What you can expect
All riders meet at Warner Stables at 8:30 a.m. to check in, before being transported by van to the trailhead corral at Mount Norquay. There you meet your guides and horses, and mount up for the ride to Mystic Valley Camp where you will spend the night. There will be a stop for lunch along 40 Mile Creek.
After a hearty ranch style breakfast, mount up for a stunning day ride to Mystic Pass and Mystic Lake, stopping to enjoy lunch along the way. You will spend another full day on the trail with a lunch break at one of these spectacular vistas, and then return back to Mystic camp for the second night of your stay.
Pack up your bedroll and mount up once again for the leisurely ride along 40 Mile Creek back to the Mount Norquay Corral. From here you will be driven back to Warner Stables. Approximate arrival time at Warner Stables is 5pm.
- Bags/luggage - Waterproof bags are the best option.
- A warm sleeping bag — Preferably a bag rated to -15 degrees Celsius. You may not need it, but it sure comes in handy if you do. A trick for extra warmth is to tuck a flannel sheet or non-bulky blanket inside your sleeping bag.
- A warm coat — Also bring a heavy sweater (wool is a great insulator) or fleece jacket.
- Rain gear — A rain coat and rain pants, and if possible, coverings for your boots and hat. Please DO NOT bring rain ponchos, they flap in the wind and can scare the horses. If you have one, a slicker is recommended. A limited supply of full-length slickers (traditional cowboy rain coat) are available. These are available for pick up upon check in based on a first come first served basis. Clothing that is easily layered works the best. You can always remove what you don’t need, but you still have it just in case.
- Shirts – long sleeve and t-shirts to your preference and length of trip.
- Jeans – a cowboy classic. Also important is a pair of long underwear for chilly nights.
- Riding boots — A boot with a heel that can easily slip in and out of stirrups. Alternatives would be a narrow style of hiking boot or solid sneaker. For safety reasons, clunky hiking boots are not recommended. Water (rain) resistant boots are recommended.
- Sneakers — or an extra pair of shoes for wearing around camp, an extra pair of DRY socks is also recommended.
- Toiletries — towel, facecloth, biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc. Please note that there is no electricity at the camps. TOILET PAPER AND HAND SOAP SUPPLIED AT ALL CAMPS.
- Hat — A cowboy hat offers the most protection from the elements. Baseball caps or canvas-type hats are also fine. Please ensure that your hat fits snug or ties on and will not blow off in the wind. Chin straps are recommended. If you prefer to wear a riding helmet, there are some available upon check in on a first come first served basis.
- Gloves — Lined leather or suede gloves provide protection from the elements and a sure grip on the reins (bring two pair just in case one gets wet).
- Scarf — Recommended for extra warmth.
- Sunscreen— sunglasses and mosquito repellent.
- Flashlight — Remember to check your batteries!
- Liquor – Camps are licensed and offer a small selection of beer and wine for sale
- Water bottle – for refreshment while you are riding. You will be able to refill your water bottle at each camp.
- Saddlebags – You are welcome to bring your own; There will be saddlebags available at check in. Please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, camera, sunscreen, etc. Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are NOT allowed — they are hard on your back and hard on the horse’s back, and do not tie properly to the saddle.
- Cash – you may want to bring some cash to purchase liquor or leave a gratuity for your cooks. You can also use credit cards to purchase liquor.
- Please notify of any allergies or dietary restrictions
- Be prepared for all weather types