Liumchen Lake Trail

Liumchen Lake Trail near Chilliwack, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
10 kms
6hours
moderate
Hiking
Fall, Summer
Chilliwack, BC
User mountaingirl
Liumchen Lake trail is one of the Lower Mainland's best-kept secrets. Only a 2-hour drive from Vancouver, this is a perfect weekend destination for those of us who like to hike more than we like to drive. This trail has a little bit of everything; spectacular views, alpine meadows, lush forest, mountain streams, and a healthy resident population of Cessna sized horse flies.

We did this trail in late July but there was still plenty of snow. Most of the meadows ranged from swampy to completely submerged. We've had such a late melt this year that August probably would have been a better time to visit. Blueberry bushes abound and the alpine flowers were blooming at the peak. It will be a few more weeks before the meadows have dried out enough for the flowers to bloom but when they do, it will be spectacular.

You will need a 4x4 to make it to the trailhead. Most cars can make it the first 13 km along the logging road (there was a Volkswagen Bug parked at this point when we did it although their license plate had taken a bit of a beating). If you don't have a 4x4, you will have to hike up (and I mean up!) the last 2 km to the trailhead. There is a large parking area and a well-marked trailhead.

The first 1.5 km of this trail climbs pretty steeply but the best views are at the top so keep that in mind as you trudge up the first 250 or so meters. There are some beautiful views of the Chilliwack mountains just before you head into the forest. The trail then heads into the trees and switches back up to the top of the ridge, depositing you at the peak with a breathtaking view of Mount Baker and the surrounding ranges which is more than enough reward for your efforts.

The trail then loses elevation all the way down to the lake. For the next 3 km, the descent is gentle with the scenery changing from forest to meadows every 10 minutes or so, often with more beautiful views. There is a branch trail on your left, which will take you to Church Mountain. Even if you don't do the Church Mountain trail, it's worth your while to take it for about 10m to the top of the ridge for another viewpoint. At about 4 km, there is another branch to Liumchen Mountain. Continue on the main trail to the right which now starts to descend more quickly down to the lake, passing a huge alpine meadow at the old cabin site before making its final decent along side a creek.

There are several camp sites surrounding the lake. The trail continues all the way around the lake although it is not always obvious. The lake is full of rainbow trout so bring your fishing gear! There was a stiff breeze coming off the lake when we got there but it died down in the evening leaving the lake completely still except for the frequent splash of a jumping trout.

The Liumchen Lake trail is a great overnighter that could be extended with the addition of trips to Church and Liumchen Mountains. The promise of so much reward for relatively little effort is pretty hard to resist!

Directions:

From Chilliwack, drive towards Cultus Lake. Drive through the town, and then hang a left on Sleepy Hollow Road. Set your odometer to 0 here. Sleepy Hollow Road turns into Vance Road and then into the Chilliwack-Liumchen West forest service road at .9 km.

Keep left at 4.4 km when the Chilliwack-Liumchen West FSR peels off to the right. AT 5.8 km, keep right and climb for 7.5 km. You'll have to leave your car here, or if you have a 4x4, take the right branch here and climb the last 1.9 km to an elevation of 1440 meters at the trailhead.

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By fredrossPosted By: fredross  - Tue Nov 19 13:58:00 EST 2013 Not Rated Question the liumchen fsr west is now open and in good shape

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By LucasLPosted By: LucasL  - Mon Jul 01 12:21:19 EDT 2013 Not Rated Question Do you think the forest road to the trailhead is doable on mountain bike?

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By LucasLPosted By: LucasL  - Sun Jun 16 01:30:36 EDT 2013 Not Rated Downside Decommissioned Forest Road Comment The Forest Road has been officially closed. The only way is to hike or dirt bike to the trailhead. That's an additional 8km walking on the forest road.
By IrvPosted By: Irv  - Sat Feb 02 22:01:26 EST 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This is an excellent hike...perhaps the best in the valley! Downside I have heard that the main forestry road leading to the smaller road leading to the trail's "parking lot" has been rendered impassible by vehicle. If that is the case, the hike will now be allot longer. Comment As per"upside".
By Jo_onthegoPosted By: Jo_onthego  - Sun May 16 00:55:44 EDT 2010 Not Rated Question My hubby and I tried to get to this location and are wondering if we missed something as we came across a yellow gate with a sign stating ASU - call phone #, etc. This is military area. If anyone knows where we went wrong let me know.

If we didn't go wrong, then someone might need to update this a little better. I can take the time to re check the route next week if you all like (right before May long weekend).

Cheers,
Jo

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By mochajayPosted By: mochajay  - Tue Sep 16 21:07:34 EDT 2008 Not Rated Question yah just wonderin how the road is to get up to the trail head to liumchen lake i have a 4x4 ford exployer will that make it?

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By eagle8Posted By: eagle8  - Sun May 04 20:31:05 EDT 2008 Not Rated Upside I made this hike several times, in the late '50's and early 60's, to restock the old cabin. One of the most pleasurable places I've been. Downside Can't hike very far anymore. Thank you, small airplanes and Google Earth. (And trailpeak.com)! Comment The cabin mentioned was built, I believe, in the 1920's by one of the Wells family of Chilliwack. Does anyone know any of the history of it? Contact me directly, if you wish. eagle8@telus.net
By earlhansenPosted By: earlhansen  - Tue Jun 27 22:17:28 EDT 2006 Not Rated Upside if you only make it to the trail head parking long it's worth the hike ( nice veiw ) Downside no downside Comment tryed to get up there mid March to much snow, and about 3km after road deactivation the winter rains washed a bank down. you need to walk or atv from that point to the upper parking lot.
By bfosterPosted By: bfoster  - Tue Nov 01 19:15:48 EST 2005 Not Rated Downside We tried to drive up the Liumchen Mtn. Forest Service Road on Sept. 21, 2005 to access the Liumchen Lake trail further up, but at Km 5.8 the road had been deactivated (trenched) by the BC Forest Service. We also tried accessing the road from the Tamihi Creek (eastern) side but it also had been trenched. I called the BCFS; they said they deactivated the road in July 2005 because of safety issued regarding a bridge crossing. That means that the only way up is to walk (much farther), bike, cycle, ATV or use a very short wheel-base 4X4. Damn!
By marksPosted By: marks  - Wed Sep 28 01:28:20 EDT 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside good trail
interesting lake
you get to 4x4 a bit !
Downside snow ! Comment mid-late summer is the best time to hike this trail. The snow lingers for a long time ! Ther is a small lake just past the last right 4x4 spur to the parking area that is worth checking out.
By drifterPosted By: drifter  - Tue Aug 05 02:06:11 EDT 2003 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside No Crowds (Aug. long weekend we were the only people there). Close to vancouver. Nice places to pitch a tent around the lake. Great views of the surrounding peaks from the ridge trail. Downside road up requires 4wd Comment To make this trail worth while you absolutely must use both routes. We hiked in on the lower trail and hiked the ridge out. Although the ridge does require some minor route finding it is all very straight forward - expect the upper trail to be very overgrown and under travled.
By drifterPosted By: drifter  - Tue Aug 05 02:05:42 EDT 2003 Not Rated Upside No Crowds (Aug. long weekend we were the only people there). Close to vancouver. Nice places to pitch a tent around the lake. Great views of the surrounding peaks from the ridge trail. Downside road up requires 4wd Comment To make this trail worth while you absolutely must use both routes. We hiked in on the lower trail and hiked the ridge out. Although the ridge does require some minor route finding it is all very straight forward - expect the upper trail to be very overgrown and under travled.
By spottyPosted By: spotty  - Thu Jul 03 22:18:36 EDT 2003 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside An easy hike with great rewards. You can hike this trail in a loop if you are a bit adventuresome. Take the left-hand fork up to Church Mountain and the follow the ridge over to Liumchen Ridge and then down to the lake. There is a bit of route finding involved but your goals are always in sight to it is not that hard. Once at the lake you can return via the main trail. A great way to spend a day. Great fishing. Downside Need a 4X4 to get to the trail head.
By denebPosted By: deneb  - Thu Aug 15 21:59:38 EDT 2002 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside A central place for stunning views of the coast mountains and the Fraser Vally below and its never busy!! Downside Your destination (the lake) is mostly down hill from your start. As a result you travel from amazing views to a small lake stuck in the bottom of a hole. I just finished this trail today Aug 14, 2002. very over grown!!! way too many bugs and logging scars as far as the eye can see. The road to the trail head sucked too!! Comment The lake is a great place to fish (I don't fish but if I held out my hand just right I would have caught one!!)The meadows were nice as a result of the flowers. If you must do this hike take the Church Mountain trail, don't waste your time battleing the over grown trail to the lake.


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