Trip 070 - August 27, 2014 (Wednesday)

Ling Lake Trail

Off Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road

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Distance From Vancouver (Grandview Hwy Entrance to Hwy 1 East):
About 133 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 ten kilometers later, and Chilliwack Bench Forest Service Road begins. Then, 18.7 kilometers later, Chilliwack Foley FSR appears ahead. Drive on Chilliwack Foley for about 5 km until, just past Foley Lake, you would reach a split seen on photo #1. If you have an ATV, it could be possible to ride it all the way to the rock fall on photo #28. A small 4x4 might make it all the way to the boulder on photo #20.

Liked: Several great mountain views, waterfall, fairly smooth road surface most of the way, no bugs.

Of note: Remote wilderness area. No cell phone signal. Much of the road has no tree cover - sun protection recommended. Hiking boots and poles are recommended. Waterfall creek crossing could be a problem during spring runoff. Unable to find continuation of the trail to Ling Lake.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates to the likely beginning of the trail: Page 5 (Chilliwack Lake) D4. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Website: Chilliwack District FSR Conditions.

Other Trips in Chilliwack Area: Mount Cheam Peak Trail Hike, Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road, Chilliwack Bench Forest Service Road, Elk-Thurston Trail Hike, 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.

Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road splits in two just after Ling Lake, as seen on photo #1. The left split is covered a bit in our previous trip report, and this trip report deals with the right split, which is the continuation of Chilliwack Foley FSR. There is a sign at the beginning of the right split stating "Ling Lake Trail". We continued on this road all the way to the rock fall (after which the road is badly overgrown, as no ATV can go past the rock fall), and then returned to the Ling Lake turnoff and hiked it for a bit until losing track of the trail. Despite the fact that we were unable to find Ling Lake, this part of Chilliwack Foley FSR features several great mountain views, and is worth exploring for that reason alone.

1. Early morning start of the hike. We had a small bicycle, which was very helpful when traveling back, as the road mostly goes downhill on your return trip. So, here is the split. Coordinates: N 49'07'605 W 121'34'417. The sign by the road on the right states "Ling Lake Trail." There were no other signs, or any flagging tape, or anything else marking the trail after this.


Chilliwack Foley FSR BC Canada

2. The trail rises steadily, with few level stretches.


Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

3. In fifteen minutes, the first mountain view arrives.


Mountain View Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

4. Zooming in.


Photo of a Mountain View Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

5. And then we continue going uphill.


Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail British Columbia Canada

6. Five minutes later, there is a large opening, which might have made for a good camping area but for a slight incline.


Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

7. But then the mountain view from there is quite interesting.


Picture of a Mountain View Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

8. Don't know this peak's name, but it resembles a potato.


View of a Mountain Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail British Columbia Canada

9. Back on the road.


Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

10. One of the best things about exploring back roads is that you just never know what you might find. Like this neat small waterfall (on the right side of the photo). Note that the creek crossing here could be an issue during the spring runoff.


Creek Crossing Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

11. In the morning, without the sunlight, the waterfall did not look as good as on our way back. Here are the afternoon photos of the "Chilliwack Foley Waterfall".


Waterfall Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

12. From the other side.


View of a Waterfall Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail British Columbia Canada

Here is our video of this waterfall:

13. About forty minutes after the waterfall, you would reach the first bridge, which is in great shape. Coordinates: N 49'09'254 W 121'32'304.


Chilliwack Foley Forest Service Road - Ling Lake Trail BC Canada

14. By this time, the tree cover is minimal.


Chilliwack Foley FSR - Ling Lake Trail British Columbia Canada

15. Exposed mountain side.


Mountain View Chilliwack Foley FSR BC Canada

16. And then, the next impressive mountain view appears on your left side.


Photo of a Mountain View Chilliwack Foley FSR British Columbia Canada

17. Zooming in.


Mountain View Chilliwack Foley FSR BC Canada

18. Half an hour after the first bridge, you would cross the second bridge, also in good condition. Coordinates: N 49'09'748 W 121'32'158.


Bridge Chilliwack Foley FSR BC Canada

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