Ford Mountain Opens a Family’s eyes to how much more there is to do in Chilliwack

// by: Curtis Mchale

Our family has been trying to do the Quest for 10 put on by Mt Waddington’s. This is a great challenge because it gets you out on a few hikes that you may never have been on before, like Ford Mountain.

We had actually heard of Ford Mountain a few times, but had always been told that the view wasn’t good and it wasn’t worth the time. We had taken that to heart and always skipped Ford. It was a good thing that it was on the hike list this year.

We headed out from our house after lunch and got to the trailhead at around 2:45 in the afternoon. We stopped at the lower sign for the trail. While we could have driven our RAV4 further up the old road there is one big drop that a RAV4 just doesn’t have the clearance for. We could have driven an extra 200m, but it was easy hiking up an old logging road with a beautiful forest around.

Waiting for mom to feed the baby before we get hiking

Waiting for mom to feed the baby before we get hiking

The girls ready to start out and hike Ford Mountain

The girls ready to start out and hike Ford Mountain

With me carrying our 2.5 year old after about 30 minutes of hiking and our 5 year old walking and Cynthia carrying our 1 month old we headed up the trail. The trail has clearly seen maintenance in the last year or two and it’s in great shape. For kids there are some steep bits, but nothing steeper than Cheam or Elk.

Give the 5 year old the camera and sometimes you get some decent shots. We're just starting Ford Mountain

Give the 5 year old the camera and sometimes you get some decent shots. We’re just starting Ford Mountain

Finishing up Ford Mountain, at least to the upper marker. Still a bit to go to get back to the car.

Finishing up Ford Mountain, at least to the upper marker. Still a bit to go to get back to the car.

Getting to the top showed us all sorts of peaks I’ve never seen from Chilliwack Lake. Looking south you get to see how jagged Slesse is, and how many rocky bare peaks are surrounding it. The more I adventure around Chilliwack and the Lower Mainland of BC, the bigger my list of things to do gets. If you look north off the summit you can see Foley, Welch, and the edge of The Still.

Picking up glass, snacking, and feeding a 1 month old on the top of Ford Mountain

Picking up glass, snacking, and feeding a 1 month old on the top of Ford Mountain

The family group shot from the top of Ford

The family group shot from the top of Ford

The only disappointing part of our hike was the amount of glass we found at the top of Ford. While Cynthia fed our 1 month old the other two kids and I picked up a fairly large bag of broken glass. I love that our oldest always starts the garbage pickup and even double checks to make sure that we have extra bags for garbage on our trips.

Ford Mountain was totally worth the hike. It was a relatively easy 2 hours to the top (remember we have a 5 year old walking who is slower than an adult and wants to stop every 50 feet to look at something). All told including feeding a 1 month old 3 times, we were only out for 3 hours on the trail and we got to see a bunch of mountains that I didn’t even know were there in Chilliwack.

We’d totally do Ford again if we only had an afternoon. It’s going to be less populated than many other popular hikes. It’s close to Chilliwack Lake so if you do it in the morning you can easily plan some swimming time at the lake after. You also get to see so much exposed rock sitting right at your doorstep to inspired you to keep doing awesome things in Chilliwack.

Finished up at the car with cookies while Mom feeds the baby for the last time on the hike.

Finished up at the car with cookies while Mom feeds the baby for the last time on the hike.