention and you will be just fine. :)

        The hiking trail is the LEAST of your problems. If you enjoy nature, quiet meadows, wildlife and you get out at least once a week and are in fairly good shape, the hike will be a workout but not difficult. Yes, it's uphill but just go at your own pace and you will get there. I am not in the best shape but I am an active, mediocre hiker. It took me 3 hours 15 mins to complete the hike. 2 hours to the peak, and 1 hr 15 back to the parking lot (not including my break at the summit). I hiked with other people, therefore we stopped many times for a couple minutes in the 3h 15m to make sure everybody was well and comfortable, so if you are athletic this hike can be completed in 3 hours or less in my opinion. We came across a black bear and wanted to keep an eye on him, so that too slowed us down a little. But he was happy where he was, in the middle of the meadow. :) I recommend hiking shoes and windbreakers/waterproof jackets as it gets very cold at the top even when it's sunny.

        I drove a TRD 4X4 OFF-ROAD to get us to the trailhead. Don't confuse AWD with 4X4. We saw numerous AWD vehicles abandoned on the narrow service road. If you don't have generous ground clearance you might run into problems. I spent just over an hour on the logging road. The V shaped washouts are deep in some areas. You have to prepare yourself mentally and be ready to crawl over deep ditches/washouts, sharp rocks over and over and over and over again for at least 1hour. I have never driven a truck on a road such as this before and my body was arched for an hour so that I could see over the hood of the truck and this was draining, and we have not even started our hike yet!!! If you don't care that your vehicle is going to scrape/bottom out, than you will make it there faster. My speed was between 7 -15 kms/hr on the logging road. There are the rare sections where you can drive faster for 5-10 seconds and then you have to slow down again because there is a ditch in front of you once again. The road is narrow, yes, but we managed to let people go passed us and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised how polite everybody was on the logging road for the most part. Everybody pulled over or backed up (yes, you need to know how to drive for real out there) for us on the way up and I did the same for those who were nearest to the drop-off on our way down. We did run into a couple of dune-buggies and some dirt bikers on the way down who were not so pleasant but I dismissed them quickly as we had such an incredible experience behind us. Even the logging road itself was somewhat fun!!! So, don't be discouraged, make sure your vehicle is reliable and get out there! :)

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          Posted: September 18, 2016 04:31:08 PM PST

          Tamsin from Surrey writes:

          Hi -- anyone know if there's a cell reception/signal on this hike (Rogers)? I'm on call (standby phone answering) this weekend and have been invited to hike with friends. Don't get alot of calls but need to answer on the off chance someone calls . . .

            Posted: September 15, 2016 08:51:29 AM PST

            Kyle from Vancouver writes:

            We hiked cheam peak on labour day long weekend. We got an early jump on the crowd that showed up later in the early afternoon. Beautiful place, amazing views , and a seriously rough drive up. Here is a video of the hike with some drone footage https://youtu.be/A7U3wt__-8o

              Posted: September 5, 2016 08:29:19 PM PST

              Tanya from Abbotsford writes:

              There is no signs on the road where Mt cheam is and where the service road is; we figured it out eventually. We knew the service road was going to be bad by reading other people's comments but holy sh**it ! I own a 4x4 and did some off road with it before and it did not go well. There is a fork in the road; once again no indication as of which one brings you to the parking lot. We almost made it to the the top and we got a flat tire.. like a major one. It is a really narrow road too so if someone makes it's way down while you are going up, it might be an issue. We got lucky, no one came our way while we put our spare tire on. Turns out we were metres away from the parking lot.. but we were too upset to do the hike at this point since we weren't sure our spare tire (or the other tires) were going to make it on the way down.

              Somehow we made it; the view from the parking lot was nice for sure ! not 300$ worth in damage nice though. There's plenty other hikes out there with much nicer access roads.

                Posted: September 1, 2016 01:23:48 PM PST

                JS from Delta writes:

                Did this hike on Sunday August 28th must say it was great hike, really nice view from the top. Nice and warm when walking in the meadows but at the top its windy and cooler.

                I completed the hike from the parking lot in exactly 4 hours. I spent 45 mins at the top plus did the short trek to see Jones Lake. Can be done in 3 hours without a long stop.

                I started at 1015 and it was quiet going up coming down was a different story, must have passed around 75-100 people heading up.

                The road up is rough but I made it up in my Acura MDX SUV without any issues. Just drive slow and take the big ditches sideways.

                  Posted: August 30, 2016 04:50:07 PM PST

                  Miguel from Langley writes:

                  4 star.
                  We did the hike on August 6th. We drove up in our F450 and worried about damaging it over the many cross ditches. Took 1.5 hrs to get to the trailhead. As others have posted, the hike was intermediate level and breathtaking views at the top. A small 4 x 4 SUV would is a much better transportation option.

                    Posted: August 19, 2016 01:54:28 PM PST

                    Jason gaba from Abbotsford writes:

                    Yes you can walk but it takes 1 hour to drive up so it would probably add on another 3 for the walk! Or what you can do is go on facebook on chilliwack hiking club and post on their, and people will offer you a ride(thats what i did). And we also met a few people that just show up their and hitch a ride up!

                      Posted: August 6, 2016 02:58:35 PM PST

                      Janna from Port CoquitlAM writes:

                      Is it possible to walk up the road instead of taking a 4x4? How far is it?

                        Posted: August 5, 2016 05:33:08 PM PST

                        Sean from Vancouver writes:

                        Hiked Cheam Peak with friends on the July 30th. An amazing, must do hike that is going on my list of yearly to-dos. A couple thoughts:

                        - The drive up is not for the feint of heart - there's no way you're making it to the trailhead without a 4x4. Even with 8 inches of clearance and taking the road cautiously, there were a couple times we *really* scrapped the undercarriage. Be prepared and careful and you'll be fine.

                        - The trail itself is so unique for the area. On a clear day there are incredible views of the surrounding mountains the entire length of the trail - the view looking south toward Mount Baker is hard to resist on the way up, but one you'll get a ton of on the way down. There are equally amazing views of Lady Peak, and the lush meadow with blooming wild flowers that the trail winds through the entire way up.

                        - The peak reveals the most spectacular views of the Fraser Valley I've ever seen. You get a new appreciation for the area, with views of Harrison Lake and the Coast Mountains to the northwest, and the Fraser Valley, Cultus Lake and the Cascades to the southwest.

                        Overall - if you can get there, this is the biggest/longest payoff for a hike I've done with relatively little effort. Incredible views the entire way, super unique hike that's not too demanding.

                          Posted: July 31, 2016 02:15:21 PM PST

                          Katherine from Agassiz writes:

                          My boyfriend has a new Dodge Ram 1500 truck that he Doesn't want scratched or dented :). no lift kit but still big truck. Will the road still likely bottom his truck out? And is the road clear of bushes and trees do his truck won't get all scratched up? Thank you!

                            Posted: July 25, 2016 04:49:23 PM PST

                            emvee from Surrey writes:

                            Anyone know if camping is permitted or if there is backcountry permit obtainable? Planning to go up there this weekend.

                              Posted: July 21, 2016 01:23:19 PM PST

                              Casino Apte from Bangkok writes:

                              Hey guys!

                              In Vancouver for a month from Bangkok, looking to do some amazing hikes. Would appreciate if anyone could perhaps drive me and a friend to the site. Will pay for gas as appreciation. :)


                                Posted: July 11, 2016 12:19:56 AM PST

                                Zdenek from North Vancouver writes:

                                would anyone be kind enough to take me with them on this trail. I'll pay for gas as appreciation!
                                Send me email on chmeli22 (a) gmail(dot)com.

                                  Posted: July 10, 2016 02:17:07 PM PST

                                  Gene from Burnaby writes:

                                  Heading over to Cheam tomorrow morning 9AM if anyone needs a ride. (From Burnaby) Gas fee would be appreciated. 2 spots.

                                    Posted: June 30, 2016 05:44:39 PM PST

                                    Tanja from Chilliwack writes:

                                    I just hiked Mt. Cheam today (June 29, 2016). Still some snow but easy to get through, even with running shoes. Hiking poles helped.

                                      Posted: June 29, 2016 11:37:52 PM PST

                                      Steve N from Vancouver writes:

                                      Hiked the Cheam today. Definitely need a 4x4 to get to the trailhead. My truck bottomed out on many of the washouts!!! We only made it to the saddle between Cheam and Lady Peak. Too much snow pack to get any further without snowshoes. There's a few sections from trailhead and Spoon Lake that still has snow also.

                                        Posted: June 19, 2016 08:34:44 PM PST

                                        Mark Abrenica from Surrey writes:

                                        Looking to do this trail on the 4th of June with my SO. Anyone with a 4x4 going up around that time? Let me know, please and thank you.

                                          Posted: June 1, 2016 02:44:02 AM PST

                                          Conor from Vancouver writes:

                                          Does anyone know if there are any ride shares to get here? We'd be willing to bus from Vancouver but I know a 4x4 is necessary and we don't have one.
                                          Also, what would the conditions be like around late June?

                                            Posted: May 27, 2016 11:56:26 PM PST

                                            ben from NEW WESTMINSTER writes:


                                            is it a good idea to make mount Cheam this time of year? I'm planning by the end of the week but I have doubt about snow level..


                                              Posted: May 2, 2016 09:55:38 PM PST

                                              Sara from Vancouver writes:


                                              Anyone hiked Mount Cheam recently ? I am thinking about going there on May 7th. I want to know how the snow level is.


                                                Posted: April 29, 2016 05:48:31 PM PST

                                                Anthony Maw from Vancouver writes:

                                                The "north face" 4x4 driving route from near Bridal Falls has re-opened - they locked the gate for almost ten years. It's a shorter but much steeper and more challenging 4x4 drive to get to the Mount Cheam trailhead area. In some sections there is only enough room for one vehicle with no passing room - so somebody's gotta back up...LOL Also some steep cliffs and drop offs beside the road no room for error. But a spectacular view of the Fraser Valley on the way up. The access is off Highway 1 where the old Flintstones/Dinoworld camp ground used to be you might have to inquire locally at the Shell

                                                  Posted: March 16, 2016 07:05:44 PM PST

                                                  Raja from Vancouver writes:

                                                  I was wondering if anyone can give me an update for hiking in March, like road condition accessibility or snow levels up there or need any gears ?


                                                    Posted: March 8, 2016 05:53:57 PM PST

                                                    Chris Smythe from Burnaby writes:

                                                    Mt. Cheam is now one of my must hikes every year. This one is unique in that it is an alpine hike above the tree line. Bright and open views all the way up. I had to stop every 2 minutes to take a picture of the phenomenal view behind me. The views are breathing taking all along the hike from the parking lot to the peak. There is a 360 degree view where you can see Mt Baker, Harrison Lake, Jones Lake, even Vancouver Island on a clear day. In the fall the area is completely covered in low bush blueberries which are claimed to be the best tasting in the world.
                                                    And let us not forget about Spoon Lake. After the climb down, it is unbelievably refreshing to jump in that icy cold water. Or at least take off your shoes and wade in to cool off your feet and legs.
                                                    I don't have a 4x4 so I paid to be driven up with a tour guide from Mt. Waddington's Outdoor store in Chilliwack. The owner, Sam Waddington is an avid outdoors tour guide who gives excellent commentary and knows every peak's name in sight. They bought a high clearance ten passenger 4x4 van last year which took us up there easily, albeit with lots of swaying and bouncing over those washouts. Good core workout just riding in the van. Well worth the price at $89 including lunch at the top. I'll be using him again this year. Can't wait.

                                                      Posted: March 4, 2016 12:35:07 PM PST

                                                      Jacy Croft from Vancouver writes:

                                                      I know it says July-Oct, with the beautiful fall we've had this year. Has anyone hiked Cheam lately. Thinking of doing it tomorrow but wanted to see if anyones been to the top latley.


                                                        Posted: November 10, 2015 10:40:19 AM PST

                                                        Brant from Vancouver writes:

                                                        Hiked Cheam with my three kids, 7, 9 and 12 years old. 2 hrs 45 minutes up with lunch stop and 1 hr 45 min down on the excellent trail on Oct. 3. Amazing colours and splendid scenery. The logging road had plenty of water bars that were easily passable with a four wheel drive and not many loose rocks elsewhere. Bare and no snow to speak of. The Chipmunk Creek FSR is unpassable in a non-four wheel drive.

                                                          Posted: October 4, 2015 11:09:11 AM PST

                                                          Nick from Ottawa writes:

                                                          Listen to the warnings about the service road. Our Santa Fe made it through the Foley Svc rd without any problems, but we had to park it about 500 m past the Chipmunk turnoff and continue on foot. We arrived later in the day and so no one passed us when as we hiked up the 10+ km road (that's right, not 8km as in the description but practically 11km according to my gps). Roads are otherwise dry and nice. We did the road hike just under 3 hrs with 1050 elev gain to trailhead but didn't quite reach the summit due to time of day. It took us 47 min to ride back down to our vehicle in a kind strangers 4x4 truck.
                                                          Definitely recommend this hike and I will try to be back to finish the job!

                                                            Posted: September 30, 2015 08:27:35 PM PST

                                                            Rachel from Abbotsford writes:

                                                            I am interested in going up there next Saturday (October 3rd) - has anyone been recently that can tell me what the road and hike is like? Is there any snow?


                                                              Posted: September 28, 2015 02:46:35 PM PST

                                                              Jeff Smith from Langley BC writes:

                                                              Went up here with my son and a buddy in June 2015. It was more than we bargained for in a full size GMC 4x4 truck, lots of scraping on the back bumper even after we took the trailer hitch off and a little scraping in the front.

                                                              As spirited amatuers the trail up to Spoon Lake was rugged but doable. We turned back for the parking lot at the lake but could see trekers venturing across the snow field above as tiny dots coming down from the look out.

                                                              If you take the trail up be sure to follow it down. I promoted the idea of following a steep narrow creek bed - don't do that. After jammed shoulders, multiple scrapes and nettle stings I'll repeat, follow the trail both ways.

                                                              It was a great time full of adventure but it requires some good planning. This is also a trail that you would be happy to have invested some good money on poles. We used sticks and staffs that broke from time to time. Be prepared :)

                                                                Posted: September 19, 2015 01:43:08 PM PST

                                                                Tak McT. from Vancouver writes:

                                                                - High clearance car is a must. Lots of pot holes & immediate up and downs
                                                                - I kept on telling myself my AWD Celica could do it on the way up, but it probably would not (was driving a 4x4 Cherokee) due to the big bumps in the road.
                                                                - Take the drive nice and easy, as you don't want to break your car and get stranded on the road going up/down to the trail head
                                                                - The chipmunks at the peak will bite you (seriously).
                                                                - Lots of bugs flying around the peak when I made the ascent mid-August
                                                                - Beautiful view at the top (as long as you don't have the forest fire smog)
                                                                - Once you hike past the pond, you're heading to the peak to the left. Don't let the trails mislead you, but most of them lead towards the same direction.
                                                                - Runners should be ok as I didn't experience much slippage throughout, but I recall some areas where there was water running on the path, and some muddy areas. Personally, I'd wear boots again the next time.

                                                                  Posted: September 17, 2015 04:56:41 AM PST

                                                                  Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                  @Akash - I took my 2011 Forester up a couple of summers ago with no problems. Just take your time into the deactivation ditches but she handled the road up like a champ.

                                                                    Posted: September 7, 2015 07:00:35 PM PST

                                                                    Drew from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                    Beautiful hike, although currently, there is about a foot of snow and many clouds obscuring the peak. Other than that, there are still many views to enjoy.

                                                                    Any SUV should make it to the parking lot as long as its a 4x4. We made it up in a 2001 Rav4. That being said, some fellow made it up in a manual 1990 Civic hatchback. He said he needed to use a shovel for some parts of the road but props to that man.

                                                                      Posted: September 6, 2015 11:48:09 PM PST

                                                                      Zoe from Vancouver writes:

                                                                      My friend and I are really interested in doing this hike some time before the weather gets worse!

                                                                      We have no vehicle to get us up, if anyone is willing to give us a ride would love to hear!

                                                                        Posted: August 24, 2015 10:31:30 AM PST

                                                                        Akash from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Hey everyone,
                                                                        Im just wondering if I will be able to get up to the trailhead in my Subaru Forester. It is the newer body style with higher ground clearance, but I'm not familiar enough with the logging road to know if i can make it up.


                                                                          Posted: August 22, 2015 08:44:12 PM PST

                                                                          dali from vancouver writes:

                                                                          a friend and i would love to do the trail this sunday (august 23rd) but we have no 4x4. anyone going up that has room for two?

                                                                            Posted: August 20, 2015 09:30:31 AM PST

                                                                            Phil from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Planning of doing this hike Sunday 2nd August but have no 4 x 4. If anyone is doing it and could give us a ride to the trailhead please let me know.
                                                                            Will help pay gas no problem

                                                                              Posted: July 27, 2015 11:02:08 PM PST

                                                                              Gagandeep from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                              I went up 15th June. It was my second time. No snow at all forest road is all clear plues trail is clear there was some snow on the way but not on trail.
                                                                              Clearance from the bottom of your vehicle is must. I went up in Honda pilot it bottomed out from the back just because i went little bit fast at one spot. If you know how to nevigate washouts on forest road you should be fine but 4X4 is must.
                                                                              It is a great hike and worth it.

                                                                                Posted: June 25, 2015 04:35:47 PM PST

                                                                                Dana from Richmond writes:

                                                                                The road is passable, though there are a number of cross ditches. AWD will certainly be helpful, but even more important if you want to avoid bottoming out as you negotiate the ditches is clearance. If your SUV rides low to the ground you will need to go very slowly and carefully to avoid scraping (or worse) your undercarriage.

                                                                                If you've got a good amount of clearance (or skid plates!) and know how to handle such obstacles, you should be fine. Keep in mind Chipmunk Creek FSR (the road to the trailhead) is only something like 8km long, but usually takes close to an hour to drive.

                                                                                I haven't been up so far this year (going this weekend), but given the relatively dry winter and warm temperatures we've been having, it should be snow free by now. I can post a report after this weekend.

                                                                                  Posted: June 25, 2015 12:42:49 AM PST

                                                                                  MK from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                  How rugged is the road to get to the parking lot / trailhead? most of the comments talk of snow but I figured its gone by now? Just wondering if a mid size SUV could get the job done? All Wheel Drive

                                                                                  Any assistance appreciated

                                                                                    Posted: June 23, 2015 06:39:42 PM PST

                                                                                    midvale from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    We hiked up there June 15 and it was excellent. Trail was mostly dry, no snow on the trail except for maybe a 50m section near the top but this was on a section that veered to the left and you could avoid it by going up instead. Some bugs but few biting and wildflowers starting to bloom. Nice breeze and be warned; if you are hiking on a hot day there is very little shade on the trail. Cool up top and the views are spectacular!

                                                                                      Posted: June 14, 2015 09:23:19 PM PST

                                                                                      Randy from Abbotsford, BC writes:

                                                                                      Any current updates on the snow pack on Chiem near the top? We're planning a father's day hike.

                                                                                        Posted: June 14, 2015 06:56:24 PM PST

                                                                                        Gagandeep from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                        We are planning to do mount cheam on 15th June.
                                                                                        Have any one hiked mount cheam recently after 30th May? Weather is hot from many days. Just wondering should we attempt it or wait for couple of more weeks?

                                                                                          Posted: June 7, 2015 11:41:59 PM PST

                                                                                          Jeff from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                          Went dirt biking up the Chipmunk Creek FSR today. Snow is clear all the way to the parking area at the end, and the runout of the road to the trailhead proper is clear. I didn't venture any further up the trail in my clunky MX boots, but if it isn't clear now, it will be soon.

                                                                                            Posted: May 30, 2015 09:10:12 PM PST

                                                                                            J from Van writes:

                                                                                            Also went today...snow was about a foot 1km into the trail. Really hard to actually followed the marked trail with all the snow but used our phones gps/google maps to show it and lead us in the right direction. Couple hundred metres from the top there was a lot more snow causing us to turn around.

                                                                                              Posted: May 23, 2015 05:56:41 PM PST

                                                                                              Aaron from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                              Alright, so I just went up to cheam today. My 2015 rogue made it. Just have to take it slow with the washouts, most of them you can take at an angle. The trail is still covered In snow almost immediately. we weren't prepared with the right foot wear plus the heavy fog made it impossible to see any markings. We ended up turning back when one of our members slipped and slid about 30 feet down the mountain. Probably could be done by more experienced and prepared hikers.

                                                                                                Posted: May 23, 2015 02:58:03 PM PST

                                                                                                Jeff from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                If anyone goes this week update please I'm planing to go the following week

                                                                                                  Posted: May 22, 2015 01:57:21 PM PST

                                                                                                  Shelby from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  I am thinking of hiking Cheam on Sunday has anyone been up there more recently than May 7th? Is there still snow up top? Thanks

                                                                                                    Posted: May 22, 2015 08:12:18 AM PST

                                                                                                    Liam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    There is currently 2 feet of snow 1.5 kms before reaching the start of the trail. I would recommend waiting until June before attempting the hike. When you approach the entrance of the trail, the snow reaches depths of up to 3 feet.
                                                                                                    A stock 4x4 suv should have no problem driving through the rugged terrain when there is no snow. However, don't expect to be driving any faster than 15/km per hr for the 20 kms leading up to the trail.

                                                                                                      Posted: May 7, 2015 11:16:05 PM PST

                                                                                                      Aaron from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                      I would like to hike cheam soon!
                                                                                                      Is there a lot of a snow in may? Also, I drive a 2015 Nissan Rouge AWD, would that make it to the trail head without damaging anything? Or do I absolutely need something lifted.

                                                                                                        Posted: May 4, 2015 12:24:57 AM PST

                                                                                                        Alex from Langley writes:

                                                                                                        Was thinking of next week and camping overnight up top. My buddy with the 4x4 has concerns of even getting close to the parking lot. Anyone been up there yet? Thanks.

                                                                                                          Posted: April 30, 2015 08:20:32 PM PST

                                                                                                          Greg from Langley writes:

                                                                                                          Yes, I seem to be wondering the same things. Would love to do the hike this weekend but worried there will still be snow up there. any comments?

                                                                                                            Posted: April 30, 2015 07:46:46 AM PST

                                                                                                            Greg from Mission writes:

                                                                                                            Has anyone climbed Mt Cheam? Is it advisable to wait until June-July?


                                                                                                              Posted: April 14, 2015 01:12:30 PM PST

                                                                                                              Stacie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              I am planning to do this hike this coming weekend..does anyone have an updated trail report?

                                                                                                                Posted: March 25, 2015 10:24:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                Eric from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                You will get your front/rear bumper & underside scratched a lot, if u drive a Honda CRV or any other SUVs with regular ground clearance or even air suspension.

                                                                                                                  Posted: March 20, 2015 01:19:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Kaileigh from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                  Hey Brandon, did you end up doing this hike? I have the same questions myself.

                                                                                                                    Posted: March 8, 2015 09:13:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Brandon from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    Hey guys,

                                                                                                                    I just have a few questions if anyone has any advise it would be much appreciated.

                                                                                                                    1.) Is it possible at all to do this hike in March or late February?

                                                                                                                    2.) Can you get to the base of the trail in a basic stock suv 4x4 or would you need a jacked up truck?

                                                                                                                    Thanks alot,


                                                                                                                      Posted: February 17, 2015 01:27:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                      sara from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      Hi every one. My friend and I have plan to hike the mount cheam this upcoming Sunday( Nov 22, 2014) . does anybody know the current hiking condition over there as well as the road condition to drive up there?

                                                                                                                        Posted: November 19, 2014 02:14:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                        kelly from mission writes:

                                                                                                                        Hoping to do this hike tomorrow! October 29th 2014. Has anyone done it in the last week? I'm going with someone with experience but was just curious! thanks!

                                                                                                                          Posted: October 28, 2014 11:10:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                          Michael from Mission writes:

                                                                                                                          E Chan, you are not going to make it up the road in a car. The cross ditches are too numerous (about 30 of them) and deep that even if you went up at an angle you would bottom out and risk losing your oil pan.

                                                                                                                            Posted: October 18, 2014 06:22:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                            E Chan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            Just curious about the road conditions of the forest service road, did anyone take pictures of it? I just want to be sure my car is able to handle it and if I feel comfortable enough driving it myself. (It's just a little hard to gauge from what people are saying and I don't want to rattle my car too hard) Thanks!

                                                                                                                              Posted: October 18, 2014 06:17:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Kim from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                              Arguably one of my all time favourite hikes. The drive up to the trail head is quite fun, you definitely need a 4x4. Trail is clearly marked. The beginning is a bit strenuous but the 360 degree views from the top make everything worth it. Absolutely incredible views! It's almost a surreal feeling.
                                                                                                                              Driving down seems to take forever, but I will still on that glorious high from being at the peak.
                                                                                                                              Be ready to encounter snow at any time of the year.

                                                                                                                                Posted: October 17, 2014 11:06:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                                Chelsea from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                Planning on doing this Sunday, October 19th. Is there going to be a lot of snow throughout the hike/do you think it is possible to do this hike with a 2 year old in a carrier?

                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 17, 2014 08:15:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                  Josh from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                  ***Road is open as of September 14***

                                                                                                                                  After all the discussion of the difficulty of this road, it was honestly not that bad at all. I drive a ford f-150 that is totally stock with no crazy tires and it was no problems at all. Sure it would be nicer to have a shorter wheel base but if you take the bumps slow it is no problems at all. I saw people making it in a new crv with very little clearance. My running boards didn't even hit once. Long of the short, it was no problems.

                                                                                                                                  The hike was absolutely stunning and I would say leans a bit more to the difficult side of intermediate. There is not much respite from the climbs but the views are spectacular all the way up. This gives you what most hikes don't give you, perfect 360 degree views. Everything is unobstructed and just amazing. I can't stress enough how incredible these views were.

                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 14, 2014 03:48:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    MD from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                    Which website are you referring to?

                                                                                                                                    I had seen "Mount Cheam Forest Service Road is closed due to road work from September 5th 2014 until September 10th 2014."

                                                                                                                                    So may be open now..

                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 12, 2014 05:17:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Marlo from Agassiz writes:

                                                                                                                                      I was going to hike Mt.Cheam on Sunday, Sept 14 but the website says it is closed until the 14th. Does this mean it will be open the morning of the 14th or not until the 15th?

                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 11, 2014 08:16:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Todd Smith from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                        John K - Made the trek up today only to find that the road is barricaded and there is a security guard. No access to the trailhead. That said, we drove up toward the saddle on the road that was open and there is an old trail from the valley via Bridal Falls. There are a few lookouts with spectacular views, but nowhere near the same as the peak. I'm told that you can get to the peak from there, but it was pretty thick, grown-in trail. Best to wait for the road to open.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 7, 2014 02:14:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                          John K from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          Saw the update about road closures on the road up. Anyone know if it's completely closed? The Fraser Valley Regional District site only mentioned delays.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 6, 2014 04:19:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Michael from Mission writes:

                                                                                                                                            Pros: Moderate Difficulty, steep but clearly defined trails. Beautiful meadows and views up top.

                                                                                                                                            Cons: 300 people on trail when we went in August. Lots of unleashed dogs; one guy had 5 pitbulls - although well tamed can be inconsiderate for people with fear of that breed as they brush by your legs running ahead. Couple guys were blaring techno music while hiking up which detracts from the natural setting and experience; another guy was walking out with a handful of wild flowers he ripped out of the ground; some Europeans were trampling on the wild flowers to get a nice picture; road up is 10 kms but any 4x4 should have no problem going through the cross ditches (we even saw 2 cars which was outrageous).

                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 25, 2014 01:47:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Justin T from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                              The only Panoramic view mountain, hiking trail was not that hard, 10 km uphill logging trail was tough, lots of deep ditches, high clearance and reliable vehicle is necessary. Give 5 star to the view, and 1 star to the road condition.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 31, 2014 12:38:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                Kristy and Glenn Rempel from Mission BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                As others have said, road up is tricky, lots of large cross ditches dug by forestry (as its a old logging road) . From the turn off, on the main paved road, to the top parking area is an hour drive. The trails are clearly obvious all the way up. Took us in total from parking lot up to top and back, 4.5 hrs. We stopped several times to rest or take pics or play in the snow :) We defiantly felt as tho we were on top of the world!! Go on a very clear day as the clouds may obstruct the amazing view. Cold at the top, but kinda refreshing. Have fun and don't go to close to the edge when your up at the top! x

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 27, 2014 09:31:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Eugene from Mission writes:

                                                                                                                                                  The machines were out today smoothing the road up but, there are some serious cross ditches. I made it up with put problems in my CRV with all seasons.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 21, 2014 08:10:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Yevgeniy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    We did this today, July 18th. I am from Russia so I know thing or two about bad roads. I thought people were exaggerating a bit about it. They were not! We could not make it on Toyota Highlander. We made it past few rivets for about 2.2km and could not go any further and the road was getting even more difficult later on. You needs to have either manual 4X4 settings, which Highlander does not have, or vehicle with the shorter wheel base. There was RAM 2200 stuck in one of these rivets with the broken front axle. But we wanted to make it anyway, so we hikes extra 18km (return trip) to the parking lot. Hike to the peak is gorgeous! My wife is an avid hiker and she said it is one the best he has seen. There is still some snow on the ground, but it does not make the hike any more difficult. It was cold at the top, so pack light jacket. My wife swam at Spoon Lake, so grab a swim suite if you like to get refreshed on the way up or down. We planned for 5km hike so took only about 1.5l of water which was not nearly enough for what turned out to be 27km hike. Take more water if your car gets stuck, but you decide to hike anyway.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 18, 2014 10:46:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Emma from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                      I've heard alot about the road up to the trail head and that its really bad, would someone be able to hike up the road so they didnt have to drive up? Or is it quite a stretch?

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 17, 2014 01:09:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Tara from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Did this on Friday, July 11th. There was still snow, but it is doable, even in runners!
                                                                                                                                                        You definitely need a 4x4 as the rivets are quite deep, and to know how to navigate them properly. We got two flat tires on the way down- so be careful!

                                                                                                                                                        The hike is absolutely gorgeous though!

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 14, 2014 02:27:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Mikko from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Will a rav 4 or crv with 4wd be ok to make it up the fsr?

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 13, 2014 08:54:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Justin from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                            We went up Sunday June 21st, and there was still too much snow to summit without crampons due to icy conditions near the top. The parking lot at the trailhead was inaccesible due to snow on the service road. It was a 20 minute walk to the trailhead in snow. Bring some extra socks and shoes or water proof boots because you'll get wet.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 22, 2014 07:04:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Nick Adamson from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                              I have hiked Cheam before, and I want to do it this Saturday (May 31, 2014).

                                                                                                                                                              Does anyone know what the conditions are like? Is there still snow on the top? I assume there is, but I know it's been a fairly mild winter so you never know.

                                                                                                                                                              Any information or websites that I could check out would be much appreciated.



                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 27, 2014 01:44:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Jan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Hey I have never hiked mount Cheam before and now I feel that I have to. It sounds amazing! Anyways I hear that it is best later in the year but my only opportunity this year is to go at the end of may/early June. Maybe even the middle of June. Is it worth it to try? Is there just ways to much snow? Please let me know. Thanks :)

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 30, 2014 08:12:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Alex from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Just did the hike 11 November, 2013. I would like to say the hike was VERY NICE, we started 2.5 km. before trail starts, because is snow. You need to do it with snowshoes. Its good for alpine touring ski, we saw same people done this.

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 13, 2013 04:23:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Stephen from Chillawack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Hey, I just moved to chillawack and drive a dodge charger but want to make this climb before the trail becomes too snow covered. If anyone is up to help me get to the tip I'll pay for gas and such.
                                                                                                                                                                    Email: portugal_guy69@hotmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 25, 2013 06:09:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      This one has been on my must list and finally did it yesterday. The drive up the trailhead took 90 minutes in my 2011 Subaru Forester. People aren't exaggerating - its a bad drive. Big rocks, ditches, narrow. For portions of it you are basically driving up a 45 degree angle on nothing bug large loose rocks. Lost traction a couple of times but nothing too bad. Just back up a bit and try from a different angle. For anyone who has driven up to Cheakamus Lake that access road represents the GOOD parts of this road. Other vehicles in the parking lots included a Ford Escape, a couple of Wranglers, and a Suzuki Grand Vitara. High clearance is a must. There is a pit toilet at the start of the hike. AND it is one of the cleanest I have ever encountered.

                                                                                                                                                                      It was a very hot day and there is very little shade. It is a beautiful hike and my friend and I kept thinking we were in the beginning of the Sound of Music. The grade is more like hiking Garibaldi in that it is a stead incline rather than walking up steps like The Chief or the Grind. Took just over 2 hours on the way up. Still lots of black flies up there. Took another 90 minutes to get down but there were some people who were running down.

                                                                                                                                                                      Gorgeous hike and makes it worth the horrible drive up. There isn't a whole lot of cell service after you take the left at the three way stop by the bridge so keep that in mind if you are using google maps. We also missed the turn off for the access road so keep your eyes peeled. It's a pretty wide road with a sign post written vertically. Take lots of water if its a sunny day. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 13, 2013 09:16:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Dungi from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        Did it with my friend yesterday (Sept 10, 2013) and it was an experience of a lifetime. My friend drove his Jeep Wrangler to where we suppose to start the hike for an hour and it was quite a long and bumpy drive (I was driven so nothing much to complain) but make sure to go slow because you don't want to wreck your 4x4 with rocks! We met a guy who tried to drive himself with car but he gave up half way.

                                                                                                                                                                        The view was amazing or breathtaking. To me it wasn't very tough. It was steep at most parts but the view was so nice that i got so excited and forgot all the tireness. We stopped at the peak for like 15 mins. Be careful, don't go too far beyond the cliff. And there are lots of lady bugs at the peak. They were so huge that you can see them very clearly in the photos. Oh there was one little cute chipmunk up there. He was brave, he wanted to jump on me as well.

                                                                                                                                                                        It took us less than 2 hours to hike up and 30-45 mins to hike down. The hike was safe in my opinion, we didn't encounter any wildlife except for that little cute chipmunk.

                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy the hike! Very worthy to do it and finish it!

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 11, 2013 02:48:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Mani from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          @James - We did it around this time last year in a Lincoln Mark LT (you can look up the height specs)
                                                                                                                                                                          You need to take the washouts diagonally and slowly. We made it up OK but did scrape the hitch a few times, no big deal

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 2, 2013 11:24:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            James from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Hi everyone, looking to do this hike but want to know how the road conditions are.

                                                                                                                                                                            I have a F-150 supercrew 4x4 but it's stock (no lift or aftermarket wheels/tires). It's min. running ground clearance is listed in the 8-9" range. I've been on a lot of deactivated logging roads and their conditions all vary so not sure how serious this one is.

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for any input.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 28, 2013 03:53:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Marceline Billis from Agassiz writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Yesterday I hiked Cheam with 3 other people. It was a experience of a lifetime
                                                                                                                                                                              With the help and encouragement from my friends I made it to the top huffing and puffing stopping every 10 feet to get air but they staid with me.I am 76 and want to encourage anyone to stay fit and exercise with a healthy diet, anyone can do this. The saying goes" It is better to try and fail than never having tried at all.Marceline

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 16, 2013 07:09:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                mike from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Trina, its not worth it to walk from the bottom. I guess at least two to three hours. You may be able to make it half way up in a two wheel car. There are some pullouts for parking. Maybe a mountain bike ?

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 11, 2013 06:05:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Trina from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thinking about doing the hike next week. I was wondering if its possible to just walk the gravel roads instead of driving a 4x4. If so, how long will it take to get to the parking lot?

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 8, 2013 09:21:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Did this yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Definitely concur with the others. You do need a high clearance vehicle. We did see a guy who came down a bit too fast, hit low ground and cracked his oil pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We also had an accident yesterday, close to the final stretch there is about a 600m of almost a 45 degree climb. You definitely need low gear to power through it, there are too many rocks to drive up fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                    But, the views are nothing short of spectacular. Even though it took us 3 hours from Vancouver each way, the hike itself was totally worth it. Still a few patches of snow that you walk across, but a few of us enjoyed sliding down.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 22, 2013 09:58:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      How is the current status ?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Did it last year August. Just want to say:
                                                                                                                                                                                      If you do not have 4*4 drive, it is probably fine, but MUST need a high suspension vehicle, either a truck or a Jeep.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Never want to risk a regular car onto Cheam.

                                                                                                                                                                                      View is 5 star. You get good views even before the trail head.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 16, 2013 10:25:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Kevin from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        anyone have an update on Cheam hiking conditions?
                                                                                                                                                                                        Snow on trail?

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 13, 2013 07:31:53 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Moj from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Dear friends, is it possible for camping and stay overnight there? if yes were is the best place? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 9, 2013 02:54:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            Brendan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            I am thinking about attempting to hike the Cheam tomorrow (June 22 2013). I expect to hit snow but I want to see how clear it is. I have never done it before but have a 4x4. If anyone is interested in sharing the adventure send me a shout at brendan.smoker@gmail.com. I will be leaving from the Kits area of Vancouver which means I'll be in the Chilliwack area by 9-10am-ish. The weather doesn't look spectacular so just know that ahead of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 21, 2013 12:17:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              shaun from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              hi, me and my friend would like to hike along with someone with 4x4 :) will share gas, snacks

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 15, 2013 09:22:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Jim from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                I was there yesterday (May 21st. 2013)
                                                                                                                                                                                                Obviously trail is covered with tons of snow, you should wait until late June or July to gain access to trail. I had snowshoes but decided not to finish. Too dangerous. You do need a proper 4X4 vehicle with high ground clearance to reach trail head. You are almost guaranteed to stuck if you drive 2WD sedan. No cell phone signal up there as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 21, 2013 06:40:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jasmine from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looking for someone to climb Mt. Cheam with in late July or August. Please email me at jasminekhella10@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 4, 2013 01:44:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    seosi from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    planning to go up mt.cheam this june is that posible by car? and how is the road condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 2, 2013 05:21:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      alabama from abby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know if you can snowshoe mt cheam this time of year, Safely?? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 22, 2013 07:07:15 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nathan from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        We did Mt.Cheam on Sept 22. In all honesty the road was actually better than some peoples comments would lead you to believe. I drove up in 2wd without issue. Its a typical forestry road. Take it slow and easy and you'll be fine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The weather was quite overcast as we left Abbotsford which turned to fog as we climbed to the parking area. However once on the trail the cloud would come and go. Once we reached the top we were on top of the clouds. So while there wasn't any view of the valley the surrounding peaks jutting out of the cloud is still a spectacular sight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 23, 2012 10:51:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alex from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Made a Cheam on 15th. Used to drive on Suzuki SX4 almost to the trailhead. Forest road took about an hour, each direction. No way next time :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          x4 is good, helped a lot. But lack of clearance was my headache.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other than that - the mountains were gourgeous. Beautiful meadows, Baker in the sunset light, valley view - love them all. Trail is not very easy though, made frequent stops with my 6yo daughter. For sure the previous trail other day to Garibaldi lake was less exhausting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Special thanks to a couple from Surrey/Chilliwack and their Jeep. They gave us a lift to our car in complete darkness on the road back. My small group of four and these guys were the last on the trail, and my car was about 1.5-2km down the hill from the parking lot. It saved us lots of time that night. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 20, 2012 02:12:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mani D from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did the hike on Thursday...AMAZING...don't need a 4x4 necessarily, but need high clearance for sure...we went up in a Lincoln mark truck and scraped the hitch/sidebars a few times...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 16, 2012 02:38:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kailah from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would LOVE to do this hike on a thursday or a friday (my days off) before the weather turns yucky. I have been waiting for a meetup hike to be organized for Mount Cheam but it has not and I do not own a 4x4 vehicle to organize one by myself. If anyone is looking at going up that has a 4x4 vehicle I would love to join you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 13, 2012 11:16:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Edgars from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did the nice hike today. I managed to get up with a big SUV -Yukon XL - we where 7 people- easy with patience we crawled with our SUV the small ditches. You can easy reach the summit with a Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Toyora RAV4, Nissan X-trail - all these vehicles where up there today. Its not hard to master the forestry roads just be patience and not fast. The hike it self - pretty easy not too steep and gives you great views over the valley and on the other side Mount Baker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 19, 2012 11:29:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Linda from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My friend and I did this on August 16 and the conditions were perfect - both trail conditions and weather. The road is a challenge, but with care we were able to make it up in my Forester. We did have boards in the car in case a ditch was too deep, and we had to use them once. This hike is definitely worth doing - even if you don't get to the top. However, the ultimate thrill is climbing those last steps to get the iconic picture of one sitting on top of the peak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 18, 2012 10:34:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We did Mt. Cheam today. This was the first time I have done it. I suspect the road is as good as it gets. The road is mostly dry, with some small water streams which are not a problem. However, the size of the washouts are significant. I would highly recommend using 4 by 4 trucks and jeeps. You would risk bottoming out on lower suspension passenger type suv's. Having said that, I saw a couple of passenger type suv's among the trucks & jeeps. The ride is an adventure in itself!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The hike was truly amazing with great views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ps: it was really hot today, but it was nice to have a breeze to cool us off. I know it is rather variable, but I would suggest a min. of 2.5 L of water per person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 11, 2012 10:45:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jack from Lower Mainland writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Any news on how ruff the road up is? It was bad last year... any changes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 10, 2012 07:21:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gary Trinder from Mission writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aug 4, 2012 - Did the hike today. Ideal conditions and started off early. 1 car in the car park when we left at it at 07:45. 22 cars when we got back at mid day. Good visibility at the top and good trail conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 4, 2012 06:38:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tracy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am thinking of doing this hike on Sunday (July 29, 12). We do have a 4x4 SUV, but Im looking for both road conditions & trail conditions (how much snow is up there still?). Has anyone hiked Cheam in the last few days? Thanks :)cm9vts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 28, 2012 10:04:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chris from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The road starts getting rough just after the gravel pit on the chipmunk creek service road. You could park there and walk but it would be around 10km to the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 26, 2012 04:34:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dan from port coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              im think of doing this on Saturday. I dont have a 4x4 so plan on parking at the start of the dirt road, how far is it to the trail head from the dirt road?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 26, 2012 02:04:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casey from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was wondering if anyone had taken young children up. We are thinking of a family hike in late August and were planning on bringing two 3-year-olds, a 2-year-old and an infant. We know we will have to carry them up in hiking carriers, but I'm wondering if it's even worth it and if it would be quite dangerous or not. I know I hiked Cheam a number of times when I was young, but now that it's my own kids, I'm a little hesitant and thinking of leaving them with a sitter. The only problem with that is that I'd love to have a full family picture at the top!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 21, 2012 05:08:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tanja from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was planning on hiking Mt. Cheam this weekend (july 21). Still too much snow? Any recent adventures up there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 17, 2012 07:39:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @Maria No, you definitely don't want to be driving up this road in a small car, or any car for that matter. As far as gravel roads go, this one is rough. There is a stream that cuts through the road that you have to drive through and a car wouldn't make it. Also, some huge rocks near the top section would cause lots of damage to the underside of your car.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's too bad this road isn't fixed up a bit because it's a beautiful hike but difficult and dangerous to get to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 15, 2012 11:25:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maria from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I want to do the Cheam but I do not have a 4X4. Do you think a small car would make it if I drove really carefully?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 15, 2012 12:54:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spencer from Agassiz writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My buddy Brian and I attempted Cheam on June 10th and again on the 26th. It was overcast both days and once in the clouds it was quite dangerous (freezing rain on the 26th). We had never hiked the trail in summer so didn't know which way to go other than what we could gather from the internet. There was 8-10 feet of snow still at Spoon Lake (based on the snow depth along the creek there). We hiked straight uphill past Spoon Lake about 500 feet in elevation (likely following the foot prints of the guys who went on May 19th), but turned back near a ridge line. Clear visibility was about 20 feet in the clouds. Now that the sun has shown itself, I'd still recommend taking cramp-ons (and ropes if it's a cloudy day). If not, then at least good hiking boots and poles. That's all I had, but I would have preferred cramp-ons. The road up didn't look too bad up to the snow pack, but we had no 4x4 so parked at the gravel pit at the bottom of the mountain. If you're serious about hiking, I'm sure it'd be fairly easy on a clear day with the right gear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 12, 2012 02:36:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heather from Steveston writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We were up at Cheam today. You can't drive up to the trailhead; the snow starts about 2km from there and is about 3 feet deep. We hiked to what we thought was Spoon Lake, but we couldn't really be sure because there was so much snow. It was a nice sunny day in the mountains, but if you'd like to make it to the peak, I don't recommend going in until at least August.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 4, 2012 09:14:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Justin from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just curious as to what the conditions are right now at Cheam. its been over a month since the last update. . . Is there still snow on the "road" up to the parking lot and what is the now condition on the mountain itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 22, 2012 11:47:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rob from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just did the hike yesterday (May 19). Expect lots of snow and an extra 2km hike because of the snow on the road. I've got a Jeep with lots of clearance and snow tires, and made it up the farthest, but getting through some of the patches of snow was still difficult especially the snow covered cross ditches. 2 hours up regularly turned into nearly 7 hours up. Rode down on our packs and made it down in an hour and a half. I'd recommend boots and snowshoes and extra socks, sunscreen and a crazy carpet for the ride down if you're really up for it at this time of year. We're the only ones that made it up yesterday, took awhile, but the view was spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 20, 2012 01:53:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rob from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked Cheam yesterday (May 19) with a couple of buddies. There is still LOTS of snow all the way up, and for a good majority on the chipmunk trail. You will NOT make it to the parking lot, not even on a dirtbike or a quad, we saw trucks, quads and bikes try it, and failed. We had to park a couple of KM's down from the parking area and start our hike from there. There are snowy patches on the road up until the steepest switchback that any truck should be able to manage depending on driving skills, but be aware of the softer ground as your tires will slip on the snow and send you sideways towards the cliff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We skipped the main trail altogether and took the "quickest" line straight up the mountain with our boots sinking a good foot into the slushy snow with every step. If you're not the keenest hiker, don't attempt this hike at this time of year. Once we made it halfway, we pretty much wanted to quit, but still made it to the top. It was very rewarding once we made it at around 6pm after we parked at 11:30. Yep, 6 hours up when it should take less than 2 hours. But we were able to take the quick way down and slid down the steepest parts on our packs. We even got video of the sliding


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We were the only people to make it, as the 2 guys in front of us quit and turned around an hour from the top. Got back home to Chilliwack at 9pm. It was a great adventure. Bring extra socks, boots and snowshoes, and a sweater because it gets cold up top, even on a 20 deg day like yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 20, 2012 11:36:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ravina from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone done the Cheam recently? Is it worth doing or is there too much snow up top?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 10, 2012 09:25:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brandon from Sask writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did the hike Oct. 23, lower part of the trail was good. Some snow close to the peak but still manageable in hiking boots. Several groups said they had seen bears in the high sections of the meadows, but I never ended up seeing any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Road up was a rough FSR, but I made it to the top in my VW Golf (did some undercarriage scrapping though)so anything higher should easily make it up if you take your time on the washouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 30, 2011 08:15:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am happy to report that Pat did the right thing and he returned my bike to us this evening. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 20, 2011 10:04:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Regarding "Pat from Chilliwack" Careful if you go with "Pat" He/She stole my families bikes a day ago and is now selling them on craigslist. I have multiple pictures of myself and kids on our bikes so can verify 100% that these are our bikes. I contacted him and he is in a huge hurry to sell them and gave me his phone number which is the same one on here. I did file a police report. So please stay cautious, be very careful who you meet up with since you can have no clue who they really are these days! :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 20, 2011 12:41:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Miyuki from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this hike on September 10. The road up is rough; we have a 2003 Subaru Forester and would have made it to the parking lot but with the tires being a little worn we parked at the base of a steep hill approx. 2 km from the parking lot (not knowing it got better past it) and hoofed it from there. Take your time in the dips and as another writer said, sometimes taking them at a slight angle helps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contrary to the trail description, there is an outhouse at the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The trail itself is in good shape with a few snowy patches but nothing that hiking boots can't handle. There is a profusion of wildflowers en route which make it quite spectacular. I would not recommend this hike on a hot day though, as there is very little shade, and the heat makes the going slower than it otherwise would be. Lots of bugs to start, although they lessen toward the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The view from the top is outstanding, even with the haze we had. I would definitely do this again, but on a much cooler day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 11, 2011 11:44:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            William from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm thinking of heading up to Cheam this weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've read the earlier comments about road conditions and vehicle requirements, clearance, de-activations, etc. I have a 4WD Suburban but I'm concerned that the road will be too rough for my truck because my truck is not lifted so I don't have outstanding clearance. Also, my Suburban is longer than most 4x4 vehicles.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anybody been up there recently who could comment on my particular mode of transportation?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 9, 2011 03:49:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brittany from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hello, will there be anybody heading up there that would be able to give a lift to three students :) we will be driving to the bottom, but will most likely need a lift up since the truck isn't in the best shape. We will help out with gas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 5, 2011 10:35:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pat from chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi...I would like to head up Cheam tomorrow sept 2 or 3 and will pay for gas...I dont have a 4wd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can meet anywhere

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 2, 2011 07:26:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pradeep Reddy from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hello Jeff,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was just there Sat'day (27th Aug) and there is not much snow at all there, except for patches here and there... One 25m patch that you need to crossed on the way up and down etc.. Other than that, nothing much really...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Its gorgeous there - go check it out..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeff from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm planning to hike this weekend and am wondering how the snow is now? Anyone been up there the last couple of days?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 25, 2011 11:14:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 28, 2011 01:32:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeff from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm planning to hike this weekend and am wondering how the snow is now? Anyone been up there the last couple of days?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 25, 2011 11:14:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Isabella from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      See my post below for more details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My boyfriend did the Off-Road driving. He has a lot of experience driving on logging roads, and it took us 1hr each way. It was very bumpy and required a lot of attention.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The 4.5 hrs description is quite accurate. We stopped for 0.5hr on the top for snacks, and hiked casually with frequent stops if we got tired. Took us exactly 2hrs to get to the top, and just under 2hrs to get back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 22, 2011 10:36:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rick from Abbotsford. writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hi - wondering if the 4.5 hrs as stated by Vancouver trails is accurate?? Or do I need to allow more time??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 22, 2011 09:51:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chantal from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone been up there recently? I'd like to go but I don't have any gear to hike in the snow so I am hoping our recent hot weather has melted the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 20, 2011 05:34:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Linda from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We are thinking of hiking this at the end of August, but I'm concerned by the comment about the 99 "road deviations." Has anyone done the road since that comment was written? I haven't done much off-road driving, but drove up to the locked gate at Ford Mtn. the other day in my Subaru Forester and was comfortable with that. I'd appreciate a comment on the Mt. Cheam road by someone with more off-road experience than what I have... any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 20, 2011 09:40:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Isabella from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike on Aug 7. It was our first time. Did not see the spoon lake. The whole area of where the lake should be and the lower bank was covered in deep snow. The sun was very bright and we didn't wear sunglasses. The light reflecting off the snow, while walking on the snow was quite unpleasant, especially for it being the beginning of the hike. I wore out much of my energy at this part. After the snow, it was better but a little muddy at some spots. More snow to come. We both only fell once on the way down (we had hiking boots). We didn't see views on top except for clouds and blue sky above us. On the way down, seeing the sun setting was beautiful though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 20, 2011 07:41:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Patricia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We counted 99 road deactivations --> one way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, in essence, you've got ~200 of these suckers to go through...some rougher than others. That's not including the pot holes or rocky terrain or steep drop-offs (on occasion closer to the top).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The deactivations get rougher toward the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A lower riding SUV/4x4 truck will feel it on both the front and back bumpers. Taller vehicles, probably not a problem. We were somewhere in the middle and experienced a few scrapings. We found going through some of them at an angle helped to prevent a lot of scrapes. Also, it was easier going down...could see more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For those who decide to go back, there aren't too many places to safely turn around, unless you are used to driving in these conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other than the snarly road conditions, it was absolutely amazing!!! :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 13, 2011 11:03:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheryl from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do not recommend going up Cheam without trekking poles and possibly snow shoes/crampons at this time. I went this past weekend, August 6th, and was shocked by the amount of snow still on the mountain. On the way up my party and I felt the snow did not make hiking up the mountain impossible and we continued on. Unfortunately, as the day progressed and things heated up, the snow began to melt - making the way down a lot more dangerous. I fell a few times on the snow and resorted to sliding down on my butt more than once - as falling seemed inevitable anyways. We were passed by a couple of fellows with crampons and ice axes on our way up and I really wished we had been as well prepared as they were. We just didn't even think in August that that would ever be necessary. We were wrong!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 8, 2011 10:05:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grace from burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have hiked to the Mt Cheam three times in the past three years, I haven't been there this year yet, I plan go to hike Mt Cheam this weekend ( august 12th).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone hiked-up to the Mt Cheam recently? Is still a lots snow there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 7, 2011 12:34:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Punjabi Lion from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried this a couple weeks ago. Still a lot of snow... Doubtful you will make the parking lot. Be advised that trail is in ruff shape. We made it as far as the snow in our tacoma, but I saw guys in f-150's turning back not even half way up.. Wait till end of august..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 17, 2011 05:39:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Isaiah from Dahl writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone done this hike latley, i was planning on doing this tomorrow and i want to know what the roads are like leading up to it, or is tehre too much snow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 9, 2011 08:47:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rashmi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried this hike on 1st July . But due to snow could not even reach the parking lot. Still more than one foot snow there. Also to reach the head of trail, one need a proper 4X4 vehicle. The road is quite steep and full of ditches and gravels. Not recommended for beginner drivers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Though the view is all worth the effort. Would love to try again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 5, 2011 12:16:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bobby from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            After you reach Cheam, go to its even more spectacular neighbor, the Lady Peak. Just beware the rubble which makes it a tricky scramble to the top!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 12, 2011 02:08:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jack from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had been considering hiking there this Saturday (Oct 2, nice weather), until I read about this 4x4 thing. So sad I don't have one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Does anyone mind taking me this weekend? I will share gas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 28, 2010 09:05:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jen from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm planning to head out and hike this tomorrow (Sunday Sept 19th) if anyone would like to join/split gas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you're coming from Vancouver I could pick you up from transit, otherwise can meet off the #1 hwy and head from there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a 4x4.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 18, 2010 06:24:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't been this year but last year I bent my trailer hitch slightly crossing a creek that cut through the gravel road. I'd remove it if I were you. Pretty rough road!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 13, 2010 06:58:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heather from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have Hiked Mt.Cheam every year for 9 years...going on saturday does anyone have any info on the roads up to the trail...I do have a 4x4 but I have a trailer hitch should I take the hitch off before going up? I have a Ford Explorer 4x4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 13, 2010 06:42:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jowat from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just did the hike yesterday. I'd say about 25% of the hike was still in snow; but very well packed and easy to keep to the trail even for 1st timers to Cheam. The peak was very windy and cold. clouds blocked the view. oh well... 2hrs up 45mins down. The drive took 45mins on logging roads. Many washouts/deactivated sections. I wouldn't attempt the road with a 2wd truck (unless you don't care about was happens to your truck). 4x4s only. There were 2 broken down trucks on the drive up due to overheating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 12, 2010 10:45:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jetz from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone done this hike lately? How are the roads heading up to the parking lot, and how are the trails?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last year in June, we were unable to complete the hike due to snow and time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking forward to doing this hike again. Just looking for some updates.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 6, 2010 05:12:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fei from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Can I tag along? I can share with gas, or bring snacks. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 28, 2010 12:24:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alex from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi Brian,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd like to do this hike, probably in early july - I'll be glad to take you along. Send me your email so we can keep in touch and I'll warn you when I go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 5, 2010 10:44:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brian from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Since I don't have a 4x4.. would anyone be kind enough to take me with them on this trail.. I'll pay for gas as appreciation!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 4, 2010 04:55:32 PM PST

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