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Default ELK Mountain Trail. Dec 7 ,& 30, 2019.

There is this very popular trail in the Chilliwack area, we all know about. Its been a while since there has been a trip report but suffice it to say not too much has changed in the last few years.

Two trips are noted here, first trip Dec.07 took us up a snow free trail except for a few patches on top of Elk Ridge, and more solid snow by the rock cairn well beyond within 1 km of Thurston Peak.

First trip was about 12 -13 km return....5 hours hiked. and a mild day with mists and fog....
I hiked up with one companion, Jana, main objective was to get a good workout.

Elk -trail map
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Trailhead Post
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View parking lot thru the trees
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Up the pleasant green forest trail
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Crossing the logging road..
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We are getting up into the fog, high up in the forest and by the washroom facility just behind, below Elks N ridge
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some delightful moss....Click image for larger version

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Tree festooned with lichen and hanging moss....Click image for larger version

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The rock cairn well beyond Elk Ridge summit, 1 km short of Thurston Peak

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Dec.30, 2nd trip with five friends: Paul, Jana, Ziff, Cameron, and Wilf..

Leaving trail head...
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Crossing logging road
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Steep part of trail ascending just below the lookout.
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From Lookout to from Elk Trail
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We had lunch behind the trees down a bit from the summit, the wind kicked up and it got very chilly. temperature dropped from near zero in the forest to -3'C WITH 20 kmph winds.


On our return, descending the steep trail below the lookout. Click image for larger version

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