Don't let the first kilometre of this trail put you off. It starts off with a climb of 650 meters in elevation in the first kilometre. It flattens out just before you get to the lake, allowing you to catch your breath.
The lake is beautiful and clear, surrounded by towering peaks, and full of fish. You can easily fish from shore at any number of spots along the trail.
We camped here in April last year. The snow was almost gone at this elevation so it made a good early overnighter. There aren't any facilities but there are plenty of places to pitch a tent.
The trail continues along Lindeman Lake (often scrambling over scree) to the end of the lake where there's a boardwalk. The nice big sandy beach here is an inviting place for a swim.
The trail was not very well marked for a little while at this point due to a rock slide when I was here but it's probably better marked now. Cross some more scree and then you're back into the woods on the trail up to Greendrop. The trail was mostly snow covered in April but was still pretty easy to follow. You follow Post Creek, climbing to 910 meters over the next kilometre with plenty of boulders to scramble over. There is a branch trail at 5 km. Following the right takes you to a picnic area and campsite at the south end of the lake. The left one takes you up above the lake into the Skagit Valley. It was a winter wonderland when I was there so I can't comment on the camping/picnic areas.
From Vancouver, take Hwy 1 to Chilliwack. Take Vedder road to Chilliwack Lake Road. (I don't think there's a signpost when you're coming from this direction... it's just before you go over the bridge at the Chilliwack River). The trailhead is 39 km along the Chilliwack Lake Road.
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Posted By: morlie
- Wed Jan 01 21:23:36 EST 2014
UpsideRelatively close to civilization, challenging. DownsideRecent "upgrades". CommentThis used to be my favorite go to hike, and I was really looking forward to it after having been gone for a while. I was both amazed and so disappointed as I pulled up to the "trailhead", which is now a HUGE PARKING LOT!!!!! Spots for campers, cars and tourist buses. There are now out houses, signs everywhere, garbage, cigarette butts, little bags of dog poop hanging from trees. And people, people, people. Wow. If you are looking to get out into nice safe civilized "nature", then this is the hike for you! If you actually want to get away, you're gonna have to go further.
Posted By: LucasL
- Tue Jul 02 21:01:15 EDT 2013
UpsideVery nice hike. Many boulders and some fun moments over creeks. Nice platforms for camping. DownsideGot a little lost 10 min before greendrop in the forest. Crossed the creek and couldn't find anymore tape or trail. On my way back again got lost but made it anyway. CommentIt was our first overnight hike to Lindeman with the kids (5 and 8). Easy enough for them. Set-up camp and I left them there so I could hike to greendrop and back. Definitely not for kids from Lindeman to greendrop. We were all alone since it was Canada day and everybody gone home after the long week-end. Woke up in the night to the sounds of my plastic bag with garbage and food in it that we placed away from the tent. We thought it was a bear at first of course but took out my flashlight and it was just a raccoon (Thanks for that). Fun experience for a first overnighter away from loud busy campgrounds.
Posted By: MLShoe
- Sun Jun 02 12:15:29 EDT 2013
UpsideLoved this hike !! So beautiful and untouched! Amazing views, and scenery. Both lakes were perfect, once you get to greendrop, follow the trail alongside the lake and it brings you up a bit higher to have a better view! So worth it ! DownsideIf you arent prepared for a rustic, tough hike, this isnt one for you. I have no downsides at all ! Smaller dogs may have a problem, just to warn you ! CommentI personally loved this hike, it was tough, and enjoyed scrambling over the rocks, and through the trees. I love hikes that make you feel like you are in the forest away from any civilization! This is it ! Is also a great place to pitch a tent, there are a handful of tent blocks at both lakes.
Posted By: mclayjen
- Thu Jul 05 18:14:18 EDT 2012
UpsideBeautiful hike. lots of different terrain to keep it interesting. Downsidelots of rock slides which made it hard for my dog CommentI went at the beginning of June and there was only one small spot with snow.
Posted By: Adam+Laura
- Fri Jun 17 16:24:33 EDT 2011
UpsideGood place to camp an hour in. Next day goto next lake as sidetrip. Beautiful waterfall on way to Greendrop lake. There is a fork that branches right to waterfall and left to lake. Waterfall was very nice. DownsideWith water levels high the path wasnt straight forward. Scree makes your feet sore after a while. CommentLook for little flags along the way past the first lake. They will guide you past the rock.
Very decent trail, not easy, not hard. Just right for beginner trying something new.
Posted By: goaroundglobe
- Fri Jun 10 00:20:04 EDT 2011
UpsideTwo lakes in one hike, this hike has everything, flats, steeps, rocks, beautiful forests, did I mention lakes? DownsideNo real downside. Trail from greendrop to Lindeman lake may get a bit boring in a few spots but you most likely won't even notice :-). Depending on the time of the year, some areas might be flooded or have deep waters. CommentThis is another popular hike. If you are doing it with your family and kids, even getting to Greendrop lake is good enough. This lake has amazing colors and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. Keep going if you are not tired. It takes another 2 to 3 hours for Lindeman lake and back! Visit our website if you'd like to see more pictures: www.goaroundglobe.com
Posted By: indoshindo
- Fri May 13 18:31:43 EDT 2011
UpsideBeautiful lake, not too crowded. CommentDid this hike 2 weeks ago, there was still snow up near the higher elevation and near the lake but not much. Did the hike in shorts and t-shirt and it was still really nice and warm. The streams running down the trail were amazing to look at as the snow melt had them flowing really fast and you can hear it as opposed to hiking late in the summer when you can't.
Posted By: ianc
- Mon Sep 20 15:23:46 EDT 2010
QuestionThe vertical rise to Lindeman Lake is 615 feet or 185 meters, not 650 meters as listed in the description.ANSWERS are in this forum: Lindeman/Greendrop Lake Hike
Posted By: jonhall
- Mon Aug 16 12:50:56 EDT 2010
UpsideNice easy hike, good to do with a group. The lakes are great for cooling off in after the hike. DownsideRockslides make the hike to Greendrop difficult to do with young children. CommentWe did this as a day hike with a group on a Saturday in mid-August. The trail to Lindeman was quite populated, and most if not all of the campsites at Lindeman were already occupied. The temperature of Greendrop was nice and refreshing but not too cold. Lindeman was quite a bit colder and we couldn't swim there long. The lakes make this a good hike to do on a hot day.
Posted By: trjonker
- Sun Jul 11 16:28:23 EDT 2010
UpsideNice as a day or an easy overnighter. Well-marked. Water is GORGEOUS. Diverse trail (scree, valley, lakes, rivers). Rushing water brings a nice breeze to keep you cool on a 30 degree day. DownsideTons of hikers. No camping at either Lindeman or Green Drop, but this wasnt so when I went in Aug last year on a Sat night (which doesnt make sense to me...). In the last 20 min of the hike, there is a river that is not very carved out, and no bridge for crossing. Due to the high volume of water and the width of the many little rushing rivers, we were unable to find a safe way to cross dry-footed, so we had to take off our boots and bare-foot it (brrr!!). CommentDid the Green Drop trail as a day hike. There were tons of day hikers.
Posted By: jearsy
- Sat Jun 05 22:35:36 EDT 2010
UpsideA very nice lake, easy to follow trial and good warm up hike DownsideCan be a lot of teens around the area, especially on the weekends in June being drunk and dumb because they are about to graduate. CommentWhen I was there last, which was 2 years ago in May, there was about 2 meters of still snow on the ground. The hike itself isn't that hard nor is it that long. It is good for fishing and if you just want to get out there for a night. The road to get to the lake trial head is a little long but once you have passed the bridge you just keep on driving for a while until you reach it.
Posted By: Barefoot
- Fri May 07 01:48:54 EDT 2010
UpsideJust spent the night at Lindeman lake a couple days ago! It was cold but cozy, we had the place to ourselves for the night. The tent platforms provided are great for 2 reasons 1-kept us off the soaked ground, and 2-possibly helped keep the mice out of our tent and gear:) DownsideThe fire prohibition in the backcountry makes for a chilly night. However, large wood to burn seems to be hard to find, and you can see that some people have been chopping at live trees to scavenge wood for fires...there are rules for a reason. CommentWe got snowed on at Lindeman lake, but it wasn't cold enough to stick around for long. The trail from Lindeman to Greendrop was fantastic, I would reccomend this hike just for that section. It was a fun variety of easy-to-navigate screes and boulder fields, woods and precious streams. Near Greendrop Lake, post creek has flooded and created braided routes through the forest. The trail markers can still be seen, but wear solid footwear for hoping over the many little creeks that have taken over the path! As for wildlife, we crossed some large bear prints on the trail to Greendrop, close to the north end of Lindeman lake, and a mouse got in the tent when we went to bed.
Posted By: Sturminator
- Tue Aug 19 11:45:53 EDT 2008
UpsideLindeman Lake is a beautiful blue/green lake that you usually have to hike hours to see. This one even with a full pack only takes 45 minutes. The swimming is so refreshing. The water so clear. DownsideLindeman can get busy with many partiers. We carried out 3 full garbage bags of bottles that campers left behind. So the site is clean for now. CommentI love this hike. It is one that you can do with friends that are not hikers. Once they get to Lindeman, they may be converted.
Posted By: rvank
- Tue Jun 24 22:17:45 EDT 2008
Upsidenice hike to take people on who aren't at a peak fitness level. Lindeman is a nice place to swim and have lunch. DownsideI've done it one too many times already! CommentIts also a really good hike in the winter when its below freezing. Watch out for slippery spots. Some really nice big icicles hanging from the ridges above lindeman
Posted By: gal
- Fri Jun 06 16:21:39 EDT 2008
Questionhas anyone been up this trail recently? I wanted to know if there was still some snow on the trail near the 2nd lake?ANSWERS are in this forum: Snow near greendrop lake?
Posted By: JaredC
- Sun Jul 29 03:03:08 EDT 2007
UpsideTwo beautiful lakes in one hike, both with clear, clean, and fresh water. There's always something to look at while making your way through the forest as well. DownsideA few slightly intoxicated campers at Lindeman. Otherwise, no real downsides. CommentIt's definately worth the trek to the 2nd lake (Greendrop). The trail is more interesting/exciting than the first section to the first lake (Lindeman). We found it quite easy to follow the trail across the many rock/boulder sections. Even our little Chiwawa managed on his own the whole trip!
Posted By: gcskawt
- Fri Apr 13 02:02:13 EDT 2007
UpsideGreat Hike, can go at your own pace and not too difficult. DownsideAlot of scrambling over screefields. Somewhat tedious. Trail was washed out betweent the lakes at one spot, had to wade through knee deep water when I went. Probably fixed now. CommentWorth it to explore around Greendrop lake, little side trails to the waterfall and old gold mines.
Posted By: westons
- Tue Aug 01 17:19:34 EDT 2006
UpsideQuite an easy trek through the forest, and it only takes about 45 minutes to reach Lindeman Lake. Beautiful little body of water that is probably more scenic than Greendrop Lake. DownsideNot much of a serious challenge to a fairly experienced hiker, and numerous boulder fields between the two lakes. CommentBeautiful, relaxing hike that is quite straightforward after the journey to Lindeman Lake. Can be packed with snow in the winter, and Greendrop Lake frequently freezes solid in colder temperatures.
Posted By: Pharmer
- Fri Jul 07 17:37:20 EDT 2006
UpsideI love this hike, we do it every year, beautiful small waterfall on the way up, good first ascent and Lindeman lake is the most blue-green lake I have seen around this area. Easy access to for those without a 4x4 and very close to Chilliwack lake campground). DownsideLots of rock slides (I believe about 8 in all). Have to be careful and feet were sore after stepping on rock edges for so long. I have seen a few dogs have problems with the rocks so be cautious about how far you go (as most the slides occur between Lindeman and Greendrop). CommentDepending on when you go you get great views of both lakes, we went in May and there was still snow at Greendrop so we had to eat lunch in the forest.
Posted By: bueffix
- Mon Jun 12 14:35:26 EDT 2006
UpsideEasy hike to beautiful lake, even with a two-year old daughter in her carry pack. No bugs or moskitoes yet, and the cleanest I've seen the trail. DownsideUgly graffiti on a big boulder. CommentNothing like a bit of elevation gain to get rid of most people. You'll still meet some, but we found them all to be nice.
Posted By: The Shadow
- Mon Nov 07 18:42:32 EST 2005
UpsideSteep at first, then relatively level. DownsideMany boulders fields to cross, could wreak havoc on those with bad knees! CommentThe description is a bit mis-leading. From the POST CREEK parking lot to Lindeman Lake itself is a mere 200m gain in elevation and only another 100 or so from Lindeman to Greendrop. It is a 6km trip from the parking lot to the shores of Greendrop lake, and takes about 4 hours (for the average hiker) to complete the return trip. I recommend this one as a nice day-trip. As an extra bonus, you could pick up the TCT on the West side of Greendrop and follow it out to the Skagit Valley.
Posted By: misty
- Mon Aug 22 13:54:21 EDT 2005
UpsideBeautiful lake!! Great little hike up. Commentwe went up on a beautiful hot saturday afternoon.. not a lot of people and the lake provided a nice cool off.... suntanned at the little beach at the far end... a really great little spot!!
Posted By: Gulagger
- Tue Aug 16 16:41:03 EDT 2005
UpsideTwo beautiful lakes, lots of great views. DownsideDrunk high school kids at the Lindeman Lake campsite, the scree slope crossings. CommentI enjoyed this hike and did it as a quick overnighter, staying at the Greendrop campsite. There were tons of people on the trail throughout the day, many of them ill-equiped and obnoxious though.
Posted By: joeyhalen2000
- Fri Jun 17 01:27:12 EDT 2005
UpsideGorgeous Lake, crystal clear water, and lots of fish. You can see them jumping around all over the place. Bring a fishing rod, as there is a few places to make a fire and cook your catch. DownsideLots of people, including noisy kids, school groups. CommentWould be a great place to camp out as the hike doesn't take more than an hour to Lindeman Lake.
Posted By: mbinning
- Sat May 28 08:05:53 EDT 2005
UpsideThe lake is absoutely amazing, definately worth the hike. DownsideThe lake is to cold to swim in. CommentIts an excellent hike to do with beginners, or kids.
Posted By: trailpeak
- Mon Nov 15 21:32:13 EST 2004
UpsideThis trail is gorgeous!!! Lots of dense woods all around you, a beautiful stream running close to you, and wide open open boulder fields to see the view around you. Its a little harder than an average hike, its the type of hike where if you want to push yourself a bit, this is it. The two lakes are something to see, but I personally think the trail makes the hike cause your surrounded by huge douglas firs and tons of mosses and fungi. Downsidenone to mention - posted by user 'pimping_cowboy' CommentPretty simple to get to, take the cultus lake turnoff off of #1, keep on heading past the turnoff for cultus lake and cross over the vedder river bridge and turn right onto chilliwack lake road. Continue down this road for a god 30-40kms and you'll see a sign on the right for lindeman, greendrop and flora lake. Park on the side of the road, and head down past the yellow gate and you'll find the trailhead at the bottom of the road.
Posted By: Outdoor Girl
- Sun Aug 08 18:22:20 EDT 2004
UpsideLindeman Lake is a beautiful lake to see, I was just amazed by the beauty. CommentI did this trail with two children, a 5 and 7 year old. It took us 45min to reach the lake.
Posted By: ckato1
- Tue Jan 20 19:09:09 EST 2004
Upsidegreat hike,beautiful views Downsidesection between greendrop and flora lake is overgrown in spots.Met with three hikers that got lost,And had to stay in a swampy overgrown area untill daybreak.when we found them next morning they had no idea wich way to turn.
Posted By: MJDJ
- Wed Dec 31 03:40:15 EST 2003
UpsideCrystal-clear water, clean air, everything that hiking is supposed to be without the torture! DownsideSince it is a fairly easy hike, there is the garbage and litter that ensues. Please clean up after yourselves! According to the kids (who made this trek in the Summer as a Field Trip) there can be lots of wasps around. CommentBeautiful lake, absolutely gorgeous scenery. There is some scrambling along the landslides but nothing too strenuous. Usually lots of people around.
Posted By: corriesw
- Sun Sep 21 12:39:49 EDT 2003
UpsideThe lake is beautiful and the waterfall is great. Lots of pretty sights. DownsideNot a very long hike it f you are looking for a work out.
Posted By: iamcanjim
- Sat Jul 19 02:59:14 EDT 2003
UpsideBeautiful Hike, Greendrop is full of easy to catch fish, small amount of elevation gain. DownsideVery Crowded and lots of hiking on scree.
Posted By: spotty
- Thu Jul 03 22:20:42 EDT 2003
UpsideLindeman Lake is beautiful. DownsideThere can be lots of people.
Posted By: jeannette
- Fri Jun 27 12:26:30 EDT 2003
UpsideLindeman Lake is beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise water, it's amazing. CommentAlthough Lindeman Lake is the more beautiful of the both lakes, it's definitely worth going to Greendrop Lake, too.
Posted By: yarlie123
- Tue Jul 30 00:57:51 EDT 2002
UpsideLindeman Lake is a gorgeous place for a swim in the summer, with crystal clear water, big rocks to jump off of, and the rocky gargoyle peaks towering above it. DownsideI wasn't as impressed by Greendrop Lake, and the trail to it was kind of wet in places. CommentGreat little jaunt up to Lindeman-steep enough that it's hard,, but short enough that it doesn't kill you!