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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-12-2001, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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It looks like this winter is going to bring us another high snow pack year for the mountains. This usually means that the high country is inaccessable until mid to late August that I have to search hoplessly for interesting backpacking trails below the timberline for most of the hiking season. In the past I have done ocean hikes like the Juan de Fuca Trail or beach hikes in Olympic National Park when we have years like this.

Where do you guys go?


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-18-2001, 05:55 PM
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I usually do some North Shore, Horseshoe Bay, and ones towards Chilliwack or Harrison. Those are good for early in the season. Ones at the North Shore are nice as noone is usually on the trails until later in the summer so you can enjoy the same peace that you would on a high altitude hike. Plus it gets you going so you can do some bigger ones in the summer and not get lungbusted. In terms of North Shore, I find that Seymour, Cypress, Hollyburn area, and Lynn Headwaters are nice. There are also some nice low altitude ones that you can do on the various local islands if you can make your way there - I haven't done any myself, but I'll probably make my way to them eventually.





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I was also going to try the Baden Powell in a couple hiking sessions - that's not too bad either...





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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2001, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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I'm more of a backpacker than a dayhiker, unless I'm already car camping. I may checkout what the sunshine coast or the Malahat has to offer this year in low level or snow free hikes.

See you on the mountain!
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