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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.