WALKING AND HIKING TRAILS
Hope, Manning Park and the Skagit Valley area.
The area around Hope offers excellent opportunities for all levels of hiking and walking. The many rivers, mountains and valleys make it a hiker’s paradise.
From easy valley walks along the Coquihalla, Skagit, or Sumallo Rivers suitable for families with small children to the rugged peaks of the Cascade Mountains that will surely test the more experienced climber and hiker.
There are so many hiking trails around Hope that one may need to make several visits to explore them all. Manning Park, east of Hope, itself has approximately 300 kilometres of hiking trails for all levels and abilities. Numerous intermediate hiking trails start at valley bottoms and wind their way to the top of the alpine meadows. The longer hikes may require overnight camping. All trails vary in gradient, elevation and distance.
Because of residual snow at higher elevations, the best hiking months are July through September.
Many of the hiking trails currently in use are historic trails first used by our coastal native people on their way to trade with other native bands in the British Columbia interior. Much later those same trails were enlarged to narrow wagon roads and were used by the gold miners that explored and worked in the Hope, Manning Park and surrounding areas. The Whatcom trail near Sunshine Valley is an historic example.
Tony’s Favorite Hikes
Three Brothers Mountain Hike
Beautiful alpine meadows usually in full bloom mid to late July with exhilarating views of the Cascade Mountains.
Silverdaisy Mountain Hike
Beautiful coastal forest at the Sumallo grove trailhead with native species of rhododendron on the lower slopes.
Joyce’s Favorite Hikes
Skagit River Hiking Trail.
Lovely in spring when higher trails are still covered in snow it passes through magnificent rhododendron groves that bloom in early to mid June.
Lightning Lake Walking Trail.
This walk can be shortened to 1.5 hours, with Spectacular Mountain and lake views.
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