The Flora Lake trail is accessed off the same area as the Lindeman Lake Trail (see trail description). Take the trail on the right of the access road rather than continuing down the road to the Lindeman trailhead. The trail starts out flat but begins a brutal ascent of 1800 m in about 4 km. At the top of the pass, you are in sub alpine meadows. The trail then drops 400 m to the lake. At the lake there are 3 good campsites. The lake is small but has a huge population of small trout. I was amazed to see 3 trout hit a pebble I had tossed into the lake. A sketchy trail follows Flora Creek down to Hicks Creek and the Lindeman Greendrop Trail. I wouldn't recommend you try it unless you have good boots, a compass, map and excellent route-finding skills. It's really not worth it and it does not cover interesting territory. It mostly crosses heavy scree interspersed with heavy brush.
Follow Chilliwack River road for 40 km. Park on the side of the road (lots of break-ins, better to park in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park about 1 km further up the road). Hike down the access road, taking the first trail on the right.
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Posted By: chanrobi
- Mon Jun 08 00:36:08 UTC 2015
UpsideWe did the trailhead to flora lake and back. Cool views for about 1/4 of the trail when you are on top of the ridge looking towards Chilliwack Lake.
DownsideCompletely boring for about the other 3/4 of this. Seems to be a popular trail as you have frat boys with fire pits and garbage at nearly every viewpoint.
There are only two pads at the lake for camping, and one non pad spot. They are fairly close to each other. No other places around the lake that we could find.
If you wanted a quiet place to yourself for the weekend this probably isnt it.
340m drop into the lake after climbing about 1000m from the trailhead. ZZZZ CommentProbably won't do this again as a wilderness camping trip. Will do as a day hike. Don't bother with Flora Lake. Kind of boring.
Posted By: xecil99
- Tue Jun 02 04:55:56 UTC 2015
UpsideAmazing views, tough technical trail, big elevation gain, stunning scenery. DownsideIt depends on what gets you down. We were pretty up the whole time. CommentMy 13-year-old son and I did this trail 31 May 2015. He really wants to try his hand at the half marathon there this September and based on the hikes and long runs we've done lately (Brunswick, upper Pierce Lake), he's going to be ready!
Believe it or not it was his idea to do this 'run' after a family camping night at Lindeman. So after our oatmeal on Sunday morning we packed gels, water, and water pump and off we went. I didn't think it was quite that stiff a trail, but after what we'd been doing over the past few weeks, we had a pretty nice time. We had some slower going on the steeper sections and in the snow (some near the top and much more on the North facing slope heading down to Flora Lake). We were doing the Greendrop-Lindeman loop and were able to run most of the descent after the snow and there were runnable sections past Flora. There are several talus slopes to cross over the rest of the loop back to Lindeman, but more and more amazing scenery. If you do Flora, I highly recommend the full loop, don't let the distance scare you, the climb back out of Flora is big, and I think the bit of extra time would be worth it.
Another epic day in the local mountains with an amazing son!
Posted By: MLShoe
- Sun Sep 14 04:13:57 UTC 2014
UpsideAmazing views, so many berries to eat, and unbelievable terrain! DownsideIt is mentally and physically challenging..be prepared! Wobbly knees are a definite at the end of your hike. CommentHad an EPIC time, and would totally do it again! Went September 5th, it took us 7.5 hours, at a quick pace. Only a few stops for snacks. We did bring two dogs, they loved it. Lots of water/creeks along the way. We did fill up our water bottles in one of the creeks, so fresh!
Posted By: faltrog
- Tue Sep 03 04:22:53 UTC 2013
UpsideNice, clean lake. Trails well kept and tagged (we went Labour day weekend and there was no snow) Downsidetough hike, pretty steep relative to others in the area. So be prepared! Comment4 good campsites next to the lake. Doing the Lindeman - Greendrop - Flora loop and camping at green and flora would be great.
Posted By: andrepaulvan
- Mon Aug 22 03:48:20 UTC 2011
Commentposted my review on my blog:reviewsbyapv.blogspot.com/2011/09/flora-lake-loop-hike.htmlthe trail should do with some more markers, but I ended up taking some markers and tagging the trail at areas where I would think it was needed. I got "lost" a few times during August when the snow hasn't all melted yet, which made it difficult to see the trail.
Posted By: Dickeydee
- Thu Aug 11 20:47:37 UTC 2011
UpsideBeautiful views of chilliwack lake. Not many people on the trail because of the climb and the distance. DownsideTrail from the saddle to the lake poorly marked and not obvious when there is snow. CommentDid this hike July 26th, 2011 and hit snow just past the 4k mark. No visible markers at the top and had to turn back half way down to the lake as the route we were taking ended in a cliff. Went back up then down to below the snowline and camped overnight. Best done when the snow is gone. Long and uphill but not terribly steep. Beautiful views when the clouds parted.
Posted By: carmesan
- Tue Aug 09 05:19:41 UTC 2011
Upsidenot a lot of people, great views, we crossed a couple creeks that were so refreshing with all the heat and sweat! Downsidethe best view seemed to be of the lake, then there was a whole lot of up after the lake with not much reward CommentJust did this hike August long weekend (BC Day), and there was still lots of snow up there! We never made it to the lake, gave up after a while because there were no more views and it seemed like the trail just kept going up and up. We must have been very close the peak though. The plus side was that there were no bugs....not sure if that is usual or not.
Posted By: tompy
- Sun Sep 05 19:50:24 UTC 2010
Upsidethis trail hasn't been updated in a while so here we go. the upside is that there were great views of chilliwack lake and mountain ranges to the west and south. the trail was well marked just keep your eyes out for the markers as there are other trails that you can accidentally go down if your not paying attention. Downsidethe trail is very narrow and there are a lot of roots and rocks that can keep you from having your head up and enjoying the views, also this can cause what happened to us we almost ran into a black bear because my friend in the front had his head down and then noticed the bear and ran back. we could have got a picture but because of not noticing the bear sooner we had to react fast and use the air horn. Commentgreat work out, i did not realize how difficult this trail was after doing the lindemen and green drop trail that are beside this trail this was extreme. the trail goes strait up from the beginning and doesn't really stop for three hours and then we went down to the lake which took almost another hour. leaving the lake you have to go strait back up again before you get to go down hill so it is very exhausting. over all it was a good hike, there were hardly any bugs except for the bees nest that i stepped on and 3 of us got stung. bring lots of water, something to scare the bears away, and i really suggest hiking poles. oh ya to the asshole that camped by the lake and left a dozen empty budweiser cans and cans of chef boyardee there you are what you left there TRASH. i really hope you read this, don't come into the beautiful wilderness that we come to enjoy and leave your garbage there it was obviously a lot lighter than when you carried it in so take it with you or don't come on these trails.
Posted By: RWSHiker
- Sun Aug 20 01:05:10 UTC 2006
UpsideExcellent hike, Amazing views, especially if your hike to the peak. DownsideWas a nice hike down the valley from flora to lindeman you have to watch. Lots of mice cougars and bears. Really though. Watch the trail on the way down because you might get lost. CommentI went up there july long weekend and there was alot of wildlife activity. Awesome trip see it again next year
Posted By: Germanicus
- Mon Sep 12 01:39:59 UTC 2005
Upsideviews, workout, no people Downsideknee problems of my hiking partner, the stonefields were almost killing him... Commentnice hike, 8,5 hours including 30 min. rest at lake incl. simming in lake. Read about that it might be dangerous swimming in lake close to exit of river. Also did the peak at the ridge, on the peak is a nice campsite. Must be nice to walk the whole ridge around the lake. I defenitly recommand to make the loop means after Flora Lake going down to Green..lake or also only to Lindmann lake. Yes, we also got lost twice. Many stonefields ... hannes valley is NOTHING camparing to that. Nice hike!
Posted By: Firefightra
- Sun Aug 14 22:13:46 UTC 2005
UpsideVery beautiful views. The handful of peope that we did come across were actually headed back and intimidated by the hike; which, meant that there was no one when we got to the lake. An excellent work-out! The saddle was one of the prettiest views and Flora that this Ontarian has seen. Awesome view of Chilliwack Lake. DownsideVery steep hike right away (approx. 5.5 km up according to the kilometer markers)...the knees were killing! Once you reach Flora Lake and hike out to Lindeman Lake the trails are very sketchy and unclear (we were periodically lost)...a lot of growth has restricted viewing of trail markers. Boulder passes are abundant and can be tricky. CommentWe did this as an overnighter and were surprised by how little people would travel all the way to the lake (which was a good thing if you wanted to remain secluded like we did). It's a more enjoyable hike for those who are in shape. Lots and lots of fish in Flora Lake!!! They were jumping and I'm depressed my reel broke on the way down! We did this hike at the end of May and only encountered snow on the North side of the mountain. It did; however, rain the entire way to Lindeman Lake which made the numerous boulder passes quite slippery and made for a slow hike out. I very much enjoyed the hike!!!
Posted By: richiep123
- Thu Mar 31 05:46:04 UTC 2005
UpsideAmazing views everywhere you go, constantly throughout the hike you oversee the chilliwack lake, beautiful mountainsides and many waterfalls, the lake is also very nice. Downsidea somewhat difficult hike CommentI did this hike last year in august and there was still a little bit of snow around the peak. This hike is very difficult as a one day hike if you are not in shape, it took me and my friend approx 8 hours, but thats including the 1 hour break at the lake
Posted By: anni1979
- Wed Dec 22 18:47:09 UTC 2004
UpsideAmazing views, very few (if any)people, decent workout DownsideDon't go in May, you won't make it all of the way because there will still be snow! CommentThis is an amazing hike, we did it as an overnighter and had to camp just before the ridge when we ran into 6 feet of snow. The photos above simply do not do it justice, the views of Chilliwack Lake and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking.
Posted By: dmarr
- Thu Jul 15 02:45:19 UTC 2004
UpsideSurprisingly nice hike, with good views of Chilliwack and the surrounding mountains. There was no one else on the trail when I went. Minimal driving distance from Van or even Vic. DownsideProbably not much point in hiking down from the ridge to the lake, unless you intend to do the loop via Post Cr. CommentI hiked this in June, when there was still a lot of snow up by the ridge. The ridge itself could make a good place to camp if there is snow or snowmelt. One could also pack some water up from a stream near the top, assuming it is still running.
Posted By: Dorf
- Tue Nov 18 23:38:15 UTC 2003
UpsideAmazing views from the saddle DownsideSteep hike CommentWe did this hike July long weekend. Camped at Greendrop first and came in from the back side to Flora and came down the trail to Post Cr. Well worth the hike..take a day at Greendrop and a day at Flora to enjoy the views and fishing!