Campbell Lake 09/05/09

Michelle on the Campbell Lake trail:
“Think hiking in Chilliwack is closer to home than the Harrison Hotsprings area? Think again! This ‘think outside the Vancouver bubble’ hike proved to us that although Chilliwack is before Agassiz and Harrison on the highway, in actual fact it took us only about an hour to reach our destination, far far FAR less than reaching many popular Chilliwack trailheads. Why? Easy to navigate quick to drive highway all the way to your destination vs never ending are-we-there-yet Chilliwack Lake Rd and service roads which turn your Chilliwack turn off of Hwy 1 into just the ‘beginning’ of your trek. However, note that upon our arrival the lovely map at the trailhead was covered with a “TRAIL ACCESS CLOSED” sign. Thanks to April for taking on the wild goose chase of tracking down details. According to Public Works, trail access is scheduled to re-open by beginning of October. However, alternate access to Campbell Lake and trail is provided via the Mount Woodside service road with a 4×4, which also passes by Stacey Lake. The area was clear of snow and the views from the outlook were the highlight. Exercise extreme caution if in the area close to the #9 (Hot Springs Rd) trailhead – apparently they are doing some periodic blasting work. Public Works Inquiries 604-796-2171.”

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