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Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve

Level: Walk | Return Distance: 5km | Time: 2hrs

Chilliwack Rotary Club has recently built an Interpretive Centre and a very good trail system adjacent to the Great Blue Heron’s nesting grounds.

Directions: The site is located at the southern end of Sumas Prarie Road, Highway 1 Exit 116 (Lickman Rd) south. Drive 3km turn right on Keith Wilson Rd, drive 3km, turn left on Sumas Prarie (1km to parking lot). Alternate: Highway 1 Exit 109 (Yale Rd. West) east 2.5km to Sumas Prarie Rd. Turn right and drive 4km.

Rotary Trail (Vedder River)

Level: Walk | Return Distance: 15.5km

Popular multi-use trail follows the north dyke of the Vedder River and Canal and passes the Blue Heron Nature Reserve. Maps located at parking areas.

Directions: Highway1 Exit 119A (Sardis-Vedder). South on Vedder Rd. to Keith Wilson Rd. Turn right and access the trail and its parking lots by turning left on either Peach, Lickman, or Sumas Prairie Rd. Alternate: The trail can also be reached from Vedder Rd. by continuing 1 km past Keith Wilson to the parking lot, located to the right of the Vedder Bridge.

Salmon Ridge Trail

Level: Easy Hike | Return Distance: 2km | Time: 2hrs | Elevation: 200m | Highest Point: 200m

This short woodsy trail leads you from Chilliwack Lake Road to the subdivisions of Promontory, making it a fine leg and lung trainer for more arduous hikes in future. Turn left before the houses to attain a view. Note: At present this is not a trail with any great destination. It is part of a long-term trail network project by Chilliwack’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Directions: Highway1 Exit 119A (Sardis-Vedder). South on Vedder Rd. until you reach the Vedder Bridge. Turn left onto Chilliwack Lake Rd. and travel 600 m to a wide pull-out on the left with the trail visible above it.

Elk Mountain & Thurston Mountain Elk Mountain Map

(Elk) Level: Difficult Hike | Return Distance: 8km | Time: 4hrs | Elevation Gain: 800m | Highest Point: 1400m
(Thurston) Level: Difficult Hike | Return Distance: 15km | Time: 7hrs | Elevation Gain: 1030m | Highest Point: 1630m

Everyone’s favorite hike! Easily accessible trailhead, alpine meadows and a spectacular view are your rewards for a strenuous uphill climb. Suitable for the faily fit.

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Directions: Highway 1 exit 123 (Prest Rd.) South 4km to Bailey Rd, turn left and go 1km to the bottom of the hill turning right and uphill on Elk View Rd. Stay on the same road for 8km, where the pavement ends and the road continues straight ahead for 2km as the Chilliwack Bench Forest Rd. The gravle pit/parking lot is on the left, with the trailhead on the right.

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