Bring water – this trail does not follow a stream. To your left there is a gate and you'll see a sign for Post Creek and the Lindeman/Greendrop Hikes. Fun beginner, well-maintained double track trail with beautiful scenery and views of Lake James. Continued on to the lake, and the loop. Bring sunscreen! It will take you down to the lake and around. Already tagged. it had some nice patches, and flora lake was pretty, but the stretch that connects Flora lake to Greendrop is quite rocky, and did a number to my hiking partners knees. Tahoe Valley Campground. There is an alternate route that makes a loop by going down to the Lindeman/Greendrop trail and taking you back to the parking area. But getting to the lake there’s only two tent pads. Notes: views and eventually takes you up and over a ridge where you will see Flora Lake glistening below you. This meant that for the first part of the hike I wouldn't actually be walking the Fonta Flora Trail but rather the connector path which links it to the nearby MST. There should be some cars parked along the road (other hikers) when you get there. To your left there is a gate and you’ll see a sign for Post Creek and the Lindeman/Greendrop Hikes. I didn’t see much going up cause it was raining and foggy. The previous morning my girlfriend and I participated in the festivities – a hike to the summit of Mt. Chilliwack lake view on right hand side along the way. Hiked up to 1700m and turned around as it started to snow higher up. Limited backcountry camping (2 camp pads + some flat-ish areas, pit toilet and small bear cache) is available at Flora Lake. Beautiful day of hiking. Hiked this in in 8hrs with a long break at Flora Peak and another one at the lake. We're not around right now. At the top of the pass, you are in sub alpine meadows. Once you have parked your car by the road, walk around the closed gate and follow the gravel road till you see a road/path to your right. It’s not for the faint hearted as the trail climbs 1585m to a ridge which then drop 345m down to the lake. Follow the PCT to an unmarked spur trail on the right to Azalea Lake and Flora Lake. A steady incline all the way. To enjoy fishing at Flora, you first of all need to negotiate the 7km (minimum 3 hour) hike to it, so people often make it an overnighter! SOUTH COAST — South Coast Striders will hike from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point on Sunday, June 28. about 100km from Vancouver towards Hope or 60km from the Sumas border crossing. If you are planning on going to the peak do not use the All Trails map. The Trail will ultimately circle Lake James. Description: A steep hike that first zig zags up to a saddle overlooking Chilliwack lake and after traversing some alpine, drops down into Flora lake. For some of our party, I’m guessing this hike turned out to be a lot tougher than they had anticipated. The Tahoe Valley Campground is the best place to stay if you want to check out some of the sights and sounds of South Lake Tahoe. Best Time To Go: Mid July to October My watch marked 24km the entire trail. Nice trail, once you get out of the trees the views are amazing! If you’ve been to Lindeman lake, you’ve walked past the Flora lake trail head. I don’t want to scare people away but be prepared for some serious exercise. Round trip for us was 6 hours 45 minutes, but had we just went to the peak it would’ve been 3 up and 2.30 down. Did the full loop from the lot to Flora Peak, Flora Lake, Greendrop Lake and then Lindeman Lake as well. The route on this page has the hiker taking a side trip up to Flora Peak on the way to the lake. Flora Lake is a remote lake located in the northern environs of Yosemite National Park, California, United States.The lake is located in a rugged environment that is only accessible to intrepid hikers. Can't wait to go back and finish it on a better day ! The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October. There is still snow close to peak at about 5-6 km Mark. The first couple of hours are spent climbing switchbacks up the mountain side through lush, green forests. Azalea Lake, Flora Lake, and other nearby small lakes are alpine lakes in Tahoe National Forest and the Donner Pass Area. You’ll actually begin the hike at a county park, follow the shore of shallow Floras Lake out to the beach, walk below colorful cliffs, head inland up a brushy creek, take the Oregon Coast Trail through coastal woods, look down on a picturesque natural arch, and visit numerous clifftop viewpoints for wide-ranging views up and down the coast as well as to a colorful array of stacks out to sea. Well marked. Flora Lake Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fraser Valley E, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We went to the lake then hiked back up to the peak. Tahoe Valley Campground. I had determined that I'd do the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. This will probably be the turn around point. (imo) The sign says ~3km to Flora lake.. it felt like at least 5. Description: A steep hike that first zig zags up to a saddle overlooking Chilliwack lake and after traversing some alpine, drops down into Flora lake. Floras Lake is well known as a destination for fans of wind-powered water sports. Made it to the summit in 2.5hrs, it's a touch steep at the top, and the trail was quite dried up and dusty, so mind your step! Phones don’t work. You definitely want a sturdy hiking shoe, and if your knees are a problem, honestly skip this half, and go down the way you came up. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Fonta Flora State Trail (FFST) is a recreation facility that provides an unparalleled experience for people of all ages and abilities. Many hikers choose to make this route a loop by continuing west past the lake and returning to the parking area on the Lindeman/Greendrop Trail. The lakes are surrounded by granite rocks, pine/fir forest, and alpine meadows in the Sierras. We went to the peak and had 360° view, just have to make sure you watch carefully for the turn off for the peak. The views from the top of Flora are unreal and so worth it on a nice day. Went to the right at the meadow area but didn’t get the greatest view. Included in the trail is a loop around Lake James. There should be some cars parked along the road (other hikers) when you get there. The trail starts after a short walk down the Post Creek access road at the trailhead marker. There is a bear cache. Timeline Photos. The trail starts out flat but begins a brutal ascent of 1800 m in about 4 km. The hike after Lindeman gets easier, and you continue for almost 45 minutes, until you reach the fork which going left will take you to Greendrop lake (which I herd is an easier, shorter hike), and taking the right path will take you to Flora lake. There are no written sign anywhere except in the parking lot. Be prepared for a lot of climbing and sweating. Lots of mosquitoes and flies so bring insect repellent! Once you reach Chilliwack Lake road just after crossing a bridge turn left at the three way stop and Zero your odometer. Top 9 Hiking Trails in Chilliwack For Kids (Ages 6 and 12), Take A Summer Digital Detox in 5 Easy Steps, How To Connect with Hikers, Track Hikes, and Get Motivated with Strava. Carry bug spray with you. This trail goes by Azalea Lake. From there, enter the Fonta Flora State Trail through the park for about 4.5 miles until your reach the Lake James Boat Launch. Great Loop from Flora Peak down to Flora lake, then to Greendrop and Linderman lakes. Follow the signs to Chilliwack lake road. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. by Rodrigo Yanez. Your SOL. Floras Lake House by the Sea, 92870 Boice Cope Road, Langlois, OR, 97450 541-348-2573 reservations@floraslake.com This is another great hike for visitors. Ironically, it took us the prescribed 10 hours to complete this loop. all in all, a gorgeous hike, but next time I will not be doing it as a loop. There are a … Required fields are marked *. Best Time To Go: Mid July to October This was my first time hiking the Flora Lake Trail, and our original intention was to attempt the full loop with Greendrop and Lindeman Lakes. Don’t Hike Chilliwack. We loved trekking around Donner Pass and wanted to continue exploring the area the next day. 12 hours well worth it. Nothing To See Here. One thing to be careful that signs are poor where one path goes to peak and other to the lake. Climb up to an overlook on the way back. Turn around start walking back and look to the right then you’ll notice the orange markers. The trail starts after a short walk down the Post Creek access road at the trailhead marker. Friends told me it was way more worthwhile to just go to the peak and I would agree. Challenging hike right from 400 meters onwards. Difficulty: Hard – up up and more up The trail to green lake is stunning and so on to lindeman. There are several stream crossings and one lower elevation camp site a couple of hours in. At low tide, it may be possible to continue around the headland a short distance, with interesting rocks, driftwood, and other debris. Last Sunday Kate and I tried a new hike. This trail is designed to give views of the lake and, to the north, Linville Gorge. It will not disappoint you. Flora Lake Overlook elevation about 7,500 feet. Was 30 degrees when we went so felt hard. Definitely decent hiking shoes required. The current condition of this section is not known. How to get there: Description: A steep hike that first zig zags up to a saddle overlooking Chilliwack lake and after traversing some alpine, drops down into Flora lake. All of us with relatively fit persons took us 3 hours to hike the peak.25 min break on top and 2 hours to come down but we literally ran down. Soon after, the trees start thinning and shrinking and are slowly replaced by alpine shrubs and rockier terrain. As the trees thin, you will get some great views of the valley below. Eventually you will climb onto a saddle with great views of Chilliwack lake and the surrounding peaks. I will try next time. The trail continues to traverse heather slopes with beautiful Continue another 0.7 miles to the end of Floras Lake Beach at a headland. Approx -5-7 hours return to go to the ridge and back as shown in the map on this page. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October. A hot spot for beginning windsurfers and kite boarders, this sandy lake in the coastal dunes has also become a secret mecca for hikers and backpackers exploring the wildest part of the state’s coast. Steep sections but great lake workout. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap. Loved every minute of challenging hike. I made my own spot in the grass. I don't want to scare people away but be prepared for some serious exercise. The section of the trail starting at the base of Flora continuing all the way to the lake is very unsafe during this time of year as the sun no longer hits the north side of Flora where there are several lengthy sections of rock slide that are covered in a layer of ice from moisture and rain. Be prepared for a lot of climbing and sweating. Continuing alongside the lake shore leads to a ridge top and a view to the east: The freeway approaches Donner Lake, with Mount Rose in the distance. Drive 40.5 Km from Vedder Crossing along Chilliwack Lake Road and, just beyond Post Creek, park along the widened out area of the road. This is NOT a good hike to start your hiking season with. We were under time constraint to head back home in time. ©2020 Hike Chilliwack | Privacy | Terms | Chilliwack Hiking TrailsÂ. The Flora Lake trail is accessed off the same area as the Lindeman Lake Trail (see trail description). I have to admit that I really enjoyed this hike. This is NOT a good hike to start your hiking season with. Started clockwise on Lindeman Lake, after went to Greendrop lake. Definitely come again to do reverse loop to go from lindmann. Great trail. When I bring the out-of-town folks on a hike, I want them to see that I live in a better place than they but not make it … Posted signs are visible, indicating straight for the Lindeman/Greendrop Trail, or right to take the Flora Lake Trail. Looking north. Already tagged. This hike in B.C. Already tagged. Your email address will not be published. We tried going to the peak but missed the trail? Good leg burner. This would leave the more scenic portion of the loop along the lake for the back half of the hike. Judah (8,243’) and a series of commemorative lectures. Flora Lake Trail and Lindeman/Greendrop Trail Loop is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fraser Valley E, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Some snow at the peak, but nothing to be concern about. If you reach the Chilliwack Lake campground, you've gone too far. The sign posted there is a LIE! Take the trail on the right of the access road rather than continuing down the road to the Lindeman trailhead. Great stamina builder and great views from halfway up. Bring water - this trail does not follow a stream. There are a few water sources along the way which was amazing for us and the dogs. Most beautiful hike of the year. I needed a shorter 3/4 day to avoid what I thought would be a wet weather start so decided to revisit a hike I have done a bunch of times in the past but never to my recollection in pure summer conditions. Drive 40.5 Km from Vedder Crossing along Chilliwack Lake Road and, just beyond Post Creek, park along the widened out area of the road. Great trail with a steady incline after the first few hundred meters. We will hike among the granite rocks, pine/fir forest, and alpine meadows in the Sierras. On Saturday I went for one last hike in the mountains before I head east to the "hills" of Edmonton. Time: Difficulty: Hard - up up and more up Dirve east on Highway 1, take Exit 119A (Sardis ,Cultus Lake). If I'm being honest, it was unremarkable, and not particularly worth the effort. The PCT is well worn so its a great trail, easy rolling at around the 7200 foot level. We went to Boreal Ski Ranch to pick up the Pacific Crest Trail head but instead of going north toward Castle Peak, we instead went south planning to see the three lakes … Azelea Lake, Flora Lake and Lake Angela. Posted signs are visible, indicating straight for the Lindeman/Greendrop Trail, or right to take the Flora Lake Trail. HIKE DISTANCE: 5 miles total, up and back down, not a loop hike. This hike is a phenomenal fitness test! Quiet trails lead along forested bluffs and untrod beaches to Blacklock Point, a headland where time seems to have stopped centuries ago. Once you have parked your car by the road, walk around the closed gate and follow the gravel road till you see a road/path to your right. Gerry, Jason and I headed up to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park to hike up to Flora lake which is in the same area as Lindamen and Greedndrop lakes that I hiked to previously. We decide to hike to Flora Lake. So if you get there late. Would save this one for the late spring, summer and early fall! The lake is only separated from the ocean by a thin strip of dune and beach, so coastal winds frequently whip across this freshwater body. Definitely would do it again (I wasn’t able to go to the Flora Peak as I probably missed the sign somewhere? The first section to be built will be a 29-mile loop around one of North Carolina's premier recreation destinations, Lake James.Primarily a natural surface trail, the FFST provides users with gentle grades and spectacular views of Lake James. This is a easy out and back trail to Flora Lake in Tahoe National Forest. This story map was created with the Story Map Cascade application in ArcGIS Online. How to get there: Our ladies were thankful to trekking poles. Flowers smelled great in the meadows. Already tagged. A waterfall tumbles down the cliff face nearby. Did hit snow, dogs were thrilled lol we had them on leash and definitely recommend it, some steep sections right off the trail. Other Albums. Another short scramble across some granite slabs accesses the second attraction: Flora Lake. This section is, however, in rough shape and will take a little route finding and bush whacking to make it through. Your email address will not be published. Fonta Flora-MST Connector Trail. Hiking just to Flora lake ridge will reduce a lot of the uphill to do as it avoids dropping down to the lake then hiking all the way back up the ridge again. Expect sudden weather changes this time a year. Flora Lake Hike Report. If you start walking a couple minutes down hill you’ve missed it as there is no downhill to the peak. 1 Reviews of Flora Lake "Wow!I finally got to hike this trail this June, the trail is Relentless! The trail down to Flora lake drops down a long ways and discourages many people from going the whole way because of the return trip back up the slope. Took us 8 hours including 45mins total in breaks. Great views, we camped overnight and had the place to our self,it was great.The trail was much harder… Views at Flora Peak were surreal!It was +30 degrees today which definitely increased the challenge, definitely pack lots of water and load up on snacks. For the lake you end up going down and have to hike up a second time. We started at 8am and was able to find parking easily. Green drop to flora lake loop. Dennis on the Flora Lake trail: “In my callout, I made a remark about “103 Hikes” time estimates being overly generous. If you choose to stay at this park, the closest hikes to your location will be the hike to Flora Lake and the hike to Five Lakes Basin. Date; August 7, 2019 Leader: Sheila Toner Photographer: Sheila Toner. Hike through the parking lot and head west on NC 126 for a half-mile to Wolf Pit Road. Public. You can skip this side trip but just staying straight on the trail towards the lake. The long term vision for the Trail is to connect Downtown Asheville with Downtown Morganton. Authorized in 2015, the Fonta Flora State Trail will connect Morganton to Asheville with a hiking and biking trail. Otherwise fully marked trail along the way. Start at the trailhead at the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and NC 126. Flora Lake Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fraser Valley E, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. As of April, 2019 more than 20 miles of trail have been completed including a scenic covered bridge near the Linville Boat Access. DESCRIPTION: Start from PCT parking lot. Caution with narrow path along the cliffs. Kiteboarders and sailboarders alike find just the right mix of elements and geography on the lake, and with the option to stay overnight in Boice-Cope County Azalea Lake, looking south. Must have crossed 12 boulders fields in total...crazy, but fun. If you reach the Chilliwack Lake campground, you’ve gone too far. ), Flora Lake Trail and Lindeman/Greendrop Trail Loop. About 2.3 miles from the trailhead, enjoy views of a very large sea arch on left. Amazing 360 views once up there. My wife-to-be and I went skinny-dipping here back in 1997 Trail is rocky with nice views. Beautiful. After went to Flora Lake and back down to the parking lot. If you've been to Lindeman lake, you've walked past the Flora lake trail head. View from top made it all worth on nice sunny day. Already tagged. The trail will traverse Lake James State Park, part of Pisgah National Forest and Fonta Flora County Park in Burke County. Elevation gain about 430 feet. The peak trail head is a sharp left when you reach the meadow before going down towards the lake. Gorgeous lakes but slow going on the trail when crossing the boulder fields after Flora Lake. Flora Peak Loop... counter clockwise loop up and over, then down the SW Ridge. 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