Why would you take llamas hiking anyway?

Hiking along with llamas is a tremendous way to get out in the wilderness. They travel at a nice easy walking pace so you have time to enjoy the scenery. They will carry all of your gear so basically all you have to carry is your camera. You might want to carry a water bottle and a snack so you don’t have to dig through the llama’s packs during the day.

In the summer of 1998 we spent a week hiking down the Pacific Crest Trail starting at the Canadian/US border and ending up at Harts Pass. The pictures on this page are just a sampling of what you can see in this area.

Llamas are not allowed to cross the border without a lengthy quarantine process, so the only way to do a cross-border hike was to use two sets of llamas. The Canadian llamas carried our gear south through Manning Park to the border. Our American friend Janet Boyhan brought three of her llamas north to the border where we camped, keeping the two sets of llamas well separated.

Janet took the Canadian llamas back to their home and we took her llamas south where she picked us up a week later.

The two groups of hikers met at the Canadian/United States border at Monument 78. The trail south from here covers 2600 miles to the Mexican border. The border is marked by the line cut through the trees.

You would have to look a long time to find a nicer spot to camp than here at Hopkins Lake which is only about eight miles south of the border.

The trail south of Hopkins Lake climbs up the “Devil’s Staircase” to the top of the ridge overlooking the lake.

The view from the ridge above Hopkins Lake is awesome. You are directly above the lake, looking down a cliff. The llamas in this photo are admiring the view to the west.

We decided that we had better get back to camp before the thunderstorm arrived. We were treated to a magnificent lightning storm a short time later.

This quick sketch was done the next morning after the storm.

A couple of panorama photos joined give you just a small idea of what a great place this was to camp. We camped here for an extra day. There was lots of area for the llamas to graze.

For some reason this area is called Foggy Pass. The tamarack trees would appear like ghosts and soon we were getting damp and cold.

The next day dawned beautifully clear and warm, allowing us to really enjoy the spectacular scenery between Windy Pass and Harts Pass.

There are more photos of this trip in slide show format

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Hiking with llamas in the snow.

Hiking with llamas, crossing creeks.

Hiking with llamas in the Potato Range

Hiking with llamas up Lone Valley and Relay Creek

Hiking with llamas around Spruce Lake and Warner Lake

Hiking with llamas through the Kananaskis Country

Hiking with llamas — Spruce Lake, 2005

Day hikes in the Greater Vancouver area

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