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Trans Canada Trail Legend:
|Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)|
|Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)|
|Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)|
|Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route|
|Trans Canada Trail Closed|
|Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)|
Alternate Route Legend:
|Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers|
|Alternate Route for Hiking|
|Alternate Route for Equestrians|
|Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail|
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About the Route:
The Chilliwack River Valley teems with mystery. The wild Chilliwack River is a favourite for fishermen and kayakers and leads to approximately 25 km of fish channels, a fish hatchery, and a myriad of mountain streams. The towering mountains offer a multitude of sought after rugged trails to high lakes and ridges. There are complete rainforest ecosystems and Chilliwack Lake itself is a large body of water that intrigues and is so awe inspiring that it brings out the poet in us. Wildlife abounds including birds of prey, the Blue Heron, many other bird species, bears, deer, and wild mountain goat to name a few.
This section of coastal rainforest is magnificent. It is also a timber harvest area. Tree species: Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, red alder, paper birch, and black cottonwood. Plants: salal, sword fern, bracken fern, flat moss, false azalea, lanky moss, step moss, Alaskan blueberry, goose berry, dull Oregon grape, false Solomon's seal, thimbleberry, wild ginger, prickly rose, and devil's club.
There are enough adventures available in the Chilliwack River Valley to fill several complete summers. These include: Liumchen Ridge, Mt. Slesse, Mt. Ford, Williams Peak, Pierce Lake on Mt McFarlane, Elk Mt., Cheam Peak, Mt. Foley, Mt. Laughington, Williamson Lake, Radium Lake, and Lindeman, Greendrop Lakes. The east end of Chilliwack Lake takes the adventurer to a prized first growth forest known as Sappers Park, and a trail that crosses the US border to North Cascades National Park and goes as far as Ross Lake. There are, of course, other uncharted treks that takes the traveler along valleys or mountain passes.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
Please note! Paleface Pass is usually laden with snow until Mid June. If you plan on embarking over the Pass before this, you may encounter deep snow. Contact us for the latest conditions! Also, as of October 30, 2018 the thickest part of the brush has been cleared on the Silverhope side and on the Paleface Creek side the Forest Service Road has been completely reestablished and can be easily cycled right up to the Pass even. If on a bicycle, you are likely going to be pushing your bike up some of the fairly steep inclines.. The pass itself while having a somewhat challenging single track trail it is enjoyed for its mystical qualities. Cyclists with panniers and trailers are well advised to go back to Chilliwack and use our alternate route to Hope.
While very rewarding, going from Chilliwack to Hope via Chilliwack Lake and Paleface Pass, the Chilliwack River Valley offers challenging rugged natural trails and forest roads. It is also a summer-fall route because of its high elevation gain over Paleface Pass (up to 4200 ft). The Tolmie Trail from Tamihi to Anderson Creek is still being upgraded as of the Summer of 2018, a 6-km section of trail that has been severely damaged by motorized recreation. It has been cleared of severe windfalls and debris as of July 2, 2018.
Change of elevation is approximately 1370 m (4200 ft) over 60 km. Expect the trail to go up and down 20 to 90 metres several times during the first 45 km from Cultus Lake.
- At Cultus Lake - 60 m/200 ft
- At Liumchen Bridge 300 m/1000 ft
- At Tamihi 120 m/400 ft
- Tolmie Trail (West high point 240 m/800 ft -- East high point 300 m/1000 ft) - Change of elevation 600-700 ft twice
- At Borden creek 180 m/600 ft
- Larsons Bench 330 m/1200 ft
- Post Creek Bluff 660 m/2150ft (change of elevation 90 m/300 ft)
- Chilliwack Lake - 625 m/2050 ft
- Paleface Pass - 1270 m/4150 ft
- From Paleface Pass to Hope there is a 1170 m (4000 ft) elevation change. More than half of the change is in the first 12 km.
The main spots are: Cultus Lake, Tamihi Forest Recreation Service Campground, Thurston Forest Recreation Service Campground, a smaller Riverside Forest Recreation Service Campground, Chilliwack River Hatchery (at Slesse Creek) and Chilliwack Lake BC Parks Campground and picnic area.
The main spots are: Cultus Lake, Tamihi Forest Recreation Service Campground, Thurston Forest Recreation Service Campground, Chilliwack River Hatchery (at Slesse Creek) and Chilliwack Lake BC Parks Campground and picnic area.
BC Parks have Campgrounds at Chilliwack Lake, Silver Lake and Eaton Lake (See Provincial Parks)
Those taking the Post Creek Route can find camping at Greendrop Lake (both ends)
There is a private campground at Slesse Park, a short ways west from Tamihi.
Bed & Breakfasts can be found in the City of Chilliwack except for Riverbend Guest House at Slesse Park near Tamihi
Stock up in Chilliwack or Hope; there are absolutely no provisions along the way, other than those found at Cultus Lake.