Monday, April 16, 2012

Preparation for Hiking the Enderby Cliffs

The annual Hike for Hospice up the Enderby Cliffs is quickly approaching on May 6th.We thought we might give it a try again this year since we enjoyed it so much last year. 

We have only just begun to get out hiking again after a year of house renos. In an effort to get in a bit better shape before attempting the 7.5 km (2200 vertical ft) to the top, we have been trying to get out on some of the local trails. This weekend we decided what better prep than to do a bit of the Cliffs themselves. So in between the rain on Saturday, we hiked up the first 1.5 km (650 vertical ft) to the Shrine. The 3 km round trip took about an hour and 20 minutes. Things were a little wet  and foggy with the rain but the trail was in pretty good condition. We also saw some wildlife on the way including a woodpecker and a little frog.

Woodpecker in the parking lot.

Birdwatching at the Enderby Cliffs

A foggy trek up the trail

Little frog friend.

Trail at the Enderby Cliffs.

Part of the old trail at the Enderby Cliffs (being reclaimed by nature).

The Shrine at the 1.5 km mark (and 650 vertical ft).

The group hike is an excellent choice for all ability levels as the group breaks up with the faster hikers moving up the hill first and a middle group for those in decent shape. Us slower hikers move at our own pace at the back of the group but we stick together and encourage each other up the trail. If you decide to hike the Cliffs, make sure you are prepared. Walking poles and knee braces are good to have if you have any stability or knee issues. It is also a good idea to have good walking shoes, plenty of water and a snack.

Anyone interested in joining the Hike for Hospice can meet at the Enderby IGA parking lot at 8 am on Sunday, May 6th. To register and for info call Judy at 250-832-7099. You can also check out the Shuswap Trail Alliance website.

Have you ever hiked the Enderby Cliffs? Share your experience hiking the Cliffs below in the comment section.


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  2. Glad you enjoyed it! Please let me know if there is something in the area you would like to know more about.