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…
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.