Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC, .
Chilliwack River Trail - North Cascades
I went into North Cascades Park from Chilliwack Lake last weekend. The trail through the ecological reserve on the Canadian side is still in good shape to the border. Once you cross into US territory, the trail varies from a little bushy to very sad shape. The river has changed course after some severe winter storms, which has in turn altered some of the formidable sloughs which the trail traverses. Parts of the trail have been washed out. Someone has tagged the new, altered route which is passable enough. Just before what was once Little Chilliwack camp, the river has gouged a wide new channel, which is littered with huge logs. The next 500 metres of trail, along with the campsite itself, no longer exist. You have a choice of either bushwacking next to the river until you pick up the old trail, or else picking your way through the log jam which covers the new river channel. Although I did not walk all the way to Bear Creek, I ran into a pair of American climbers who said that the trail was still in good shape for most of the way. If that is true, the worst section is between the border and about 500 metres upstream from Little Chilliwack.
Also, there is currently an impressive run of spawning sockeye, noticeable all along the river.