NTS Map:92K3. An 8km trail starts off in an over grown field of blackberries for about 15 minutes. It then heads into the woods for the rest of the trail, which makes up for the beginning (now fixed). The end of trail, up to the summit, includes a large set of sturdy stairs. The end of the trail takes you overlooking Seymour Narrows where you can see to the Quadra Island, the mainland and view of ships passing by, if you time it right you can even see cruise ships go by and practically shake a tourists hand. The narrows is less than a kilometer wide and you are quite high so the view is really nice. The largest non-nuclear explosion in the world happened here to get rid of the marine hazaard.
On Vancouver Island take the Island Highway north past Campbell River. About 10 minutes past Bloedel you will see it on your right. Avoid parking in the parking lot since a lot of break-ins occur here. Park on the shoulder on the highway and you should be fine.
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Posted By: FredAnn
- Sat Aug 22 22:15:26 UTC 2015
UpsideMostly a forest walk which is beautiful and cool on a hot day. Stroller can go as far as first lookout at about 1 km. Some steep sections. I was happy to have my hiking poles. Went as far as 2nd high lookout at the 5km mark. Nice views. People should not smoke when it's dry. DownsideSome steep sections.
Posted By: pinklilly
- Fri Jun 06 19:22:17 UTC 2014
Questionhi I was wondering if the ripple rock trail was closed due to construction or anything like that, also I was wondering if there has been any bear or cougar sightings thank you :) ANSWERS are in this forum: Ripple Rock trail
Posted By: Rockhopper712
- Mon Jan 27 20:50:33 UTC 2014
CommentI've had the fondest memories of this trail dating back to my childhood. The trail is has always been in excellent shape that offers terrain technical enough to make for an interesting run even after 15 years of me using the trail. A couple years back some knob(s) in a local government position decided that their brittle knees couldn't handle the rock step at the end of the trail (in my opinion the best part of the trail) and bolted an ugly metal staircase on top of it. No one asked me or anyone I know if we wanted this waste of tax dollars in the way of our trail. In my opinion the stairs are more difficult than the rock step anyways.
Posted By: Razo
- Mon Jun 27 03:51:05 UTC 2011
UpsideBeautiful views, great for a step up from trail in the backyard or behind the school. After reaching the end of this trail our group was rewarded by seeing whales breaching the water. DownsideNeeds a larger sign designating the trail area or at least a sign further than 100M to warn you that the trail is coming up.
Posted By: Winter_Jayne
- Sat Jul 17 04:20:33 UTC 2010
UpsideThe steep part at the end has been replaced by stairs and the "crummy" begining is now a groomed trail with stairs down one side. DownsideStill some pretty bumpy parts that make for easy tripping. CommentLoved this trail.
Posted By: Varlet
- Wed Aug 05 00:23:54 UTC 2009
UpsideWorth the effort. We saw 3 Orca whales when we reached the viewpoint. My children (5 & 8) loved the suspension bridge and the short 'climb' at the end. Overall a good, short family hike. DownsideCan be a bit rugged for small children, lots of exposed roots and some narrow sections. Maybe my kids are just clumsy, but they tripped a lot.
Posted By: bumbleroot
- Thu May 22 05:52:02 UTC 2008
UpsideWas very manageable for our 7 and 12 year old girls - they especially loved the suspension bridge. Beautiful views. Informative sign at trail head. Took us 3 hours of hiking round trip as stats suggest. DownsideSteep part near the end may require assistance for children. A little slippery when wet. CommentWe really enjoyed the hike on a cool spring day. Will do it again on a clearer day and will recommend it to others.
Posted By: lovemapleleafs
- Sun Jan 20 18:02:03 UTC 2008
UpsideNice views. Good variation of hiking -- along a well beaten path, up and down a couple rocky parts. Nice look-outs along the way. DownsideA little confusing near the end when you have to hike to the top of the rock. Follow the direction of the towers and you'll be fine. CommentOverall a great hike for an afternoon. Would do it again and recommend it to others
Posted By: Billybob
- Thu Jul 21 06:23:27 UTC 2005
UpsideThe Bridge has been replaced with a very good suspension bridge as of July 2005. Beautiful views from the rock bluffs too! DownsideCareful, the last part is a little steep, for the young and old anyway! CommentYes, there is a lot of breakins, but if you leave nothing in your car (even leave the glovebox open so they can see nothing is worth taking)you should be OK
Posted By: toolbox
- Sat Mar 26 21:39:54 UTC 2005
CommentAs of March 2005, the bridge has been washed away. To cross go down stream about 100 meters and there is a fallen log that you can cross on.