Hiking is a popular recreational pastimes, as a get-away from the hustle and bustle of urban living, while enjoying the beauty and wildlife of nature. Hiking season runs mid-May until October, thorough the snow-free season. Of course, with unpredictable weather, trails may be closed anytime during the season. The provincial or national park wardens will inform you of any closures or cautions.
Day hike, where you expect to return home before evening, doesn't require as much equipment as an overnight hike. You should wear a good pair of hiking boots (sturdy running shoes will do), and clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the outdoors, it is safer to overdress, in layers, than to be under-dressed. For a day hike bring water, food, sunscreen, a map, a compass, a rain coat, knife, matches, and of a hiking buddy.
For an overnight hike, you'll also need a tent, food bags, a change of underwear and socks, and standard camping supplies. Check with your hiking partner to prevent packing duplicate gear, to minimize gear weight.
Here are a number of the more popular trails around Chilliwack. In the sumertime, these are popular with hikers, mountain bikers (and horseback riders as noted), and in the winter, they are popular with cross-coutnry skiiers.
Heritage Wagon Trail, Chilliwack
The 1 kmHeritage Wagon Trail begins on Wilson Road and ends on Yarrow Central and runs parallel to the Southern Railway tracks.
Hope River Trail, Chilliwack
The longer and very scenic Hope River Trail starts at Townsend Park on Ashwell and ends at the Chilliwack Lions Club Hall (formerly Kinsmen Community Hall) on Fairfield Island. This trail will extend to loop around Fairfield Island.
Luckakuck Trail, Chilliwack
The 1 km Luckakuck Trail runs from Luckakuck Way to Sapphire Drive along the Luckakuck Creek and is a popular shortcut to the area's malls and shops.
Mount Thom, Chilliwack
This pedestrian and equestrian trail starts on Forrester Road on Promontory, and heads up to the Mount Thom Summit (480 m). With well over 60 hectares to hike, and a net 100 metre change in elevation, this hike can take most of an afternoon
Rotary Vedder River Trail, Chilliwack
This beautiful 7 km trail runs along the Vedder River and is well suited for running, biking, walking, horseback riding, plus great accessibility to fishing along the Vedder River (particularly Sockeye and Coho). There are even some nice beach areas for hot summer days.
Teskey Trail, Chilliwack
The new Teskey Trail is still being developed, beginning in Promontory Park West, and will eventually loop through the Promontory community.