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Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass {Banff National Park}

Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass {Banff National Park}

Eiffel Lakes and Wenkchemna Pass Hike Distance – 18.8 km roundtrip (19.4 km according to Parks Canada) Elevation – 850 meters cumulative, 720 meters net Difficulty – Medium Trailhead – Moraine Lake parking lot Logistics – Shuttle or getting up at 4:00 am to get 

Moul Falls {Wells Gray Provincial Park}

Moul Falls {Wells Gray Provincial Park}

Moul Falls Hike Distance – 6 km round trip Elevation – 140 meters Difficulty – Easy until the very end (some rock clambering and narrow trail behind the falls) Trailhead –  Moul Falls Day-Use Area Logistics – None Wells Gray Provincial Park is a little 

Burstall Pass {Peter Lougheed Provincial Park}

Burstall Pass {Peter Lougheed Provincial Park}

Burstall Pass Hike Distance – 15 km round Trip Elevation – 470 meters Difficulty – Medium Trailhead – Burstall Pass Parking Lot Logistics – Driving down an unmaintained road, some route-finding required If you like mountain views on every side and a wonderful half-day of 

Conrad Kain Hut {Bugaboo Provincial Park}

Conrad Kain Hut {Bugaboo Provincial Park}

Conrad Kain Hut Distance – 9.0 km round trip to the hut, 11 km round trip to Applebee Dome Elevation – 695 meters to the hut, 930 meters to Applebee Dome Difficulty – Hard Trailhead – Bugaboo Provincial Park / Conrad Hut Trailhead Logistics – 

Verdant Pass {Jasper National Park}

Verdant Pass {Jasper National Park}

Verdant Pass Distance – 22.5 km roundtrip (or more – depending on how much exploring you do) Elevation – 665 meters (or more – depending on how much exploring you do) Difficulty – Medium to Hard Trailhead – Tonqin Valley Trailhead Logistics – Narrow, tight/unmaintained 

Iceline {Yoho National Park}

Iceline {Yoho National Park}

Iceline Distance – 20.8 km (more like 22 km) Elevation – 710 meters Difficulty – Hard Trailhead – Whiskey Jack Hostel Logistics – Loop hike Every summer, I find myself making a million and twelve weekend adventure plans and doing my best to make all 

Cathedral Cove {Coromandel Peninsula}

Cathedral Cove {Coromandel Peninsula}

Cathedral Cove Distance –  3.2 km roundtrip from the start of the trail, 7.2 km roundtrip from the visitor parking in Hahei Elevation – 41 meters from the trailhead / 107 meters from the visitor parking Difficulty – Easy Trailhead – End of Grange Road 

Headwall Lakes {Kananaskis Country}

Headwall Lakes {Kananaskis Country}

Headwall Lakes Distance – 14-16 km (depends which x-country ski trails you take to get in) Elevation – 625 meters (to the final lake) Difficulty – Medium Logistics – Driving down a washboard, gravel road for about an hour Trailhead Location – Chester Lake Parking 

Tongariro Alpine Crossing {Tongariro National Park}

Tongariro Alpine Crossing {Tongariro National Park}

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Distance – 19.4 km Elevation – 1190 meters Difficulty – Medium Logistics – Shuttle Required Trailhead Location -Mangatepopo Car Park Tongariro Alpine Crossing is touted as the best day hike in New Zealand. Whenever I read these sorts of things, my skepticism 

Mars Valley / Valle de la Marte {San Pedro de Atacama}

Mars Valley / Valle de la Marte {San Pedro de Atacama}

Valle de la Marte {San Pedro de Atacama} Distance – 3 km and up – as little or as much as you want to make it! Elevation – minimal Difficulty – Easy Trailhead Location – Valle de la Marte ticket office Mars Valley or otherwise