Length: Six days (five nights)
Difficulty Level: Moderate to challenging
Dates
: Available to suit participant; 2 Jun. - 6 Sep.

                          


Example Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre by 5:00 p.m. After preliminary introductions, a hot evening meal will be served in the main lodge. After dinner, we will discuss more about the coming day hike adventures, and then the evening is yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, we head out to our day hike trailhead, for an on-location safety talk. With a slow pace, we begin following up a river through dense forest and scree slopes before arriving at a large subalpine meadow, with a mosaic of colourful wildflowers everywhere. Depending on group circumstances, we may break here for lunch, or else continue a little further to our day hike’s final destination—a picturesque high subalpine lake. At the large lake, we spend some time exploring around the area, whether walking around the lake itself; hiking up to the adjacent ridgeline; or even moving further up above the treeline onto a snowpatch, or scree slope. Plant, wildflower, and many possible wildlife viewing opportunities, alongside possible nature-based activities, could present themselves all around us in this lush eco-system. We will start making our way back down to the trailhead by 3:00 p.m., arriving back at CrossRiver for dinner. The night is again yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre, whether alone with a book, around the campfire, or in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub. Walking distance: 7-8 km, one way; elevation gain: 700 m.

Day 3: After breakfast, we head out to today’s day hike trailhead, and begin another slow pace upward along another river. This one takes us through dense forest; avalanche slopes; subalpine marsh and meadow; and finally to the treeline on a low alpine ridge. Plant, wildflower, and possibly wildlife viewing opportunities, alongside possible nature-based activities, could present themselves all around us in these varied eco-systems. Once up on the treeline ridge, if timed accordingly, this will be our lunch spot, with a pretty amazing kitchen view indeed. This alone will be worth the trip, however, depending on group circumstances, we could continue a little further on after lunch for some off-trail exploring to a nearby alpine lake. In any case, we will start making our way back down to the trailhead by 3:00 p.m., arriving back at CrossRiver for dinner. The night is again yours to relax at the Wilderness Centre, whether alone with a book, around the campfire, or in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub. Walking distance: 5-6 km, one way; elevation gain: 600 m.

Day 4After another breakfast, we take it a little easier today and hike along the river valleys of two nearby rivers. We will have lots of time to explore along the shores and adjacent forest for myriad plant and wildflowers, as well as possible wildlife. I have spotted deer, elk, moose, hawks, eagles, cougar, wolves, and bears all in these areas. Some other sights along the way will be picturesque waterfalls, whole river valley lookouts, and characteristic limestone cliff bands. We will take lunch wherever we are feeling up for it, and in any case aim to be back at CrossRiver for around 5:00 p.m. Walking distance: 7-8 km, one way; elevation gain: 100 m.

Day 5: After breakfast, we set out for our final day hike. Today, we head up a steep, though short, ascent toward another mountain ridge—although, this ridge is in the high alpine, well above treeline. We take it slow, but steady, as it is a very unique experience to be able to reach this high on only a half-day hike. We will pass through thinning forest and then large low alpine meadows at treeline, with carpets of wildflowers, before reaching the ridgeline with 360˚ views of mountain peaks, to cap off our day hike adventures. I have also seen mountain goats; mule deer; a bobcat; and golden eagles up here, and we will have time to spend exploring along these alpine ridges after lunch, with possibly some nature-based activities to enhance the experience. We will head back down to the trailhead by 3:30 p.m., and arrive back at CrossRiver for dinner. Walking distance: 5-6 km, one way; elevation gain: 600 m.

Day 6: After one final breakfast together, we part ways until next time.


Price: Cabins - $2,285.00 CAD, per person
           Teepees - $1,984.00 CAD, per person

     

            
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Price inludes: certified guides; all meals; all activity costs; all necessary permits; five nights Wilderness Centre accommodation, based on double occupancy; and trailhead transportation. Group and family discounts are available.

Note: 12% taxes are extra.


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