Rainy hike to Lindeman Lake

Lindeman Lake is a great short hike located almost at Chilliwack Lake. To get there head up Chilliwack Lake road resetting your odometer at the beginning of the road. You’ll drive up around 40km and on the left side of the road you’ll see a large gated parking area. If you get to the gravel road or Chilliwack Lake you’ve just barely gone to far.

My Daughter and partner in hiking

My Daughter and partner in hiking

Lindeman Lake is around 5km long and gains 215m (700ft) over the course of the hike and has an average grade of 8.6%. You can hike this year round but may encounter some snow in the winter season.

The excellent log bridge

The excellent log bridge

One of the highlights for my kids is the big log bridge. On our most recent excursion Eden went over the bridge no less than 10 times just because she thinks it’s so awesome.

During the hike you’ll encounter lots of boulders with some sections of the trail traversing small boulder fields. These boulder fields can make the going a bit tough for smaller legs though my oldest (5 years old) can now handle them with no help. She’s done the hike a number of other times as well and really just needed a hand as she scrambled over the boulder fields.

Eden just finished navigating a boulder field

Eden just finished navigating a boulder field

Once you’ve got to the top you’ll be treated to a great view of the lake and surrounding mountains. This is a cold lake, I’ve never swam in it even when temperatures outside are over 30 C. I’ve talked about it but only ever got to my knees before deciding it was much to cold for my taste.

Snacking talking and enjoying the view of the lake

Snacking talking and enjoying the view of the lake

Hot chocolate break at the lake

Hot chocolate break at Lindeman Lake

This is one of my favourite hikes in the area due to the ease of year round access and the interesting boulder fields and the great view of the lake.

The biggest disappointment (and proud moment actually) was the wealth of garbage sitting right at the trailhead. I’d guess that someone was camping up there and carried their garbage down only to leave the bag at the side of the road because of course someone else will just come get it for them…right?

I’d guess an animal got in to the bag and there was garbage and liquor bottles strewn everywhere by the gate. Now I’ve got an awesome 5 year old that just needs to clean up the garbage so she wrestled a garbage pail out of the ditch and cleaned up a ditch then I carried it to the gate and we cleaned up all the garbage and took home the recycling.

My beautiful big girl cleaning up

My beautiful big girl cleaning up at the Lindeman Lake parking lot

It’s unfortunate but you see this type of treatment up and down the Chilliwack River Valley regularly. Due to it’s ease of access it’s common to get party/campers along the river who really don’t care about the mess they leave.

We always pack a few extra garbage bags in our car and if the opportunity presents itself we’ll fill them up with the kids and dispose of them at home.

If you’re in the area and only have a few hours the experience some of the awesomeness of BC take a trip up Lindeman and enjoy the beautiful lake view.

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  1. Lindeman is a beautiful little hike. Offers a good challenge as it climbs, and so breakthtakingly beautiful when you get to the lake . Have always wanted to go on to green drop, so today we did it. Not worth the hike. Climbing over boulders for at least half of the 2 hour recommened time to reach the lake. Views not so spectaculiar once there- more private yes. I will give it that.

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    1. Yeah I’ve never gone to Green Drop because I’ve been told that so many times. When we have more time we always to somewhere else.

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  2. […] sure she’s wearing warm socks that stay warm when wet. When we took them on a hike last winter to Lindeman Lake in the pouring rain, she never did complain about wet feet or discomfort or cold […]

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  3. […] had other jackets used in similar conditions, including a decent sized hike to Lindeman Lake in 50mm+ of rain and the kid was dry. Not so with the Columbia Switchback. The thing leaks like a […]

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