We made great time through the boardwalks in the Ditidaht First Nations territory. My mom picked me up on the other side and took me home for a shower. Meanwhile, Cory and I figured there was no point in us going back, so with no way to communicate with our group we decided to forge ahead and get to Nitinat Narrows and wait there. In the 1960s, logging companies wanted to cut the area. I agree, not having to lug around a stove, fuel, pots etc does simplify it alot.
There is the option to take the rocks around Owen Point, but as Monique said, this is actually very dodgy given tides, and out of the question for hikers heading south. The views and experience are very different as well as the tide conditions and weather. Tsusiat Falls was a busy campsite, but totally worth the stay. I went for a dip in the waterfalls, which was the second coldest of the water I swam in along the trail. Pachena Bay is a spectacular West Coast crescent shaped, sandy beach, skirted by massive cedars growing out of sheer rock caves. Tim Leadem is a lawyer by profession and a member of the bar in British Columbia. Thanks for the ride guys! Lucia, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Nepal, Fiji, and everywhere in between! She had a Brita bottle for a water filtration system.
Since Cory and I were there, about to wait for who knew how long, I also had a beer, and a pop, and a bag of chips. The sun came out in time for a quick nap in the hammock and some chatting with other hikers at the incredible food-trap. The day was largely uneventful but provided scenic hiking on the ocean shore. These boardwalks were in great shape compared to most of the other boardwalks in the park, which are in shambles. Remember to take everything with you when you leave the campsite. Located on the remote, west coast of Vancouver Island, the 75 km trail offers an unforgettable experience. As I have said numerous times now, hiking the West Coast Trail is no joke and going in with clear eyes, full hearts is an absolute must.
We incidentally ended up camping almost every night with this group. The recommended age is over 12. In that case, have the Trail Bus as a backup plan. Nobody wanted to end up stranded clinging to trees, waiting out the tide. Hikers climb more than 100 ladders with a heavy pack, trudge through deep mud, wade through mountain-fed rivers in fast-flowing hip-deep waters, and push through whatever weather the wild West Coast delivers — often driving wind and rain.
I thought of you an obscene amount while willing myself forward. The view of the ocean was obstructed by the thick forest. If you liked this post, you may also like: 3 hours later and right when we were preparing to leave or else we may not have made the next camp ground before dark, Joy, Steve, and Scott arrived on the boat, like war torn Cleopatras. Understand how to read a tide table you will be given one during orientation. With the West Coast Trail, no two hikes are ever the same. There will be little practical information in this post, though knowing the exact points on the trail that I thought I was going to die may be practical to some people.
This trail had shelters stocked with supplies to aid shipwreck survivors. We kept moving south, hiking for another 3km, always expecting to catch up behind the rest of the group. Deep sand, torrential rains, strong winds, river crossings, cable cars, countless ladders, thick mud, slippery logs, slippery rocks, slippery roots, slippery boardwalks, and slippery… everything, make the West Coast Trail a journey where every step is earned. There are also surge channels cutting through the rock beds. Vehicles can be left at a few spots near the access points.
Several groups were rudely woken in the night to waves on their tents and hurriedly had to move further up. Spoiler alert, neither of these things happened, thank you Trail Gods! And then the laws of physics turned against me and I found myself stagnant in a cable car, dangling above a wide river, any and all momentum used up. We scrambled up the massive first ladder to get onto the trail. There are choices between inland and beach routes. We called the campground in advance to confirm we could leave our car there, thinking it would be safer there than the trailhead parking lot.
The crab shack is run by an Aboriginal family and you can order whatever was caught in the Narrows that day. Hiking the West Coast Trail is tough! Is this hike for you? It is wise to bring cash for these more details below. After bathing once, Sue Kydd bluntly said she could still smell me. The stream below us looked like an infinity pool over the Pacific Ocean. So fun, such a rush, the fastest you will move for 7 days. As of 2018, all overnight West Coast Trail spots are reservable. Distance by the map for day 2: 9 km.
I taught her how to set up her tent. Sooke is growing with bigger accommodation options in the last few years, after people realized Victoria is getting really expensive. The construction of new lighthouses didn't make the waters off of Vancouver Island much safer, though. An avid hiker and climber for over 30 years, he has hiked in locations all over the globe, but especially in British Columbia and on Vancouver Island. I offered to take a picture. We shall call her Laurel, for privacy sakes. Again, every camp site has at least one of these large metal bins where you store your food overnight.
Note that you can now do a half-trail by starting at Nihitnat. If an accident should occur, it may take up to 24 hours for help to arrive. It took two quick breaths and was gone from sight. Sometimes these routes are dictated by tides. You can be a part of the softer side by booking a night in Comfort Camping on your way through the trail or entering the trail through the Nitinaht Lake 3rd Entrance enjoying a shorter hike experience, or even spend 2-3 days with friends and family water taxiing down the lake and camping in comfort while enjoying world renown sites such as Tsusiat Falls and Hole-in-the-Wall. If you are going to hike the West Coast Trail, plan when and where you are coming on and getting off.