Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia is now in bookstores!

Destination Hikes is available now
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It’s time for the main event of the 2021 hiking season (okay, just mine!) — publication day for Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia: Swimming Holes, Mountain Peaks, Waterfalls, and More.

My new guidebook is now available in bookstores everywhere — local and online. Destination Hikes has been three years in the making, so I’m really excited about its release. It’s already #5 on the B.C. Bestseller List! (Can you help share the book?)

Published by Greystone Books, Destination Hikes describes 55 hikes near Vancouver, Canada. It spans 272 pages and covers the North Shore, Sea to Sky, Fraser Valley, Coquihalla, Manning Park, Sunshine Coast, Gulf Islands, Nanaimo, Bellingham, Mount Baker, and other regions.

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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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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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