About the Coast Mountains
Guided Hiking in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia
In our opinion the Coast Mountains (or Coast Range) are the least appreciated of the world's major mountain ranges. This is bad news for those who never think to visit them but good news for our clients who will revel in their spectacular beauty but will also appreciate the peace and tranquility that can be had in a mountain range not completely overrun by the tourist hordes. We visit two superb areas on our trips, the Sea to Sky Region and the remote West Chilcotins.
Wherever you choose to go we will have trips of varying difficulty. As with coastal hiking the trails can be quite easy in parts but will often contain more difficult sections. On some of our trips like the Garibaldi Park Traverse the hiking is mostly on well worn and clear paths but for the most of our trails are not the hiking superhighways of the Rockies or the Alps and some may only be travelled by 30-50 people a year which gives you a good indication of the state they may be in. Be prepared for rooty, rocky and uneven.
We do of course offer some easier hiking- day hikes from hotels or huts and hut to hut multi day trips
The Sea to Sky Region
This is our backyard and we love it. The mountains are not particularly high by world standards (think 7500'-9500') but they more than make up in beauty what they 'lack' in height.
Dense rainforest covers the steep lower slopes which makes any excursion into the alpine (above the treeline) require some effort. Once in the alpine though you are rewarded with incredible meadows full of wildflowers, jagged peaks, blue ice glaciers and stunning glacial lakes. One of the things that first caught the attention of the Europeans who would go on to found Whistler ski resort was the presence of glaciers at such low altitudes. We can lead you to ice blue glaciers and stunningly pretty glacial lakes at heights of less than 6000' .
The West Chilcotins
The Chilcotins are a sub-range on the dry side of the Coast Mountains and they are fast becoming our favourite mountain hiking destination. What do we think is so special about them?
The Chilcotins are a great place to visit if you want to experience true Canadian wilderness. There are none of the crowds that you associate with such places as Lake Louise or Maligne Lake in the Rockies yet they are just as spectacular. The mountains are as high as the Rockies (including BC's highest peak, Mt Waddington) but much more glaciated due to the larger snowfalls we receive here on the coast. They really are more Himalayan in their look and feel (though nowhere near as high of course). Try them for something different. You won't be disappointed. We run trips to Ape Lake and the Turner Lakes Chain (canoeing).