Distance From Vancouver:
136.5 kilometers: 90.5 km from Vancouver
(Grandview Hwy entrance to Hwy 1 East) to Exit 119 (Yale Rd / Vedder Rd)
in Chilliwack. Then 5.5 km on Vedder Road to Chilliwack Lake Road. Then
40.5 km on Chilliwack Lake Road to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. Then
walk South for about 10 minutes along the lake to the trailhead located across a bridge.
Mountains around the lake. Several creek
crossings. Fairly interesting forest. Very few bugs except right at the
Remote wilderness area. Limited number of good
views. The trail is easy to moderately challenging, but can be dangerous
in wet conditions. Many fallen trees make parts of the trail a bona fide
obstacle course. Hiking
boots and trekking poles highly recommended.
Several stretches of the trail are grossly overgrown -
be very careful while hiking through these
stretches, as the ground could be uneven, and there are some hidden
holes in the middle of the path
- a high potential for a broken ankle.
The lake itself is more like a pond - it is that small.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Coordinates: Page 5 (Chilliwack
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103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia (2008 edition): hike #73.
Radium Lake Hiking Trail start is located in
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. Please, see
our previous trip report for trailhead directions. This trail does
not lead to many good views, though the mountains around the lake look
impressive. For better views, it appears you would need to continue on
to Mt. Webb trail, which is about twice as steep, and starts at Radium
1. We are about to cross the
bridge separating Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
camping area from the
Radium Creek trailhead.
2. Nice view of Chilliwack Lake from the bridge.
Chilliwack Lake Province of British Columbia Canada
3. Having crossed the bridge, check out the
challenge ahead of you.
4. The trail is wide and easy at the beginning.
Radium Lake Trail Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
5. You are walking along a river for a while. This is
actually a part of TransCanada Trail.
6. The first major split. Turn left here, away from
the river. Signage provided.
7. Twenty five minutes after the beginning of the
hike, the second major split arrives. To the right is Centre Creek
Trail. To the left is Radium Lake Trail.
8. Fifteen minutes later, the trail is briefly
overgrown. But this is not as bad as what is coming later.
9. Soon, you are crossing an interesting suspension
Suspension Bridge Radium Lake Trail Province of BC Canada
10. Twenty minutes later, it is time for Radium Creek
crossing (there are a total of three crossings) on a fairly wide log
seen above a fallen tree.
Radium Lake Trail British Columbia Canada
11. Nice view from the log.
12. There are some roots on the path.
Radium Lake Trail BC Canada
13. And here is another creek crossing.
Photo of a Bridge Across Radium Creek BC Canada
14. Right after that, the most impressive view of
Radium Creek arrives, complete with a mini-waterfall.
Radium Creek Province of British Columbia Canada
15. In less than ten minutes, you are entering the
most dangerous part of the trail. It is grossly overgrown for several
hundred meters. Long-sleeved shirt and pants would protect from
scratches here. But the biggest danger lies in several holes in the
ground, which you need to see through the vegetation, in order to avoid
injuring your ankle. This is where trekking poles would come very handy.
Radium Lake Trail
16. Moving on, we get to use this ladder.
Radium Lake Trail BC Canada
17. And then a final steep stretch before the lake.
Radium Creek Trail
18. Radium Lake turned out to be very, very small.
Also, the area around the lake is quite marshy, so be careful not to get
your feet wet.
Radium Lake Province of BC Canada
19. At least, the mountains near the lake looked good.
20. It took some manoeuvring around the marsh to get our best shot of the lake.
Radium Lake BC Canada
Radium Lake is a decent trail, though it offers few
views, compared to many other trails.
"103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia" has an impressive photo of many mountains on the page
describing this trip. However, to actually see that view, you would need
to be on Mount McDonald, as stated in the book. And that mountain is a
few hours of strenuous hiking away from Radium Lake. Hiking time to the
lake - 2 hours 50 minutes. Return hike time - 2 hours 10 minutes.