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BC Outfitters Hiking Tours

Adventure Tours in BC | Claw Mountain Outfitters

Our hiking adventures are unforgettable. Fourteen days in the wilderness, together with two to four participants and your guide. On hiking days you’ll be hiking with your backpack for four to seven hours. Through valleys and streams. A good physical condition is a must.
The hiking adventures are all about enjoying nature. We spend the night in tents or under a tarp and in some places we’ll have a log cabin. We awaken to the call of the loon on the lake and do what feels right on the days of rest.
Spot Canadian wildlife, climb a mountain, paddle in a Canadian canoe over a crystal clear lake, go swimming, fishing or help with daily activities such as logging, building a campfire and cooking. And enjoy the absolute silence in the evening beside an open campfire.

Practical details

INCLUDED

  • Flight from Smithers to Base Camp and return flight
  • One flight with float plane
  • Hiking guide
  • All meals and lodging during the trip
  • Water filter (taken along by guide)
  • All cooking utensils
  • Several cabins during the trip
  • Tent and sleeping mattress
  • Fishing licence
  • Use of fishing equipment at cabin camps
  • Use of canoes at cabin camps
  • All permits, license fees and taxes

EXCLUDED

  • Flight to and from Canada, Smithers
  • Accommodation in Smithers
  • Meals before arrival and after departure from Claw Mountain Outfitters base camp
  • Hiking equipment (sleeping bag, backpack, hiking shoes, camp shoes, rain gear and clothing)
  • Personal toiletries (such as toothbrush, soap, etc.)
  • Insurance (travel and accident insurance is mandatory, cancellation insurance is advised)

Hiking Adventure Itinerary

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Smithers – Black Lake

When you leave Smithers your hiking journey in Canada begins. The pilot accelerates over the lake with the water splashing up from beneath the floats. Soon after you see the wilderness slipping away below you. After an hour and a half with the floatplane, our base camp at Black Lake comes into view. We are approximately six hundred kilometers from Prince George and three hundred kilometers from Smithers. You are now in the domain of bears, wolves, moose and bald eagles, mountain goats, and wolverines.
Smithers – Black Lake

Black Lake – Sheepcamp/Pass

From our basecamp at Black Lake, we hike with our backpack through the dense wilderness and alpine meadows. We climb to a mountain pass from where you look out on to the Omineca Mountains. And you’re immediately in sync with nature’s rhythm. Before darkness sets in, we prepare ourselves for the night.
Black Lake – Sheepcamp/Pass

Reaching Toodoggone Lake

Even before nature awakens, we have a hearty breakfast. Eggs, bacon, and beans. Our goal is to reach Toodoggone Lake. For the first time during our hiking adventure in Canada, we’ll cross a creek and possibly our first grizzly bear sighting.
Reaching Toodoggone Lake

Stay at Toodoggone Lake

We camp for a few days along the banks of the vast Toodoggone Lake. Moose, beavers, and eagles live around the lake. Be amazed by nature and its silence. We’ll go fishing, canoeing, and hiking, and grill our self-caught trout in the evening over an open campfire.
Stay at Toodoggone Lake

Crossing Toodoggone River and to McClair Creek Camp

The trip to McClair camp is varied. It continues along rivers and through forests of black spruce and dense willows. We cross the Toodoggone River by canoe. We traverse all kinds of streams and see the remains of an old gold-mining camp. When we’ve almost reached the camp, we still have one more river to cross and a short climb to complete.
Crossing Toodoggone River and to McClair Creek Camp

Journey to Belle Lakes

Our journey continues north. For some time we’ll be able to see McClair Creek on our left. We arrive in the beautiful valley of Belle Creek and the Belle Lakes. Our destination for the day: Upper Belle Lake. Hear the call of the bald eagle and see how the sun shimmers on the water.
Journey to Belle Lakes

Stay at Belle Lakes

The Belle Lakes area is beautiful. Feel at one with nature and take an unforgettable dive in the crystal clear water of Upper Belle Lake. We also hike into the mountains to explore the heart of the Omineca Mountains. At night you sleep in a tent or under the tarp.
Stay at Belle Lakes

Journey to Chukachida Lake

We continue to Chukachida Lake. We cross numerous streams as we struggle to stay dry. After a short, sharp climb we leave the streams behind us. It feels wonderful to be hiking ‘dry’ again. On the trail, we see the remains of the rich gold diggers past: a gold digger’s hut. The gold-digger returned here in 1970 with his wife.
Journey to Chukachida Lake

Stay at Chukachida Lake

Chukachida Lake is wedged between the mountains of the Omineca’s. Here we stay the remaining days of our hiking adventure in tents at a log cabin. An amazing place where you determine what to do on the last days of your hiking trip. Do you want to hike or go canoeing on this beautiful lake? Make a trip to one of the mountaintops around the lake? Do a multi-day hike to an emerald green lake? Or fish in the deafening silence?
Stay at Chukachida Lake

Fly-Out to Smithers

After living in nature’s rhythm for fourteen days, it’s time to say goodbye to the Canadian wilderness with her bears, moose, and eagles. You fly back to Smithers by float-plane. Over rivers that you have traversed, over the lakes where you’ve canoed and over the mountains you’ve climbed. The peace that you have experienced here in one of the last remaining wildernesses on earth, will stay with you forever.
Fly-Out to Smithers

Your Guides

For our guides, Rick and Bert going on these adventurous journeys is not work, but it’s a lifestyle. In the immeasurable, vast remote wilderness of Western Canada, not only do they live here in the summer, but they’re also here throughout the winter. With our experienced guides, you feel at ease among moose, bears, and wolves.

Rick

Rick Solmonson is the manager for Claw Mountain Outfitters and is the guide for the Horseback trips. During the past 40 years, he has roamed most of the wilderness of Central and North British Columbia on horseback. He started organizing Horseback trekkings in 2010. Each time he is happy to see travelers arrive as clients and to see them leave as friends. Rick has a great passion for horses and nature in general. There is nothing he likes more than sharing this with others and is therefor more than happy to take you along on a wilderness adventure. An adventure that will change your life.

Bert

The Hiking adventures at Claw Mountain Outfitters are guided by Bert. He has been a guide with us since 2015.

His first encounter with the wilderness in Western Canada, British Columbia dates back to 2001. After reading an article about following a training course in B.C. the decision was easy. A year later he completed the training and got his International Wilderness Guide license. Most of this training was done during a 3 months stay in the wilderness around Atlin. There he was trained in surviving, crossing rivers, finding edible plants, fish, etc.

Tim

Tim has been flying for Claw Mountain Outfitters from the start. Not only does he fly our hikers, horseback riders and skiers between the different locations but he also flies in our supplies, fuel, etc. Tim has been flying for Claw Mountain Outfitters from the start. Not only does he fly our hikers, horseback riders and skiers between the different locations but he also flies in our supplies, fuel, etc.

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