North Coast Trail

North Coast Trail near Port Hardy, BC

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
64 kms
1 day18hours
Summer, Fall, Spring
Port Hardy, BC
User lotusfloatus
Super fun, and brand new, just opened in Spring 2008. This scenic trail alternates through moderate and difficult sections. It offers pristine wilderness, breathtaking views and secluded spaces. Navigational aids include ropes and two cable cars, but a good hiking stick is recommended. One day of walking goes in and out of small, rocky beaches with awesome tidal pools, where you are sure to see hundreds of cute little crabs, millions of seashells and pods of grey whales. Also be on the look out for coyotes, bears and other small critteres. Sometimes scaling walls, few sections of boardwalk over the bog areas, and skating on moving rock and stone on the beach areas. Bring a water filter and pay attention to water access areas. Some good beach camping, and some platforms, and pit washrooms, limited access to services.


Trail starts at entrance to Cape Scott Trailhead, but branches off to the Eastside of the island. Parking lot here where you can leave your car, but the return trip would double the length of your hike. Shuttles to the trailhead and back again exist. You have to hire a boat shuttle at the end, or start, depending on where you begin, for pick up or drop off. They range from $80 per person. But camping fees are small: $5 for one night.


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By lettingtonmPosted By: lettingtonm  - Fri Dec 05 00:54:39 UTC 2014 Not Rated Upside This trail gives you unique vies of the north coast of Vancouver Island. You walk through unique ecosystems, viewing interesting species of plat. You are likely to have wildlife encounters; bear & wolf. Downside Although I would not say this is a downside, rather something to be cautious about, water sources are not overly abundant. Buying a good map that indicates the water sources is worth the money. Comment I did a combination of the NCT and Cape Scott. I did it in 6 days, the last day the hike out from San Joseph Bay to the car park; total 98 km. I would whole heartedly recommend this full trip.
The rating on this trail is dependent on the conditions. I did it in July and had not a spot of rain, the route was mostly dry.
Here is my full trip report and hundreds of photographs:
By araknospiderPosted By: araknospider  - Fri May 27 04:16:24 UTC 2011 Not Rated Upside This is the best Hike on Vancover island. it is like the WCT 20 years ago. if your planning to do this do it SOON. I did this trip in July 2010 and did not see a sole for 3 days. Downside No down side :) plan your water refuling, water is in short supply. keep an eye out for wild life. Comment I saw more wild life this trip than any other trips. we did this in 4 days. and 2 days in Cape Scott take your time take 8. lots to see and explore. not on maps
By littlevoodooPosted By: littlevoodoo  - Tue Dec 29 05:43:02 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside Very remote, scenic trail that leads you on and off the several beaches. Each beach is different. Downside Trail is difficult due to the continuous scrambling over logs and up and down ropes. Comment We did this trail in 3 days, but spent most of our days hiking and it did not leave a lot of time to explore. Pay attention to were you can get fresh water. We ran out once after we by passed one water source thinking we would make good time to the next one. Definitely do this one again.

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