Wilderness Alpine Trek with pack horses
DAY 1 Shuttle — Vancouver to Ranch — Historical and Cultural Tour of BC’s Fraser Canyon
On Chilcotin Holidays’ shuttle bus from the Guildford Sheraton Hotel in Surrey, BC (approximately a 5-hour drive) you’ll travel along Hwy. 1 — the gateway to north and east British Columbia — into the Fraser Canyon and learn about the beginning of the historic Gold Rush Trail. This scenic mountainous highway has been traversed by many travellers on foot, horse, rail, and vehicle and dates back to the first native peoples, fur traders, gold seekers, the building of the Canadian National Railway in the early 1900s, to the early pioneers that cleared and settled the land. It’s an enlightening and thoroughly educational ride to Gold Bridge where you’ll begin your incredible wilderness adventure.
After a midday ranch meal your group will receive a thorough orientation of the area, trails, mountains, and repack your personal gear into duffel bags provided. After being dropped off at the trail head, you’ll hike to Eldorado Camp along a continuous uphill trail with a stop at the top to view some old miner’s cabins — a reminder of the area’s once prosperous mining industry long ago.
DAY 2 The Ridge Walk
On your second day, the group will hike from camp to several clearings where you can look down on the camp and then to the top of the hill for a view of Eldorado Valley. At one point, it’s possible to view Hummingbird Lake. A herd of mountain goats frequent this area and wolf tracks are often seen.
DAY 3 Eldorado and Pearson Basins and Taylor Basin Loop
A long and beautiful loop is in store today starting from Eldorado Basin, over to Pearson Basin, and then the Taylor Basin Loop. Enjoy your open-air lunch overlooking one of the many basins you’ll be passing through today and watch for sightings of grizzly bears feeding on cows parsnip and horsetail in the meadows below.
DAY 4 B & F Pioneer Miners Trail
The last day’s hike from Eldorado Camp takes you down B & F Pioneer Miners Trail to arrive back at the ranch for noon and a midday meal before catching the shuttle back to Vancouver at 1 pm.