Hiking is a popular recreational pastimes, as a get-away from the hustle and bustle of urban living, while enjoying the beauty and wildlife of nature. Hiking season runs mid-May until October, thorough the snow-free season. Of course, with unpredictable weather, trails may be closed anytime during the season. The provincial or national park wardens will inform you of any closures or cautions.
Day hike, where you expect to return home before evening, doesn't require as much equipment as an overnight hike. You should wear a good pair of hiking boots (sturdy running shoes will do), and clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the outdoors, it is safer to overdress, in layers, than to be under-dressed. For a day hike bring water, food, sunscreen, a map, a compass, a rain coat, knife, matches, and of a hiking buddy.
For an overnight hike, you'll also need a tent, food bags, a change of underwear and socks, and standard camping supplies. Check with your hiking partner to prevent packing duplicate gear, to minimize gear weight.
Here are a number of the more popular trails around Hope. In the sumertime, these are popular with hikers, mountain bikers (and horseback riders as noted), and in the winter, they are popular with cross-coutnry skiiers.
Lone Duck Trail (Manning Park)
a 3 km round trip suitable for beginners, between the Lightning Lake Campground and 20 Minute Lake.
Little Muddy and North South Gibson Trails (Manning Park)
Intermediate or advanced riders will enjoy the 3-4 km trails which join up with the Poland Lake Trail at Strawberry Flats for an additional 8 km trip to the lake.
Windy Joe Trail (Manning Park)
7.5 km from Beaver Pond to the top of Windy Joe Mountain.
Monument 83 (Manning Park)
a challenging 176 km ride to the Canada-US border, and into the Pasayten Wilderness on the US side (note: mountain bikes are not permitted in the Pasayten Wilderness.)
Kawkawa Lake Road/Kettle Valley
From Hope, riders can head out on over the Coquihalla river to the start of the Kettle Valley Road, and up along the roadbed of the Kettle Valley Railway bed to the spectacular Coquihalls Canyon gorge and historic Othello-Quintette Tunnels. NOTE: Riders should dismount while going through the tunnels to avoid accidents with walkers.
A 35 km (one way) day trip from Hope to Harrison Hot springs via Hwy # 7 and # 9 is a scenic ride for relatively fit riders. Head west early in the morning, and return in the afternoon to take advantage of strong prevailing winds.
Chittenden Meadow Self-Guiding Interpretive Trail
a one hour leisurely walk in Skagit Valley Provincial Park (southwest of Hope via the Silver Skaget road from Silver Creek). Also four other lengthy hikes nearby
Landstrom Ridge Trail
Start from the weigh scales on Hwy #7, this 3 km trail gives views of Hope and the Fraser River from four lookouts at the summit.
Mount Hope Lookout Trail
Start from the junction of the TransCanada Hwy #1 and Old Hope-Princeton Way A, 2 km hike climbs to the top will afford the hiker with fabulous views overlooking Hope.
Hope-Nicola valley Trail
8 km in the Coquihalla Canyon leads off from the old Kettle Valley Railway grade., west of the Othello Tunnels. The trail climbs up and over the canyon gorge providing great views of the river and canyon below.