Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Hidden Gems on Mount Cheam
One of the most spectacular views in the Fraser Valley is from the peak of Mount Cheam. From its summit one has views of the Fraser River and Valley, the mountains to the north and east and Mount Baker to the south. To reach the parking lot where the hike begins one does need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Climb over the logs at the end of the parking lot and head up the remainder of the logging road. After about 15 minutes the trail leaves the logging road and heads into the meadows. Within a few minutes one passes a small lake (pond) and the climb begins. When on the ridge take care not to venture to close to the edge and the rocks are loose and one can easily loose their footing.
Directions are as follows:
Follow Highway #1 (Trans-Canada Highway) to Chilliwack, taking Exit #119 South. Follow Vedder Road until a three-way stop just before a bridge over the Vedder River. Zero your odometer here and turn left at the stop sign onto Chilliwack Lake Road. At the 28 km mark and immediately after one of the Vedder River bridge crossings, turn left onto Chilliwack-Foley Forest Service Road. Zero your odometer again here.
Follow the forest service road for 2.0 km, turning left at the T-junction after the bridge over Foley Creek. Travel west for another two kilometers, turning right on to Chipmunk Creek Forest Service Road next to a large gravel pit. Continue to the parking area at the Mount Cheam trailhead, ignoring all of the branch roads and following the most obvious track the entire way.
Additional photographs can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/rpRjSM