It was John Muir who said, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves.” Whether exploring our routes of wilderness with a guide or navigating on your own, the soft and steady stride of your own two legs carrying you through Callaghan Country’s diverse landscapes is an experience of solitude and deep connection with pristine nature…
GUIDED DAY HIKES:
INTERPRETIVE HIKES WITH WHISTLER ECO TOURS…..From $149.99 + tax, per person
Saturdays & Sundays, July-Oct. / 2012 – Book Directly >>
Enjoy the company of an experienced & professional guide with Whistler Eco Tours as you ascend gently through a variety of West Coast forest types arriving at the sub-alpine meadows and breathtaking mountain views surrounding Conflict Lake. Along the way, learn about forest/alpine ecology & our local natural history. Each trip includes hotel pick up from Whistler Village & a gourmet lunch in our backcountry lodge dining room. Whether you opt for a personalized experience or join larger group, experience how a little interpretation allows you to perceive the Coast Mountain wilderness in a whole new way.
Scheduled Departure from Whistler Village: 9:00 am
Tour Length: 7-8 hours (includes 1.5hr transfer each way)
GUIDED MULTI-DAY HIKES
GUIDED WILDFLOWER HIKE WITH NATURAL TREKKING TOURS……From $399 + tax, per person
Aug 24-26 / 2012 (2.5 day group adventure) – Book this trip Now >>
Looking to explore the pristine wilderness and the wildflower laden meadows of Callaghan Country with some good company…maybe learn a few things along the way? Join Callaghan Country & Natural Trekking for this unique backcountry summer experience with the confidence gained from traveling with a group. Our guide will lead you on the journey into Callaghan Country’s Backcountry Lodge for a full weekend of ultimate west coast hospitality and comfort. Our hiking tour is fully inclusive – all you need to do is enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the Callaghan Valley. If you are looking for some untouched nature with no stress, you will love this trip!
ALPINE TREKKING WEEKEND GETAWAYS…..From $560 + tax, per person
Aug.-Oct. /2012 (Weekends / Sat & Sun) – Book this trip Now >>
Join Whistler Coast Mountain Guides in a rustic-lux multi-day alpine trekking adventure. Initiate yourself into the world of safe alpine trekking and mountain travel under the professional leadership of your own ACMG certified guide. By day we will trek and explore the spectacular surroundings of Callaghan Country. By night we will enjoy fabulous cuisine, the warmth of a log-fire, and a good night’s sleep. Participants must have appropriate hiking gear including good hiking boots, hiking poles, daypack, and rain jacket. Gear is available for rent. Participants should have a good overall fitness level and be confident in their hiking ability. Non-hiking friends or partners can engage in other activities accessible from the lodge including, fishing, bird watching or they might simply enjoy the peace and tranquility offered by a stay in a remote mountain lodge. Each getaway includes hotel pick up from Squamish or Whistler.
SELF-GUIDED HIKING EXPERIENCES
The Callaghan Country hiking experience offers a virtually untouched mountain environment with breathtaking views in every direction. The hiking “trails” are in-fact true wilderness routes, which means that they are flagged, but some route-finding may be necessary and you should expect some primitive sections of trail along the way.
The routes beginning at the lodge basically take you up into the alpine and finish there, once there it is real wilderness alpine hiking where you choose your own direction to anywhere as it is all open to exploring so you can then make the hike as long as you want, especially if you plan to reach a summit. The terrain is typical of coast mountain alpine environments.
The sub alpine terrain in Solitude Valley, immediately surrounding the lodge, is also considerably open, allowing for extensive exploration of the surrounding area and therefore allowing you the ability to be out hiking for the length of time of your own choosing.
Callaghan Lake to lodge 4.5 km one way
This is the primary summer access route to Callaghan Lodge. Callaghan Lake
is accessible by high clearance vehicle during the summer months. The well defined
footpath leads west from the parking area and climbs gently through a
variety of West Coast forest types. The elevation gain is 150 m. Allow two
hours (one way).
Solitude Glacier 5.0 km one way
The hike starts with an easy walk through a series of meadows rising gently
for 2.5 km. From there, a rustic route ascends a steep grade for 150 m,
terminating at the bottom of a large glacial cirque surrounded by ice walls.
Travel up along the moraine (2.5 km) to the toe of the glacier is on loose scree
and is not suitable for novice hikers.
Ring Lake Route 5.0 km one way
This 10 km “out-and-back” hike takes about five hours (round trip) from the
lodge and gains 330 m of elevation. It begins with an easy walk through a
series of meadows. The difficulty level increases and the trail gets more rustic
on the final push to the alpine. The spectacular views of Mt. Callaghan, Ring
Mountain and picturesque Ring Lake make it well worth the effort.