The emotional and childlike wonder that accompanies hiking an Old Growth forest belongs on the national Bucket List. Ranging between 250 and over 1000 years old, these towering red cedars, Douglas-firs, hemlock and spruce trees look like they belong in the pages of science fiction. See them while you can. Without any federal protection, these surviving giants could be chopped down for furniture.
Length of Trip : 2-3 Days, although you’ll want to budget longer if driving from Vancouver
Cost : Free, although budget for ferries, transport and hotels.
Best time to go : June – September, when roads are more accessible.
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : Coastal Kitchen Café (closed in winter)
Official Site : Visit The Ancient Forest Alliance for maps, guides and more.
Where to Stay : These guys below are all supporters of the Ancient Forest Alliance, so lets support them back! Renfrew Ritz - www.renfrewritz.blogspot.ca Big Fish Lodge - www.bigfishlodges.com/wp Soule Creek Lodge - www.soulecreeklodge.com
Getting There : Ancient Forest Hiking Guide www.ancientforestguide.com
Note from Robin : For more info, go to www.ancientforestalliance.org
Books & Gear
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|Durand Mid WP (Available for Men and Women)
Amazing comfort and unsurpassed durability from the first step to the millionth! The KEEN Durand Mid WP hiking boots for men are crafted of KEEN PU and dual compound rubber outsole. They deliver durable, dependable longevity for the long haul. PU resists breakdown and compression, while preserving its shock-absorbing qualities no matter how many miles you put on them, keeping you comfortable while hiking. Feet stay dry and comfortable thanks to the KEEN.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane. This men's waterproof hiker is American Built in KEEN's Portland, Oregon, factory.
Liberty Ridge (Available for Men and Women)
The Liberty Ridge hiking boot is KEEN’s tough, supportive high-performance leather boot for long trips on gnarly trails. The shock absorbing direct-attach PU midsole delivers lasting comfort, and a full-length shank adds stability. The waterproof upper and KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane combine to keep your feet dry. Designed to handle any trail surface, if you rack up serious backcountry mileage with a full pack, this is your boot. American Built with materials from around the world.
Gypsum (Available for Men and Women)
Lace up the Gypsum and rack up the trail miles. For stability, comfort and moisture management, this lightweight hiker delivers with built-in technology including a specially designed 4mm lugged outsole, KEEN.Zorb strobel and KEEN.Dry waterproof breathable membrane.
Saltzman WP (Available for Men and Women)
The Saltzman Waterproof hiking shoe is perfect for long day hikes and rugged global adventure. The closed mesh upper is light, flexible and tough. The waterproof, breathable KEEN.DRY membrane protects from rain and mud. High-traction outsole and springy midsole combine with a metatomical dual density footbed add long lasting cushioning.
Targhee II Mid: (Available for Men and Women)
Here's a hiking boot that offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. It's designed to be both waterproof and breathable, and the aggressive outsole bites into the terrain. The mid-cut height adds ankle support.