Thursday, August 15, 2013

Elk Mountain Chilliwack Revisited

Stephen Mullock
There is something to be said about climbing a mountain that gives you an entirely different perspective on the immensity and fragility of our planet.

We are use to dealing with numbers when we talk about such places the difficulty of the climb (intermediate) the length 8 km, the elevation gain 800 meters (2625 feet) - but silent on the experience.  Perhaps, because each one of us is different and every person's journey unique.

The trail is steep in places so expect to be breathing heavily and sweating profusely as you labor up to the top.  As you climb, you may notice a lack of sirens, trains, and car noises that surround our daily Valley Floor lives.  No cellular reception to distract you either.  Peaceful and quiet except for forest noises. Tree tops rustling high up in the wind, small bird calls.  There is of course, that aforementioned drumming in your ears from your heart as it pushes you onward.

There is a well marked and established path snaking through grand strands of evergreens, so dark in places that they threaten to block out the sun, a craggy viewpoint over Chilliwack and at the peak, an open alpine meadow.

There are a couple of spots where it seems as if you are walking along the very spine of the mountain; the ground falling away from you on either side.  The first is a well trodden earthen path in a thick forest and the second near the summit - exposed rock sticking out, splintered, serrated, a vertebra.

Mount Baker
Up close or afar there is plenty to see; chipmunks, pica, birds, trees of all sorts, alpine flowers such as Paintbrush, Mount Baker in nearby United States, Mount McGuire, Mount Slesse, Cultus Lake, the Chilliwack Valley and Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Sardis and so much more.

A big part of the pleasure is the company you keep and here I have the good fortune of once again walking with the Hermann's Hikers of Harrison.

Elk Mountain Hermann Hikers
 Imagine living here...

Previous Posts and more Pictures about and from Elk Mountain

 1. September 8, 2011 Elk Mountain Hike 5
2. Video 1:20 minutes Steve and Ian climb Elk Mountain - great scenery  I didn't realize it at the time but fellow Royal LePage Realtor® Ian Meissner was filming our hike- hope you enjoy it.
3. July 29, 2012 Mount Baker Chilliwack's backyard Volcano

Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales.

Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

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