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Hyperventilation Trail, Fernie, BC

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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

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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

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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”

Cerro Catedral in winter, Bariloche

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As I unexpectedly decided to stay a bit longer in Bariloche after all, I couldn’t resist the idea of going up again in the Andes for a night. The only refugio in the area that is still open at this time (and is all year-round) is the Refugio Frey. If you remember, I already hiked up to Frey back in April but did not stay for the night. You can find the details on how to get to the trailhead and the hike itself in my previous postContinue reading “Cerro Catedral in winter, Bariloche”

Brockton Point, Seymour Mountain

We did a quick trip up to Brockton point on the way up to Seymour 1st peak. The avalanche risk was Moderate to Considerate due to the recent snowfall, so we decided not to head further up and enjoyed the view with some hot chocolate!

During the Holidays the mountain was very busy – going up with a car after 11pm was very difficult. We took the shuttle from the Park Gate Community Center (6$ each way) so we didn’t have to wait in line on Mount Seymour Parkway to get up the mountain.

The roundtrip is about 1-2hrs depending on your speed and the amount of photos you will take! Perfect for a short workout and get some fresh air!

Enjoy!

Bower Lookout, Cypress Mountain

Distance from Vancouver: 45min
1-2hrs, 3km round-trip
Elevation gain: 200m

We decided to head up the mountains after New Years to enjoy the sun before we start working again. It was a short and sweet trip up to Bowen Lookout on the How Sound Crest trail (heading towards St. Marks Summit). I recommend driving up the mountain early as it gets very crowded with the great snow conditions! Also don’t forget to get a backcountry (free) pass at the Cypress lodge before you head out!

Enjoy!

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