Friday, September 7, 2012

Two Local Day Hikes from Chilliwack


Stephen Mullock on the trail up to Flatiron Peak
 One of the great advantages of living in the Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs areas is the proximity of the wilderness.  Mountains form a natural backdrop to our Chilliwack* vision in all directions.  It may been my good fortune to explore some of the day-trip hiking spots residents in this beautiful part British Columbia can enjoy. What follows is a selection of pictures I have taken of these hikes - hope you enjoy them.  
Flatiron Peak
The Flatiron peak is actually more of a wonderful high elevation plateau close to the Needle just off the Coquihalla Highway.  The day was mainly overcast, generally a poor day for photography, but, these clouds had great character and that lone tree and barren rock caught my attention.   

A relay tranmitter site is constructed on the Flatiron and looks quite odd in such a spectacular natural setting.  In the distance, we see the Needle Peak another great hike which I did in 2011 for a few more pictures of it and a pretty alpine lake click here.
Mount Slesse © Stephen Mullock


It was with a certain amount of respect and morbid curiosity that attracted me to hike Mount Slesse. Here on December 9, 1956 that a Trans Canada Airline Flight 810 slammed into the peak killing all 62 passengers. Amongst the dead were CFL team members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders, returning home from an East-West All Star football game. Sadly, this aircraft was not found until 5 months later.  Today, the area is a protected site and an appropriate monument has been erected. I have written about this peak before but this was the first time I have ever been up close to it, click here for a previous article on Mount Slesse.