Distance From Vancouver (Grandview Hwy Entrance to
Hwy 1 East): About 110 km: 93.5 km from Grandview Hwy entrance to Hwy 1 East to Exit
123 (Prest Road) - turn right (South), then 5 km on Prest Rd and turn
left on Bailey Rd, then 700 meters later at a split stay right on Elk
View Road. Continue on Elk View Road until it ends 9.5 kilometers later, and
Chilliwack Bench Forest Service Road begins. One kilometer after that you are at the parking area for the Elk-Thurston trailhead.
Numerous pleasant forest scenes, mountain views, and
The trail is
popular. Remote highway noise for much of the trail. Remote gunfire for
much of the trail. The trail is moderately difficult with several fairly
steep sections. Hiking boots recommended. Hiking poles highly
recommended. Elk View Road is winding and narrow.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Coordinates: Page 4 (Chilliwack)
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia (2008 edition): hike #64.
Other Trips in Chilliwack Area:
Mount Cheam Peak
Trail Hike, Ling Lake Trail Hike,
Foley Forest Service Road,
Bench Forest Service Road,
Slesse Memorial Trail Hike,
Downtown Chilliwack BC
Visit, Chilliwack River Forest
Radium Lake Trail Hike,
Provincial Park, Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC,
Town of Agassiz BC,
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial
19. After the Fraser Valley viewpoint, the trail
becomes steep for a brief stretch, and then turns into a gentle mix of ups
Elk-Thurston Trail British Columbia Canada
20. And, to your right, the mountain views come one
Photo of a Mountain View Elk-Thurston Trail British Colubia Canada
21. Half an hour after the Fraser Valley viewpoint,
you reach Elk Mountain, right where this bench is located.
Bench at Elk Mountain BC Canada
22. Impressive view from the bench, including a flag
pole of sorts.
View from Elk Mountain Elk-Thurston Trail BC Canada
23. We are continuing en route to Mount Thurston, seen
Trail to Mount Thurston
24. The path goes through a pleasant forest.
Trail to Mt. Thurston BC Canada
25. There are several interesting forest scenes along
the path, including this one.
Picture of a View From Trail to Mt. Thurston BC Canada
26. We are almost there.
Trail to Mt. Thurston British Columbia Canada
27. One hour after Elk Mountain, we reached Mount
End of Trail to Mt. Thurston BC Canada
28. Great (if a bit hazy) mountain views all around.
View from Mt. Thurston BC Canada
29. How about this one.
Mountain View from Mt. Thurston British Columbia Canada
30. One more.
Photo of a View From Mt. Thurston BC Canada
31. And looking back we see Elk Mountain.
Elk Mountain Seen from Mt. Thurston BC Canada
Here is our video of the view from Mt. Thurston:
Our time to reach Mount Thurston from the parking lot:
almost 4 hours. Return time: 2 hours 20 minutes. Elk-Thurston trail
makes you sweat early, and rewards with fine views later in the hike.
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