Join me for a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip in Strathcona Provincial Park along the Elk River trail. The trail is 15km in length, one way, gaining almost 600m in elevation. The trail is well maintained and gains elevation gradually but continually.
On day 1, we will drive from Victoria to the trailhead (approximately 325km) and will hike to camp site #2 and set up camp for 2 nights.
On day 2, we'll take a day trip to the breathtaking Landslide Lake with its turquoise, crystal-clear water formed by the melt-water from the snow packs on Mt. Colonel Foster. Then we'll return to camp (8km maximum).
On day 3, we'll break camp, head back to the trailhead and drive back to Victoria.
This trek is best suited to those with recent backpacking experience and appropriate gear. If you have not backpacked with the organizer before, you MUST contact her and describe your experience otherwise you will be removed from the event. The pace will be moderate to maximize our enjoyment and ensure that everyone has a great experience.
A few considerations:
- if applicable, please ensure that you are able to take the Friday from work
- mileage cost will be between $35-50 per person (depends on cost of gas at time of departure, number of vehicles, and number of hikers) 650km of travel
- there is a $10/night cost per person on the trail
- there may be a shared cost to rent a satellite phone ($50 divided by all so approximately $8/each)
- everyone will be responsible for their own personal expenses, meals, equipment, etc
A mandatory planning meeting will take place approximately 10 days before departure. At that meeting we will discuss equipment needs, equipment sharing and we'll confirm all details; be aware that good footwear is required - minimalist footwear will NOT be acceptable.
Note: Hikes are lead by volunteers who have no special training such as first aid, survival, etc. Participants are expected to be competent hikers who accept the risks and hazards associated with an outdoor activity, along with the regular use of rough and steep trails in isolated areas and adverse conditions. If you are not a current paid member of Club Tread, you will need to sign a personal liability waiver.