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Hyperventilation Trail, Fernie, BC


1-2hrs, a bit over 4km round-trip (hard to say exactly depending on where you start)
Elevation gain: Roughly 350m
Distance from Fernie: 5 min drive on dirt road

The trailhead you will need to follow is actually for the hiking/biking trail called “Roots”. In theory when you follow the dirt road to the trailhead, you will go down a very steep slope just before reaching the trailhead. Just don’t – stop before it, otherwise you will have to hike back up all this lost of elevation. There is a small pull out on the left-hand side of the road when you arrive just in front of a smaller logging trail where you can park and start. You will reach the Roots trail shortly on your right-hand side and can keep going up from there.

Oh, and take a minute to actually look back at the trailhead from the trail. Just because the view doesn’t get much better than this for a trailhead…

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Island Lake, Fernie, BC


2-4hrs, 14km round-trip
Elevation gain: 300m
Distance from Fernie: Just about 5min drive West of town!

It was a pretty cloudy day, but we wanted to make the most out of our week-end. After looking up the Tourism Fernie website, we decided to hike/snowshoe up to Island Lake Lodge. We were hoping that we could drive up the road with the Jeep as much as possible, but turned out the gate was closed at the lower parking lot. So we parked and had to hike the entire 7km up to the lake. Because we hiked in the valley, we were able to have some nice views of the surrounding peaks despite the snow falling! The trail is pretty straight forward and large and goes through the valley and beautiful old forest.

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Fairy Creek Falls, Fernie, BC


2hrs, 4km round-trip
Elevation gain: 120m

Finally taking some time off school to enjoy the outdoors and visit a friend in Fernie. The first trail we did was Fairy Creek Falls – you can access the trailhead just East of the town directly from Highway 3. The hike is quite easy, although there was still a bit of snow at this time of the year (Easter week-end). We didn’t need our snowshoes at this point as the snow had been quite traveled in the last few days – so here we went!

The trail splits in one smaller trail on the right, or one larger dirt road closer to the creek. Both will join a bit later into a single trail heading towards the falls. You will eventually see a junction as well for the main Fairy Creek trail, which is heading up towards Mt. Proctor and the Three Sisters trail. Keep left to follow the Fairy Creek Falls signs. Continue reading “Fairy Creek Falls, Fernie, BC”

Ptarmigan Ridge, Mt. Baker, WA, USA


Distance from Vancouver: 2h45 plus border time
7hrs, 18.0 km round-trip
Elevation gain: roughly 530m

On day 5 of my Mt. Baker trip, the last but not the least, we packed up our camp at Silver Fir and drove back up to Artist Point to hike Ptarmigan Ridge. I have hiked this trail last year, although we didn’t get much of a view of Baker due to the fog. This time however, we couldn’t have asked for a better weather to be on the trail – we had a clear, blue sky most of the day and the best views of Mt. Baker I never had. This was definitely the highlight of the trip and makes me feel so grateful to live that close to such beauty!

The trails starts at Artist Point and follows the same common trail that we took to head to Chain Lakes earlier that week. After about 1 mile on the traverse on the back of Table Mountain, we reached a junction with Ptarmigan Ridge Trail (to the left). From there the trails goes around and eventually drops about 60m in the valley before heading slowly back up as you walk towards Coleman Pinnacle and Baker in the background.

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Table Mountain and Artist Point, Mt. Baker, WA, USA


Distance from Vancouver: 2h45 plus border time
From Artist Point to Table Moutain round-trip: 2hrs, 3.2km round-trip
Elevation gain: roughly 200m

On our fourth day, we finally started to see the sun clearing out of the heavy clouds. Mt. Shuksan and Baker were just teasing us slowly by revealing the views of the glaciers, the peaks and the valleys we have been walking in for a few days without really catching a glimpse of.

With a few hours of sunlight left, we decided to hike up to Table Mountain first. The trail is mainly flat at first, and then goes up in zig-zags all the way to the top of the mountain. Take your time and enjoy the view.

We really took our time to explore and walk around on the top of the mountain. It is worth going around and try to see from both sides of the mountain, as the views vary greatly. You will also see the Chain Lakes Loop trail at the bottom, both on the long ridge heading to Ptarmigan Ridge trail intersection, but in the valley heading up to Herman Saddle too. Continue reading “Table Mountain and Artist Point, Mt. Baker, WA, USA”

Chain Lakes Loop, Mt. Baker, WA, USA


Distance from Vancouver: 2h45 plus border time
From Artist Point to Mazama Lake round-trip: 2hrs, 6.4km round-trip
Elevation loss: roughly 200m

For our second day in Mt. Baker area, we decided to head to Chain Lakes for camping. We knew from the Glacier visitor center that the weather wasn’t good for the next 2 days, but we wanted to try to get something out of these few days off in the area. We figured it would be a nice area to camp at, and as we were only about 1h away from the parking, we could always get out quickly if the weather got quite ugly. In this area you will have to pay 5$ US per day to park and visit the park during the day. Make sure you show your proof of payment in your car before heading out!

And so we went – we drove all the way up to Artist Point in the Mt. Baker area. From there we followed the main indications towards Chain Lakes Loop. We did not hike the entire loop, although I have done it a few years ago on snowshoes. After one mile on a pretty steep traverse (the trail itself is quite flat), follow the sign on the right towards the Chain Lakes trail. Continue reading “Chain Lakes Loop, Mt. Baker, WA, USA”

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