Trekking in the Ring of Fire - Canada & the USA
Canada & Usa, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,195 (land only) - from $3,145 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Vancouver. The afternoon is free to 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: We have a briefing and breakfast at the hotel restaurant at 7.30, before taking a tour of Vancouver. We then transfer the 1hr to Squamish were we set up camp for the next 3 nights. Approx 1.5hrs drive time.
Day 3: We have our first hike to 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 4: 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, drive time 2hrs.
Day 5: 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, drive time 2hrs.
Day 6: After breakfast we leave Squamish and Canada behind us as we begin the 250km drive to Rockport, Washington, USA, which will be our home for the next 3 nights. After crossing the border we stop in Bellingham for lunch before continuing on to the North Cascade National Park. Overnight camp. Drive time 4hrs.
Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 Mt Ranier National Park where we will camp at Pinchot for the next 2 nights. Approximately 3-4hrs walking, 6.5km, 320m ascent and descent, drive time 5.5hrs.
Day 10: 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 11: We start the day with a short drive to the Mount Rainier Visitor Centre. There are several options for our hike today in the area known as 'Paradise Valley', renowned for its flower meadows and breath-taking mountain views. Returning to our vehicle we drive west to Port Angeles, our base for the next 3 nights. Approximately 3hrs walking, 8.5km, 425m ascent and descent, drive time 5hrs.
Day 12: 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 13: Our exploration of the Olympic coastline actually begins inland, walking through thick forest of spruce and cedar on a boardwalk 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 14: In the morning we enjoy a short hike on one of the many trails on Hurricane Ridge before heading on to the Pacific shore at Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge where we enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we drive on to Seattle where we head out for a celebratory meal to end our holiday. Overnight hotel. Approx 2-3hrs walking,5km, 220m ascent & descent, drive time 4.5hrs.
Day 15: Flight time depending there may be time to explore some of Seattle before returning to the airport in time to check in for our flight home. KE Land Only services end after breakfast. No transfers are provided but your guide will be happy to assist you in arranging these.