Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

The Sunshine Coast Trail [SCT] is a no cost 180km back-country hut to hut hiking trail found on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast accessible by two short ferry hops from Vancouver.  The trail endpoints are at Sarah Point on the North Westerly tip and Saltry Bay on the South Easterly end and is more commonly hiked from Sarah Point to Saltry Bay.  The trail is extremely well marked with orange square markers every few meters and km markers throughout, the trail maintainers who volunteer to keep this trail open have truely done a magnificent job.

The trail transverses through young & old growth evergreen forest, over mountains, through valleys, along coastal shorelines, crossing creeks and streams with many beautiful secluded lakes along the way with water perfect for a dip.  This truly is a wilderness trail, at points along the way you can find yourself over thirty kilometers deep in the woods and wildlife with no signs of civilization other then the lightly trodden trail that reassuringly guides you through the forest innards and onto the next evenings camping destination.

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Lake Garibaldi

So….I’ve been in Canada two months now and working full time on a software project for a company back home I was starting to get itchy feet (cabin fever), mostly from working and sleeping in the same room for a few weeks in a row that I decided to get out of doors for a few nights before the winter closes in and the hibernation begins.

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The Napau Crater Trail is found in The Volcano National Park Located on the island of Hawai’i, the largest and newest of the Hawaiian islands. The park is home to two active volcanoes, Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, one of the world’s largest.  The beginning of the trail is found just off the Chain of Craters Road 12km south of the Kilauea Visitor’s Centre, there is a carpark right at the trailhead.
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The Haiku Stairs are found on O’ahu, one of the Hawaiian Islands.  The steps lead from the foot of the Ko’olau Mountain Range starting at 160 meters above sea level to a summit of 800 meters where an old decommissioned naval radio station sits.  The horizontal ground covered when climbing to the top is only 1.5km from step 1 to step 3,922 but the climb is pretty steep and ladder like in places.  The views of the mountain and the surrounding island out to the ocean are amazing from the stairs, this is definitely one of the best hiking attractions this island has to offer.
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