A short but steep hike almost straight up Lone Cone Mountain to a couple lookout spots that allow you to see all of Tofino and many of the surrounding islands. Give yourself 4 to 6 hours for this hike as it's quite the climb and you'll want to take a break at the top to enjoy the gorgeous view.
The first 1k or so is fairly flat through some swampy-type terrain (wear hiking boots, not runners - lots of mud). Then you start to climb for the final 2 or so km. The trail is well-marked with flagging tape and is pretty well-worn as well.
There's quite a few fallen logs to go under and over, and some make-shift bridges, stepping stones, and stairs (so not a walk-in-the-park-type of trail).
While it takes quite a bit of energy to make it up the mountain, the view from the top is very well worth it. Also, there are some huge cedars along the trail that are pretty amazing as well.
A few tips: bring enough water (we ran out!), bug spray (it can be a bit buggy, especially at the top), and proper footwear (muddy at times, and you'll want something with decent grip for the trip down).
This trail is located on Meares Island (about a 10 minute boat ride from Tofino).
You can kayak or boat over to the island (Tofino Water Taxi charges about $30-$40 per person for the round-trip). When you reach the dock you travel for about 5 mins along the road until you see a sign that says "Lone Cone" on the left hand side of the road. After a minute or two of hiking there will be another sign to confirm that you are on the right trail.
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