Trekking in the Ring of Fire
- Washington, Vancouver Island and British Columbia
- The beauty of the North Cascades
- Views of Mount Baker and Mount Rainier
- Hike to Windy Ridge on Mount St Helens
- The Pacific coast at Puget Sound
This varied and exciting hiking holiday takes place within a spectacular region at the western end of the USA - Canada border, where Washington meets British Columbia. Starting out from Vancouver, we cross the 51st parallel to begin our trekking adventure in the reserve areas of the North Cascades, Mount Baker and Mount Rainier. Here, we have a series of half-day and full day-walks, hiking to stunning viewpoints, such as Lookout Mountain and Windy Ridge on Mount St Helens where the destructive power of the 1980 eruption is still very evident. Taking a ferry across the Juan de Fuca Strait, we have a couple of days on Vancouver Island, before returning to the Canadian mainland where we complete this walking holiday with some longer day-walks in the vicinity of the all year round mountain and ski resort of Whistler including a hike to the stunning Garibaldi Lake. Using an experienced local guide, private transport and selected campgrounds with good facilities, allows us to make the best of the wilderness and wildlife of this unique area.
Please note that we are selling this trip in conjunction with our partners at Hauser (Germany's leading independent adventure travel operator). As a result, these groups, which are led by an English-speaking Canadian guide, may have an interesting cosmopolitan mix.
Is this holiday for you?
This is not a sustained trekking holiday but a mix of day walks and sightseeing. The walks will be mostly of 3 - 5 hours duration although there are two or three longer walking days. The terrain is quite varied from easy walking along lake shores or following well-groomed forest trails, to more challenging terrain involving some trackless or loose ground. The holiday is suitable for any active person with a reasonable level of fitness.