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 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.
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.
26. At the end of Lindeman Lake, a short ladder brings you down, and
then there is more stone-hopping to be done. It's another 1.5-2 hours
to Greendrop Lake from Lindeman Lake.
Greendrop Lake Trail - Hiking in Chilliwack BC area
27. Stone-hopping would also be useful to avoid getting your feet wet in
some muddy sections.
Chilliwack Hiking - Greendrop Lake Trail
28. Then, there is one more boulder field to cross.
Greendrop Lake trail - Chilliwack Trail in British Columbia Canada
29. And more stone-hopping is in store. Stay to the right after the
first stone seen in the bottom right corner - it allows to walk around
Greendrop Lake Trail - Hiking in British Columbia
30. This next boulder field was the longest by far - about several hundred meters.
British Columbia Hiking - Greendrop Lake Trail in Chilliwack Lake
31. It's not all stones - the trail also goes through a forest with
its numerous roots.
BC Hiking - Greendrop Lake Trail near Chilliwack British Columbia Canada
32. One more bridge across Post creek (thus, the Post-Greendrop trail name
in Backroad Mapbook).
Post Creek near Chilliwack BC
33. The view from the bridge.
Post Creek in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
34. And here is the other Greendrop Lake / Flora Lake trails connector,
indicated by a white arrow in photo #9. It's 700 meters from here to
Greendrop Lake. If you do the math with the distances shown on the
stand seen below, the distance from the trailhead to Greendrop Lake is 6.0 km.
Our GPS distance indicator showed 8+ kilometers that we hiked to
Greendrop Lake, albeit with several short side trips.
Greendrop Lake Trail - Trail in Chilliwack Area
35. The final obstacle just several hundred meters before Greendrop Lake
are these large fallen trees.
Greendrop Lake trail in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park - hiking in
36. And here it is - Greendrop Lake camping area. It took us less than 3
hours to get here from the trailhead, despite numerous stops to take
photos, and a few very short side trips.
Coordinates: N 49⁰08.282' W 121⁰26.150'. Elevation: 932 meters (298
meters elevation gain from the trailhead).
Greendrop Lake Camping Area in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
37. Camping it is.
Camping by Greendrop Lake - Camp in Chilliwack Area
38. A tent by Greendrop Lake.
Greendrop Lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
39. Greendrop Lake is not all that impressive.
Greendrop Lake near Chilliwack BC Canada
40. But it features a very neat waterfall on the other side of the lake
- zoomed view.
Greendrop Lake Waterfall - near Chilliwack BC Canada
41. Both the Backroad Mapbook printed edition, and the Backroad Mapbook
software in our GPS showed a trail on the left (North) side of Greendrop
Lake, connecting, eventually, with
Silver-Skagit Road. However, we could see no trail on that side of
the lake, and the terrain is way too steep there, so who knows. There
is, however, a short trail on the South side of the lake, as seen in
A trail by Greendrop Lake - Hike in Chilliwack Area
42. You can take this trail to get to a few good fishing / swimming
Hiking by Greendrop Lake near Chilliwack BC
43. About 500 meters from the camping area, the easy trail along the
lake ends at this bench / fire pit / waterfall observation point.
Coordinates: N 49⁰08.400' W 121⁰25.969'.
Elevation: 951 meters.
Greendrop Lake British Columbia Canada
44. It is possible to carry on, but the terrain gets very steep, and
comes really close to the edge of the lake at some point.
Whether it's an easy hike to Lindeman Lake, or a more challenging hike
to Greendrop Lake, this trail has a lot to offer to hikers of many
different levels of experience. Highly recommended.