Trip 155 - June 3, 2019 (Monday)

Greendrop Lake Trail Hike

Via Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

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Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead:
136 kilometers: 90.5 km from Vancouver (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 40 km on Chilliwack Lake Road to the trailhead parking lot.

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) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 5 (Chilliwack Lake) F5.

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #74.

Related Website: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.

Other Trips in or near Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park: Chilliwack Lake Forest Service Road, Radium Lake Trail Hike, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park.

Other Trips in Chilliwack Area: Mount Cheam Peak Trail Hike, 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, Minter Gardens by Chilliwack BC, Town of Agassiz BC, Bridal Veil Falls Trip.

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 Radium Lake trail. 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 less 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 it is possible to hike in a loop, though taking into consideration that Flora Lake trail is much more difficult than Greendrop Lake trail.

1. From Vancouver, take Highway 1 East, and use Exit 119 to Vedder Road. Keep right after the exit.

2. Drive on Vedder Road for 5.5 km, and reach this roundabout.

3. Take the second exit to Chilliwack Lake Road.

4. Chilliwack Lake Road does not have many good views, but this one is not bad at all.

5-6. Just under 40 kilometers after the roundabout, and 300 meters before Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park campground entrance, turn left onto the Greendrop Lake Trail / Flora Lake Trail parking lot. Coordinates: N 49'05'913 W 121'27'497. Elevation: 634 meters.

7. The are enough spaces for about 50 vehicles. Here is that school bus, by the way.

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.

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 the 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 to Radium Lake trail, which we hiked in 2011.

10. The trail begins.

11. Seventy meters later, there is a split - Greendrop Lake trail is straight ahead, while Flora Lake trail is to the right.

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.

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.

14. Another fine forest scene.

15. Shortly after that, you are surrounded by a multitude of thin trees.

16. One more interesting stone.

17. Less than an hour of hiking brought us to Lindeman Lake camping area. Coordinates: N 49'06'655 W 121'27'590. Elevation: 800 meters (166 meters elevation gain from the trailhead).

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 Lindeman Lake.

21. We have met two ladies hiking with babies in their backpacks.

22. A very 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.

23. Zooming in - cool! Looks much better in person too.

24. Lots of stone-hopping is required to get to the end of Lindeman Lake and proceed towards Greendrop Lake.

25. Looking at Lindeman Lake from the other side.

Our Greendrop Lake Trail Hike report Continues on Page 2.


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