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Alouette Mountain – Golden Ears

Alouette Mountain – Golden Ears

Alouette Mountain is one of those mountains that I have been meaning to explore for a while. I knew most of the 20km trail is within forest, so I thought of it as a Shinrin yoku or forest bathing hike. However that description did not quite prepare me for how fabulous and expansive the views are once you reach the peak! Alouette Mountain is a challenging hike with 1360m+ elevation gain. But it never gets super steep, so it is…

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Black Tusk via Helm Creek

Black Tusk via Helm Creek

Black Tusk is one of the most iconic and distinct landmarks near Whistler (Canada). I have wanted to hike up here ever since I first saw the jaunty-looking peak from afar. However as it is a tough hike, Marc and I waited until we had plenty of experience hiking in BC before we dared give it a go. It was worth the wait – I loved every second of this gorgeous hike. It is possible for fast/strong walkers to hike…

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Panorama Ridge via Helm Creek

Panorama Ridge via Helm Creek

I love Panorama Ridge. It is a challenging adventure but it is also such a popular area to hike, that BC parks had to start issuing day passes in summer to manage the number of visitors. Most people visit Panorama Ridge as a day hike from Rubble Creek. This year Marc and I decided to hike in from the opposite direction, via Helm Creek. The route up via Helm Creek was far quieter than the route we’ve previously taken from…

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Camping at Helm Creek

Camping at Helm Creek

Camping at Helm Creek in Garibaldi Provincial Park is a complete treat. The meadows where the campsite is located are surrounded by snowcapped mountains and it is a brilliant starting point for several epic hikes. Most people seem to want to stay at the more popular campsites at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows, so Helm Creek Campground is quieter and a little easier to get a reservation. I am not sure why this area is not more popular; The meadows…

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