Top 5 Places to Hike

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You don’t have to be in QUEST or OL to conquer one of the amazing hikes close to campus.  Here are five of the best, put together by Leslie Miller, grad of the Outdoor Leadership program and Admissions Advisor extraordinaire.

Always hike with another human being, tell a responsible person where you’re headed, bring water, snacks, and extra clothes, and… Do.Not.Wear.Flip.Flops.


# 1: Lindeman Lake

If you like fishing, enticing places to swim and towering mountains surrounding a beautiful clear lake, Lindeman is for you! A great trail that has plenty of places to camp and hang out while enjoying the great outdoors. Dogs are welcome here too if you’re looking at getting Rover into hiking!


Photo credit: David J. Laporte

# 2 – Diez Vista

Located in the Vancouver area near Buntzen Lake, Diez Vista is a beautiful and rewarding hike. With 10 different view point locations on the 15km trail, you have the opportunity to see them all or head to the first few based on how much time you’ve got to explore the area.


#3 – The Abby Grind (Ask around for directions to the trailhead, which is just off Hwy 1, near Whatcom Rd.)

Located 15-20 minutes from campus and taking less than 2 hours to complete, it’s easy to fit into a busy schedule while still feeling like you’ve gotten out into the backcountry.


#4 – Elk & Thurston Mountain

You’ll start in second-growth hemlock forests that stay cool even in summer. It’s not long before you’re standing in the alpine wanting to head further to the Thurston summit. You’ll have views of the Border Peaks as well as the Chilliwack Valley. Definitely recommend this hike to those who want to get out!


#5 – Cheam Mountain

A 9.5km round trip, easy-to-follow trail and open air hiking during the whole ascent makes Cheam a great experience for those newer to the outdoors and wanting to explore. It’s also a great hike to take friends and family (even younger siblings!) on while they visit the area!