At 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala towers over the island of Maui. Haleakala is a dormant shield volcano known for its unique landscape and beautiful views. On a layover back to Canada we were able explore Haleakala Crater as a day trip!

 

 

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Swimming with manta rays is a once in a lifetime experience that can be had right offshore on the big island of Hawaii. Diving with manta rays can also be experienced in other parts of the world, but Hawaii is one of the best spots! Every trip out usually delivers at LEAST a few mantas and having the dive site right in Kona makes it extra convenient.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 2-4Hours

Location: Kaeuhou Bay

Difficulty: 4/10 – Must be comfortable in the water at night

Season: Year round

Additional Requirements: Kayak, underwater flashlight, snorkel gear, or a booking on one of the many snorkel/dive tours.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Kona: From Ali Hwy, head south onto Kaleiopapa Street until you reach the end. There is a boat launch there and some spots for parking.

WHAT TO BRING

If doing a self-guided tour:

  • Kayak/paddles: You will need to paddle out to the Mantas
  • Lifejacket: A lifejacket will keep you safe and is nice to float with when viewing the mantas.
  • SUV/Truck: You will need to transport the kayak to the boat launch.
  • Lights/Glow sticks: It is important to strap lights to your boat and yourself so other boats can see you.
  • Waterproof headlamp: It is nice to have a headlamp so you can paddle out without having to hold a light.
  • Underwater flashlight: Lights attract the plankton that the mantas eat. Bring a flashlight so that you can see underwater.
  • Swimsuit: You will be jumping in the water
  • Warm Clothes: It will be chilly when you get out of the water.
  • Towel: You will want to dry off after swimming.
  • Snorkel Gear: Fins, mask and goggles.
  • Gopro/underwater camera: This is an amazing experience and you will want pictures and videos from your adventure.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

If going on a guided tour:

  • Swimsuit: You will be jumping in the water
  • Warm Clothes: It will be chilly when you get out of the water.
  • Towel: You will want to dry off after swimming.
  • Seasickness medication: The water can be choppy and you will be on the boat for a while. If you get seasickness we recommend bringing seasickness medication.
  • Gopro/underwater camera: This is an amazing experience and you will want pictures and videos from your adventure.
  • Other: Anything else your tour guide company recommends.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Safety: It is a popular tour and there are many boats in the area.  Make sure you and your boat is well lit so other boat drivers can see you. Always be aware of your surroundings and where the shore and other boats are.  You will need to have someone in the kayak at all times to make sure it doesn’t drift away.

Mantas: Don’t touch the mantas! Mantas are not dangerous and may swim very close to you but be careful not to touch them. They have a protective mucus that protects them and if you touch them you may harm the manta.

 

** If you are unfamiliar with the area we highly recommend booking a tour.  All the tour companies in Kona are great and they will take care of the entire excursion. They are pros at this are will make sure you stay safe.

ADVENTURE DIRECTIONS

Summary: This is one of the best tours on the Big Island. We highly recommend booking a tour as professional dive/snorkel companies will give you the best and safest Manta Ray experience. We’ve done this tour with Jack’s Diving Locker and had a great time. If you want to have this experience without a tour company read our tips below.

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

Note: We did our snorkel in Keauhou Bay but there is a smaller site at Mauna Kea Beach where you can sometimes see mantas. They turn on a small light on the North side of the bay that attracts the mantas. This is an easier excursion as it is possible to snorkel right from the beach.

 

One of the main places to see mantas is right in front of the Sheraton Kona Resort. The Boat launch is just north east of the hotel. There is parking nearby but you will need to drop off your kayak at the boat launch and then park. It is about a 500m paddle to the site.  At dusk, there will be a bunch of tour boats in front of the Sheraton. Once you have paddled out, there will be clusters of snorkelers with glow sticks and lights.  This is where you want to be to see the mantas!

 

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Image 1: Anderson getting his gear ready
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Image 2: Paddling to the mantas

 

Once you reach the boats, jump in! Have someone stay with the boats so they don’t float away too far. Once in the water, you should be able to see the main spotlight at the bottom of the ocean with some divers down there waiting as well. Try not to get in the way of the bigger boats and don’t touch the mantas.

 

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Image 3: Two manta rays
Snorkeling with the Mantas - Hawaii Big Island - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 4: Snorkeling with the mantas

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This is less of a hike and more of a cliff jumping activity. To be more realistic, it is 100% about the cliff jumping! The hike itself is only about 0.3 miles from where you park. At the end of the trail is a 30-40ft cliff that stands above the big blue water of the pacific. The conditions here can be dicey, but if the ocean is calm End Of The World is a great place to cliff jump.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 1 Hours

Location: 8 miles south of Kona

Distance: 0.6 miles round trip

Highest Elevation: 30-40ft

Difficulty: 2/10 for the hike to the cliff, 8/10 for the cliff jumping (depending on conditions)

Season: Year round

Additional Requirements: N/A

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Kona: Head South on Hawaii Belt Rd until you reach Kamehameha III Rd and take a right. Follow Kamehameha III Rd to Alii Hwy and take a left and continue for exactly 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Keauhou Kainaliu Beach Rd and continue for 0.7 miles until you reach the end of the road. Park your car and continue by foot.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Water:Even though the hike is very short, Hawaii is hot. Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
  • Swimsuit:If you are going to cliff jump, bring your trunks.
  • Towel:Always nice to have a towel when you get out of the water.
  • Water Shoes:to get out of the water you have to climb up lava rock. Water Shoes will protect your feet from sharp rocks.
  • Sunscreen:If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera:The waves crashing upon the black lava rock make for some great photo opportunities.
  • This Guide:Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Ocean Conditions: This area is not for beginner or even intermediate swimmers. Depending on the time of year (December – March being especially dangerous) the swells coming into the End Of The World are extremely dangerous. When climbing up onto the rocks, be very careful, and be honest with your swimming skills. If you have any doubts, DO NOT JUMP!

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: The hike to End Of The World is very straight forward. If the swells are too large to jump it is a great place to visit to see the waves crash against the lava rock cliffs.

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

This hike starts at the end of Keauhou Kainaliu Beach Rd. It is such a short hike you can basically see the cliff from where you park. Follow the trail along the coast to the south. This trail is well defined and easy to follow. When the rocky path ends you must traverse some lava rock to get to the jump site.

 

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Image 1: The trail to End Of The World
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Image 2: Looking out over End Of The World

 

There are a couple ledges to jump from. One is roughly 30ft, the other is roughly 40ft. It’s always a good idea to check the water level for yourself at any cliff jumping site. Watch the ocean before jumping to get a sense of the timing of the swells coming in and how large they are.

 

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Image 3: Anderson jumping off End Of The World
Cliff jumping at End Of The World - Hawaii Big Island - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 4: Jumping off End Of The World

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Hiking to Kiholo Bay is a nice short walk along the Kohala Coast. Kiholo Bay is a tide pool known for having uniquely turquoise water. The turquoise water is a result of ocean saltwater meeting and mixing with fresh water. The hike follows the beach over black lava rock, passing a flooded lava tube known as the Queen’s Bath.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Location: 17 miles north of Kona

Distance: 5km round trip

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: 4/10 – Traversing sharp lava rock and enduring the hot Hawaiian sun with minimal shade.

Season: Year round… it’s Hawaii

Additional Requirements: N/A

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Kona: Head North on the HI 19 for roughly 17 miles and then turn left onto the unmarked road adjacent to mile marker 82. If you hit the scenic overlook you’ve gone too far. Follow the unmarked road towards the ocean to the Kiholo Bay parking area.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: Running shoes or hikers. If you wear flip flops and they get wet it can be very slippery on the sharp lava rock.
  • Water: This side of the island gets lots of sun! Be sure to bring lots of water.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch for when you arrive at the bay. Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Swimsuit: You will want to swim in the lava tube and probably take a dip when you get to the bay so bring your trunks.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Sea Turtles: Kiholo Bay is a great place to spot Sea Turtles. Keep in mind that Sea Turtles in Hawaii are protected by law and should not be touched.

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: This hike will start at the Kiholo Bay parking lot and follow the coast northeast to the bay. It’s a very simple hike as far as directions go. Keep the water in sight and you’ll make it to the bay.

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Image 1: Kiholo Bay Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

The hike starts from the parking lot (Route marker #1 on the map) and heads west into the trees. Before too long you’ll reach the ocean. From there it’s a straightforward hike along the coast to the northeast. About half a kilometer into the hike you’ll come across a flooded lava tube known as the Queen’s Bath (Route marker #2 on the map).  The lava tube is usually full of fresh water so it’s a great place for a refreshing swim.

 

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Image 2: Anderson following the coastal trail
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Image 3: Mattson swimming in the flooded lava tube

After cooling off in the lava tube, continue on your way along the coast. You will cross over black lava rock and soon enough the bright blue water of Kiholo Bay will be in your sights (Route marker #3 on the map). Walk over and around the black sand beach, cross a small bridge, and find a nice spot to swim in the Bay. Hope you enjoy! Take lots of pictures!

 

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Image 4: The trail to Kiholo Bay
Kiholo Bay - Hawaii Big Island - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 5: Traversing sharp lava rock (flip flops not recommended)
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Image 6: Kiholo Bay

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The “Jello Mold” is an ancient cinder cone between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa with a stunning view of the Kona Coast. It is known as the Jello Mold due to its resemblance to an upside-down mold. The hike to the summit requires a relatively high level of fitness as the elevation gain is constant. A bike makes the first half of the hike much faster and the way down a lot easier.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 3-4 hours

Location: 29 miles northeast of Kona

Distance: 12km round trip

Elevation Gain: 620m

Difficulty: 7/10 – Constant elevation gain

Season: Year round

Additional Requirements: A bike is nice to have but not required.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Kona: Take Hwy 190 North East and take the turnoff between mile markers 21 and 22. Stay left and pass through a metal gate to the parking area at the check in station.  You won’t be able to drive further up the road as there is a metal cable blocking vehicle access.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes.Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected
  • Water: This hike hike has lots of elevation gain and there is no shade along the way. Bring lots of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch for when you arrive at the summit.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: You will be exposed to the elements throughout this hike. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Weather: The highlight of this hike is the view from the top. We recommend saving this hike for a clear day and getting an early start to avoid getting stuck in the clouds.

Bikes: The first half of this hike is up a road with steady elevation gain. This is an out and back hike so if you bike up this section you will thank yourself as biking down is much easier than hiking all the way out.

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: From the parking area you will follow the road to its end and then head left along a trail to a gate where you can lock your bike up. From here the grassy trail winds to the east side of the Jello Mold and then climbs to the summit. The directions for this hike are relatively simple but the constant elevation gain will challenge any hiker.

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Image 1: The Jello Mold Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

From the parking area (Route marker #1 on the map) grab your bike (or walk if you don’t have one) and follow the road about 2.5 km uphill until the road ends at an old house.

 

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Image 2: Mattson biking up the road

 

From here the trail heads left and follows the side of the mold up to an old gate (Route marker #2 on the map). We recommend locking your bikes up at the gate and then continuing on foot from this point. Be sure to close the gate behind you asranchers use this land and there was plenty of cattle roaming around when we did this hike.

 

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Image 3: Mattson locking up his bike at the gate
The Jello Mold - Hawaii Big Island - Epic Trip Adventures
Image 4: The grassy trail

 

From here the trail is grassy and easy to follow. You will circle around to the west side of the Jello Mold and then hike the final elevation to the summit (Route marker #3 on the map).

Once you reach the summit there’s a bench to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the West Coast of the Big Island! The great thing about this hike is its all downhill to return to your vehicle and if you brought a bike the last half should be an easy cruise downhill.

 

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Image 5: The Summit of the Jello Mold

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The Churchill River system runs from Alberta, across Northern Saskatchewan and into Manitoba where it dumps into Hudson’s Bay. It is over 1600km long and we had the privilege of exploring 20km it. This trip has everything from lakes and rapids, to canyons and waterfalls. Don’t forget your camera as the sunsets in North Saskatchewan are incredibly beautiful. If you’re lucky, maybe one night the northern lights will put a show on for you.

 

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 3 days/3 nights

Location: 80km North of La Ronge, SK

Distance: 20km round trip

Difficulty: 7/10 – Route finding, portages, outdoor living.

Season: June to September

Additional Requirements: Camping equipment, canoe, PFD, paddles.

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Prince Albert: Head north on the number 2 highway out of Prince Albert. Follow that highway 240km to La Ronge where the highway becomes the 102 and winds its way 78km to Missinipe, SK.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: Water shoes. Bring a pair of water shoes for portages and a pair of hikers or running shoes for the nights when you’re outside camping. Your feet will be wet for most of the day so it’s really nice to put on a dry pair of shoes at night.
  • Water: Having a good water purification pump or purification tabs are a good idea.
  • Snacks/Food: The amount of people on your trip will determine the amount of food you should bring. Here’s a list of some basic foods we packed for our trip:
    • Coffee
    • Powdered milk
    • Tang powder
    • Bacon/Eggs
    • Beef Jerky
    • Salt/Pepper
    • Oatmeal/Brown Sugar
    • Pancake Mix
    • Fish Beer Batter
    • Cheese
    • Syrup
    • Jam
    • Ketchup/Mustard
    • Butter
    • Potatoes
    • Rice
    • BreadWe also had the luxury of having Bush Pie makers with us. If you have access to them or can go buy some, we recommend it! Bush Pies make for a good lunch or evening snack. For our bush pies we had bread, cheese, pizza sauce and salami or sausage and we cooked them over the camp fire.
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Image 1: Bush Pie Maker
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Bring a raincoat! Learn from our mistakes. We got poured on and some of us didn’t have anything to keep us dry. A poncho will suffice. Also bring a sweater, toque, long sleeve shirt, T shirt, multiple pairs of sock, sweat pants, swim trunks, and maybe a bug net of some sort. Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Camping Equipment: Knife, cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, pots, pans, grill to place over the fire, bush pie makers, camping stove, propane, gasoline, fire starter, matches, lighter, tent/hammock, sleeping bag, tarp, pillow if you have room, Ziploc bags to keep any valuables dry, lantern, compass and first aid kit. Totes and a sealed barrel are good for storing equipment and food. Pack any personal items you want to keep dry in a dry bag. Bring a fishing rod, tackle, and fileting knife. Great fishing up there.
  • Canoeing Equipment: For every 2 people you need 1 canoe, 3 paddles, 2 PFD’s and 1 bailing bucket. Make sure you have an extra paddle in case you lose one. Even if you aren’t running rapids, you will get water in your boat so bring a bailing bucket. We rented all of our equipment from Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in Missinipe, SK. They were very helpful, reasonably priced, and even provided a shuttle that dropped us off with our canoes at the launching area. They also have experienced guides that will take you out and teach you the basics of whitewater canoeing and outdoor survival.

Phone number: (306) 635-4420

Address: Walker street, Missinipe, SK S0J 2P0

Website: www.churchillrivercanoe.com

  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your experience. A hat with a bug screen on it, or even a full mesh jacket is a good idea. The bugs in Northern Saskatchewan are huge and relentless. If you are not prepared for them, your trip may be very unpleasant.
  • Bear Spray: You are in bear country. Always carry bear spray and keep it easily accessible.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the trip!

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Wildlife: You will be camping in bear country.  It is always advisable to check in at the local Visitor Information Center to learn of any trail closures due to wildlife.  Carry bear spray in an easily accessible location. The guides at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters will have the most up to date information on the last bear sightings and where they have been most commonly making visits. Camping on islands is the best way to avoid bear interactions.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: This guide will contain information on what we did on our trip. The beauty of canoeing in North Saskatchewan is having the option to explore hundreds of rivers and lakes. There’s no right or wrong route to choose. Your skill level and physical condition will determine the route that is most suitable for you to take. This route we took is for the intermediate canoer. It requires lining up rapids, portaging, and ferrying across weak class rapids. There is also the option to run some higher class rapids if you want a challenge.

 

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Image 2: Canoeing The Churchill River Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

Our trip started at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters on a Friday evening. We had 6 guys, 3 canoes, and we got dropped off at Devil’s Lake boat launch (Route marker #1 on the map) at about 5pm. We paddled northwest across Devil Lake and around Manitou Island to our first portage at Mosquito Rapids. This was only about a 4km paddle and took less than an hour. The portage around the rapids is a short 100m on a well trafficked trail. We launched our boats back in the water, continued paddling passed Murray Falls (we could only hear it because we were upstream) and to the end of Muchaye Island where we found an awesome campsite (Route marker #2 on the map).

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Image 3: Portaging at Mosquito Rapids
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Image 4: Camping at Muchaye Island

 

The next morning, we took off from our campsite and paddled across Barker Lake and around the north side of Barker Island to a point called Hank’s Hotel. There are nice campsites at Barker Island and at Hank’s Hotel. We continued up the rapids, ferrying across to the North side of the river, and then stopped at a little island before getting out and lining our canoes up the South side of that island. Once passed those rapids it was a straight shot to Surf City (Route marker #4 on the map). Lining our canoes over Surf City was a little more challenging.

 

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Image 5: Lining up Surf City

 

After passing Surf City we headed North passed Carla’s Rapids and then West toward Scouts Island (Route marker #3 on the map). This was where we spent most of the afternoon. We shot Corner Rapids a few times to get some confidence and practice our white water skills. Then we tried a short set of rapids beside Ric’s Falls that didn’t go as well.

 

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Image 6: Corner Rapids
Canoeing The Churchill River - Saskatchewan- Epic Trip Adventures
Image 7: Ric’s Falls

 

After an afternoon of adrenaline and fun, we decided to head back to Surf City to camp. We found a great campsite above the rapids. After jumping in the rapids and going for a ride a few times, we grabbed our fishing rods to catch dinner. There is an eddy on the North bank of the rapids that was very generous with fish. We had beer battered fish for supper before calling it a night.

 

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Image 8: Mattson catching a fish at Surf City

 

When we woke up the next morning it was raining. Some of us weren’t prepared for the rain and a raincoat or poncho would have been very nice. We paddled down Surf City, across Barker Lake, then around the South side of Muchaye Island. We portaged our gear around Mosquito Rapids on the same trail we went up the day before, but left our canoes at the top. After transporting all our gear we got back in the canoes and paddles all the way around Muchaye Island to the Murray Channel on the north side of the island. The Murray Channel has four sets of rapids all in a row. The rapids are class 3, then 2, then 3, then 1 and there are little eddies after each set to stop and wait for your comrades. After the second class 3 set of rapids there is a whirlpool as a result of the waterfall and rapids meeting. If you stay left you can avoid it, but paddle hard!

 

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Image 9: Paddling to the Murray Channel in the rain

 

After coming out of Murray Rapids we headed right around the corner of Muchaye Island to where we had left our gear from the portage. We packed up and continued East across Devil Lake to the top of Otter Rapids. At this point we decided we needed shelter from the rain and found a perfect spot at the Otter Rapids campground (Route marker #5 on the map). There’s a portage on the East side of the river before the rapids begin that will take you up to the bridge. The campground is on the road just passed the east end of the bridge.

Before drying off completely we had one last thing to check off the bucket list. Jumping off of the Otter Rapids Bridge has been on our to-do list for some time, and we did it. There are signs on the bridge written in spray paint pointing out the safest place to jump.  This is a dangerous activity and we only recommend jumping if you are a strong swimmer and the water level is high.

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Image 10: Otter Rapid’s Campground
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Image 11: Otter Rapid’s Bridge

 

The next morning we shot the Otter Rapids before getting picked up by the Churchill River Canoe Outfitter’s shuttle. Overal the trip was a huge success and we’d highly recommend a Northern Saskatchewan Canoe trip to anyone who loves outdoor adventures!

 

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The Osa Peninsula is where we finished our trip in Costa Rica. The southwest corner of the country is home to miles and miles of beautiful jungle and wilderness. It includes Corcovado National Park, many beaches, and a ton of wildlife. We spent two days exploring the peninsula. Our first day consisted of visiting Matapalo beach, getting lost in the Piro jungle, and hiking to a waterfall. On our second day, we hired a guide and explored Corcovado National Park.

 

Day 1 – Piro, Matapalo Beach, and Waterfall Hike

Day 2 – Corcovado

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 2 days+ to explore the peninsula

Location: Southwest corner of Costa Rica (7-hour drive from San Jose)

Distance: Approx 10km total hiking in Corcovado

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: 5/10 – Guided tour, and well-maintained trails in National Park

Season: December to April are the dry months

Additional Requirements: Guide to enter Corcovado National Park

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Puerto Jimenez: From Puerto Jimenez head south on route 245. To visit Matapalo Beach follow route 245 for about 17km and turn left onto Matapalo Rd. To get to Corcovado follow route 245 to Carate at the end of the road.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes are ideal when walking on the jungle trails. Water shoes should be utilized when hiking to the waterfall. You have to walk through a creek and over rocks so your feet will get wet.
  • Water: It is always important to have water with you on hikes like this. The weather is very hot and humid and you will sweat a lot. Replenish fluids regularly.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch. Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Wildlife: The Osa Peninsula is full of wildlife. Some animals can be dangerous and there are many that are venomous. Be cautious of where you step, and utilize a guide when you can.

Guide: In Corcovado National Park it is mandatory that everyone has a guide with them. We really enjoyed having a guide, as he was very informative and knew his way around the area. You can get guides to show you around the Piro area as well. We hired our guide in the town of Puerto Jimenez the day before our hike in Corcovado.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: We spent two days on the Osa Peninsula.  The first day we explored Piro, Matapalo Beach and hiked to the Lapa Rios Waterfall. On day two we hired a guide in Puerto Jiminez, drove to Carate and hiked to the La Leona Ranger Station to explore Corcovado National Park.

 

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Image 1: The Osa Peninsula Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

Piro:

Hiking in Piro (Route marker #2 on the map) is very much an adventure. Piro borders Corcovado National Park but isn’t near as touristy. Since it is outside the National Park you can hire a guide or explore the area on your own. We decided to explore on our own. To reach Piro head down route 245 as if you are heading to Carate. Along the way there are many side roads leading off the main drag. Some have signs indicating they are private property well others have marked trails heading into the jungle. If you decide to explore on your own take note of which way you are going and where you came from. The jungle is dense and the trails are not well maintained so it is easy to get lost!

 

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Image 2: Signs mark the jungle trails
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Image 3: Anderson exploring the jungle

 

Matapalo Beach:

Matapalo Beach (Route marker #3 on the map) is very long and has a few areas that make for great stops. Playa Pan Dulce is the surfer’s paradise, Playa Carbonera is known for tide pools during low tide, and Gulfo Dulce is inhabited by sea turtles, whales, and dolphins during their migratory seasons. After passing Buena Esperanza, the turnoff to Matapalo is about a km passed that. The scenery on the drive is beautiful!

 

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Image 4: Matapalo Beach

Lapa Rios Waterfall:

The Lapa Rios Waterfall (Route marker #4 on the map) is a small waterfall on the Lapa Rios Ecolodge that can be accessed by hiking up a creek from the main road.  As you drive to Matapalo Beach there is a stream crossing you must go through with a small suspension bridge beside it. It you follow that creek upstream for about 30-45 minutes you will reach the Lapa Rios Waterfall. There is not a defined trail and the wet rocks can be slippery so you will likely get wet. Once you reach the waterfall there is a nice swimming hole at the bottom and some rocks to jump off.

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Image 5: The creek to the waterfall
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Image 6: Anderson at the waterfall

 

Corcovado National Park:

Hiking in Corcovado National Park (Route marker #2 on the map) is the reason tourists are drawn to the Osa Peninsula. It is mandatory that you hire a guide to enter the National Park; there is no getting around it. Guides can be found for a reasonable rate in the town of Puerto Jiminez (Route marker #1 on the map). A good guide will enhance your experience by providing useful knowledge about the area, the animals and the environment they live in. Your guide will plan out your itinerary but prepare for an early start as that is when the animals are most active. Due to time constraints, we hiked from the La Leona Ranger Station (Route marker #6 on the map), if you have more time to spend in Corcovado you can go deeper into the national park and hike from the Sirena Ranger Station. Take food and lots of water, cash to tip your guide, and a camera because you are guaranteed to see some awesome animals.

 

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Image 7: Hiking to La Leona Ranger Station
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Image 8: Mattson exploring Corcovado

 

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Image 9: An anteater out for a stroll
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Image 10: A monkey chillin overhead

 

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Homonalino Beach is very quiet, secluded and not well known to tourists. Unlike many of the Big Island’s Public Beaches, Honomalino isn’t accessible by road. This makes it a nice peaceful and quiet place to relax. The hike to the beach from the parking lot is just under a mile, requires little effort, and when you reach the beach, you’ll be rewarded with picturesque scenery and a beautiful black sand beach.

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 20 minute walk each way

Location: 40 miles south of Kona

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.5km) round trip

Elevation Gain: none

Difficulty: 3/10 – Walking over lava rock

Season: Year Round

Additional Requirements: N/A

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Kailua-Kona: Head south on Highway 11 (Alii Hwy) out of the city for roughly 34 miles until you reach Milolii Rd (just south of the 89-mile marker). Take a right on Milolii Rd and follow the long, progressively narrowing road for 4.5 miles through the fishing village of Milolii until it ends at Milolii Beach Park. The trailhead is off the Milolii Beach Parking Area.

From Hilo: Just like from Kona, head south from Hilo on the Highway 11 for about 85 miles until you reach Milolii Rd (between the 88 and 89-mile marker). Take a left on Milolii Rd and follow the long, progressively narrowing road for 4.5 miles through the fishing village of Milolii until it ends at Milolii Beach Park. The trailhead is off the Milolii Beach Parking Area.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: The trail crosses sharp sections of lava rock so footwear is important. The hike can be done in flip flops but closed toed shoes will protect you from stubbing a toe on the sharp rock. There is also a brief section of the trail where you’ll have to walk through water so bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet.
  • Water: This hike isn’t very long but it’s always important to be prepared and stay hydrated.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy at the beach.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Snorkeling Gear: Bring your snorkeling gear, there are a lot of fish, caves, and lava rock formations to look at under the water.
  • Games: Bring a beach towel and some beach games. Football, Frisbee, spike ball, paddle ball, water bouncers.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Campfires: No campfires or overnight camping allowed on this beach.

No Facilities:There are no facilities on this beach of any kind so be sure to plan ahead.

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: The hike to Honomalino Bay is straightforward and takes around 20 minutes.  From the Miloli’i Beach Park there is a marked trail that will take you to Honomalino Bay.

Image 1: Honomalino Bay Adventure Map

Step-By-Step Guide:

On the South side of the Milolii Beach parking lot (Route marker #1 on the map) a sign marks the beginning of the trail to Honomalino Beach. Follow the marked trail south!

Image 2: Honomalino Beach Trailhead

Make sure you’re on the public trail and off people’s private property. You will see yellow arrows painted on the black lava rock indicating that you are on the right track. Initially the trail follows a lava rock retaining wall right next to the ocean. Stay to the right of this wall. At one point you will have to get your feet wet as the trail cuts through a shallow section of ocean.

Image 3: The trail to Honomalino Beach

After the short water hop, the trail should be quite clear. Follow the trail as it weaves through dense vegetation and over barren lava flows. Just before the beach, you’ll pass some more private property, remain on the trail and you’ll be at Homonolino in no time!

Image 4: Vegetation along the trail
Image 5: A tree overhanging the trail

Honomalino Beach (Route marker #2 on the map) is a beautiful black sand beach and a great place to spend a relaxing day. When you have got your fill of the beach return to your vehicle the same way you came.

Image 6: Honomalino Beach

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Despite its politically incorrect name, Squaw’s Tit is one of the best hikes in the Canmore area.  The route takes you through dense forest, up a beautiful creek bed and along a narrow ridge with a shear drop off to the valley below.  The climax of the hike is an exciting scramble to the summit.

 

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 5-7 Hours

Location: Canmore, AB

Distance: 12km round trip

Highest Elevation: 2500m

Elevation Gain: 1300m

Difficulty: 8/10 – Route finding, exposure, large elevation gain and moderate scrambling.

Season: June to mid-October

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Canmore: Take Hwy 1 just west of Canmore to the Harvie Heights exit. Take the exit and head northwest 800m down Harvie Heights Road. Park your vehicle in the small lot on the north side of the road.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes.Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters. You could get away with running shoes but having extra grip on the rock surfaces will definitely come in handy!
  • Water: This hike is long with lots of elevation gain.Be sure to bring enough water for 5-7 hours of physical exertion.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch for when you arrive at the summit.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: You will be exposed to the elements throughout this hike. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Bear Spray: You are in bear country. Always hike with bear spray that is easily accessible.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Wildlife: You will be hiking in bear country.  It is always advisable to check in at the local Visitor Information Center to learn of any trail closures due to wildlife.  Carry bear spray in an easily accessible location.  Travel in groups of multiple hikers and make lots of noise to avoid an unexpected encounter.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: Squaw’s Tit is minutes from Canmore but does not receive near as much traffic as other hikes in the area.  For this reason, there is some route finding required at the beginning of this hike.  Through multiple treks to this summit, we have determined the easiest and most well defined route.  Starting from the parking lot (Route marker #1 on the map) off Harvie Heights Road there is a trail leading into the dense forest. From there you will travel along well-maintained paths to a drainage (Route marker #2 on the map). Follow this drainage until it becomes impassable and take the trail up the east side of the valley (Route marker #3 on the map) through the thinning trees.   Once you clear the tree line follow the ridge to the protruding nipple where some scrambling is required to reach the summit (Route marker #4 on the map).

 

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Image 1: Squaw’s Tit Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

From the parking lot (Route marker #1 on the map) there is a small trail heading into the forest. Follow this trail and you will come to a sign displaying the network of trails in the area.

 

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Image 2: Anderson beginning down the trail

 

Make your way west to the drainage (Route marker #2 on the map) indicated by the blue line on the map. Our recommended route it to follow the “Ridge Traverse” and “Tibits Quarry Trail” as indicated by the red arrow.

 

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Image 3: The trail to the drainage

 

The drainage is large and impossible to miss. Follow the drainage northeast up the mountain.

 

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Image 4: Anderson hiking up the drainage

 

Depending on the water levels in the drainage, it may be easy to walk right up the middle.  If there is a larger volume of water flowing through the drainage keep to the right hand side as this is the direction you will ultimately go.  There is some minor scrambling as you climb up the drainage over small waterfalls.

 

The drainage reaches a point where it is too difficult to continue travelling up but there is a small path on the right hand side (Route marker #3 on the map). Take this trail east up the side of the drainage valley.

 

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Image 5: The trail out of the drainage

 

At this point you will start to gain elevation very rapidly.  The trail will take you to the east up through the trees.  Once you break through the tree line the trail ends and you will be on a shale slope.  Ascending up the shale is difficult and frustrating, so work your way left to the ridge.

 

There is a large drop to the valley below from the ridge. Follow the ridge to the summit being cautious of your footing on the lose rock.  Some scrambling is required as you make your way along the ridge.

 

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Image 6: The ridge to the summit

 

After a physically demanding climb up the ridge you will be presented with your final challenge of the hike, summiting the nipple. From your current location, it will be very clear as to how this summit received its name.  Although it looks like the climb to the top is near impossible it is relatively moderate.  Stay to the left as you approach the nipple and ascend the slope on that side.

Continue as far around the northwest side of the nipple as you can and there is a fairly easy trail that will lead up and to the right to the summit (Route marker #4 on the map).

 

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Image 7: Head around the right side of the nipple
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Image 8: Ascend the back side of the nipple

 

Once you have reached the top, take in the incredible views of Canmore and the surrounding area.  Make sure to take a brief rest and replenish on food and water as the downward trek is challenging and requires as much attention and care as the climb up.  Return down the same route you ascended.

 

 

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Yamnuska (Mt. Laurie) is a moderate scramble with unique elements that make it a very fun and popular hike.  Highlights include an exciting walk along the ledge of a cliff assisted by a chain, a great scree slope for the descent, and a spectacular view of both the mountains and prairies.

 

 

 

ADVENTURE STATISTICS

Time Required: 3-4 Hours

Location: 65 km west of Calgary off of Hwy 1A

Distance: 10.5 km round trip

Highest Elevation: 2240m

Elevation Gain: 900m

Difficulty: 7/10 – Route finding, rapid elevation gain, and basic scrambling.

Season: June to mid-October

Additional Requirements: N/A

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Calgary: Take the Trans Canada (Hwy 1) west approximately 65 km to Hwy 1X (exit 114).  Follow 1X 3.5 km north to Hwy 1A and head 2km east.  Turn left into the marked Yamnuska day use area.

From Canmore: Take the Trans Canada (Hwy 1) east approximately 20 km to Hwy 1X (exit 114).  Follow 1X 3.5 km north to Hwy 1A and head 2km east.  Turn left into the marked Yamnuska day use area.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking shoes.Make sure your shoes are broken in prior to tackling this hike to prevent unexpected blisters. You could get away with running shoes but having extra grip on the rock surfaces will definitely come in handy!
  • Water: This hike is long with lots of elevation gain.Be sure to bring enough water for 3-4 hours of physical exertion.
  • Snacks: Bring some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the hike as well as a light lunch for when you arrive at the summit.  Some of our favorite snacks are trail mix, bananas, beef jerky and licorice.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: You will be exposed to the elements throughout this hike. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  • Sunscreen: If it is sunny and you’re like Mattson, who easily burns, bring sunscreen!
  • Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can greatly improve your hiking experience.
  • Bear Spray: You are in bear country. Always hike with bear spray that is easily accessible.
  • Camera: There are numerous photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.
  • This Guide: Print a copy of this guide to reference throughout the hike

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Wildlife: You will be hiking in bear country.  It is always advisable to check in at the local Visitor Information Center to learn of any trail closures due to wildlife.  Carry bear spray in an easily accessible location.  Travel in groups of multiple hikers and make lots of noise to avoid an unexpected encounter.

 

Leave No Trace: It is important that we enjoy the outdoors responsibly and sustainably. Some key principles to consider when hiking to “Leave No Trace” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Proper planning allows adventurers to hike safely while minimizing damage to the land.
  • Travel on durable surfaces: Stick to the trail when possible. If there is no trail, or you must travel off trail, stay on durable surfaces to reduce your impact.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave what you find: Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed wild animals.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Be courteous to others to allow everyone to enjoy their outdoor experience.

To learn more about “Leave No Trace” visit http://www.leavenotrace.ca

 

HIKING DIRECTIONS

Summary: The starting point for this hike is at the Yamnuska day use area. From there you will hike around the east side of the mountain and ascend the north face.  On the descent you will make your way around the west side of the mountain and take the scree slope down under the south cliff face to return to the day use area.

 

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Image 1: Yamnuska Adventure Map

 

Step-By-Step Guide:

Follow the trail from the parking lot (Route marker #1 on the map) about 500m to a sign that shows climbers to the left, hikers to the right (Route marker #2 on the map). Take the route to the right

 

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Image 2: The trail from the Parking lot
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Image 3: The trail fork

 

The path will wind through the forest to the bottom of the east side of the main cliff face. From this point on there is some scrambling required to reach the mountain’s summit.

 

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Image 4: The trail to the base of Yamnuska

 

The easiest path is conveniently marked with blue spray painted squares.  The path begins by climbing through the Chimney in the cliff (Route marker #3 on the map).

 

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Image 5: Blue markers along the trail
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Image 6: The Chimney

 

Follow the path from one blue square to the next winding your way up the north side of the mountain.

 

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Image 7: The trail on the north side of Yamnuska
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Image 8: The painted blue markers

 

You will eventually come to a narrow path along the edge of a cliff with a chain to hang onto as you traverse (Route marker #4 on the map).   Follow the chain across the side of the cliff and then down a small ledge.  From here follow the path as it dips below the next cliff before ascending to the summit (Route marker #5 on the map).

You can descend the mountain the same way you came, but the fastest, and most fun, route down is the path to the west side of the cliff face. Take the trail down the scree to the west.  You will eventually wrap around to the south side of the cliff face.

 

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Image 9: The route down from the summit

 

Once under the south cliff face follow the path as far to the east as you can go.  There will be a few paths that appear to head down the scree slope below but you want to continue as far as you can to the very last one (Route marker #6 on the map). Take the last scree shoot that cuts straight down and continues as a path into the trees below.  The descent down the slope is a lot of fun as you can run or hop down the loose scree all the way to the trees below.

 

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Image 10: Traverse the base of Yamnuska
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Image 11: The scree slope

 

Once you are back in the trees follow the marked path to the sign you passed on the way up pointing climbers left and hikers right (Route marker #2 on the map). From the sign follow the trail down back to the parking lot.

 

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Image 12: Follow the blue markers back to the trail

 

 

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