Feb 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm #1269119
@paintplongoLocale: Hopefully on the Trail
I just found out that I need to go to British Columbia in May for work, does anyone have any recommendations on a 3 day trip while I'm there?Feb 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm #1696834
There still can be a lot of snow till June / July in some years. Last year the last snow on the peaks around Vancouver disappeared in mid August. Some years most snow is dumped on the mountains here in spring.
So, it really depends how this May will be. Let's hope it doesn't rain for days when you are in Vancouver. :)
If the conditions are good and there are no avalanche warnings, I can higly recommend the Howe Sound Crest Trail. Awesome views of the Howe Sound, Vancouver Island, Mnt. Baker, the Lions (you hike between those 2 peaks) and Vancouver. It's strenous though, goes up and down all the time and pretty steep.
But absolutely stunning.
http://www.vancouvertrails.com has some nice trip suggestions, there are many great day trips.
Maybe something in Garibaldi Park, near Whistler.
Parts of the Baden Powell Trail (In West- and North Vancouver) are doable year around:
Blowdown Pass East of Pemberton is beautifull.
There are few people on bpl who live in Vancouver or nearby.
Furthermore, the guys at http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/ can also help you for sure.Feb 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm #1696850
@elf773Locale: Vancouver, BC
Yeah, I'd do the Howe Crest Sound Trail or Garibaldi Provincial Park (camping at Garibaldi Lake). Even with snow, I'd imagine Garibaldi should be OK. Bring your fishing rod. There's also Golden Ears Provincial Park, camp at Alder Flats and hike to Panorama Ridge (or dry camp up there).
HCST (I only made it as far as Deek Lake… one end of the trail):
Garibaldi Provincial Park (you may have trouble getting to this ridge where this photo was taken if it's really snowy):
Golden Ears Provincial Park:
The Baden Powell Trail in Deep Cove (North Van) and Lighthouse Park (West Van) are good for day hikes, or rent a mountain bike and bike along the water through Kits Beach into the University of British Columbia endowment lands for something to do.Feb 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #1696956
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Peter, you are very close to Northern Washington, there are a lot of hikes that will work that time of year, or try Vancouver Island- stay close to the coast and you will have more then you could handle in a life time.Feb 15, 2011 at 11:15 am #1696972
Any chance that you could make it to Vancouver Island? Some great treks there and little snow to deal with.Feb 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm #1697049
depends what you want to do
plenty of day scrambles, weekenders, alpine climbs, etc …
best place for info is clubtread.comFeb 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm #1697122
@kjkerstensLocale: BC Canada
I would take a look at the Juan De Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island, great ocean walk with Beach camping.Feb 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm #1697268
You're likely going to encounter a lot of snow on the higher elevation trails in May. Anything in Garbaldi Park, Golden Ears, Howe Sound Crest Trail etc is likely to have quite a bit of snow. The HSCT is awesome but we were still hitting snow in late August last year and there is some sketchy terrain, so I'd be hesitant to do it in May unless I was well prepared for snow travel.
I would likely look at hiking trails that travel along the coast, rather than ones through the mountains. The most notable ones are the Juan de Fuca, West Coast Trail, North Coast Trail and Sunshine Coast Trail. All of these should be snow free. Of these, I would recommend doing the Juan de Fuca because logistically it is much easier than the WCT, it's radically cheaper and you can hike only as much as you want. I personally would suggest leaving a car at Sombrio beach and then hitching hiking about 30km to the southern terminus. That might not sound like much distance for 3 days, but the terrain is fairly rugged and the camp sites are amazing so you want time to enjoy them. Spend day one getting to Sombrio, hitch hiking back to the start and then hiking a couple miles to Mystic Beach. Then camp at Bear Beach night 2 and Chin Beach night 3 and then exit the following day. If you're a fast hiker and you don't have 4 days/3 nights then you could probably lump two days into one but it would be a long day. There aren't a lot of campsites so you pretty much need to camp at these beaches.Feb 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm #1697467
+ 1 Juan de Fuca
You will also spend about 6 hours if you take you own car to get to the NCT, about 8 if you take the greyhound. And you have to pay for hostel and the water taxi and the shuttle ride from the trailhead.
So, the Juan de Fuca will be way cheaper.
And be prepared for rainy weather and high humidity, although you could even get lucky on the coast in May, but you never know…Feb 24, 2011 at 10:22 am #1701038
North Coast trail off Cape Scott is closed due to damage to the cable crossings and bridges. I haven't heard when the trail society/parks groups are planning to have it back up and running.
Juan de Fuca trail is likely right up your alley though with your time constraints etc. Look up the trail guide and pack raingear, it will be very wet in May.Feb 24, 2011 at 10:37 am #1701044
I have done the WCT 4 times in May without any rain. Crazy and I suspect I should buy a lottery ticket, but the great thing about the trail in May is the lack of people and trodden trails….Feb 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm #1701154
This is a great trail, much more difficult than one anticipates. Parking and trailhead shuttles are available in Port Renfrew. The scenery and terrain is amazing; hiking through old-growth cedars, walking on cobble beaches overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains beyond. You may get lucky and see a whale or two. May is relatively early in the season for coastal BC. It won't be terribly busy, and apart from the surfers at Sombrio Beach, you'll likely only bump into a handful of people throughout the entire trail (3-4 days).
I cannot emphasize how important good raingear is for this trail. I have done all sorts of hiking in the area, and in May you might get a nice stretch of sunny weather, but the odds are very good you'll get some sustained heavy rainfall at some point during your hike.
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