Trekking in the Ring of Fire - Canada & the USA
Canada & Usa, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,190 (land only) - from $2,900 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Seattle. The afternoon is free to relax or explore. Though our guide will be available in the hotel, we will not officially rendezvous until breakfast of day 2. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.
Day 2: In the morning we have some time to explore Seattle with our guide before setting off on the drive to Port Angeles, where we will camp for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon we walk along the Pacific shore at Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge. Overnight camp. Approx 3hrs walking, 9km, drive time 3hrs.
Day 3: Our exploration of the Olympic National Park begins inland, walking through thick forest of spruce and cedar on a board walk path lined with ferns. Approaching the ocean, we hear the crashing surf before we see it. The coast is a haven for sea otter and sea lion; we can hope to see some fantastic wildlife today! Return to camp. Approx 4hrs walking, 15km, 260m ascent & descent, drive time 4.5 hrs.
Day 4: The Olympic Peninsula is home to the finest temperate rainforest in the US. In the morning we drive out to these incredible forests were Sitka spruce and western Hemlock have grown for more than 4000 years. We walk the Hoh River Trail to an area known as One Square Inch of Silence, one of the quietest places in the US. Afterwards we return to our camp. Approx 2hrs walking, 4km, drive time 4.5hrs.
Day 5: In the morning we enjoy a short hike on one of the many trails on Hurricane Ridge. In the afternoon, after returning to our vehicles, we drive to the Mount Rainier National Park where we set up camp for the next 2 nights. Approximately 2-3hrs walking, 220m ascent and descent, drive time 5-6hrs.
Day 6: Today's hike starts at Fryingpan Creek and climbs through old forest, then steepens before reaching a valley where, on a clear day, we've views of the Mt Rainier. A distance of ascent with several switchbacks brings us onto Summerland Meadow and a glorious show of lupine, Indian paintbrush, and avalanche lilies. Return to camp. Approx 4-5hrs walking, 13.6km, 460m ascent & descent, drive time 2hrs.
Day 7: This morning we hike the Sauk Mountain Trail. Sauk Mountain a former fire lookout, rises above the Skagit Valley. The relatively open slopes provide great views during the ascent. In the afternoon we drive to the North Cascades National Park where we will spend the next 3 days exploring. Overnight camp at Rockport, Washington. Approx 3-4hrs walking, 6.5km, 320m ascent and descent, drive time 5.5hr
Day 8: We begin our exploration of the North Cascades with a hike to Cascade Pass. We walk through colourful subalpine meadows and over steep rocky scree to the base of Sahale Glacier. A great hike with spectacular views of both peaks and glaciers. Return to Rockport and our campsite. Approximately 5-6hrs walking or 7-8 hrs with additional trail, 12-19km, 530m-1200m ascent & descent, drive time 2.5hrs.
Day 9: Today we will hike the Hidden Lake Lookout Trail. We begin in cool forest, which soon transforms into sprawling meadows bursting with wildflowers and dotted with granite slabs and boulders laced with heather. Reaching Hidden Lake we have extensive views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Return to camp. Approximately 5hrs, walking, 7.5 km, 884m ascent and descent, drive time 2hrs.
Day 10: After breakfast we collapse camp and begin the 250km drive across the border to Squamish, Canada. We break our journey with lunch in Bellingham, before our border crossing. Arriving into Squamish we set up camp and the afternoon is free to relax and explore. Approximate drive time 4hrs.
Day 11: We drive to Whistler where we pick up the trail for a wonderful hike along the Melody Creek, through lush forest and alpine meadow, to 'Singing Pass'. In the afternoon we have some time to look around Whistler Village before transferring back to our campsite. Approximately 8hrs walking, 22km, 1000m ascent and descent, 2hrs drive time.
Day 12: Today we hike up to Rainbow Lake. Our trail is straightforward, but persistently uphill. We are rewarded with beautiful views of the many waterfalls along the route and a vista from the lake that includes Whistler, Blackcomb and the Wedge Mountains. In the afternoon we return to camp. Approximately 4-5hrs walking, 16km, 850m ascent and descent, 2hrs drive time.
Day 13: Our last hike is Stawamus Chief or First Peak. We begin with a steady climb from Shannon Falls and end with a scramble to the summit. From the top we have fantastic views over Squamish and Howe Sound. We return to our camp near Squamish.. Approx 2-3hrs walking, 600m ascent.
Day 14: After breakfast at camp we pack up and begin the drive to Vancouver. Arriving before lunch we check into our hotel. With a range of places to eat we can choose our own venue for lunch and dinner today. In the afternoon we have a guided tour of the city before heading out for a celebratory dinner.
Day 15: Flight time depending, there may be more time to explore Vancouver, before we transfer to the airport in time to check in for our flight home. KE Land Only services end after breakfast. No airport transfers are included on this day, but your guide will be happy to help you arrange these.