Local Travel: Bring good boots when hiking at Lindeman Lake

Paul Jeras and his dog, Jade, love hiking Lindeman Lake in the Chilliwack Valley due in part to the fact is a canine-friendly trip. Teresa Cline photo I heard about the Lindeman Lake hike while at a friend's party in Langley, so I decided to check it out on my way back to Kamloops the following day.

I expected it to be easy and I wasn't armed with my proper hiking shoes or poles -- a misjudgment I quickly regretted.

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The 3.4-kilometre return trail to Lindeman starts out gentle, but takes three hours due to the difficulty of the terrain. One must cross large boulders and plenty of tree roots that turn into slipping hazards when wet. On the day I visited, the ground was damp from a rainstorm the night before. I slipped three times, bruising my legs and hip. What a great reminder to always hike with poles.

Along the trail, I met a Paul Jeras and his dog, Jade. The Chilliwack Valley is a favourite place for the duo since the trails permit dogs, unlike some of the popular hiking trails on Vancouver's North Shore that have restrictions on four-legged hikers. How to get there: From Kamloops, drive to Chilliwack and take the Vedder Road exit. Drive 40.5 kilometres from Vedder Crossing along Chilliwack Lake Road. Just before you get to the Chilliwack Lake turnoff, you'll see a sign for Post Creek and Lindeman/Greendrop Hikes. It is a paved road all the way, with plenty of parking in the lot and an outhouse.

Teresa Cline has a wealth of information on fantastic day trips in the Kamloops area. Her column appears biweekly in KTW. For more information on Cline and regional travel books she has published, go online to teresathetraveler.ca.

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