Teapot Hill is in Cultas Lake Provincial Park in south Chilliwack. Cultas Lake is a very popular camping location in the summer where thousands of people flock every year.
Teapot Hill trail starts on the south shore of the lake and there is a small parking lot designated for teapot hill hikers. I would assume this parking lot fills up fast. On the morning we went, there were only a couple of other cars at 7:45am when we started.
The hike follows a wide trail (road?) for quite a distance before it gets narrower, more like a real hiking trail. Along the way up to the top, you will see many teapots and some tea cups hidden in the trees and bushes. You will also pass a stream alongside the wide trail section. After 2.5 km of hiking, you will reach the top. There are a couple of viewing locations on the trail, where you can see glimpses of Cultas Lake (mostly obscured by trees) and the Columbia Valley and hills to the west.
Distance: 5 km
Time: 2 hours, but will vary on greatly from individual to individual
Low point: 70 m
High point: 322 m
Elevation gain: 250 m
Trailhead and parking: 49° 02’ 33.4” by 121° 59’ 2.2” (Google Map – click to open Google Maps and navigation on your smartphone)
Here is the route (with downloadable gps)…
Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.
Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.
For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.