Second edition of local hiking guide published

New book includes 12 new hikes and more than 100 new photos

The second edition of the Canyon to Alpine Hiking Guide was selling like the proverbial hotcakes at the recent Lillooet craft fair.

Readers and hikers alike snapped up more than 90 copies of the guide, published by the Lillooet Naturalist Society.

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The second edition of Canyon to Alpine includes trail and access information on 12 new hikes, more than 100 new colour photos by Ian Routley showcasing each hike. Route maps and topographical map information and an expanded natural history selection, including more information on the wildlife, geology and climate of the area.

Naturalist Society president Vivian Birch-Jones said last summer the group hoped to have the new edition published prior to the craft fair and the Naturalists made their deadline.

Birch-Jones wanted to acknowledge the financial support received from the Lillooet Community Foundation, Federation of BC Naturalists, Mountain Equipment Co-op, BC Hydro, Interior Savings Credit Union and Forrex.

The new hikes include the Bridges Walk, the Powerhouse Restoration site, the Canal Walk, Campground Trails, the trail to Red Rock (becoming known as the Lillooet Grind), the Downton Alpine Trail, Blowdown Hike, Pavilion Mountain, the Leon Creek Trail, Horseshoe Bend on Highway 40, 9 Mile Ridge and the Holbrook Creek to Alpine Trail north of the Bendor Range.

Trails in the guide are rated Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Most Difficult.

The first edition of the Canyon to Alpine Hiking Guide was published in 2005.

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