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West Coast Trail


Friday, August 02, 2013

I hiked and backpacked the West Coast Trail on June 28 - July 3 with 3 friends
We started at the north end- Pachena Bay, hiked to about the half way point (32 km so 64km total return) - Nitnat Narrows, then went back where we started. Most people hike from one end to the other (75 km), we did a return because it was easier to go back to where our cars were parked. One could take the bus back or have a friend pick them up if they go the trail length.

The trail is along the west coast of Vancouver Island, nothing but Pacific between us and Asia. It can be wet, it is famous for rainy and muddy conditions, we were lucky to have rain only the first day. It is quite a rugged area, accessible by logging roads. The scenery is beautiful; forests, beaches, rocks, waterfalls, swimming holes, sunshine, continuous rhythmic surf. We saw eagles, sea birds, whales, sea lions, tide pool fauna and flora. I did plan to hike a lot this summer, but this backpack came by luck when a friend's group had two people drop out and I asked to go.


Forests, trails and lookouts







Ladders, bridges, creek crossings, waterfalls

















We camped five nights, two at beautiful Tsusiat Falls










Some of the trail was along the beaches






And some of the shoreline was rocky






The surf was audible day and night and we were never far from the water






This trail, originally built as a rescue trail for shipwrecks along the west coast of Vancouver Island, is now a very popular back packing trail. On the last day we saw a herd of sea lions on the rocks



















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PATTYKLAVER 8/4/2013 8:12AM

    How beautiful! It must have been so great and peaceful. Wishing I could have gone with you.

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SUSANNAH31 8/2/2013 10:35PM

    The photos are beautiful. It sounds like a wonderful trip.



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CODEMAULER 8/2/2013 1:09PM

    What an amazing experience. You take the most amazing pictures and find the most beautiful scenery. That's a gift right there!

Thank you so much for sharing this. I may need to travel to your corner of the world to see this for myself!

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NATPLUMMER 8/2/2013 12:05PM

    Wow!! Beautiful!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/2/2013 9:26AM

    What an amazing journey! emoticon So glad you shared this with us.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/2/2013 7:58AM

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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LINDAKAY228 8/2/2013 7:24AM

    Oh what a beautiful area! It looks like it was such an awesome hike. I would love to do that. I love areas around me, but they just aren't the same as this area as we have no beaches anywhere near us LOL. Glad you had a great time!

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LAURIETAIT 8/2/2013 4:51AM

    How beautiful! I love the pictures you post. They're my vicarious BC vacation. Amazing hike. What a great way to stay fit. I bet you slept well every night.

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YMWONG22 8/2/2013 4:03AM

  I would love to be there in person after looking at the pictures and reading your blog.
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