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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2017, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone !

We are planning to go for a hiking trip in British Columbia next summer, but have a hard time finding a good route for around 7-10 day hike that offers spectacular views of the mountains, but is still not to difficult for beginners.
We are all going to train up for the trip and think we can hike around 10 KM per day.

Do you guys know any good routes around Vancouver where we will be landing ?

Hope there is some great advice to find here !

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2017, 12:44 PM
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Good options for a longer backpacking trip:

1. West Coast Trail (Vancouver Island) - requires reservation
2. Sunshine Coast Trail - also requires a ferry from Vancouver, but no reservations needed

On the mainland, close to Vancouver, doing a 7-10 day trip isn't as easy. The Howe Sound Crest Trail is a 1-3 day trip. Some discussion and work is being done to extend the route, but it's not anywhere near completion, and much more rugged.
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Another vote for West Coast Trail. It is more technical (ladders, bridges, mud and roots), but lots of great views, sleeping on the beach, and Chez Monique's.
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Follow our route to Squamish ... ~80kms and there is a hut in the middle and beer at the end: https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...tml#post818354 ... and several good places to camp along the way (Unnecessary Mountain, Magnesia Meadows, Porteau Cove, Mountain Lake, Skyline Ridge)
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If you're more into mountains than coastlines, you could string together a couple shorter trips in Garibaldi Park. Garibaldi Park offers many incredible backpacking opportunities that are all on well-defined trails:

- Elfin Lakes/Mamquam Lake - 44kms out and back, you could do 3 nights, one at Elfin Lakes, 1 at Rampart Ponds, and then another night at Elfin Lakes on your way back
- Garibaldi Lake to Cheakamus Lake - 9 kms to Garibaldi Lake (7 to Taylor Meadows), 9 kms from Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows to Helm Creek CG, 9 kms to Cheakamus Lake or the Cheakamus Trailhead if you are done.
- Russet Lake - 14.5 kms one-way
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Follow our route to Squamish ... ~80kms and there is a hut in the middle and beer at the end: https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...tml#post818354 ... and several good places to camp along the way (Unnecessary Mountain, Magnesia Meadows, Porteau Cove, Mountain Lake, Skyline Ridge)
I'm not sure that's a route I would recommend for 3 guys that don't live in the area, and are possibly not familiar with it, unless you have a good idea of their background, experience and skill level.
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 11-18-2017, 02:32 PM
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if you can get to manning park it's easy to fill 7 days there. The heather trail could be a nice leisurely 4-5 days to start.
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I second the sunshine coast trail. It is easier going than the WCT (albeit with more elevation gains/drops) and you have the advantage of being able to enter and exit the trail in many locations, so are not tied to a specific schedule or forced to finish or die. Weather usually is nicer too. Don't expect to get space in a hut in summer though, they tend to get packed. Logistics aren't bad, as you can start the trail (or finish the trail, north to south is recommended) at the Saltery Bay Ferry and there is a shuttle you can prebook to get you anywhere else you want to start. (picture taken early May, don't expect snow in summer).

That said, the WCT is pretty nice if you're a seasoned backpacker, but maybe a goal once you've done a trip or 3.
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If you're open to venturing away from the coast, there are lots of fantastic hikes in Yoho and Kootney National Parks. Kootney has the Rockwall and you can combine that with Iceline and other loops in Yoho.
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