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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2008, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I know there are a lot of different options for hikes with young kids, but I'm specifically interested in a short hike that lands us at a camping site (not car camping). Kids ages are 5 and 3, so even if the "hike" is only 1km or 2km that's probably okay. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
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Lindeman Lake
Stein to Loop Camp
Delacy Camp on the Skagit

And in July-Aug Heather Trail to Buckhorn.
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I agree to all of these great ideas Exscape, my son has done all of these and Lindeman is his favorite.

Another although longer and more difficult but with a spectacular destination would be Joffre lakes, my son did this at 3 1/2 and although all kids are different mine is not the most athletic and still does this hike every year.
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I'd add Checkamus Lake in Garibaldi Park, and Alder Flats in Golden Ears.
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I'd add Checkamus Lake in Garibaldi Park,
Cheakamus Lake is great too but watch out for the bears they seem to have a very healthy population up there with a lot of run ins!

Also happy belated B-day Marc!
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I agree to all of these great ideas Exscape, my son has done all of these and Lindeman is his favorite.

Another although longer and more difficult but with a spectacular destination would be Joffre lakes, my son did this at 3 1/2 and although all kids are different mine is not the most athletic and still does this hike every year.
Good for him! I'm hoping our little spud will do just as well at 31/2.
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There is also the Widgeon Creek campsite, where you canoe in rather than hike in. From the campsite, it is an easy 2 km hike to Widgeon Falls.
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Stein to Loop camp sounds awesome and I was considering the upper Skagit. I've been to Alder flats and perhaps this might be a tough hike for small kids with little legs? It was party central when I was there, I was amazed at how many 18 year olds managed to carry large, heavy sleeping bags and 24 cans of beer there.

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I'd add Checkamus Lake in Garibaldi Park,
Cheakamus Lake is great too but watch out for the bears they seem to have a very healthy population up there with a lot of run ins!

Also happy belated B-day Marc!
Ditto: a great destination but you must keep the little ones very close due to bears. That's where I started my kids with great success but we had close encounters on both trips (after the 1st trip I added bear bangers to my gear and on the 2nd trip I used one for the 1st and so far only time).

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I'll add my vote to the Cheakamus Crowd. The trail and camp site are both lovely, and the hike is mostly flat, so great for kids.

Bears are a concern, especially in the spring. If you're concerned, I would save this trip for a bit later in the year. BC parks often posts bear sightings on their park sites. Here is the one for Garibaldi Park (including the Cheakamus area):
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/exp.../garibald.html
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