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 Windy Pass
On your second day is a 4-hour trail hike full of turns, as it leads from the meadow and then winds its way back up behind camp, up to Windy Pass. Look to the hillsides for photo ops of the area’s blooming wildflowers numbering in the hundreds in an array of blue, pink, yellow, and red hues.
DAY 3 Eldorado, Pearson, 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. There will be plenty of prime opportunities to take in the pristine scenery and wildlife you come upon through your camera lens.
Today you’ll hike several ridgetops where you can look down on 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 and Mount Sheba. Be sure to look for a herd of mountain goats that frequent this area and wolf tracks are often seen.
DAY 5 Eldorado Peak Loop
The Eldorado Peak Loop is a walk along scree slopes with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet (609m). Here you’ll have the perfect picture opportunity to take some commanding 360° degree views of Castle Mountain to the north and the Coast Mountain Range to the south. Simply inspiring viewscapes.
DAY 6 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 supper.
On the last day of your 7-Day Camp-Based Hiking Trip, you can fit one more hike in before your 1 pm departure on our shuttle bus back to Vancouver. Choose from hiking Lover’s Bluff Loop to get an excellent aerial view of the ranch, an Upper River Hike, or Lower River Hike.