Distance From Vancouver (Grandview Hwy Entrance to Hwy 1 East) via
Chilliwack Bench FSR: About 127 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, 16.8 km later, turn
onto Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR. It's then about 10 kilometers more on
Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR to the trailhead.
Distance From Vancouver (Grandview Hwy Entrance to
Hwy 1 East) via Chilliwack Lake Road: About
137 kilometers: 90.5 km from 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 about 27 km on Chilliwack Lake Road to
Chilliwack Foley FSR (turn left). Then 2 km to a 3-way intersection
(Chilliwack Foley turns right, but you need to turn left onto Chilliwack
Chipmunk FSR extension). Then, 1.8 km later, you are at the intersection
of Chilliwack Chipmunk and Chilliwack Bench shown in photo #1 (except
you would be arriving from the opposite side). It's then about 10
kilometers more on Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR to the trailhead.
you get to the trailhead, the trail is fairly easy, with just a few
strenuous stretches. The views are great both of the mountains and the
Unless you have a high-clearance
short-wheelbase 4x4 vehicle, numerous cross-ditches
on Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR would cause at least minor damage to you
ride. If you choose to hike Chipmunk FSR instead, it's going to be an
extra 5 hours return up and down a fairly strenuous road. Or use a
bicycle to the trailhead, and save a lot of time. There is very
little tree cover on Chipmunk FSR and the trail itself, requiring sun
protection on sunny days. Despite a substantial distance from populated
areas, the trail is quite busy. Hiking boots and poles are
recommended. There were lots of overly friendly flies at the peak
out to be quite an adventure. The trail itself was great, but, since we
do not have a "high-clearance, short-wheelbase 4x4" (read "Jeep Wrangler
or the like"), we decided to hike Chipmunk FSR to the trailhead. This,
in turn, caused an outpouring of concern and offers of a ride from
passing motorists (about eight vehicles passed us by), who apparently
did not expect anyone hiking on Chipmunk. A few people, who we later met
on the trail, came up to talk about us walking on that road. What's
there to say - it's quite heart-warming to know that so many people are
willing to give a ride to a complete stranger who does not appear to be
in any distress. The wilderness brotherhood in action. God bless you
1. We start our trip report on
FSR where it meets Chilliwack Chipmunk
FSR, seen on the left side.
Chilliwack Bench FSR at Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR British Columbia Canada
2. Immediately after turning left, this
is what you see. There is actually a sign stating "Cheam Peak Trail" (seen on the
left side of the photograph). There will be no more signs or any flagging
tape until the trailhead, and there are several side roads, but follow
the main road and you'll get to the trailhead.
Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR Start near Chilliwack BC Canada
3. And, just around the corner, there is a great place
for target shooting and for parking your vehicle, if you intend to save
it from abuse.
4. The abuse comes from 20+ cross-ditches, which appear
deceptively shallow, but, alas, a few of them are deep enough to cause
problems, and all of them only get bigger and deeper with time. We have
seen Jeep Wranglers handle them just fine (which by no means guarantees
problem-free driving in the future on this obstacle-course road). Yet, a
Nissan pickup and a Jeep Cherokee hit the ground in our presence when
climbing out of these cross-ditches.
Chilliwack Chipmunk Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
5. Aside from the fact that Chilliwack
Chipmunk FSR is fairly steep, it is also mostly featureless, making for
a boring hike. Even this bridge, which we encountered about 1.5 hours after the
start, has rather bland creek views.
Bridge Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR BC Canada
6. Fifteen minutes after the bridge, we are finally
being rewarded with the first glimpses of Mount Lady. It is a gorgeous
mountain, and is the highlight of the entire hike.
Mount Lady Mountain Seen From Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR BC Canada
7. This was an interesting encounter - an excavator
working on Chipmunk FSR. This means that logging might take place here
in the near future. If this would result in some/all of the cross-ditches
being fixed, that would be great news.
Chilliwack Chipmunk Forest Service Road BC Canada
8. Getting closer to the trailhead.
Photo of Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR British Columbia Canada
9. Speaking of Mount Lady...
Mount Lady Seen From Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR BC Canada
10. A neat scene on the side of the road.
View on the Side of Chilliwack Chipmunk Forest Service Road BC Canada
Here is our video of the views from Chilliwack Chipmunk Forest Service Road: