Trip 074 - September 16, 2014 (Tuesday)

Mount Cheam Peak Trail Hike

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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 left onto Chilliwack Chipmunk FSR. It's then about 10 kilometers more on Chilliwack Chipmunk 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 on photo #1 (except you would be arriving from the opposite side). It's then about 10 kilometers more on Chilliwack Chipmunk to the trailhead.

Liked: Once 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 subalpine terrain.

Of note: Unless you have a high-clearance short-wheelbase 4x4 vehicle, numerous deep water bars 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 popular. Hiking boots and poles are recommended. There were lots of overly friendly flies at the peak itself.

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 at BackroadMapbooks.com.

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #69.

Related Website: Chilliwack District FSR Conditions.

Other Trips in Chilliwack Area: Ling Lake 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.

19. Just over an hour into the hike, you start walking around the left side of Mount Lady.


Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

20. Mount Cheam then appears in front of you. The path takes you over the top of the mountain on the photo below, and the peak is not seen yet.


Mount Cheam British Columbia Canada

21. This side of Mount Lady looks great too.


Mount Lady Seen From Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

22. Just to the left is a short side trip to a point overlooking Wahleach (Jones) Lake. But you would get a good look at that lake from Mount Cheam too. It takes about an hour from here to get to the peak of Mount Cheam.

23. One of the surprises of this hike was that despite the fact that it was a weekday, that not every vehicle would make it to the trailhead, and that this area is remote, we have encountered over twenty people that day. Here are two groups passing each other on the path seen on the photo above.

24. Meanwhile, we are going up Mount Cheam. This is where the trail becomes somewhat steep in places.


Photo of Mount Cheam Peak Trail British Columbia Canada

25. Close to the peak, there is this cairn and a flat area offering extensive views of Fraser Valley. Time from the trailhead to the cairn: 2 hours 12 minutes.


Cairn Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

26. The peak seen from the cairn. Two people could be observed at the peak.


Mount Cheam Peak Trail British Columbia Canada

Here is our video of the views from the cairn area:

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27. A local resident.


Photo of Chipmunk Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

28. View of Fraser Valley from the cairn area.


Fraser Valley Seen From Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

29. View to the right, towards the peak.


Fraser Valley Seen From Mount Cheam Peak Trail British Columbia Canada

30. Now looking behind at Mount Lady.


View of Mount Lady From Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

31. A bit to the left.


Picture of Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

32. We are still at the cairn and are looking at the peak of Mount Cheam.


Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

33. A few minutes later, we are at the peak. Wahleach (Jones) Lake seen on the left side.


Mount Cheam Peak Province of British Columbia Canada

34. A better look at the lake.


Wahleach (Jones) Lake Seen from Mount Cheam

35. Looking left, we see Fraser Valley one more time.


Photo of Fraser Valley Seen From Mount Cheam Peak Trail British Columbia Canada

Here is our video of the views from the peak:

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36. Now looking back from the peak toward the cairn area.


Mount Cheam Peak Trail BC Canada

It could be difficult to get to the trailhead, but, once you are there, the trail is fairly easy, and the views are great. Highly recommended.


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