Wilderness Alpine Hike 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 and trails and repack your personal gear into duffel bags provided. It’s a half-hour drive to the trail head where you’ll begin your guided wilderness trek to Brett Creek Camp. This camp is located at an elevation of 6,500 feet (1,980m) and set amongst miles of spectacular brocaded wildflower meadows with a healthy population of mule deer and California bighorn sheep in the surrounding area. The 3–4 hour hike covers approximately 3 miles (5km) and has an elevation change of 2,500 feet (762m). Dinner and overnight at camp.
DAY 2 Rex Peak Circuit
A full day’s hike starts after breakfast. Heading south to Rex Peak from camp, at an elevation of 6,500 feet (1,980m), you’ll enjoy the trek through alpine meadows and be in awe at the sighting of grizzly bears that frequent the meadows for its rich alpine grasses and cows parsnip — a bear’s delicacy. At the top of Rex Peak, situated at 7,500 feet (2,280m), you’ll have lunch and take in the spectacular views before heading back to camp via Shulaps Peak Ridgeline. To the east, enjoy the vistas of Camels Foot Range and Fraser Plateau, and to the west is Cardtable Mountain, Castle Pass, and Mount Sheba. Be sure to look for California bighorn sheep rams.
After an early breakfast, hike from Brett Creek — skirting around the Shulaps Mountain Range to the north — up and across Jade Mountain, known for its beautiful outcroppings of jade and the summer feeding grounds for California bighorn sheep and mountain goats. On the way back to camp, take a dip in Hidden Opal Lake and try catching a trout for dinner.
DAY 4 Brett Creek Camp to the Trailhead
Situated along Brett Creek, at an elevation of 6,500 feet (1,980m), enjoy your last day at our permanent alpine camp, set amongst miles of spectacular, brocaded wildflower meadows with a healthy population of mule deer and California bighorn sheep in the surrounding area. From camp you’ll hike to the trailhead where a vehicle awaits to take the group back to Chilcotin Holidays Wilderness Guest Ranch. Enjoy a farewell lunch before departing.