GPS: 52°15'N 120°13'W
The Wells Gray huts—three comfortable cabins sited a day’s hike apart—constitute the only hut-to-hut hiking inside a park in western Canada. This would be a lamentable detail if the Wells huts weren’t so spectacular. Each has views of subalpine meadows, the Trophy Mountains, or both. And with grizzlies and a number of wolf packs circulating outside, you’ll be glad for the solid walls. Ian Eakins guides three- to seven-day hiking trips inside this 1.2-million-acre (485,623-hectare) park in southeastern British Columbia. “Wells Gray lacks the name recognition of Jasper and Banff, but there’s an unbelievable amount of wilderness that you can get into quickly,” he says.
Vitals: Wells Gray Chalets and Wilderness Adventures; $676; for a five-day trip; www.skihike.com
Originally published in the April 2008 edition of National Geographic Adventure
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