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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-10-2018, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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We are planning our next trip to USA and Canada in July. After many dayhikes we would like to try multi day hikes. The highlight at the end of our trip should be the Chilkoot Trail. WeŽll train for that in the next months, but do you have any ideas for another (not too difficult) multi day hike between Seattle and Skagway as a "last test"?
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Not sure what you classify as "not too difficult", but there is the West Coast Trail. Bookings are open now so if it is of interest, you may want to look into it
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With "not too difficult" I`m thinking of something <800m elevation / <15km trip or <400m / <20. How crowded is West Coast Trail at that time?

Any other ideas?
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Its a bit out of the way (2.5 hr drive from Vancouver) but Manning Park's "three brothers" trail is a nice 2-3 day hike if you do the whole circuit. Plenty of good views and spectacular wild flower displays that time of year.
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West Coast Trail the problem is more getting a reservation, aside from having to get to and from Vancouver Island (and the trail is not trial material), never mind the length, and the cost especially when you only plan to do a short section. I still highly recommend it, but only if you have a week of trail time to spare.
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There's a variety of fantastic overnight trips in the North Cascades near Marblemount, from milder hikes to serious mountaineering.
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With "not too difficult" I`m thinking of something <800m elevation / <15km trip or <400m / <20. How crowded is West Coast Trail at that time?

Any other ideas?
West Coast Trail is going to be longer than that. It's 75km, not a ton of elevation, but it is fairly technical (ladders, mud, beaches, mud, cable cars, oh and more mud). It's a fantastic hike, but you're looking at 6-8 days to complete it (although strong hikers can do it in less). In July the trail will be reasonably crowded. For 2018 all spots are now reservable, so its going to be harder to get a walk up spot
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Thank yo for the suggestions!

My wife planned our tour now with some more days in the north west of canada. Would you recommend multi day hikes in Kluane NP?
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Cottonwood Trail is not too bad for getting used to the Yukon. The info centre provides the heavy bear canisters. ;-)
It would help to know some basics - how much time do you have, do you take the ferry, do you have a car, do you have to go back to Seattle, which way are you going -
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Cottonwood Trail is not too bad for getting used to the Yukon. The info centre provides the heavy bear canisters. ;-)
It would help to know some basics - how much time do you have, do you take the ferry, do you have a car, do you have to go back to Seattle, which way are you going -
Thank you so much again and sorry for the late reply: WeŽll go by car (4x4) from Seattle via Prince George to Watson Lake to Kluane (Bocks Lake?) to Skagway (Chilkoot, already got the permission). After that to Hyder and via Prince George back to Seattle. A few stops are not planned yet.

So Cottonwood sounds nice but would that really be a preparation for Chilkoot? Sounds like it should be vice versa? How aould you describe the difference between Chilkoot and Kluane? Where are more other hikers? Which is more challenging?
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Don't think you need a 4x4.

I don't know what kind of preparation you need for the Chilkoot. As with every hike, the weather makes a difference. And yes, the amount of people. Cottonwood less people, maybe none or a Mountainbiker here and there (or with bad? luck a group just starts with you). Easy hiking. You are more on your own. Maybe a little pathfinding in places, but nothing serious. Vice versa I also wouldn't say the Chilkoot prepares for Kluane. Maybe Bock's Lake is not a bad introduction or: sounds like the most difficult to me. ;-)

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