Chilliwack Valley

Elk Mountain

Interesting Facts: 

Elk Mountain is the western end of the ridge dividing the Chilliwack valley from the Fraser Valley. This "peak" is really just the high point of a ridge leading to Thurston, after which the trail drops only 42m before continuing on another 2 km to Thurston. (from bivouac.com)

YDS Class: 
Hiking
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Summit Elevation (m): 
1,432

While in BC for a family wedding my father-in-law suggested that the 'boys' should go bag a peak somewhere. Well, since I'm a prolific peak bagger I couldn't resist this chance! At first the idea was to climb Golden Ears. Once I researched that scramble I realized that our group did not have the necessary experience or gear to attempt this objective. Dad suggested Elk Mountain, since he'd done it a few times with his high school students. After researching Elk, I realized that this could turn into a two peak day with Elk and Thurston and with Elk being mainly a hike and Thurston only an hour further along a ridge this sounded like the perfect objective for a half-day outing.

 


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Summit Elevation (ft): 
4,698
Elevation Gain (m): 
800
Total Distance (km): 
15.00
Difficulty Notes: 

Easy hiking and scrambling on a trail with minor exposure on some sections.

Thurston, Mount

Interesting Facts: 

This mountain is reached by continuing along the ridge from Elk Mountain. Good views of McGuire, Slesse, Cheam Range and the logged out bowl of upper Chipmunk Creek. (from bivouac.com

YDS Class: 
Hiking
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Summit Elevation (m): 
1,630

After scrambling up Elk Mountain, three of us decided to continue on to Mount Thurston, the actual high point on the ridge. We were in a wee bit of a hurry since the rest of our group was heading back down Elk shortly, and we didn't want to keep them waiting in the parking lot too long. The beta I had indicated that Thurston was about a one hour hike from Elk. That meant 2 hours round trip - a bit too long for our tastes, so we aimed to cut that time down a bit.

 


!!Attention!! explor8ion.com is being updated and trip reports migrated to a new site while this one is still operational. The new version of this trip report can be found at https://verndewit.com/2010/07/27/thurston-mount-elk-mountain/ and contains more photos in a modern format. For more information on this move and possible future changes please click here.


 

Summit Elevation (ft): 
5,348
Elevation Gain (m): 
1300
Total Distance (km): 
15.00
Difficulty Notes: 

Easy hiking and scrambling on a trail with minor exposure on some sections.