Event: Destination Hikes & Backpacking in Southwestern B.C. (June 1)

Destination Hikes & Backpacking in Southwestern B.C.

It’s time to announce my first scheduled event of the hiking book season!

On June 1, North Vancouver District Public Library hosts a double book event, Destination Hikes & Backpacking in Southwestern B.C., featuring myself and fellow guidebook author Taryn Eyton. Of course, it’ll be a virtual happening, via the magic of Zoom video conferencing.

I’ll introduce my second book, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, which features 55 new hikes. Taryn will discuss her first book, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia. Our books actually have the same publication date — May 11.

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55 beautiful hikes in B.C. and Washington to add your list

Statlu Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Statlu Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

What’s on your hit list for the hiking season?

55 hikes in B.C. and Washington to add your list

My second book, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, offers 55 trails for your consideration. Add those to the 105 hikes in my first book, and that’s 160 trips — enough to keep anyone busy for a while.

It’s time to take the wraps off the table of contents for Destination Hikes. What follows is the full list of 55 hikes featured in the new book, due out May 11 and now available for pre-order.

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Sneak peek: What’s inside Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia

Chilliwack Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Chilliwack Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

In two months, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia will finally be out in the world. I can’t wait for y’all to see and touch it.

Actually, I can’t wait to unbox it myself. The publication date is May 11.

Until then, this sneak peek will have to suffice. Check out a few spreads from Destination Hikes.

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Extended trailer: Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia

Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia is set to arrive in three months. I’m pleased to present a homemade extended trailer, featuring plenty of photos from the hiking trails in the guidebook.

Coming in May from Greystone Books, Destination Hikes describes 55 day hikes in B.C. and Washington, all within weekend-trip range of Vancouver (the Canadian one). It covers the North Shore, Sea to Sky, Fraser Valley, Coquihalla, Manning Park, Sunshine Coast, Gulf Islands, Nanaimo, Bellingham, Mount Baker, Cascade River, and other regions.

Destination Hikes is a stand-alone guide. However, if you own a copy of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, Destination Hikes serves as a companion volume — containing different hikes, a familiar rating system, in-depth write-ups, many more photos, and shiny new features.

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Hiking the Enchantment Lakes: 9 magical sights in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Crystal Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Crystal Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

While reservations for Berg Lake and the West Coast Trail are hot tickets for hikers in British Columbia, a backpacking permit for the Enchantment Lakes is one of the most-coveted prizes in Washington.

Found in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, near the Bavarian-themed tourist trap known as Leavenworth, the Enchantments are a constellation of stunning alpine tarns situated in the Central Cascades. Every year, the U.S. Forest Service holds a preseason lottery (February 15 to March 1) to allocate the majority of overnight permits for the peak and (snowy) shoulder seasons (May 15 to October 31).

Day hikers require a permit too, but it’s free and available at the trailheads — no reservation necessary. Both out-and-back and crossover hikes are possible; a privately operated shuttle service helps with the latter.

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