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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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