Juan de Fuca trail

Juan de Fuca trail near Victoria, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
47 kms
1 day4hours
difficult
Hiking
Fall, Summer
Victoria, BC
User chuck6

NTS Map:92C9, NTS Map:92C8. The Juan de Fuca trail stretches along the southern shore of Vancouver Island, from China beach (outside of Jordan river) to Port Renfrew. Terrain is varied and can be hiked in 10 K day-trips, the most difficult section being between Mystic Beach and China Beach, where you hike in and out of 17 creek valleys with climbs on the average of 100m, along switchbacked terrain. The remaining portions of the trail can be completed with relative ease. The easiest portion lies between Port Renfrew and Parkinson Creek. The trail can be divided into 10 km sections: China Beach to Mystic Beach (easy), Mystic Beach to Chin Beach (most difficult), China beach to Sombrio Beach(difficult), Sombrio to Payzant Creek ( moderate), Payzant Creek to Botanical Beach ( easy)

The flora and fauna as well as the landscape are diverse--sightings of black bears and cougars have been reported, especially in the early fall when the salal berries are plentiful. The landscape varies from old growth cedar forest to replanted 15 yr old clear-cut, and beaches that are pebbles ( Sombrio) to sand ( Mystic beach)

Directions:

A trail bus leaves from downtown Victoria to the trailhead every day, or if driving from Victoria, follow Hwy 14 until the China Beach trailhead is reached. The other trailhead (this is not a loop trail) is in Port Renfrew, which is another 30 km along the highway. So taking the trail bus is the best idea.

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By DennbbPosted By: Dennbb  - Sun Mar 09 16:02:36 EDT 2014 Not Rated Upside Good workout Downside none Comment When we built the trail we were told by Parks Canada that a 5 year old or a person in a wheelchair should be able to walk it. That was impossible but we did make it easy. It was originally a meter wide, and with the exception of the hills it was a pretty easy walk. At 47 years old I did the entire trail in one day. It has greatly deteriorated. Some of the original route has been detoured, and little, if any, effort has been made to maintain it.
By AlideePosted By: Alidee  - Wed Jun 26 00:03:39 EDT 2013 Not Rated Question Im going to be taking my 15 year old son on a small hike on the JDF trail to give him a taste of backpacking. We will probably just hike from china beach to mystic beach. Just wondering what level of difficulty this would be?

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By CenturionPosted By: Centurion  - Tue May 21 14:36:15 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside Good workout, some decent views Downside MUD MUD MUD
Lots of effort vs little reward
Comment We did this hike last week and it was an absolute mudpit from hell. The trail was a mess. Without gators you can say goodbye to your boots. The mud was just below our knees in parts and made the hike a wet slog.

To call this a coastal trail is a bit of a lie. You will walk along a forested trail up and down ENDLESS ravines for 4 days. There are a couple small coastal sections which are by far the highlights. I was not a fan of this hike and there are far better hikes that offer more reward vs effort. We started in China beach and hiked straight into Port Renfrew.

It was an experience and I don't think I will ever be phased by mud again... But out of all the hikes I've done this one was just not very good.
By jsparlsPosted By: jsparls  - Tue Feb 26 19:26:02 EST 2013 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Gorgeous and Open Year Round. Downside Slimy when it rains Comment I ran this thing in a Day... November 11th... It was pissing down rain the entire time, but it is doable... we started in port renfrew and then headed SE. I would recommend doing the other way. The hardest Stuff came too late; trying to keep the momentum going in and out of all those GD ravines was hard. Would recommend dropping water at Sombrio. Give yourself lots of daylight, trying to find some of the trail heads off the beach with a headlamp proved difficult. I would also recommend 2 big mac meals (supersized) in Sooke after. 7 hours total... 7 Hours well spent.
By JRobynPosted By: JRobyn  - Mon Jul 04 17:39:09 EDT 2011 Not Rated Question I did this hike a couple of weeks ago and saw a few people with their dogs. Your dog will have to be in good shape, as there are some steep parts up muddy terrain.

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By jteixeiraPosted By: jteixeira  - Fri Jun 24 18:11:30 EDT 2011 Not Rated Question Does anyone know if its possible and passable to take a dog on this trail? thx.

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By jteixeiraPosted By: jteixeira  - Fri Jun 24 18:10:09 EDT 2011 Not Rated Question Does anyone know if its possible and passable to take a dog on this trail? thx.

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By DevPosted By: Dev  - Mon Aug 02 17:37:24 EDT 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside I have so far hiked from Sombrio to Mystic 3 times. The first I did it in four days with a summer camp, the second I did with my dad and sister in three days and the third I did it in one day which was super intense. Downside The second time it had been pouring rain for days and everything we had was soaked (I still had fun though) and the third time it took 11 hours and 5 minutes to hike it. Comment I personally think that this trail is awesome! I'm not even in high school yet, but it wasn't too difficult. If you want an easy one night hike start at Mystic, sleep at Bear, the hike back ti Mystic. If you want to be super intense (like me!) do Sombrio to Mystic in one day.
By TibenPosted By: Tiben  - Thu Apr 15 14:20:35 EDT 2010 Not Rated Question I've hiked sections of this trails before but this year I want to backpack the whole thing, probably over four days, no hurry...

Been training by hiking in East Sooke park with a heavy pack, and I've done a variety of weekend and longer backpacking trips over the years, plenty of outdoor experience.

I'd like to get a small group together to do this trail sometime this summer, and also a few other trips around the island or mainland...

who's interested?
Thomas

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By kobracom77Posted By: kobracom77  - Wed Jan 06 03:55:38 EST 2010 Not Rated Upside Great workout, and great campsites. Awesome views, as well as wildlife. Year round use. Downside Lot's of people (depending on the time of year), because it is beach access parking. Comment HAHAHA, We totally underestimated this trail. Our group figured it would be no worse than a hike like Cape Scott. But there was a couple of pretty intense up and down sections on this hike. But it was not a hard hike overall. A must do hike on the Island.
By trailnewbiePosted By: trailnewbie  - Mon Jun 15 15:40:30 EDT 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Ton's of scenery. Great introduction to backpacking on a 'relatively' easy trail. Downside Challenging areas. Comment We were only able to do up to bear beach from China beach as this was a relatively new experience for my girlfriend. The trail was not hard at all. There were some challenging and steep sections but nothing that was impassable. The views were AMAZING and I think we were very fortunate that the weather was gorgeous. The trail would have been extremely difficult if it had been raining. We probably packed a little bit too luxurious for the trip and,we probably could have saved our back and legs if we had packed a tad lighter.

Day 1: 2 km from Juan de Fuca trail head to Mystic beach. Mystic beach was amazing but there were a lot of people. Sandy beaches, several creeks nearby and SUNSHINE! We were initally going to camp there but because the 2km hike was so easy we decided to push on to Bear Beach Everyone we ran into on the trail also said it was gorgeous.

6km from Mystic to Bear beach. The trail between Mystic and Bear was amazing. Lot's of neat things to see, lot's of Ocean views. A lot of little log bridges and stairs to facilitate the trek. There were several instances where my girlfriend and I just stood still for a few moments to soak up the ocean breeze. It was an amazing feeling after working up a sweat. The decent down to Bear beach was challenging and is probably not for the faint of heart. Steep drops at several points which were a bit hair raising especially considering we were carrying 30 pound packs. Bear beach itself, sorry to say, was not very impressive and I am a true believer now that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. It was extremely rocky and we had a hard time finding a good spot to set up camp. It was really windy and cloudy and as the night set in, it was very windy. We set up camp and spent the night not seeing any stars and rather bummed.

Day 2 the trek back. Basically everything we did in day 1 but in reverse. The hike back up from Bear Beach back to the trail was GRUELLING. Boy were we glad to be back to the trail head once it was all done.

Overall, we are going to do the trail again but we are going to pack lighter and push farther. I've read that from Bear to Sombrio is the most punishing so we're going to get into shape before we try that. Bear beach was a bit of a disappointment but it was probably because we had different expectations. Mystic was VERY pretty and I would recommend a stay there if possible. I'll likely post again once we take the 4 day trek to complete the entire thing!
By GDPosted By: GD  - Sun Sep 14 14:08:16 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great hike, amazing views, Lots of beaches to check out, (Watch the tides though) Downside No real downside, as long as you're expecting mud

Sombrio is really busy, I'd try to plan your trip so you don't camp on the main beach
Comment Loved it, did it in 2 separate weekends with my dog and it was awesome. Try to give yourself extra time because I found lots of places to explore
By CAVEINPosted By: CAVEIN  - Sat Sep 06 16:41:09 EDT 2008 Not Rated Question Curious - does anyone know the elevation gain for the entire trail? It really seems like a lot.

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By CAVEINPosted By: CAVEIN  - Sat Sep 06 16:31:46 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Wildlife, views, convenient Downside muddy, difficult Comment Apologize for the multiple posts. Trying to make it legible.

I've done the 80 km WCT twice and the last time did it in 5 days so I thought I could comfortably do the 47km JDF in 2 nights/3 days. Wow - was I wrong. Ended up doing 3 nights and 4 days as it kicked our asses. Did it the last week of August and did 14km Botanical to Little Kuitshe - Day 1. Thought we could make it to Sombrio as the first couple of kms are nice and easy, but then it becomes quite muddy and scrambly. Lots of hauling yourself up roots and slogging through mud. This section took us 7 hours! We averaged approx. 2 km an hour for the entire trail. As a reference I'm 33 and the Grind takes me around 45-50 minutes. Day 2 was Kuitshe to Chin. Actually seemed a little easier, but there were some difficult mud slides and more elevation gain. This section took approx. 6hrs. Day 3 - Chin to Bear. Again muddy and LOTS of elevation gain. Approx. 6hrs. Day 4 - Bear to China. Approx 4.5hrs. Mystic to China is pretty much all uphill so it would be much easier going the other way, but I would highly recommend not doing China to Chin in 1 day if going the other way. China to Bear is definitely the easiest section so donâ??t get fooled. Take your time and don't push yourselves. We both did and blew our knees. Don't forget to bring Advil or a homeopathic cream called Traumeel works well for swollen muscles. I'd also highly recommend a collapsible hiking pole. They will save your knees and will help you slog through the mud, scramble up/down mud slides, balance crossing logs and the odd stream, and help hoist you and your pack up larger "steps". Since this is the wet coast I also recommend a good poncho (covers the pack and not as hot and constricting as rain gear) and a water-proof tent. We saw many people with half flys who got soaked. Oh yeah - also be careful of trying to dry stuff next to a fire. We thought we were being careful, but the inside of my girlfriend's boots melted - some strange plastic or foam. Not good for the tootsies.

I really did find this to be a difficult trail (washed out bridges, mud slides, roots, slippery logs) but loved it! Gorgeous ocean views, spectacular forested sections and great beach camping. We saw humpbacks, eagles and black bears. The bears were quite small and more scared of us. Just remember to make lots of noise and use the food caches. I highly recommend this trail, but just be wary that it is not "a walk in the park." Sombrio to China would make a great 3 day hike for those who have not done much hiking or doing the entire trail in 5 days would probably make the thing a "little" easier and give you more exploring and chilling time. Oh yeah - also if you drive don't pay for parking separately as it is included in your camping fees. Enjoy!
By CAVEINPosted By: CAVEIN  - Sat Sep 06 16:24:00 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Wildlife, views, convenient Downside muddy, difficult Comment Iâ??ve done the WCT twice and the last time did it in 5 days so I thought I could comfortably do the JDF in 2 nights/3 days. Wow â?? was I wrong. Ended up doing 3 nights and 4 days as it kicked our asses. Did it the last week of August and did 14km Botanical to Little Kuitshe - Day 1. Thought we could make it to Sombrio as the first couple of kms are nice and easy, but then it becomes quite muddy and scrambly. Lots of hauling yourself up roots and slogging through mud. This section took us 7 hours! We averaged approx. 2 km an hour for the entire trail. As a reference Iâ??m 33 and the Grind takes me around 45-50 minutes. Day 2 was Kuitshe to Chin. Actually seemed a little easier, but there were some difficult mud slides and more elevation gain. This section took approx. 6hrs. Day 3 â?? Chin to Bear. Again muddy and LOTS of elevation gain. Approx. 6hrs. Day 4 â?? Bear to China. Approx 4.5hrs. Mystic to China is pretty much all uphill so it would be much easier going the other way, but I would highly recommend not doing China to Chin in 1 day if going the other way. China to Bear is definitely the easiest section so donâ??t get fooled. Take your time and donâ??t push yourselves. We both did and blew our knees. Donâ??t forget to bring Advil or a homeopathic cream called Traumeel works well for swollen muscles. Iâ??d also highly recommend a collapsible hiking pole. They will save your knees and will help you slog through the mud, scramble up/down mud slides, balance crossing logs and the odd stream, and help hoist you and your pack up larger â??stepsâ??. Since this is the wet coast I also recommend a good poncho (covers the pack and not as hot and constricting as rain gear) and a water-proof tent. We saw many people with half flys who got soaked. Oh yeah â?? also be careful of trying to dry stuff next to a fire. We thought we were being careful, but the inside of my girlfriendâ??s boots melted - some strange plastic or foam. Not good for the tootsies.

I really did find this to be a difficult trail (washed out bridges, mud slides, roots, slippery logs) but loved it! Gorgeous ocean views, spectacular forested sections and great beach camping. We saw humpbacks, eagles and black bears. The bears were quite small and more scared of us. Just remember to make lots of noise and use the food caches. I highly recommend this trail, but just be wary that it is not â??a walk in the parkâ??. Sombrio to China would make a great 3 day hike for those who have not done much hiking or doing the entire trail in 5 days would probably make the thing a â??littleâ?? easier and give you more exploring and chilling time. Oh yeah â?? also if you drive donâ??t pay for parking separately as it is included in your camping fees. Enjoy!
By CAVEINPosted By: CAVEIN  - Sat Sep 06 16:19:47 EDT 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Wildlife, views, convenient Downside muddy, difficult Comment Iâ??ve done the 80 km WCT twice and the last time did it in 5 days so I thought I could comfortably do the 47km JDF in 2 nights/3 days. Wow â?? was I wrong. Ended up doing 3 nights and 4 days as it kicked our asses. Did it the last week of August and did 14km Botanical to Little Kuitshe - Day 1. Thought we could make it to Sombrio as the first couple of kms are nice and easy, but then it becomes quite muddy and scrambly. Lots of hauling yourself up roots and slogging through mud. This section took us 7 hours! We averaged approx. 2 km an hour for the entire trail. As a reference Iâ??m 33 and the Grind takes me around 45-50 minutes. Day 2 was Kuitshe to Chin. Actually seemed a little easier, but there were some difficult mud slides and more elevation gain. This section took approx. 6hrs. Day 3 â?? Chin to Bear. Again muddy and LOTS of elevation gain. Approx. 6hrs. Day 4 â?? Bear to China. Approx 4.5hrs. Mystic to China is pretty much all uphill so it would be much easier going the other way, but I would highly recommend not doing China to Chin in 1 day if going the other way. China to Bear is definitely the easiest section so donâ??t get fooled. Take your time and donâ??t push yourselves. We both did and blew our knees. Donâ??t forget to bring Advil or a homeopathic cream called Traumeel works well for swollen muscles. Iâ??d also highly recommend a collapsible hiking pole. They will save your knees and will help you slog through the mud, scramble up/down mud slides, balance crossing logs and the odd stream, and help hoist you and your pack up larger â??stepsâ??. Since this is the wet coast I also recommend a good poncho (covers the pack and not as hot and constricting as rain gear) and a water-proof tent. We saw many people with half flys who got soaked. Oh yeah â?? also be careful of trying to dry stuff next to a fire. We thought we were being careful, but the inside of my girlfriendâ??s boots melted - some strange plastic or foam. Not good for the tootsies.

I really did find this to be a difficult trail (washed out bridges, mud slides, roots, slippery logs) but loved it! Gorgeous ocean views, spectacular forested sections and great beach camping. We saw humpbacks, eagles and black bears. The bears were quite small and more scared of us. Just remember to make lots of noise and use the food caches. I highly recommend this trail, but just be wary that it is not â??a walk in the parkâ??. Sombrio to China would make a great 3 day hike for those who have not done much hiking or doing the entire trail in 5 days would probably make the thing a â??littleâ?? easier and give you more exploring and chilling time. Oh yeah â?? also if you drive donâ??t pay for parking separately as it is included in your camping fees. Enjoy!
By WBSKIPosted By: WBSKI  - Sun Oct 07 23:26:27 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside If the weather is good, this is a great hike. Downside When I went it was very very rainy which made the going very tough. Comment If you do this trail, be sure to do it in the summer for the best experience!
By Hiker MikePosted By: Hiker Mike  - Fri Oct 20 19:05:09 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Easy access from both ends of the trail, fresh water streams at all campsites (filter them though), easy to follow trail in almost all places and the kilometer markers keep you going! Great varied scenery, ocean view one moment old growth forest the next. And watching surfers at Sombrio was a nice way to pass the evening. Downside Beach walking is hard, don't let anyone fool you...soft sand, gravel that sucks in your boots, or larger rocks which may offer good grip, or may be the most slippery thing you've ever stepped on. Couldn't find the bear cache at Chin and no good trees at far end of the beach. The worst part was from Sombrio to Parkinson, it's just a salal slog, mud and 8 foot walls of salal on either side, boring, monotonous and a little spooky. Anti-climatic at the end if you arrive much too early for the Trailbus, people in Port Renfrew are accustomed to hikers and nobody asks "Wow, where have you been? What have you done?" :-) Comment We did this hike in early September of 2006, the weather was great except for 1 day of rain (partly overnight and into the afternoon). It pushed us hard, we had never done a backpacking trip of any real nature before and had trained by loading up our packs with 40lb's and hiking on easier stuff at home for a few weeks in advance. This was not sufficient, as we ended up taking more weight on the actual trip and day 2 nearly crippled me! But well worth it overall, it was an amazing trip. I have a full trip report, it is linked from this page:

http://www.mikesphotos.ca/2006/09/juan-de-fuca-marine-trail-complete

You may need to copy and paste that into your browser address bar. Overall, definitely a "must do" trail, and a great primer to the West Coast trail we figure!
By COOL BRENTPosted By: COOL BRENT  - Sun Sep 03 14:10:53 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This trail has a little of every thing.One minute you huffin and puffin cause of all the ups and downs through the creek vallys,Too come upon some breathtaking view.Lots of wild life to see and such a rewarding feeling to cmplete the trail. Downside Not much of a down side to me, I brough my dog the jingle of his chain scared the bears off . Comment I think i rush my self a little take you time and get lots of pics.
By KFSPosted By: KFS  - Sun Jul 09 22:49:07 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside A well marked trail, much of which keeps you protected from the sun due to being in the forest. The shuttle bus makes getting to the trailhead a no-brainer. Some sights have tent pads. Food caches are present. Beautiful scenery, interesting "stair cases". No litter! Port Renfrew sells beer! Downside The trail has many fallen trees across it. Many users of East Sombrio Beach due to easy road access. Some people complained of vehicle vandalism and thefts when their cars were left at the parking lot at the trailhead. Comment Plan on spending lots of time relaxing at beaches- don't rush this hike if the weather is good. We did it in just over 2 days due to time restraints- too bad. Bring a camera! We saw lots of Bald Eagles , and a Black Bear. I'm sure that when all the salall(sp) is ripe bears are in plenty. The shuttle bus is only $20.00- cheap piece of mind. We paid for parking at the pub in Renfrew, and did not have any vehicle issues. Pay showers can be found in Port Renfrew.
By expert_beginnerPosted By: expert_beginner  - Fri Jul 07 07:02:39 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside fantasic, some great scenery and very challanging. great to meet surfers at sombrio point Downside very muddy near sombrio point Comment enjoyed this hike a whole lot. my first real hike and i loved it. its set me up for life when i return to australia
By marksPosted By: marks  - Fri Apr 09 01:36:25 EDT 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside a great hike!
i would recomend a brisk ocean swim each morning.
Downside it rained 3 of 5 days. Comment ther are bears in the area. they have little fear of hikers waving ski poles and blowing fox 40s...
brush up on your bear aware skills prior and keep food away from camp, prepair food away from camp. trust me...
By westcoast_pathfinderPosted By: westcoast_pathfinder  - Mon Sep 01 14:50:16 EDT 2003 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside This is a great trip for someone who is considering the West Coast Trail ... it's a good introduction to the kind of hiking to expect: mud, suspension bridges, varied terrain, beaches! One inland campsite and the rest were on the beach. Surfers at Sombrio as well as a gorgeous waterfall. Tidal pools at Botanical Beach area. Downside Most of the hiking is inland with only the campsite areas for beach walking. Easy access from the main road to the beaches allows for beach parties that interfere with the "wilderness experience"; most likely at Sombrio. Comment We enjoyed the waterfall, the beaches and the pod of orcas spotted offshore. Very relaxing 4 days of generally easy hiking.


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