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Heli-Hiking or self-guided day hikes?

Scottsdale, AZ
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Heli-Hiking or self-guided day hikes?

My wife and I would like to make our first visit to the Canadian Rockies. We are avid hikers, but are looking to combine day hiking with luxury accomodations. Have read a number of articles about heli-hiking and it looks enticing but I am wondering if we would have an equally enjoyable experience (and save $) by staying at a great resort and doing day hikes on our own. Any thoughts on the topic are appreciated.

Jasper, Canada
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1. Re: Heli-Hiking or self-guided day hikes?

Heli-hiking is not permitted in the national parks, so for Banff, Jasper, Yoho & Kootenay NPs, that won't be an option for you.

There are so many outstanding hikes in those areas that you can spend a lifetime and never go heli-hiking. It's lots cheaper too!

There are outfits in the area that sell heli-hiking in other areas; one that I have heard of (and heard good things about) is CMH (Canadian Mountain Holidays?). I think they are based in Banff.

One place you may want to consider going is Mt. Robson Provincial Park in BC (one hour's drive west of the town of Jasper), the Berg Lake trail. Heli drop-offs are allowed a couple of days each week. Sorry, I don't know the name of the operator who offers it but you should be able to google it up. This is normally a backpacking destination, but with the heli-drop off, you can hike out (downhill) - it's a long day, about 22 or 23 km (about 15 miles). (Well, it's always seemed long to me because I've always done it as a backpacking trip with a heavy pack.)

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2. Re: Heli-Hiking or self-guided day hikes?


www.kootenayrockies.com = "accomodations" link + "alpine lodges" - luxury accomocadations available at high eleveations.

+ www/janicestrong.com = "Mountain Footsteps Hiking Guide"

- both sites have great pics on what is in this corner of the Rockies.

No need for a helicopter - incredible day hikes throughout the Rockies.

lost in Ohio
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3. Re: Heli-Hiking or self-guided day hikes?

We have taken a fabulous hike at Mt RObson. They helicopter us up to Berg Lake and we walk out to our car -- 15 miles -- downhill.

it's one of the best hikles i;ve ever taken

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