Invigorating cold air awaits and the solitude of early winter season hiking by snowshoe has countless perks...no crowds, no bugs, no wildfire smoke. Not to mention, it's easy on your wallet, a sport that is fun for all ages and skill-levels, + a great workout - especially in the often dense early snowfall conditions!
We may have just passed through autumnal equinox, but it's certainly not too early to start planning your winter adventures. Local Adventure Ambassador, Taryn Eyton, of Happiest Outdoors offers a great list of 'Where to Go Snowshoeing in Whistler'. Taryn rightly highlights the beautiful trail network that Callaghan has to offer but also emphasizes the importance of being prepared while snowshoeing. As with most outdoor activities, when heading into new territory, it's advisable to make it a social affair and partner up with a few hiking buddies. If you're looking to build your community, there are many friendly folks connecting on Whistler Hikers Facebook Group >> and Squamish Hikers Facebook Group >> to find fellow hikers and exchange information and updates.
The snowshoe trek into Journeyman Lodge is both challenging and rewarding, but expectations and attitude count as much as fitness level! While we welcome a spectrum of beginner to advanced outdoor enthusiasts, the physical demand is respectable and can be amplified when heavy weather systems arrive. A once groomed trail can quickly fade with heavy snowfall and the time it takes to get to the lodge is very weather dependent. Generally, a sense of grit along with the expectation of a solid uphill burn in the elements can set you up for success. The spectrum of feedback can vary from 'grueling' to 'cruisey'; ultimately it's a personal experience. Click Here>> to access trail stats and learn more about the self-propelled adventure into Journeyman Lodge.