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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hi there, Id like to say hello from Germany

My wife and I like hiking but unfortunately were living in a flat area, so we mainly do that during our vacations. Thats the reason why we prefer easier routes between 5-8 hours (app. 12 km with 1200m elevation or 25 km with no elevation) without scrambling (no "use of our hands") ad without any special gear like snowshoes, ropes etc.

Weve already visited some national parks in the US and Canada (e. g. Olympic, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Jasper...) but this time we would like to focus on canada. Until now it was pretty difficult to find such routes for dayhikes, so Im very happy that I found this website now!!!

Our next trip will be starting our roundtrip early in june 2017 (4 weeks) in Seattle. This time wed like to focus on canada so Im very happy to get some ideas where to stay longer (Vancouver Island, Whistler, Jasper, Banff) because Im a little bit afraid of snow especially in Banff and Jasper. But probably that should be discussed in the right thread?

Oh: Im pleased about any corrections of spelling and grammar!
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Hello kossi, welcome to ClubTread!

I don't have much information to offer for your trip as I'm from the flatter part of Canada (Ontario)

Hiking in Germany is on my list for sure. My last trip to Berlin didn't afford me enough time to go exploring. One day! Would you care to share some of your local hikes with us in Other Regions? I'd love to get some ideas and start my dream-planning
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@kossi There are many places to explore and you could easily spend a week anywhere along the west coast. If you're starting in Washington State, I recommend visiting Mount Baker. I'm more familiar with it's north side, but there are loads of excellent trails on its slopes. The ski resort is a good starting point as you can drive up in a 2WD car, visiting Artist Point, Ptarmigan Ridge, Table Mountain etc.

Once you narrow down where you're going, you can ask more questions. There is much to see.
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@VSDM: Thank you! Ill do my best to add some routes in Germany (but usually its difficult to combine a trip to Berlin with hiking, nightlife there can be very exhausting...)
@guntis: Thanks for the idea, Mt Baker looks very nice, might be great for the end of our trip. What do you think about snow, could that be a problem in June? Weve only visited one place in the North Cascades yet (I think it was Thornton Lakes) and we really liked it.

I think Ill start a new thread with my route.
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@VSDM: Thank you! Ill do my best to add some routes in Germany (but usually its difficult to combine a trip to Berlin with hiking, nightlife there can be very exhausting...)
@guntis: Thanks for the idea, Mt Baker looks very nice, might be great for the end of our trip. What do you think about snow, could that be a problem in June? Weve only visited one place in the North Cascades yet (I think it was Thornton Lakes) and we really liked it.

I think Ill start a new thread with my route.
Snow will very likely be a consideration in June for the Washington Cascades. The last numbers I read were 100% of normal. Probably a good idea to have a list of choices, from various elevations in case snow persists.
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Snow will very likely be a consideration in June for the Washington Cascades. The last numbers I read were 100% of normal. Probably a good idea to have a list of choices, from various elevations in case snow persists.
Im trying to find out if there are parks with a lower risk of too much snow. But then I try to find some alternative routes in these parks on a low level... Thats not easy but this forum is very helpful
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Here is a link to Washington Trails Association for early season hikes. Hikes that stay below the 1500 to 1700 meter mark will most likely avoid most late spring snow.

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasona...king-northwest
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Im trying to find out if there are parks with a lower risk of too much snow. But then I try to find some alternative routes in these parks on a low level... Thats not easy but this forum is very helpful

The challenge with June is that much of the snow melt in the mountains occurs in the May/June time frame. Depending on weather it can be highly variable, sometimes a single week can mean the difference between 30cm of snow and nothing.


You can monitor the snowpack in South Central Alberta here (http://environment.alberta.ca/apps/b...=10&DataType=4) which covers Banff, Kananaskis and Waterton (and even a few points in Glacier NP in the US) . It will give you good data on current snowpack conditions at various locations. The quartile lines will give you the typical ranges when these areas will be snow free, but the last few years have been all over the place
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I think this season snow will linger longer than last few as we had lots of precipitation, both in Rockies and on the Coast. It will also depend on what kind of April we have --- huge wet front(s) coming from Pacific can dump 1/2 - 1m of snow in Rockies and push summer season couple of weeks later
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@alpalmer: Thank you for the useful link!
@kellymcdonald78: So probably I need to plan many alternatives. Thanks for the link, it seems that there is a huge amount of snow at present... @zeljkok: Is there, in general, a typical difference in weather between coast (especially strathcona) and the rockies? I would expect that there is less snow closer to the coast?
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