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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2002, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Default Suggest a Trail to me please.

Hows it going? I am a Student at SFU who will finish his last exam on April 12th and I want to go hiking for about 4-5 days. Could someone suggest a trail to me? thanks for the tips.

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A bunch of us are going to the Stein Valley in May. That's always an option later this month. Alot of local things are still under snow.

What about the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail? It is about that time. And I doubt that it would be too touristy yet. The only thing is there is no real elevation gain if that's what you are looking for.





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thanks for the suggestion. I have already done the Juan de Fuca trail a couple years ago. Maybe i'll so it again and look for something else in june. we'll see.

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How did you like it? Been thinking of trying that one myself.

I'm assuming you have checked out Cape Scott? Along the beach there is just over 23KM in trails. There's also about another 20KM of trails in the park itself. Good luck!





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It was an awesome time. We went in late April and the weather was perfect. It was a pretty relaxing hike and we took our time spending taking it easy on the beaches. It would be a good stress reliever again after finishing this semester.

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Yeah, that trail sounds great. I'll bet it gets pretty "touristy" in the summer months though, no?
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This time of year most of the backcountry is still locked in snow, especially this year with the heavy snowpack. My recommendation would be to stick to the coast.

I did the Juan de Fuca Trail in early May a couple of years ago. I'd highly recommend it to anyone considering it. If you've done that already take a look at the Sunshine Coast Trail. I've never done it but it's an option you might want to consider.

Or you could try tackling the Olympic Penninsula in Washington State. Absolutely gorgeous as well. Good luck in picking a destination howing be prepared for knee deep muck wherever you go this early in the season.

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Hey There,

If you don't mind the snow, you may want to check out Elfin Lakes. Rent some showshoes at MEC and head up to Red Heather Medows Cabin, 5KM, and spend the night. Next day head to Elfin Lakes, 6KM, and stay in the cabin, or just do the 11KM the first day. From there you can explore the Gargoils, Opel Cone, Mamquam Lake and much more.

There are tent sites at both places, or you can sleep in the Cabins. The cabin at Red Heather is a cold one, and a tent may be warmer. The cabin at Elfin Lakes is awsome, if you don't mind "Dorm" type quarters.

Some things to consider:
Check the Avalanche Bulitin for the area.
Bring Sunglasses and Sunscreen.

We were up there last year about the time you want to go, and I learned a valuable lessen. We had sunscreen in our packs, were wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts. We didn't feel the sun cooking us. By the time we arrived to Elfin Lakes, my face was purple and swolen. My nose was so burnt, that it was cracking and bleeding. We were all very very burnt. It will never happen to me again.

Another trip, leisure no elevation, which would also include snow, but has the reward of tenting next to a natural hotspring is another option. Let me know if you want the details.

Keep on Trekking,
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Another trip, leisure no elevation, which would also include snow, but has the reward of tenting next to a natural hotspring is another option. Let me know if you want the details.

Keep on Trekking,
Foxtrots

Well that description certainly has ME interested <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> Foxtrots, are you going to let us in on it <img src=icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle>

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post #10 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Keep em coming cause I am sure lost of people are getting ideas from this folder.

cheers


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