Elk Mountain

October 11, 2015

1432m

Chilliwack, BC

This Thanksgiving long weekend has been quite rainy in the BC coast, but upon examining the weather models it seemed like there’s a brief window on Sunday between two storm systems. It’s still going to be cloudy, but at least the chance of precipitation was minimal. I figured it might actually be a good day to take my mom out for a hike. I had a few options in mind, but eventually decided on Elk – Thurston trail. This easy-to-access trail traverses two named summits at or below treeline and is one of the most popular by Chilliwack Valley. Elk Mountain is the first one and though geologically insignificant it does offer some good views of the Fraser Valley.

Elk to Thurston hiking route

Elk to Thurston hiking route

Elk View Road is narrow and very windy but does dispatch a good amount of elevation gain (the trail-head elevation is more than 600 m). The trail was easy to follow. It crossed one logging road at some point and after that it took a sharp turn climber’s right following the spine of the ridge up. After roughly 3 km it steepened significantly and after a few hours work we arrived at an opening area. Shortly after it’s the summit of Elk Mountain.

Staircases on the trail

Staircases on the trail

The coastal rainforest

The coastal rainforest

Started to get a view of Fraser Valley

Started to get a view of Fraser Valley

Hiking up the trail

Hiking up the trail

It started to open up

It started to open up

More about this trail

More about this trail

Following the ridge crest

Following the ridge crest

The city of Chilliwack

The city of Chilliwack

Another look at the Fraser Valley

Another look at the Fraser Valley

Almost there

Almost there

The connecting ridge leading to Mt. Thurston

The connecting ridge leading to Mt. Thurston

Chilliwack Valley and some clouds formation

Chilliwack Valley and some clouds formation

Me on the summit of Elk Mountain

Me on the summit of Elk Mountain

There’s nothing special about this peak. The view was partially obscured by the trees but we were also lucky to have some blue skies (given the forecast we weren’t quite expecting that). Looking ahead the ridge appeared fairly long and we soon turned our attention to the next objective – Mount Thurston.

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