• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Distance: 3.4-10.4 km roundtrip (2-6.5 miles). Elevation gain: 300-500 m (1,000-1,600 ft). Stunning scenery. Access to two lakes: short hike to first lake w/option to continue on. Only 2 hours from downtown Vancouver. Lots of parking. Camping spots and outhouses.

You start the trail in a newly created parking lot (outhouses as well). Follow along the trail, and within a short distance from the parking lot you will come to a fork. Take the left trail (right goes to Flora Lake). This part of the trail is fairly flat with some nice scenery. You will follow the trail over a log bridge and then the ascent begins.

The trail can be very steep at times, with lots of switchbacks along the way, but there are a lot of places to stop and catch your breath, and take pictures.

Once you reach the top, you will be greeted by a stunning blue-green lake. This is Lindeman Lake. You will also see small tent spots to camp on the left-hand side. You can stop here if you like.

Continue on to Greendrop
Following along the same trail from Lindeman Lake, this trail follows the contours of the water. After traversing a few spots where old rock slides have occurred, you will finally reach the end of the lake. From there, the trail is fairly well marked with pink markers. The trail continues over many spots with scree, through the forest, along a river, and finally to Greendrop. There are also a few camping spots available at this lake.

Please remember this area is considered backcountry and there is no cell phone service. Make sure that you arrive early if you plan on hiking to Greendrop because this location is in a valley – the light fades pretty quickly, this is not a trail you want to be on in the dark.

There are no garbage cans at all in the area, so pack out what you pack in. Also note that the hike to Lindeman is dog-friendly, but the hike to Greendrop might not be, depending on your dog.

Driving Directions
From Vancouver, take Hwy 1 to Chilliwack, then take Vedder Road to Chilliwack Lake Road, just before the bridge at the Chilliwack River. The trailhead is 39 km (24 miles) along Chilliwack Lake Road.

Pack List

  • Day bag
  • Water (there are a few spots w/clean stream water in the spring)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Tick removal kit
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Camping: tent, food, flashlight, bear spray, rope to hang food
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Headed up yesterday just after sunrise and saw no one but those who camped overnight. By the time we came back from Greendrop it was like a freeway at Lindeman - go early! Would highly recommend this hike to folks trying to get unfit or beginner hikers out into nature. So much beauty, it's hard to not get hooked!

9 months ago
9 months ago

The hike to Lindeman is short and it is definitely the most beautiful lake, it seems to have gotten very busy over the past years.. I highly recommend hiking to greendrop, it isn't quite as beautiful as lindeman but the climb there is really stunning, be careful on the rocks and keep an eye out for trail markers.. Please don't leave garbage behind! Also, bug repellant, the horse and deer flies bite through clothes in the summer! This hike is one of my favourite shorter hikes! So much beauty!

11 months ago
11 months ago

The drive to the lake is far but worth it, the hike is all uphill but not too challenging. It is a popular spot so try to get there early.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Really fun hike to some beautiful lakes. The first K is the steepest and it even out after that! The only downside is hiking it during the busy months there are ALOT of people up there, but other then that it's great!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Just discovered the outbound collective and providing any insight i have on the adventures near my hometown. this girl has done em all. The only piece of information that could be added to this adventure regards the ability to hike all three lakes in a loop. If you plan to camp overnight it is highly recommended to complete the flora leg of the loop the first day because the climb over Flora peak is the most grueling this trail system has to offer. there are camping spots to spend your first night at flora, the next day does involve trail finding skills as the trail between Greendrop and flora isn't highly traversed and at times is difficult to locate. once you reach Greendrop stop for lunch and then head back towards Lindeman and complete the last leg of your trip.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Lindeman lake was a beat, too busy to camp their though

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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