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Most of us won’t ever have the opportunity to spend a year exploring North America’s west coast like Hig Higman and Erin McKittrick have done, yet we still yearn for adventure. With limited time, we want to get right to the good parts. Erin and Hig help us by describing the four regions they enjoyed most in their 3000+ miles of trekking. Each region has its own character; one is sure to capture your imagination and excite you into vacation planning mode.
Hig and Erin recommend these four regions beginning in the south and moving north. Each “How” section describes how to position yourself for an immersion wilderness experience, but if you prefer shorter excursions, hop a cruise ship to any of the three southernmost regions.
Princess Royal Island
Princess Royal Island.
Princess Royal Island is a magical place with white Spirit bears, tumbling water falls, verdant rain forest and crystal clear alpine lakes.
Princess Royal Island: for those who are attracted to mystery and magic. This locale is ideal for the adventurous honeymoon couple.
How: From Vancouver, fly to Prince Rupert and catch a ferry (BC Ferries) to the village of Klemtu. Once there, hire a boat or paddle the twelve miles to Princess Royal Island.
The terrain in Misty Fjords National Monument/Canada’s Golden Triangle looks impassible – with big rivers, steep glaciated mountains, and chilling fjords – unless you are a sneaky packrafter.
Misty Fjords: for packraft fanatics. The intricate landscape can seem insurmountable to a hiker, but a sneaky packrafter can work their way around obstacles.
Where: Misty Fjords National Monument is in the panhandle of southeast Alaska and is part of the Tongass National Forest. The adjacent area in Canada is referred to by locals as the Golden Triangle.
The Lost Coast (the Gulf of Alaska coast from Glacier Bay to Prince William Sound) can be a challenging place for adventure, with unprotected open beaches and huge mountains housing the largest glaciers in Alaska.
The Lost Coast: for a grand adventure with unpredictable challenges and the opportunity to collect unique knick-knacks.
How: Fly into Yakitat (in the middle of the Lost Coast) on Alaska airlines from Anchorage or Juneau.
Although you will mostly be hiking, a packraft is necessary for crossing bays and large rivers.
To see more of this area from the comfort of your arm chair, watch the reality TV show, The Alaska Experiment, now running on the Discovery Channel. Hig and Erin ran into one of the groups of contestants in Icy Bay.
Base of the Alaska Peninsula
Base of Alaska Peninsula.
In late spring the country at the base of the Alaska Peninsula is delightful to ski, with a deep base covering rounded mountains and sharp volcanoes. Be prepared for very changeable weather.
The Base of the Alaska Peninsula: for a ski vacation in a winter wonderland.