Bhutan (Thimphu - Punakha - Paro)

Skyline Divide Trail

Just two hours drive from Vancouver this place is a piece of heaven on earth!. This trail will reward you with amazing panoramic views of Mt. Baker, the North Cascades, Mt. Shuksan, and the Puget Sound with minimal hiking effort. Lots of wild flowers on the trail and on a good day you can even spot the city of Vancouver from the top. Highly recommend this hike to all my nature lover friends.

After crossing the US-Canada border at Sumas way, we drove through beautiful farmlands. We were lucky to see a small group of deer, hundreds of birds and rabbits on the road. Being traveling on a weekday was a blessing. We were pretty much the only car for almost all the way and took frequent breaks to enjoy the green scenery.


We did a quick stop at Glacier Public Service centre to buy the wilderness day pass (5 USD per car). Skyline Divide trail is pretty close from the Glacier public centre however, you have to drive on a  20 km dirt road with lots of potholes and blind spot to reach the trailhead.

Distance: 
Around 13 km round trip.

Elevation gain: 
2600 feet ~ 800 m. However, you can go higher if you want.

Direction:
From Glacier travel east on The Mt. Baker Highway 542 for approximately 1 mile past the Glacier Public Service Center to Glacier Creek Road #39. Turn right onto Road #39, then take an immediate left onto Deadhorse Road #37. Travel 12.7 miles to the trailhead and parking area located at the end of the road [1].

BTW, driving down the dirt road with hundreds of potholes was itself an adventure :).



View from the top!



Start of the trailhead

The trail was very welcoming to us with lots of wild flowers 

Fallen in love with  the green

Wild flowers

View of Mount baker

Clouds and Mountain

Chilling

Wild flowers

Love the flowers!

Holy!






Reference:

  1. Official WTA
  2. Trail Peak

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