Frequently Asked Questions

Hiking with a guide can be a great way to see the trails and mountain surroundings. First and foremost, safety is the top priority at Playwest Mountain Experience. From managing wildlife encounters to emergency situations, we have you covered. Hiring a guide also provides you with the wealth of knowledge and information of the surrounding area, wildlife, the abundant wildflowers and the regional history. Oftentimes in the Columbia Valley, many of our trails are located deep in the mountains on various forest service roads; half the battle is just finding the trailhead! Our certified guides know where to go, taking the guesswork out for you.

Playwest Mountain Experience offers a wide range of hikes and tours. Hiking is basically walking in the forest and we have something for everyone. All of our trips are generally on well maintained trails and rarely do we venture off trail. Our guides ensure that a comfortable pace is set for everyone. If your physical ability is limited through your daily life we have several half-day options available where you can test out your ability and feel comfortable with our programs.

Our main priority is to get outside to enjoy nature and our surroundings. We are rarely in a rush and will never push our guests outside of their comfort zone.

We do like traveling in the mountains with kids however, many of our hikes can be quite long. For that reason we have limited our age limit to 12 and up to keep our trips flowing and enjoyable for all.

We sure do. As mentioned above, our trips start deep in the backcountry and require a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access our trail heads. We include transportation to and from these locations in “Koni”, our fully loaded Yukon. We can accommodate a maximum of 6 people in Koni. Koni is a great new addition to our program and we are sure you will be super comfortable making our way to your adventure.

All of our full day hiking trips include a packed lunch. We work with Kootenay Coffee Works to provide you with a nutritious lunch complete with homemade baked goods! Kootenay Coffee Works can accommodate any food allergies or sensitivities you may have. Just let us know in advance and we will make sure you are well taken care of.

All of our trips (except Summits and sunsets) will run rain or shine. However, on the odd occasion our guides will make the decision to cancel a trip if it is deemed unsafe due to extreme weather.

Mountain weather can be very unpredictable and for that reason we ask that you are prepared for everything. On all of our booking pages there is a detailed “What to bring” list. Be sure to read the trip descriptions and if you have any questions please contact us any time. We use several different products to build specific forecasts for our trips. We will send you a weather update approximately 24hrs before your trip.