Mt. Thom Viewpoint

Five Fraser Valley trails that offer a respite from COVID-19 madness

Going for a walk or hike can help relieve stress and anxiety

Most sports are cancelled, recreation facilities are closed, and so are gyms.

But B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, says walks and hikes outside remain a good way to stay active in these trying and stressful times.

We asked local hiker Ted VanAsseldonk to suggest five great places to explore and hike for those who might not normally take to unmarked trails. Here is his list. You can find detailed maps of these trails online simply by entering each name into Google.

A variety of trail-focused websites make it easy to find each location and plan a route.

1. McKee Peak – Ledgeview Trails

• Rated: Easy

• Distance: 5-10 km-plus

• Nice view points of valley and city

• Dog-friendly on leash

2. Chadsey Lake – Sumas Mountain

• Rated: Easy/moderate

• Distance: 10 km return

• Beautiful trails and lake setting

• Dog-friendly on leash

3. Mt. Thom Trail (Chilliwack)

• Rated: Easy/moderate

• Distance: 6.6 km

• Excellent valley views

• Dog-friendly on leash

4. Vedder Mountain Ridge Trail (Chilliwack)

• Rated: Easy/moderate

• Distance: 9 km

• Small lake setting/views and beautiful forest trails

• Dog-friendly on leash

5. Abby Grind (Abbotsford)

• Rated: Intermediate/difficult

• Distance: 4 km

• 350 metres elevation gain

• Dog-friendly on leash

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