This trail goes to the Pacific Ocean beach of Keeha Beach. It is basically flat, with a low at 13 m (near the trail head), and a high at 43 m.
It should be a short hike to the beach, BUT for the MUD and the fallen trees. As a result of the wind storm of Dec 2006, many trees block the trail, and it is extremely muddy.
It seems like a short hike to the beach (3.5km one way), BUT the MUDDY swampy areas and the fallen trees make for a much more difficult hike.
When the trail forks for Keeha or Cape Beale about a third of the way in, stay LEFT for Keeha Beach - there is a sign, it just isn't very clear.
This trail gives you a work out; be prepared to get wet and muddy in even the hottest/driest months! You will go past a lake, but just keep on going until you hit a HUGE incline, that is covered with dead fall (the toughest part of the hike) But it is all worth it in the end when you hit the beautiful sandy beach ! I wouldn't recommend this trail to beginners, and I would recommend camping on the beach for at least one night!
FYI: Bears and other wildlife are spotted often - there is a food locker at the end of the trail, or haul your food up a tree 100 meters from your camp
From Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, drive the 100km road to Bamfield, a beautiful resource town on an inlet feeding into Barkley Sound. Approximately 1 km east of Bamfield, go south on South Bamfield Road for around 2km. Parking is 400m north of the trail head. The trail head is shared with Cape Beale's trail head and forks to Keeha Beach about a third of the way in.
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Posted By: noreenw1
- Thu Jul 20 03:23:43 UTC 2017
UpsideJuly 19 2017. Mod hikers limited experience with a over night pack took 2 hrs in and 1.5 hrs out. The trail is as dry as I think it ever gets and makes it an adventure and times of fun. You will love it. Yes over and under a few logs. Up a big hill then paradise! Don't forget to have a dip after all the beach is yours to enjoy!! Good much and have fun!
Posted By: Tayota
- Sun May 18 04:37:09 UTC 2014
UpsideBeautiful beach at the end, not a person insight. DownsideMuddy, wet, lack of fresh wAter. Downside? No downsides only addons CommentWent last year with my dad, honestly can't remember the month. Had a beautiful dry day walking in mud was no deeper then ankle high. However our first (and only) night in it started too rain, and I don't mean wimpy sprinkles that left my tent fly damp. I mean it pissed on us. The wind howled and blow our tarp away several times despite anchoring it down. We tryed too set up a leanto beside the fire but fire (it was large 1.5m high and far larger then parks would recommend, but the weather made us feel it was alright) was out and jackets where soaked thru in 45 min. After a long night with little sleep. We awoke too no breaks in the weather and chose too pack up. The stream that we camped on the south side of (crossed it too camp) had become a river overnight easily tripled in width, we were forced too hike upstream too a log jam to get across. After hiking back down the large embankment that to encounter on the way in we were up too our ankles in water, it only got deeper. I don't know how deep the mud was because 50% of the hike back was too your knees with sections waist deep. With rain still pounded from above and sweat leaking from under your clothing (not that it mattered by this point) you just feel as if packing even the smallest amount of water was stupid. The lake overflowed the mud crossing footings made of thin log rounds float beside you and mock you. We traded gators for duct tape and don't regret it until the water went over the belt on my pants my 6 year old mec pants kept my legs dry and my gortext boots kept my feet dry. I didn't duct tape my waist band so once it leaked there I was probably caring 10L of water from my boots up. Ended with a drive back too port in my underpants.
All and all was a great time made for a wicked story and great memories with my dad. I'm taking my girlfriend on it soon. She knows the story but not the location or that I plan on taking her on the same hike. Wish me luck.
Posted By: bluesheild1
- Fri Dec 23 03:03:12 UTC 2011
UpsideThe beach is awesome, we hiked out in February with 65lbs packs and gear. Terrain is very rough and muddy because of the downfall and rain. Wear gators, and BYOB a lot of time scrabbling and did I mention mud. The trail is very intense in the winter but with the right gear is not too bad. The reward of lucking out with sunshine and the desolate beach at the end is a kodak moment. DownsideThe mud and downfall, combined with the hill at the end and really bad weather going in. CommentI would do this trail again, the exploring of the beaches when there is nobody around in the winter is awesome if the weather breaks. The water is scarce so bring a good filter system, also the garbage that washes up off the Pacific is a given. Do not try as an amateur hiker in the winter without proper equipment Bring dry food and do not pack beer, too heavy. Hit the trail with sleet and rain ended up a the beach with amazing sunshine for the whole weekend in February, definitely worthwhile and the mussels are readily available for steaming to add to the crappy dried foods. But don't get caught eating them....
Posted By: ksrose
- Tue Aug 19 05:17:14 UTC 2008
CommentSorry. I don't know how to edit my post:
When the trail forks for Keeha or Cape Beale stay LEFT (not right, as I said in my previous post)
Stay left to Keeha - There is a sign, it just isn't very clear.
Posted By: ksrose
- Tue Aug 19 05:12:14 UTC 2008
UpsideIt is a hard hike..... but worth EVERY step once you hit the beautiful sandy beach! DownsideMUDDY !!!!!! CommentWe hiked this trail Aug 16-18th 2008.
This trail is not near Port Alberni - it is near Bamfield (approx. 1km). The trail head isn't clearly marked, but it is to the right of the sign and starts off as a boardwalk type trail. It is the trailhead of Cape Beale as well, so just stay right when the trail forks to Keeha. There is overnight parking about 200meters from the trailhead on the right hand side when you are coming down South Bamfield Rd.
This trail was as muddy as I was told it was going to be! Although it is a short distance (3.5km) it is not a short/easy hike. There are a LOT of muddy areas and a lot of dead fall covering the trail that you need to climb over, under, or around. The trail gives you a workout, but it is do-able - just be prepared to get wet/dirty. I am a novice hiker, and had no problems - it took approx. 2 hrs in and 1.5 hrs out (lighter pack) There is a huge incline at the end of the trail, but you can hear the surf crashing and it seems to give you that boost you need at the end.
If you don't want to bring water, there is a small creek for water located at the south end of the beach (boil all water). There is a storage locker available to store food away at night safely from the local wildlife if you want to. There have been many bear sightings (although we saw none).
This is a beautiful place, and I encourage you to take on the hike!
Posted By: LiamM
- Sat Jul 19 01:57:54 UTC 2008
Upsidedestination is worth every hardship you encounter on the trail...the views, the wildlife. Downsidenone Commentmy first time on this trail. as tough as i was told it was going to be...made harder by having a 65lb pack full of beer on my back and 28 degree sunshine. Very muddy since most of the trail is shaded by trees. we saw bears, grey whales, marine otters, bald eagles and seals. trail took about 2 hrs to do 3.5km and 1h 20 mins on the way back since our packs were lighter. it was tough sweaty hike but worth every second of it!!