If you’ve ever been to Chilliwack, you’ll know that it’s emblem is a mountain. The well known Mount Cheam. A beautiful mountain! Left on the photo below.
At a height of 7,000 feet, its summit is less than 20 kilometers from Chilliwack. Although a detour of about fifty kilometers is required to make it to the beginning of the trail, the mountain itself is really close. At 7000 feet, its snowy summit is almost completely melted in summer but at this time of year (early August), there are still some accumulations here and there.
The great thing about Mount Cheam is that it is easily accessible for those wanting to hike all the way up to its’ peak. And as a matter of fact, my husband and I really liked this idea.. But we haven’t had the chance to do it since we weren’t sure if bringing the kids would be smart.. But last Monday, the grandparents were visiting and they wanted to spend as much time as possible with their grandchildren, so we decided to put ourselves into it and we drove to the top! My brother was visiting as well so he came with us.
In short, the adventure starts at 10am. We took the jeep to get as close as possible to the peak. Just the drive from our house to the beginning of the trail was 1:30 and for half of it, we wouldn’t have made it without a 4X4.
Once parked, we knew that we were looking at at least 1:30 of hiking so we didn’t loose any time and started walking right away. Mount Cheam, here we come!
To give you an idea, just at the parking stage, the view was already striking! We were already excited to go even higher. When you start, there is a small 15 minute hike to do and then the real climb begins. It is a beautiful gravel pathway. I was thinking: “This hike will be more than enjoyable!“
Below, Spoon Lake. So cute! We see the beginning of the pathway beside it.
But now, after 10 minutes of hiking, nightmare … I realize that I will never be able to do it… I already have sore legs and my heart wants to pump out of my chest! Oh no!!! It’s only been 10 minutes!!!
I have no choice but to stop and announce the news to my teammates. “No no Sab. You are here now. You can do this. We will take our time.”
So we took our time. But we did it! And as we were hiking, I saw lots of different people who (unwittingly) inspired me to go on. First, I saw a young teenager with my dad. She must have been 14 years old.
– “If she can do it, so can I!”
Then, I saw a family … With 4 children whose youngest was maybe 7 years old…
– “Oh come on! A child not even 10 years old! You can’t quit Sab!”
Then, I saw an older lady … She was maybe 60 years old…
– “What!? … what !?”
And to top it all, I saw a baby.. Ok, he made the hike on his father’s back but still. The dad carried the child all the way up!
So it was it! I had no choice. I had to get to the peak!
It took us two hours to get up there but we finally made it. A big thank you to my water bottle and my “Mars” chocolate bar for supporting me throughout the hike and an even bigger thank you to my husband and brother for continually encouraging me (cause yes, they had to..) Here are a few pictures of Mount Cheam at its best.
Remember if you want to climb Cheam:
– Bring a bottle of water, a good snack and your camera;
– It’s an hour’s drive from the bottom of the mountain to the parking lot;
– Calculate 1:30 to 2:30 for the hike (depending on your fitness) and half an hour less for the descent;
– Dogs are welcome;
– Bring a lunch if desired.
* It’s a good hike that requires a good cardio but I guess it’s not really hard if you are slightly active.