Complete an iconic high level traverse in the backcountry of British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains whilst experiencing a night in two of the ACC's most remote cabins, all under the supervision of a full ACMG hiking guide.
The Kokanee Glacier cabin and it surrounding trails are very well-developed, popular, and accessible, but Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park also has a wild side. This adventurous, off-trail traverse between two of our hut system's hidden gems will take you up and over ridges and around pristine alpine tarns. On the first day, you'll meet in Balfour, and arrange carpooling up to the trailhead. While most of the road in is quite good, the last 1.5 km is a bit more adventurous, and recommended for higher-clearance vehicles only. However, cars of all shapes and sizes have been spotted in the parking lot, depending on the road's conditions! Woodbury and Silver Spray share a parking lot and the first couple kilometres of trail.
For people who are used to the Canadian Rockies or coast trails, the trip in to Woodbury will feel quite wild. The trail is in good shape, but there's some detouring up and over deadfall and bushy sections. The hike will take you through an old burn, give you views of the Woodbury glacier, and eventually lead up into the sub-alpine where Woodbury hut is located.
The next day, you'll make your way up and over to the Silver Spray cabin. The trail ends here: the traverse route picks its way through notches on ridges, past tarns, over creeks, and finally descends to the Silver Spray cabin. The views from the ridgetops in good weather are spectacular. The trail down from the Silver Spray hut is steep, but will definitely be appreciated after the off-trail challenges of the day before. Again, you'll get to see how the landscape and vegetation have been shaped by glaciers, fires, and altitutde, with the grasses and shrubs of the alpine giving way into the lush forests below treeline.
There's a lot of up-and-down on this trip as you cross over numerous alpine bowls and ridges. Hikers should be prepared for a challenging day of off-trail hiking with very uneven footing, potentially slippery and exposed sections, and several sections of elevation gain and loss.