Accidents happen when people are tired or moving too fast. —even something as small as an aggravated knee should be cleared by your doctor. Ultimately, the tides pushed us over the bypass route. to get you to the next large fresh water source. You will find rocky beaches, thick forestland, and challenging terrain. Joint injuries are a leading cause of evacuation. We had an epic adventure on the West Coast Trail this season. We set up on the quieter north end, found a secret secondary food locker, and enjoyed a cleansing soak before drying off in the sun. Chez Monique’s was almost deserted when we arrived, so we enjoyed a picnic in the sun. are tempting but downtime on the trail, [Hikers boiling a pot of water on a camp stove and conversing around a campfire]. The sea lions were barking on their usual rock, but the real drama was the air show! [Hiker walking through parking lot with items swinging off side and red ""X' flashing over the improperly packed bag]. It was a the perfect time to Lego-brick the food, count our energy bars, and ration out the last of the chocolate. Floodwaters, repairs or an accident on the trail can delay your trip by days. Healthy and injury-free? Take your time. [Hiker locking up food in metal wildlife-proof bin]. If you are hiking north, the descent to Thrasher Cove will be your first multiple ladder system experience. Close to Dare Point we spotted our first whale of the trip…a humpback rolling in the waves near shore. Animated title: Weather Ucluelet's Wild Pacific trail official website, Vancouver Island BC. Opt for soft rubber soles for traction on slippery surfaces, and break your boots in at least one month before your hike. Another restaurant stop greeted us at the dock! In the morning, the gulls returned to Walbran Creek to rest. As always, the Pacific was a cold and refreshing bathtub. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Michigan Creek is similar to Thrasher Cove in that it is close to a trailhead and can therefore be crowded. In 1970, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve was established and in 1973, the lifesaving trail was included in the national park reserve as a recreational hiking trail, beginning a new chapter in its history. Our private “bivy” beach campsite just south of Owen Point turned out to be a favourite. The start of our hike was challenging with a big ladder bottleneck and full backpacks. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. A fisher joined us for dinner, eating crab close to our group. We observed frequent birds between Gordon River and Walbran Creek. I was amazed at our accomplishment thus far. Our guests chose a fine spot next to a small stone pit and built us a toasty campfire. All your equipment should fit inside your pack, with heavier items near the bottom. Hiking along the top of the natural breakwater offered an awesome view of the beaches and bays ahead. There are two main sections of trail. We launch out of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park. - Healthy and injury-free? Luckily, the shuttle drivers are excellent, and make sure hikers get to their proper trailheads. Harbour seals live for 20 – 30 years and stay close to their favourite places. We checked out the rusted remains of the Dare shipwreck. Parks Canada publishes a new West Coast Trail map every so often. Our team took lunch break here, and cleaned off mud in the big lagoon. If you arrive here and can ford the river safely, it is advisable to do so rather than wait. [Man outside on a training hike with his backpack and hiking boots on.] Tripping is not an option in this section. With the Vancouver Island Range in the background, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve's coastal temperate rainforest provides a beautiful place for hiking and recreating. Too many people and seagulls take a bath there. [Closeup of hiker stirring pot of oats over a camp stove]. Remember, an experienced hiker can’t compensate for someone inexperienced. Little Harbour Seal Pup on Gravel Beach, West Coast Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 9th ed. Our pack weights were only 5-10 pounds lighter for these harder southern sections, but the extra mental and physical conditioning from the northern sections gave us strength and confidence. They said it was one of the hardest things they had ever done…and these folks were fit, seasoned, world-travelled adventurers. On top of that, you’ll have a heavy backpack and will likely be exhausted. The advantage of hiking south to north or northbound (NOBO) is that more difficult terrain is completed in the first few days. We often see humpback whales to cheer us along this section, but no spouts were visible. [Animated title sequence: What Should I Pack for the West Coast Trail? which is common on the trail, even in summer. Most itineraries include a night at Tsusiat Falls. Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts It’s a great spot, but located in a narrow cove at the base of sandstone cliffs. Views of turquoise Pachena Bay peeked through the trees, encouraging us to keep hiking. Natalie June 13, 2018 July 4th, 2018. After walking home, we finally closed the loop of our route and the peaceful wilderness feeling was still intact. The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve consists of 3 units stretching from Tofino, the northern end, to Port Renfrew at the southern end, on Vancouver Island. Climbing up ladders and over slippery ground with that extra weight is difficult. [Hikers encountering bridges, ladders and uneven terrain on West Coast Trail.]. Others mentioned that they saw a cougar between the 7 km and 8 km trail markers between Pachena Bay and Michigan Creek. 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