What an experience winter hiking can be! Your surroundings are quiet. The only sound is the beating of your heart as you take in the incredible mountain scenery, or maybe the rat-tat-tat-tat of a woodpecker. There are no insects to bug you. The bears are hibernating. So no need for insect repellant or bear spray. At the Chilcotin Mountains you have a low risk if avalanches.
A true Wilderness Trekking Adventure, one that will take you to one of the most beautiful places in the wolr: The South Chilcotin Mountains offer breathtaking scenery in an untouched wilderness with incredible vies over endless mountain tops, Coast Mountains glaciers, or alpine valleys.
All our trips are customized according to your interests, abilities and schedule. And they are suited for families, groups of friends, singles and couples.
If winter isn’t your favourite season, plan for a Guided Wilderness Alpine Hut-to-Hut Hiking Adventure to our three alpine camps with pack horses. This trip is all-inclusive and an unforgettable wilderness experience, trekking the original route of gold seekers in the 1800’s, with pack horses on the leeward side of the southwestern British Columbia’s pristine Chilcotin Mountain park.
You’ll spend days hiking in the famous alpine meadows where the wildflowers number in the hundreds and bloom from May to September. Wildlife viewing, bird watching and photography are just some of the pleasures you could enjoy!
It’s a beautiful sunday morning in June and the Guide School pupils pack the pack horses with food and personal gear, saddle their riding horses and leave for the bush. After a couple of hours they stop for lunch – and one of them doesn’t get up on her horse again. She decides to walk for a few kilometres. And with every day the hiked sections get longer until she walks almost all the way back from Leckie Camp to the ranch. Choosing foot over horse back, going for a hike with a pack horse – weird, isnt’ it?No, it’s not weird! Hiking along creeks, through blooming meadows, on mountain ridges and through valleys – that’s what walking in the Chilcotin Mountains means. At least to me. And there is no time when I’m happier than when I’m walking. Ideally through beautiful scenery like here.
And last week I got to experience hiking with a pack horse. What seemed impossible at first ended up being a lot of fun! Walking a horse is basically like walking a dog that carries your pack for you. That is if the horse behaves well and doesn’t drag you around. But then you have to stand up and show it who’s the boss (to be honest: I had problems with that at first, too. One of the horses dragged me around quite a bit, I still hold a grudge against him for this).
So what is there to pay attention to while hiking with a horse? Well, at first you should check regularly if the pack moved and if so repack. Secondly the horse should walk behind you which also means that it respects you as the pack leader (pretty good feeling actually!). Thirdly you shouldn’t hold the rope too short so it can still see where it’s going. Also make sure that there are no knots where the rope could get stuck in your hand (wear gloves!) – and never wrap the rope around your hand! If the horse spooks you will hurt your hand and that’s not very pleasant. And last but not least (and it’s really annoying) avoid having to drag your horse behind you and make it walk!
That’s about it, now you’re ready to set out for walking adventures with your pack horse!
Backcountry hiking is a special way to connect with nature and feel good about yourself. Chilcotin Holidays provides amazing views and trails that make the best hiking vacations. Nothing is better than hiking to a lookout with good company in the middle of the BC wilderness. Everything around from the flowers to mountains are breath taking. Hiking in British Columbia is something everyone needs to experience. Pictures do not capture the feeling you get when you have just climbed a mountain or the true beauty that can be seen with your own two eyes. For anyone who is looking for a real backcountry hiking experience, I would highly recommend the south chilcotin mountains.
At Chilcotin Holidays we had five wonderful guests come for two days. They experienced almost everything we have to offer. They went bear viewing and drove to a ghost town not too far away, had fun lassoing and shooting a gun. They had a riding, packing, and bareback riding orientation. There were a lot of different activities they participated in but they all thought the view at the end of their wilderness hiking adventure was the best part.
Kevan had the idea to go hiking to Lovers Bluff with the guests. I had previously done the trail on horseback and knew that the trail went straight up the mountain for a couple kilometres. I was not sure if I was going to be able to lead a group of five guests and three interns up to Lovers Bluff. The straight up climb was a little intimidating. but I knew how breathtaking the view is from the top. As we were hiking up the mountain one of the interns along the way talked about the different trees and flowers, adding some bushcraft survival techniques to the hiking experience. As we got closer to the top, the steeper the trail seemed. When we finally arrived at the lookout everyone instantly forgot about how hard the wilderness hiking experience was and fell in love with the view. We all spent a long time taking photos and taking in the view of the mountains, carpenter lake, and three ponds. Hiking back down to the ranch seemed to be a lot harder. We all had to do a lot of zigzagging back down which ended with all of us having very shaky legs. Everyone, still in awe about the view, did not seem to mind. BC hiking is truly spectacular and can be the perk to anyone day.
At Chilcotin Holidays there are endless amounts of trails for hiking. Each are just as beautiful as the next. The trails are full of all kinds of flowers, trees, and wildlife. BC hiking is as good as it gets. With the grasslands, sub alpine, alpine meadows, and mountain peaks the south chilcotin mountains create the best opportunity for real backcountry hiking.
When Georgina picked me up and told me about going on a hike to Pearson’s lookout with our guests, I was a little bit more excited than usual. I have never been on a hike in Canada before and I had not been out with the guests either, but I was really happy to see some new parts of the area around our ranch.
We started out on the hike right after dinner. First I just had to pick up some warm clothes, lace up my hiking boots and then I was finally ready to start. But “Whoa”, I wasn’t really ready. Georgina told us what needs to be prepared before you can go out with the guests. “Grab the radio and don’t forget your bear spray, if you go out on your own next time! I almost forgot it but after these last instructions we were ready to go.
It was 1PM when we went to Pearson’s lookout. We walked over the field behind the ranch and through the gate. Through the forest, over a small bridge made out of wood that lead above a stream. It was nice to be surrounded by nature. Before this we hadn’t been able to properly breathe the fresh air of the wilderness. On our hike we also saw some mule deer, frogs, Humming birds and some footprints of horses while walking the trail.
It was 40 Minutes later that we finally arrived at Pearson’s lookout. It was a beautiful view when we looked down from the top of the mountain. There was big valley right in front of us. There were several lakes and mountains on each side with snow on top, and a shiny blue sky above us without a single cloud. Of course we took a lot of pictures until we had to go back to the ranch to be back in time for lunch.
When we were halfway back one of our guests discovered some bones and hair next to the trail. It seemed like it was from a deer and we were searching for more signs of animals to take some samples with us. We looked around the trail and suddenly someone discovered a strange looking footprint. It wasn’t from a horse and it looked similar to a footprint of a bear. It was a dried footprint and although none of us has ever seen a footprint of a bear in the wilderness before, we were sure that it had to be one. We weren’t even able to see the toes of the print but we were able to see some of the dried claw prints in the mud. We took some pictures of the footprint and we took some hair samples with us as well. It was exciting to see such a footprint for the first time but we were very glad that it was already dried and that we didn’t actually see a bear crossing our trail.
As we arrived at the ranch I was really glad to be back. We missed the lunch but we had a beautiful view from Pearson’s lookout. We were able to see some animals and we also saw our first real bear footprint in the wilderness. It was a trip that I will definitely not forget!
I’m used to practicing sport when I’m at home in the french downtown, it’s always good to have a bit of exercise to stay fit!
When I came in the Ranch my sport routine was very improved, because of what? The wilderness!
Can you imagine yourself running in the Canadian forest with this huge feeling of freedom ? that’s why I moved here.
First of all I started alone in doing a small loop around the ranch just to practice my daily sport. I can enjoy the pure air and have a good view of the snowy top of the Chilcotin’s Mountain.
After my first few jogs some other colleges saw me run and they proposed for me to have one ! Of course yes!
So we went for a bigger sport time in the wilderness in some places around that I didn’t know yet! During this one, I really had a huge feeling of freedom.
Running in the forest, smell the different flavors between flowers, grass and ground. Feel your body in a healthy effort and feel the wilderness all around you, that is what you can expect if you go for a sport session in Chilcotin Holidays.
After that I was used to practicing 3 times a week my freedom sport session between my works hours or during my days off and all the time I had the same feeling.
Moreover, sport is really important for your health, mentally and physically. Here you can appreciate a healthy way to practice it, no pollution in the air, no sound of any car, just you and the wilderness.
Also, if you come here at the end of spring you will be able to appreciate the wake up of the nature, you will see all of these trees growing green, the grass growing up, the snow melting from the top of the mountain and all the wilderness coming to life, once again.
To sum up I can say that a sport session in the the wilderness here will give you a lot of unforgettable memories and you will feel free for sure.