July Trail & Community Updates!

// by: Emma Graham

Can you believe that July is nearly over? Neither can we! Things have been busy in Chilliwack’s great outdoors and we’re here to keep you up to date on what’s been happening.

First and foremost, volunteers with the Chilliwack Park Society completed two trail building days this month and have nearly finished up the beginner loop in the new Community Forest on the eastern hillside. One more trail day is schedule for August 5 at 6:30 pm to finish the remaining 250 meters. The latest trail day had 56 volunteers, let’s see if we can top that!

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The exciting weather we’ve been having this month hasn’t stopped our trail crew from getting out there. They’ve completed major work on the Mt. Rexford Trail, Williamson Lake Trail and Baby Munday Trail. If you ever see these guys at work in our community be sure to give them a high-five and thank them for the endless work they’ve been putting into our trails this summer. Here’s an update on the areas they’ve been working on:

Mt. Rexford Trail

The crew installed trail markers and brushed out sections of the trail. They also installed hand lines on either side of the creek crossing to assist with steep, loose trail sections. The Mt. Rexford Trail is in excellent condition and easy to follow.

A before and after shot of the trailhead. Looks much more inviting!

rexford trailhead before after

Williamson Lake Trail

If you’ve hiked this trail before you’ll know that it needs some serious love. But the crew is off to a great start. They brushed out the entrance to the trail, cut out over 20 logs from the trail and even rerouted a section that had been blocked by deadfall!

A before and after of the bench section on the Williamson Lake Trail. 

williamson bench before after

 

They also installed trail markers in the “new” switchback section of trail. There is an old trail with the occasional marker on it, however that trail is essentially gone now. But thanks to the new markers you’ll have an easier time staying on track. They also rebenched an area of the trail that was very difficult to walk on. Now you’ll have the pleasure of walking on level ground and even a set of steps! Sections of this trail still have a lot of deadfall, but the crew will be back up shortly to clear that out.

Steps installed on a difficult part of the trail.

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Baby Munday Trail

The crew brushed out the airplane creek FSR making access to the trail much easier. They’ve also brushed out sections of the trail, removed deadfall and installed reflective trail markers to make the trail more navigable and visible. Sections of the trail that are known to be steep and difficult to negotiate will be much more straightforward with the addition of several hand lines.

Before and after brushing airplane creek FSR. It actually looks like a road now!baby munday road before afterSo what’s in store for August? Here’s a list of upcoming events to make sure you don’t miss a beat!

Chilliwack Instameet

What: A celebration of our beautiful backyard. A gathering of friends. And a quest for the greatest photo. Tourism Chilliwack wants to inspire you to #sharechilliwack & #explorebc and invites you to join them on a beautiful hike up Elk Mountain hosted by Roxanna from @intherivervalley. Great prizes for the best #sharechilliwack images including a grand prize of a Go-Pro camera and much more!
Where: Elk Mountain
When: Monday, August 3 @ 10 am

For more information visit tourismchilliwack.com/instameet

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Trail Day

What: The final push to complete the beginner loop of the Community Forest on the Eastern Hillside. Everyone is welcome, families included, and no trail building experience is required! Please bring closed toe shoes, gloves, water and a shovel or pick if you have one. Only 250 meters to go so tell your friends!
Where: 51996 Allan Road
When: Wednesday, August 5 @ 6:30 pm

Southside Rocks the River

What: Check out some of Chilliwack’s finest talent with your family at the three – free live concert series! Located in a unique and beautiful natural setting, by the Vedder Bridge in Sardis. Come and experience the ‘Chill’ Life in Chilliwack. Bring your blankets and chairs and join us to listen to some great tunes by local artists, browse the tables of local artisans and experience yoga and other forms of outdoor movement in a community festival atmosphere. There will also be local food options available to enjoy. Free parking will be available at CEP (Canada Educational Park), Lot 7 sponsored by UFV. Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors will have a table at this event (and we may even have some sweet prizes…)
Where: Vedder Bridge in Sardis
When: Thursday – August 13, 20 & 27 @ 4-9 pm

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