"But for a rugged beauty and like you said, "mind blowing" views, I'd put the north section of our fine state up there with anything in the west."
Yeah, I'd have to agree, and I'm pretty familiar with both ranges. They offer very different kinds of beauty and I must confess I'm heads over heels in love with both. Who says a man can't love two women? ;)
If you're not real confident off trail, the Easy Ridge hike would be a good place to start. The other two are not one's I'd be comfy doing solo either, but Easy Ridge is almost completely on trail, sketchy at times, up to the point where you drop down around Perfect Impasse and by then you will have gotten most of the magnificent views. The only real obstacle is fording the Upper Chiliwack River, which is easy if done late season. Early in the year is another matter. The Buckindy Snowking Traverse isn't in Rock and Routes book, nor is Easy Ridge, but there are many other worth while hikes there, in addition to Bath Lakes, which is a real gem. Very strenuous, very beautiful, with a couple of interesting route finding problems.
Here are a couple of links to Easy Ridge and The Buckindy Snowking Traverse:
Buckindy Snowking Traverse
Best of luck and I hope you have a great time!