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Thu., June 20, 2013, 6:35 a.m.

Canadian backcountry ski lodge opening for hikers

Canadian hiking guide Leni Neumeier finishes a hike in the Selkirk Mountains as she returns to her base at the Carlyle Hut north of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in British Columbia.
Canadian hiking guide Leni Neumeier finishes a hike in the Selkirk Mountains as she returns to her base at the Carlyle Hut north of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in British Columbia.

HIKING -- A backcountry ski lodge famous for launching skiers into acres of powder from a lofty, cozy base in the Canadian Selkirk Mountains is offering  package deals for summer backcountry hiking.

Mount Carlyle Lodge has three-day packages for hikers who want to trek at eye level with the sky-scraping peaks of the Kokanee Range north of Kokanee Glacier National Park.  Carry only a daypak and return each night to the comfort of the lodge.

I checked out this area for this 2005 story. The scenery was stunning, the mining history fascinating and the hospitality was at a very high level.... around 7,200 feet!

You should check out this offering: 

The SourDough Trail, a spectacular Kootenay Classic. 3 days / 2 nights of casual hiking along a high elevation, grassy ridgeline, overflowing with wildflowers. Camp beside alpine lakes while being surrounded by 5 different mtn ranges. A photographers dream.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.