Cultus Lake Provincial Park near Chilliwack British Columbia
Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead:
105 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 Vedder Mountain Road. Then 0.7 km to Cultus Lake Road (which
will eventually become Columbia Valley Road). Then 8.5 km to Teapot Hill
in the forest, moss on trees, various teapots by the trail, the view
from the top, rather easy trail.
Of Note: Limited
parking by the trailhead, the trail is popular, horse manure on the
trail. A few short steep sections. Hiking poles and boots are
This particular Teapot Hill Trail is located just South of Chilliwack,
in Cultus Lake Provincial Park, and is not to be confused with
Teapot Mountain Trail North of Prince George. Both trails are
similar in that they are quite short, popular, and feature numerous
teapots by the side of the trail, left there by hikers to commemorate
the occasion of visiting the trail. The view from Teapot Mountain is
substantially better, but Teapot Hill also has a decent view from the
top. Teapot Hill is also not nearly as steep, and had no mosquitoes at
all during our hike, perhaps because it's still early in the season.
That said, there are definitely many more mosquitoes up North than it is
in the Lower Mainland, no matter which trail you hike. However, unlike
its Northern cousin, Teapot Hill has an occasional horse rider for much
of the way, so watch out for manure while enjoying the nature.
Teapot Hill trail in Cultus Lake Provincial Park is 2.5 kmlong, and can
be done in about an hour, at brisk pace. Dogs are allowed, but must be
kept on a leash. Horses are allowed for the first 1.5 km, at which point
riders may continue on Watt Creek trail, while the last kilometer of
Teapot Hill trail is reserved for hikers only.
1-2. To get to Teapot Hill 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
3. Having turned right, drive on Vedder Road for 5.5 km, and reach this roundabout.
Vedder Road Chilliwack BC Canada
4. Take the first exit to Vedder Mountain Road.
Vedder Road Roundabout - Exit to Vedder Mountain Road
5. Drive for 700 meters to another roundabout.
Vedder Mountain Road
6. Take the second exit to Cultus Lake Road.
Vedder Mountain Road Roundabout - Exit to Cultus Lake
7. About 2 km later, stay left at this fork, as Cultus Lake Road becomes
Columbia Valley Highway.
Cultus Lake Road becoming Columbia Valley Highway
8. Drive on Columbia Valley Highway to Cultus Lake Provincial Park.
Columbia Valley Highway near Chilliwack British
9-10. At 9.2 km, there is another roundabout. Take the second exit to
Columbia Valley Highway East.
Columbia Valley Highway Roundabout
11. At 12.3 km, enter Cultus Lake Provincial Park.
Cultus Lake Provincial Park Entrance
12. A campground entrance and several day use areas will follow shortly.
You may need to park at one of the day use areas, as parking by the
trailhead is limited to about 25-30 vehicles, including the parking lot
and the side of the road. Here we are approaching Teapot Hill trailhead
parking, seeing on the left side.
Columbia Valley Road by Teapot Hill Trailhead in
Cultus Lake Provincial Park
13. Arrive at Teapot Hill trailhead parking lot 14.7 km after exiting
Coordinates: N 49⁰02.555' W 121⁰59.025'.
Elevation: 47 meters.
Teapot Hill Trailhead Parking Lot
13. There is a Cultus Lake viewpoint closer to the end of the trail, but
it's badly overgrown. Here is a neat view of the lake right by the
14. Frustrate hard-working thieves by hiding your valuables before
starting the hike.
Teapot Hill Trailhead
15. Teapot Hill trail is easy-to-moderately challenging. There is a very
gentle elevation gain all the way to the top, with one or two rather
steep, but short sections.
Teapot Hill Trail - Chilliwack Hike
16. One of the most impressive features of Teapot Hill trail is hanging
moss on numerous trees.
Moss on Trees - Teapot Hill - Chilliwack Trail
17. A positive message for Teapot Hill hikers.
It Never Rains Forever message on a stone
18. Inspirational quote of the hike.
Go The Extra Mile - It's Never Crowded message on a
19. Teapot Hill trail intersects with other trails, so it's possible to
hike in a loop. At 1 km mark, our trail continues straight ahead. To the
left is the way to Edmeston Road trailhead (7.8 km).
Hike in Chilliwack Area - Teapot Hill Trail in Cultus
Lake Provincial Park
20. Teapot Hill trail is quite popular, and there was no shortage of
other hikers even on a weekday morning. On weekends, especially during
the Summer, it's going to be crowded.
Teapot Hill Hike
21. At 1.5 km, Teapot Hill trail makes a right turn. Horses are not
permitted beyond this point, and the riders may either return the same
way, or proceed straight ahead on Watt Trail (2.3 km) or Horse Trail
Loop (2.4 km).
Teapot Hill Trail in Chilliwack BC Area
22. We turned to the right.
Hiking in Chilliwack Area - Teapot Hill Trail
23. Shortly after the turn.
Teapot Hill Trail Cultus Lake Provincial Park British
24. There are two information stands on Teapot Hill trail. One of them
describes how a lightning works. The other, pictured below, talks about
some of the plants found in this area.
Plants of Teapot Hill Information Board
25. Getting close to the top.
Teapot Hill Hike
26-27. There are close to 70 teapots of all sizes and shapes located by
the side of the trail, most of them after the 1.5 km turn. Here are some
of the better ones we have found.
Teapot on Teapot Hill
28. A welcome feature of Teapot Hill trail is the presence of shade
virtually all trail long.
Teapot Hill Trail - Chilliwack Hiking
29. There is some minor traffic noise here and there, but, by and large,
is a very peaceful, easy hike.
Trail in Chilliwack Area - Teapot Hill
30. And we are at the top, after 2.5 km of hikinh. It took 42 minutes to get here.
Coordinates: N 49⁰01.814' W 121⁰59.804'.
Elevation: 291 meters (244 meters elevation gain from the start of the
Teapot Hill Observation Area
31. It's a rather large fenced-off area. However, most of the views are
obstructed by trees, and only about a 10-meter stretch by the fence has
an opening large enough to see Columbia Valley below.