Phil on Slollicum Peak:
“In search of a snowy summit on a scorching day, four intrepid Wanderung-ers headed to Slollicum Peak. After muscling our 4×4 up to the trailhead, it was a 4-hour hike on a moderately well marked trail. We were greeted with blooming flowers, the odd stinging nettle, and babbling brooks. The summit was snow covered, and offered a great 360 degree view of the hanging Slollicum Lake, Mt Baker, Harrison Lake, and the countless surrounding peaks.
Distance: 13 km
Elevation Gain: 1440 m
More hike information on Club Tread”
Susie D. checking out lakes near Harrison Hot Springs:
“This turned out to be a stellar idea for a day trip! On a hot sunny day it was great to mix swimming with hiking. We first hiked the Whippoorwill Trail at Harrison Lake. It was somewhat offputting to see all the dead salmon floating in the lake after spawning, but we got used to the idea. We then swam at a little sandy bay away from the main Harrison beach. We shared the bay with an guy with a houseboat named the Pimp, but declined his invitation to join him for an afternoon of partying. After gelatos in Harrison we headed on to Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park. What a pretty lake! We hiked a couple of km to the far end, where there was a quiet beach that we only had to share with a couple of other groups – space for all. The water was warm, fantastically clear, and we spent quite a long time in the water. After drying off and hanging out on the beach for a bit it was time to head back to town, with a stop at the organic hazelnut store on the way back. We all returned armed with hazelnut butter. The objective of the day was to have a relaxing day away from the city, and we definitely achieved our objective.”
Erez atop Slollicum Peak:
“This was my third attempt at Slollicum. The other two times were in the middle of winter. The trail was much easier to find when most of the snow has melted at lower elevation. Make sure you don’t miss the flagged marked right-turn just after entering the forest after about 800 m along the Harrison East FSR like I did. When I was there before, we couldn’t find a section of the trail (just when you cross the first gully), and we assumed that it was due to a land-slide. Not true. The trail actually leads across the gully. Consistent snow started at around 1300 m, where the markers seemed to taper-off. But from that point it was pretty obvious how to climb to the ridge, and then take a left to reach the peaks. Snowshoes were not needed as the snow was pretty packed. The second (true) summit is worth the extra walk as it is more open and provides very nice 360 degree view. The huge Harrison lake is spread on the west, and Mt. Baker is prominent in the south. In the east I saw little Slollicum lake which was frozen.
This is a very nice and not difficult summer hike. If you like Harvey/Brunswick/the lions, you’ll enjoy seeing similar views in a new location.”
Steve on Bear Mountain:
“Three cars, 9 hikers, 123 km there, 2 GPS, 21 degrees, 0 wrong turns, 1 viewpoint, 1 pair lost sunglasses, 18 km hiking, 1 km on snow, 2 much windfall, 1 froggy pond, 1 amazing lunch spot overlooking the Fraser valley and the Cheam range, 2 borrowed insoles, 1 pair found sunglasses, 1 brown bear sighting, 1 swim in lake, 1 huge $%&* burger at the Wildcat Grill, 123 km driven home, 9 happy hikers.”
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.”
Sandra on Bear Mountain:
“Four of us hiked Bear Mountain and basically had the whole trail to ourselves. Got a good view of Harrison Lake and black flies and made a detour to Bear Lake. As expected, parts of the trail were not well maintained and we had to climb over/duck under fallen trees/debris, push through overgrown brush, etc. but nothing we couldn’t handle. It was a long climb up but we were eventually rewarded with amazing views of the Fraser Valley and Cheam mountain range though it was windy at the lookout. On the way down, the light was just right so that the colour of the leaves were simply brilliant.”