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lindeman Lake hike on Xmas Day 2013
Time goes by fast and it is Christmas of 2013 already. Following our tradition of a few years, we went hiking to Chilliwack to Lindeman Lake. You'll be surprised how many people do the same thing on the Christmas Day :). This is one of our favorite hikes and although it is not difficult, it gets harder when you have to hike up slippery surface. The first half of this hike is pretty steep and snow on the ground, although from a couple of weeks has melted and froze again. You have to watch your every step to make sure you won't slide down or slip and break your leg. Overall, it is an enjoyable hike this time of the year and lake looks beautiful as always. Here are a few pictures from the hike and the lake:
We just went to Chilliwack last weekend and by accident came across a trail sign for Ford Mountain. I heard about this trail when I was hiking to Williams Ridge but I no had idea about how long or difficult this hike was. So we decided just to give it a try and see what kind of hike it is. Unfortunately, timing was an issue and we only got to the lookout to enjoy the view of local mountains. After coming home and getting some more info about this hike, we decided to come back this weekend and go all the ay to the top. It was a beautiful and sunny Sunday and we were ready to get to the top this time!
I'd heard of a steep trail in Abbotsford that some call Abby's grouse grind. This Saturday afternoon, we decided to check it out, not the whole way up but to see what it is and if this is a good trail to tackle one day. Surprisingly, the Saturday afternoon turned out to be pretty hot and the steep, dusty trail made it pretty difficult to enjoy a new trail. We haven't had many rains this summer and as a result, this trail turned into a pretty dusty, and in some places slippery, steep hike. Since we only got to the trail head at around 3PM, the plan was to hike for about an hour just to get a feel for the trail and do a bit of a workout. This is exactly what we did and since the first hour of the hike is very steep, there was a lot of sweating going on! I may have to come back later this fall and try to get all the way to the peak. The forest is going to be beautiful in a month or so and at the same time the temperature will drop down to an enjoyable level. To get there from vancouver, take Hwy #1 East all the way past Sumas. Exit on Whatcom Rd and go across highway turning right on N Parallel Rd. The trailhead is located right past Abbotsford Fish & Game Club. You should be able to see an opening on the left side of the road and a trail going up! Here are a few pictures we took:
We tried to hike to Campbell Lake earlier this summer but due to time shortage had to turn back shortly after the 2km marker. This time around, we started earlier since we were camping near by and with good weather and a bit of wind blowing went on to get to the top. Did we make it or did it turned to another "attempt"? Read on to find out. I can only tell you that plans don't always work out the way you plan them :).