The start of the trail is after the Depot Cr. gate and bridge: stay on the old road (the continuation of the Chilliwack Lake Road); do not take the new road that branches uphill east off this road 2 minutes walk south of the bridge, no matter if there is any signage (at this time, 2006, there is none). This old road ends at the south end of the lake where the trail proper begins going west along the south shore of the lake. The Chilliwack River Trail branches left off this main trail about 2 minutes walk from the start of the trail proper. This junction is presently signed only with the Ecological Reserve notice. The trail goes south along the east bank of the river, staying mostly very close to it.
The trail connects with the Chilliwack River trail in North Cascades National Park in Washington state.
Expect occasional tapes as the only markings, multiple parallel branches, considerable overgrown and swampy conditions, bridges in poor condition. Best time to travel is late summer/early fall, after a long dry spell.
Take the Chilliwack Lake road (from Vedder Bridge in Vedder Crossing south of highway 1) paved until Chilliwack Lake Prov. Park. The lack of grading on the road south of the Park campground shows in the endless potholes. Average speed was 25 km/hr in my 4wd; road passable in 2wd. The potholes with water still in them are the deepest. Allow 20 to 30 minutes for this section of road. The road is gated and blocked at the Depot Creek bridge (appears permanent).
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Posted By: LucasL
- Thu Jul 06 07:27:18 UTC 2017
UpsideBeautiful beach area at south end of Chilliwack lake. Worth it just for the drive on endless potholed road. Old growth forest. DownsideA quarter into the trail gets very faint, and after pushing through the flagging until halfway is not really a trail anymore. Not 3 km as description says. 2km to the beach from the depot creek gate. Than at the beach its 3 km to the US border for a total of 10km if you manage to make it to the border and back. CommentFinally got to do this one after a few failed attempts. Snow and gates at first then a rock slide another year. Now was all clear 10 km of potholed fsr but ok if you go slow. But unfortunately had to turn back with the kids halfway due to no visible trail and heavy bushes we had to go through. Some flagging was helpful to get us to push through but other flagging got us a bit confuse as some trail turned to nothing than another led the wrong way. Good experience for the kids anyway. Its all forest any way no views just nice old growth and unexpected fine sand beach.
Posted By: LucasL
- Mon Apr 11 04:49:09 UTC 2016
DownsideChilliwack lake fsr has a rock slide blocking the road 100 m from the end of pavement CommentTheir is a rock slide on the forest road but you can pass by walking if you are willing to hike on the road all the way south of the lake. Too bad since i have wanted to do this for a while now last i went there was a gate now im back with the kids and there is these big bolders on the road. Would have been great easy hike with kids but not the extra kms on the road. Next time... Hopefully they will have cleared it
Posted By: Roxanne
- Sat Nov 06 23:11:34 UTC 2010
UpsideVery beautiful, quiet and easy. DownsideTrail on US side hard to follow CommentMy husband (non hiker) and I drove a very long way to find this forest. Enjoyed the views of the surrounding mountains and the majestic forest. The trees are massive and breath taking. But for me it was a definate walk in the park. (I am into hikes like Flora loop) How ever it was a nice change.
Posted By: hiker2
- Sun Jun 25 06:21:10 UTC 2006
Comment"Time to complete" and "Length" are from the trailhead at the end of Chilliwack Lake to the US border, and are approximate, and dependent on trail and weather conditions. The trail continues, as noted, with a similar name in North Cascades National Park, for a long distance, connecting to various other trails in the park. Link to North Cascades National Park's website for info on the US trails: http://www.nps.gov/noca/ Officially, no camping south of the north end of the lake, and specifically not in the Ecological Reserve at the south end of the lake; camping in North Cascades National Park is allowed at official campsites only, and only with reservations.