Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead:
136 kilometers: 90.5 km
from Vancouver via Highway 1 East (Grandview Hwy entrance to Hwy 1) to Exit 119 (Yale
Rd / Vedder Rd) in Chilliwack. Then, 5.5 km on Vedder Road to Chilliwack
Lake Road. Then 40 km on Chilliwack Lake Road to the trailhead parking
Liked: Lake views,
mountain view, haphazard stone formations, waterfall at Greendrop Lake,
a fairly easy trail, shade in the forest, almost no bugs.
Of Note: The trail is popular, some muddy
sections, the trail becomes moderately challenging after Lindeman Lake.
Hiking boots and poles are recommended (to Lindeman Lake) and are highly
recommended on the trail to Greendrop Lake. Backcountry camping is
subject to a $5 per day fee.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains BC Backroad Mapbook (2nd edition)
Page 5 (Chilliwack Lake) F5.
103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia (2008 edition): hike #74.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.
Other Trips in or near Chilliwack Lake Provincial
Flora Lake Trail,
Chilliwack Lake Forest
Radium Lake Trail,
Other Trips in
Williams Ridge Trail,
Mount Thom Lookout
Loop Trail, Vedder Rotary Loop
Teapot Hill Trail Hike, Chilliwack Dyke Trail,
Mount Cheam Peak
Trail, Ling Lake Trail Hike (off
Chilliwack Foley FSR),
Foley FSR, Chilliwack
Bench FSR, Elk-Thurston Trail,
Slesse Memorial Trail, Downtown Chilliwack BC
Visit, Minter Gardens,
Town of Agassiz BC,
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial
Little did we know slightly less than nine years ago, in August of 2011,
while hiking Radium
Lake Trail in
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, that a much better (albeit
substantially more crowded) alternative exists just a few kilometers
away. Greendrop Lake Trail (called Post-Greendrop trail in Backroad
Mapbook) goes for just over seven kilometers, and is vastly more
picturesque than its Radium Lake counterpart. Greendrop Lake Trail takes you past
Lindeman Lake with its camping area, and ends at Greendrop Lake, where
camping is also quite popular. The trail to Lindeman Lake takes about an
hour, and is easy enough for schoolchildren, of whom we met a school
bus-full today. Past Lindeman Lake, the trail is more complicated, and
features substantially fewer fellow hikers. It takes another 1.5 to 2
hours to get to Greendrop Lake, and one would have to cross several boulder fields, and climb over very large fallen trees at
the end of the trail. Flora Lake trailhead starts at the same parking
lot, and, depending on trail conditions, it may be possible to hike in a loop, though taking into
consideration that Flora Lake Trail is much more difficult than
Greendrop Lake Trail.
1a-1b. From Vancouver, take Highway 1 East, and use Exit 119 to Vedder Road.
Keep right after the exit.
TransCanada Highway 1 Eastbound in Chilliwack BC Approaching Exit 119
Vedder Rd / Yale Rd - August 2020 photo
TransCanada Highway 1 East Exit 119 Vedder Road / Yale Road/ Chilliwack City
Center - August 2020 photo
2. Having turned right, drive on Vedder Road for 5.5 km, and reach this roundabout.
Vedder Road Chilliwack BC Canada
3. Take the second exit to Chilliwack Lake Road.
The start of Chilliwack Lake Road
4. Chilliwack Lake Road does not have many good views, but this one is
not bad at all.
Chilliwack Lake Road British Columbia Canada
5-6. Just under 40 kilometers after the roundabout, and 300 meters
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park campground entrance, turn left
onto the Greendrop Lake Trail /
Flora Lake Trail parking lot.
Coordinates: N 49⁰05.913' W 121⁰27.497'.
Elevation: 634 meters.
Chilliwack Lake Road turnoff to Greendrop Lake and Flora Lake trailhead
7. The is enough space for about 50 vehicles. Here is that school bus,
by the way.
Flora Lake and Greendrop Lake parking lot in Chilliwack Provincial Park
British Columbia Canada
8. The yellow gate you see at the far end in the photo above is where
the trailhead is located, as well as an information board with a map of
the park, pictured in more detail in photo #9.
Parking lot for Greendrop Lake and Lindeman Lake Trail Chilliwack Lake
9. We have indicated with the red and white arrows the beginning of
Greendrop Lake and
Flora Lake trails, as well as their meeting point at
opposite side of the loop. Greendrop Lake is just above the white arrow.
Lindeman Lake is between the red and white arrows. The blue arrow points
Radium Lake Trail, which we hiked in 2011.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Map
10. The trail begins.
Greendrop Lake Trailhead - Chilliwack Trail
11. A hundred meters later, there is a split - Greendrop Lake
straight ahead, while
Flora Lake Trail is to the right.
Greendrop Lake trail split with Flora Lake trail Chilliwack Provincial
Park - Chilliwack Hike
12. A very interesting feature of the Greendrop Lake Trail for the first
one and a half or so kilometers, are numerous haphazard stone formation
on and around the trail.
Chilliwack Hiking - Greendrop Lake Trail
13. A neat bridge is located shortly after the 1 km mark. There are no
mileage indicators on this trail, but a whole lot of diamond-shaped
markers make it easy to follow a fairly obvious trail.
Hiking in Chilliwack Area - trail to Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake
14. Another fine forest scene.
Hike in Chilliwack Area - Greendrop Lake trail British Columbia Canada
15. Shortly after that, Greendrop Lake Trail is surrounded by a multitude of thin trees.
Greendrop Lake trail in Chilliwack Area
16. One more interesting stone.
Trail to Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake near Chilliwack - BC Canada
17. Less than an hour of hiking brought us to Lindeman Lake camping
area. Coordinates: N 49⁰06.655' W
121⁰27.590'. Elevation: 800 meters (166 meters elevation gain from the
Lindeman Lake camping area in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park British
Columbia Canada Hiking
18. Hikers checking out Lindeman Lake.
Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
19. Our turn.
Lindeman Lake near Chilliwack BC Canada
20. The majority of hikers went no further, but we kept going forward,
and the trail became appreciably more difficult the moment it went past
Trail to Greendrop Lake - Hiking in Chilliwack BC area
21. We have met two ladies hiking with babies in their backpacks.
Mothers hiking with babies in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
22. A pleasant surprise awaited closer to the middle of Lindeman
Lake and beyond - there was a very fine mountain peak on the other side
of the lake. We took this and the subsequent photo on the way back, when the
lighting conditions allowed for a better view.
Lindeman Lake near Chilliwack BC Canada
23. Zooming in - cool! Looks much better in person too.
Mountain Peaks above Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
24. Lots of stone-hopping is required to get to the end of Lindeman Lake
and proceed towards Greendrop Lake.
Hiking by Lindeman Lake near Chilliwack - Hike in British Columbia Canada
25. Looking at Lindeman Lake from the other side.
Our Greendrop Lake Trail Hike trip report
Continues on Page 2.
Other Trips in
Chilliwack BC Area:
Trip 155 -
Greendrop Lake Trail Hike
(Near Chilliwack BC)
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