Flora Lake Loop Trail

I have done this trail three times but once was with Randy and we did Flora Mountain Ridge and Peak and part of the trail so that one is on the Flora Peak trip report.
I have done a GPS track from the saddle starting just before it drops down to Flora Lake and the trail from there back to Chilliwack Lake Road via Lindeman Lake but forgot to turn on the GPS well hiking that part of the trail which climbs up Flora Mountain to the saddle.
There are also two approaches to the lake via the Flora Mountain part of the trail. The new one drops down to the lake from the saddle and the old one runs SE along the ridge to a ravine and follows the ravine down to the south end of the lake.
The sign below is the distance to Flora Lake by taking the Flora Mountain Trail but I am not sure if it is the distance for the new route or the old one.
The distance from the camping spot at Flora Lake via Lindeman Lake to the Chilliwack Lake Road is about 10 kilometers and by guessing the distance for the other part of the trail I would say around about 6 more kilometers can be added for that. So it should be safe to say the whole loop is any where from 16 to 17 kilometers long.
The first map left below is where I drew in my interpretation of where I think the trail is up to the saddle above Flora Lake.
The second map below right is the park map which was way off and which I fixed a bit and added the old trail that follows the ridge SE and then drops down going north to the south end of Flora Lake. It took me about 7 to 8 hours to complete the loop on the new trail.

Some pictures of Mount Webb and Chilliwack Lake near the beginning of the trail.

Progressive zoom shots of the lake and mountains that are across the border in the US from the first view point along the trail.

Chilliwack Lake Campground and boat launch.

Looking at Mount Webb from the second view point along the trail and the second photo below right is of that view point from the trail above it.

Looking up and then down the winter avalanche shoot.

A possible route to access Flora Peak from this place on the trail.

A look back at the trail where it crosses the winter avy path.

On the saddle just before dropping down the new part of the trail to Flora Lake.
From here Flora Peak is above and by following the green opening right in the picture there is easy access to the peak after traversing through a small strip of trees on the right side of the open green patch.

Dropping down from the saddle toward Flora Lake and this is where I finally turned on my GPS and started tracking.

A look back up from the trail and a view of Mount Wittenberg.

White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus Leucura), I think, that is trying to camouflage with the last remaining bits of snow patches..

Along the trail there is a small stream crossing and good drinking water.

At the lake near the camping spot where some one has scarred this tree and killed it for future campfire wood.

The above pictures and information are of the new trail from the saddle down to Flora Lake.
The following pictures and descriptions are of the old trail that leaves the saddle and goes along the SE ridge above the lake to a ravine and loops northward back down to the south end of the lake and meets the new trail by the camping spot.

Looking back at the saddle from the trail that follows the SE ridge.

Very shortly on this old trail there is a crux to get by. It looks like the route most commonly taken goes left of those boulders but there is a spot there that is to high for me to reach to get up so I go to the right in the boulders to the dark area by the trees and climb up that way.

View back at Flora Peak just above the crux of this old trail.

Up on the first high point on the ridge looking back again at Flora Peak.
In the bottom left picture of Flora Peak the route to ascend the peak can be seen. By going into the trees from the open green area lower right in the picture and then left following up the open hill side almost to the rocks above go to climbers left and follow the trees to the left side of the peak and then straight up and from near the top go slightly right and the peak and cairn is there.
In the right picture below is the view ahead where I have to go following the old trail along the ridge and down to the lake.

Lower left picture shows the first glimpse of Flora Lake and it's tiny island from the ridge and the right picture is of more ridge to traverse ahead.

Looking at Williams Peak back left and Foley Peak partially showing behind it. To the right is Porcupine Peak in front and Goetz peeking behind it.
In the lower front of the picture is the avy route coming down from Flora Ridge and the trail coming up from the second view point can barely be seen near the bottom of the picture crossing it.

Mount Wittenberg is the prominent mountain in the foreground and the peak on it's left side in the distance is Nowell Peak and on Wittenberg's right side is Holden Peak.
In the second picture below right is the Silvertip Group. The highest peak left is Payne Peak and going right from it the next peak is Sumallo and right of it is Rideout Peak. Then the most prominent peak right of them all is Silvertip Peak with the snow patch below it's summit.

In the left picture below the valley heading left of Flora Lake is the direction the trail goes toward Post Creek and Lindeman Lake back to Chilliwack Lake Road. On the right end of the lake is the ravine that this old ridge trail follows down to the lake.
The below right picture is a zoom shot of Flora Lake.

The peak in the left front of center in the below left picture has no name but the one to it's right is called Paleface Peak and the peak to it's right at the end of the ridge is Meroniuk Peak.
Most of the mountain peaks in the distant skyline are in the US.
In the below right picture is a closer view of Paleface left and Meroniuk Peak right and the very top of Edgar Peak which is in Canada can be seen just peeking behind and left close to Meroniuk's Peak.
The prominent Peak in the distant right is in the US and is called Reboubt Peak.

Looking back from where I came from along the ridge and dropping down to the saddle where the trail follows the ravine down to the lake.
Flora Peak can be clearly seen in the right distance in both pictures below and the route to gain it's summit is easily seen in them.

Lower left picture below shows the out flow toward Post Creek and the Hicks Creek cut block and FSR in the distance. Wittenberg Peak is center right with Holden Peak on it's right behind.
The second picture is of Flora Lake taken from near the top of the ravine.

The old Flora Lake Trail as it heads down the ravine to the south end of Flora Lake.

Looking back up the ravine from where I came from.
In the last picture in the set above which is the picture farthest to the right, a dead tree and small gravel bar can be seen above left of the green patch down at the bottom and closest corner of the lake.
That dead standing tree is on the left side of the second picture below and the small gravel bar is left in the forth picture or last picture on the right below looking toward the other end of the lake.

Left picture below is part of the south end of the lake and the one right below is looking across from the camping spot.

Pano of the far end of the lake from the gravel bar which is left in the forth picture of the four picture set above.

Leaving the campsite and going up the trail it continues toward the other end of the lake travelling in from the shore through timber and then drops back down to the lake at a huge boulder field.

Left picture below is looking back toward the south end of the lake from where I came near the beginning of the boulder field.
The picture below right is of the tiny island that is the main feature of the lake from the ridge above.

Some dead tree stumps sticking out of the far side of the lake and a look back at the cliffs above the lake on Wittenberg's southern ridge with the last picture below right, is of the upper part of the rock slide I am at.

Half way across the rock slide.

Looking back at the large boulder field I just crossed and at the saddle where the ravine started down to the lake on the old trail from the ridge.

Finally at the end of the rock field looking back up the lake. This is the first of many rock fields to traverse by taking the trail back to Post Creek, Lindeman Lake and ending at Chilliwack Lake Road.

The northern end of Flora Lake.

The beaver pond at the north corner of the lake.

The start of the next slide field.

Part of Flora Peak's northern ridge.

The end of this slide and beginning of the next one.

View of the eastern side of The Gargoles.

A look back and then ahead..

Another look back at the ridge and the last view of the tips of The Gargoles.

Another rock slide to cross. At the end of it and more ahead through the bushes. Looking back from where I came.

View back at the ridge and one of Flora's subpeaks.

A well groomed trail through the bushes to the next rock slide traverse.

One last look back at Flora and now the correct summit peak can be seen from this part of the trail.
It is the center bump which is Flora Peak.

Looking across the valley at this side of Wittenberg Mountain.

Finally the last rock slide and the trail starting into the timber.

The trail starts to drop sharply down into Post Creek Valley and the odd glimpse of Greendrop Lake can be seen.

There are many steep switch backs on this part of the trail and it comes to a dry creek bed that only has water in it during spring run-off. After crossing this dry creek and a very short distance into the trees it meets the other trail that goes to Greendrop Lake right and Lindeman Lake left at this sign.

On the way to Lindeman Lake there are even more rock slides to traverse.

Almost to Lindeman Lake and The Gargoyles can be seen from the other side.

Looking across Lindemen Lake where the trail continues down Post Creek Valley to the parking area on Chilliwack Lake Road.
Lindeman Lake is very clear and you can look deeply into it's depths.

From the above ridge and bump of this Flora Mountain Ridge there is a good view looking down at Lindeman Lake.

A hiker should be used to travelling over many rocks to do this hike. It is hard on the legs and ankles.

Even with all the rock slides that were crossed, I found this to be a wonderful day hike.
Since I usually prefer not to return the same way I came, this hike has that alternative and the beauty in it is that you end up in the same place you started without having to travel countless kilometers to get back to the vehicle, usually along a road.