Morning Hike (intermediate plus) - Apr. 23

Morning Hike (intermediate plus) - Apr. 23

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Get your blood pumping with this intermediate level hike to one of the most stunning viewpoints in Golden Ears Provincial Park.

Date/Time: Sunday, April 23 at 8:30am 
Duration:  Approx. 4 hours, depending on pace
Location: Golden Ears Provincial Park, West Canyon Parking Lot
Trail: Alder Flats via West Canyon
Distance: 11.4 km, 445 m elevation
Experience Level: Intermediate Plus - Previous hiking experience and physical stamina are required for this half day hike. This hike is actually the first portion of Golden Ears Mountain hiking trail.  It's serious business, but if you've been active and love the outdoors then you'll really enjoy it.  It's one of my faves.
Description:  The Alder Flats via West Canyon route is beautifully lush, and follows very well-marked trails from the parking area. The trail starts relatively flat and then slowly introduces inclines and declines. Trekking poles come in handy, especially if here during the wet season since the trails will be slick and a little muddy in a few spots and then transition to some sections that are quite rocky and steep. We'll continue up the trail, above Alder Flats Campground, where the trail opens up more and there are great views. 
What to bring: Please dress in layers, for the weather, wear comfortable hiking boots and bring lots of water and a hearty snack or two.  Extra food should be carried in case we are delayed.  Depending on water levels the trail may be quite wet so waterproof footwear will keep you most comfortable.  Micro-spikes are highly recommended to reduce slipping incase we hit snow.  Lastly, when hiking in the outdoors you should always carry the 10 essentials, especially as we travel further from access roads.

Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed for the duration of the walk.  If you choose to bring your furry friend please be mindful of the comfort level of those around you. 

Please note that unless indicated, all MGW events are child-free.  The purpose of this is so that we can focus on being us, without the stress or distractions that come from little people.  If this weekday event doesn't work with your childcare schedule please know that we will be hosting events on weekends and evenings as well.  Thanks for your cooperation!