Trip 067 - August 25, 2014 (Monday)

Elk-Thurston Hiking Trail

Near Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

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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.

Liked: Numerous pleasant forest scenes, mountain views, and well-maintained trail.

Of note: 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) F5-G5. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase 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, Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road, Chilliwack Bench Forest Service Road, Slesse Memorial Trail Hike, Downtown Chilliwack BC Visit, Chilliwack River Forest Service Road, Radium Lake Trail Hike, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC, Town of Agassiz BC, Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.


19. After the Fraser Valley viewpoint, the trail becomes steep for a brief stretch, and then turns into a gentle mix of ups and downs.

Elk-Thurston Trail British Columbia Canada

20. And, to your right, the mountain views come one after another.

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 ahead.

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 Thurston.

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:

A Complete List of Our Videos

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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