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The West Coast Path is a strenuous 75 km multi-day seashore and forest mountain climbing path on the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. A big a part of the path is spent mountain climbing on miles of in depth, white sandy seashores separated by spectacular indigenous forest. The repute for being a tricky hike is properly deserved and the path might be brutal when there may be a variety of rain with sluggish progress over troublesome terrain together with swimming pools of mud, ladders, bridges and cable automobiles.

On this article one can find all the knowledge wanted to plan a hike on the West Coast Path, all about our hike; detailed itinerary, transport and packing record.

This can be a average to strenuous hike within the Pacific Rim Nationwide Park alongside the south west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. My GPS gave me a bit extra distance on a regular basis, there may be positively variation relying how a lot you stroll on the seashore and within the forest.

I hiked the route in 6 days, 5 nights which is a typical method to full your complete path, some folks do choose for an additional night time.

The path stretches from the Gordon River trailhead, near the city of Port Renfrew within the south, to Bamfield within the north. The path is hiked by many individuals in each instructions, logistics and whether or not you wish to begin or end with the troublesome a part of the path are the primary concerns. The world well-known West Coast path meanders by means of a spectacular mixture of solitary rainforest, lengthy sandy and rocky seashores and biodiverse rock swimming pools, providing panoramic views and an unreal number of fauna and flora. Maintain your eyes on the ocean and also you would possibly spot gray whales, killer whales, seals or sea lions, within the forest preserve a glance out for black bears and cougars and don’t skip the unbelievable tidal swimming pools inhabited by  starfish, sea urchins, barnacles, blue mussels, anemones, sea cucumbers and lots extra attention-grabbing animals.

West Coast Path Data

  • Official Distance  – 75 km/ 47 miles
  • Measured Distance (Garmin Fenix5) – 88.15km/54miles in keeping with my GPS
  • Time required – 6 to 7 days (5 or 6 nights)
  • Beginning and Finish level – Gordon River to Bamfield
  • Whole ascent (in 6 days) – 1813 m
  • Whole descent (in 6 days) – 1878 m
  • Path Markings – Clear Yellow Indicators, Orange Markings, Pink Ribbons
  • Strolling floor – a mixture of sand and rocks on the seashore, footpaths with floor various between grime and knee deep mud.
  • Whole value – $CAD517 ($391)
  • Lodging – tenting
  • Meals – carry meals at some stage in the path
Climbing 38km of the 75km on superior seashores like this is without doubt one of the nice things of the West Coast path.

How onerous is the West Coast Path?

For an skilled hiker I might say the path is average to robust. Climbing greater than 70 ladders, strolling within the mud and kilometers on the seashore carrying your tent and all of your meals and equipment for per week will not be simple. The climate performs an enormous position and on dry days it was a lot simpler than strolling within the rain and dust. It isn’t unimaginable to do as a primary multi-day backpacking journey, however will not be advisable, the Juan de Fuca is extra appropriate.

The West Coast Path Trailheads

The southern trailhead is on the mouth of the Gordon River on the Pacheedaht campground close to the city of Port Renfrew on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island.  To get to the trailhead you stroll from the Pacheedacht campground (5 min) and take a ferry crossing included within the registration payment.

The northern trailhead is on the Pachena Bay campground 5.5km from  the city of Bamfield on the central west coast of Vancouver Island.  You possibly can stroll or order a taxi, from the Pachena Bay campground the employees can cellphone a taxi so that you can city.

Find out how to do The West Coast Path

Which route to hike The West Coast Path

The path might be hiked both approach; from south to north beginning on the Gordon River Trailhead near Port Renfrew and ending at Bamfield or the opposite approach round. 

Some superior seashore surroundings on the second day of the West Coast path.

Does it make a distinction which route you hike?

You possibly can see from the statistics supplied that ascend and descend is about the identical, so the uphill and downhill would be the similar no matter which route you hike.

The Southern Half is more durable! the path from Gordon River to Culite Cove is certainly rather more difficult than the northern half from Culite Cove to Pachena Bay with many hills, ladders and different obstacles, additionally when it rains this a part of the path may be very muddy, making for sluggish mountain climbing. I selected to do the troublesome half first. The northern half is flatter with much less mud and ladders.

Logistics – In the event you drove with your personal automotive and it’s ready in Port Renfrew it’s nice in case you are mountain climbing north to south, arriving at your automotive at a great time and driving to the ferry crossing.

Ferry crossing instances at Gordon River: 8:45, 11:30 ( after morning orientation), 13:30, 14:30 and final ferry at 15:30

The greater than a 100 ladders is without doubt one of the essential challenges on the West Coast path.

Time required to hike the West Coast Path

Climbing the total West Coast Path takes 5 to 7 days. I walked the path from the Gordon River trailhead (Port Renfrew) within the south to the Pachena Bay trailhead (Bamfield) within the north in 6 days and 5 nights strolling Three to 7 hours per day. I walked most components attainable to stroll on the seashore. If you’re match it’s attainable to finish the path in 5 days/Four nights, you’ll nonetheless have to stroll 5 lengthy days to take action and since lots of the seashore sections can solely be walked at low tide, doing the path in 5 days, you’ll in all probability miss lots of the seashore walks being pressured by the tides to stroll the forest paths, I cannot suggest this.

To present you an thought of what’s attainable, the document for working the path is 9 hours and 32 minutes!

To finish the path you have to be match and both be an skilled hiker/camper, or go along with an skilled crew. It’s attainable to hike a shorter model of the West Coast Path. A mid-point entrance at Nitinaht Narrows that’s solely accessible by water from Nitinaht Village, lets you hike a shorter portion of the West Coast Path. Travelling south the shorter path extends from Nitinaht Narrows to Gordon River for a complete of 42 km which might be comforably hiked in 5 days/Four nights. Travelling north from Nitinaht Narrows to Pachena Bay is the shortest choice obtainable to hike the West Coast Path at 33 km in complete.

One other shorter, cheaper and simpler choice is to hike the Juan de Fuca path additionally beginning outdoors Port Renfrew, I examine the paths later within the article.

West Coast Path Transportation

Organizing transport is a little bit of a mission because the path will not be round, you want transport to the place to begin and once more from the top level. The path might be reached by public transport or with your personal car. The West Coast Path Categorical offers a shuttle bus service in season, Might 1 to September 30, choosing up and dropping off passengers at Victoria, Port Renfrew, Gordon River, Pachena Bay, Bamfield and Nanaimo. 

The Shuttle Bus tickets should not low-cost, on the time of writing the worth is $CAD55 from Victoria to Port Renfrew/Gordon River and $CAD 110 from Bamfield/Pachena Bay to Victoria. In the event you do e book the return shuttle there’s a 20% low cost that’s $CAD 33 low cost.

The shuttle is an effective choice in case you shouldn’t have a automotive, you will need to notice that in case you take the shuttle again from both aspect Pachena Bay or Gordon River you’ll in all probability not make it again to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal in time to catch the final ferry again to Vancouver.

When you have a automotive, you possibly can park on the Gordon River trailhead, there may be parking on the Pacheedaht First Nations Reserve close to the Gordon River trailhead. Parking is $5/day, pay on the Pacheedaht Campground workplace. No one parks on the northern aspect on the Pachena Bay trailhead because the gravel street to the trailhead will not be good and troublesome to navigate, the 2 most typical choices are: 

  • to stroll south from Pachena Bay ending the hike at your automotive at Gordon River, you’re taking a shuttle bus Pachena Bay to Gordon River ($90) and begin strolling south, bear in mind it’s obligatory to attend the WCT orientation earlier than you begin your stroll, these happen at 10:00 and 14:00  day by day between Might 1st and September 30th, following the orientation there may be an included ferry crossing to the trailhead.
  • To stroll north from Gordon River and finish at Pachena Bay, taking a shuttle bus with West Coast Path Categorical again to your automotive at Gordon River.

It’s also possible to take a ship to Bamfield right here is how; take a public ferry from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island, from right here an Island Hyperlink Bus to Port Alberni, The Woman Rose Marine Companies runs a freight ship that transports some passengers  just a few days per week between Port Alberni and Bamfield. Go by taxi from Bamfield to Pachena Bay trailhead.

Greatest Time of the Yr to Hike the West Coast Path

The West Coast path is open from Might 1st to September 30th, solely 30 individuals are allowed to start out mountain climbing the path every day. The favored path is absolutely booked for many of the season so there will likely be kind of the identical variety of folks on the path always.

In Might and June there’ll possible be a variety of rain, so be ready for moist climate. In June you’ve the longest daylight supplying you with good lengthy days. Mid July to early August is the driest interval, it’s simply a lot extra enjoyable to hike whether it is dry, strolling in moist footwear, pitching a tent within the rain and being within the rain and dust simply will get depressing. The dry season is a superb time to stroll, that is the season with essentially the most younger folks on the path (summer time holidays). I walked in September, it’s a good time, however you may get some rain, additionally after the season the path is a bit worn following the season (ladders, platforms and paths takes some pressure).

Position of Tides on the West Coast Path

It’s wonderful that enormous components of the West Coast path might be hiked on the seashore, strolling on the sand searching for animals within the ocean was one among my favourite components. Lots of the seashores could also be underwater at excessive tide, there may be nonetheless at all times an alternate path within the forest. To not miss out on some spectacular components of the path plan your days with a tide desk to stroll on the seashore. Sticking to the forest you’ll miss out on seeing orcas, whales, seals and extra. The entrances from seashore to forest path are clearly marked with purple buoys and there are indicators that present at which tides sure seashores is probably not accessible. A tide desk from the Port Refrew and Bamfield space will present you when and the way excessive tides will likely be. On the orientation you’ll obtain a map and tide desk. 

The awesome sea caves at Owen Point can only be reached at low tide (tide below 1.8m/6ft).
The superior sea caves at Owen Level can solely be reached at low tide (tide beneath 1.8m/6ft).

The next seashores can solely be handed when the tides are are decrease than indicated beneath. We discovered the tide data on the desk beneath on the official BC trails map.

Most tide peak for strolling on the seashore

Seashores Day Seashore
Satisfactory at tide peak
beneath m/ft
Thrasher Cove to
Owen Level
2 4.0 2.4m/8ft
Seashore from Owen Level 2 2.5 1.8m/6ft
Walbran Creek to
Vancouver Level
3 2.0 2.7m/9ft
Kalder Creek to
Bonilla Level
3 2.0 3.0m/10ft
Farting Seashore
(Carmanah Lighthouse)
3 700m 2.1m/7ft
Dare Seashore 4 2.5 2.1m/7ft
Tsusiat Level 4 2.1m/7ft
Klanawa River to Trestle Creek 5 2.0 2.7m/9ft
Tscowis Creek to Darling River 5 2.5 2.7m/9ft

Campsites on the West Coast Path

The 13 official campgrounds on the West Coast Path are all positioned on the coast. Campsites shouldn’t have to be reserved. You possibly can  camp anyplace alongside the path; you don’ t must camp in a chosen campsite, campsites work on a primary come, first serve foundation. The official campsites all have sure amenities; bathrooms, a bear proof ‘bear money’ for meals and garbage storage and entry to contemporary water from slightly creek.  At most campsites it’s attainable to camp on the seashore, simply make very positive you might be above the excessive tide mark! A number of the campsites are within the forest, near the seashore. When it was raining I prefered pitching my tent within the forest over tenting on the seashore, getting much less moist sand into my tent! 

We made a giant hearth on the seashore each night time! Campfires are allowed on the West Coast Path, however solely on the seashore. There may be loads of wooden to make a fireplace, in case you go through the wet season some firelighters would possibly make life simpler. On the wet days drying all my stuff subsequent to the fireplace was superior, attempting to get that smoke odor out of a few of my garments after the hike was not simple!

My favourite campsite on the path was Tsusiat Falls the place we had a giant waterfall making for an important bathing spot, we noticed some whales and orcas from the place we have been tenting on the seashore. Our first campsite on the south aspect, Thrasher Cove, provide an important dawn.

There are two totally different paid campsites on First Nations Reserves; Ditidaht Consolation Tenting close to Tsuquadra Level and cabins and tents at Nitinaht Narrows. 

In the event you do the shorter itinerary you can begin or finish your journey with slightly extra consolation by reserving the Ditidaht First Nation’s Consolation Tents at Tsuquadra Level. You’ll keep in canvas wall tents with a wooden burning range with firewood, cots, a desk and chairs, and an out of doors deck with nice views of the Pacific Ocean. The Ditidaht First Nation keep these amenities. In the event you begin or finish at Pachena Bay you possibly can e book an evening at Huu-ay-aht First Nation’s Pachena Bay Campground, owned and operated by the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. 

Bogs on the West Coast Path

There are bathrooms at every of the 13 official campsites.  Bogs are sustainable, lengthy drop, compost bathrooms on a platform with a ladder. After utilizing you throw in some wooden chips that preserve the odor down and helps within the composting. Don’t throw something in addition to physique fluids and your bathroom paper within the bathrooms. The amenities have been properly maintained, however not as fancy because the lengthy drop bathrooms within the neighbouring Juan de Fuca path, this path was free to do. We have been very impressed by mountain climbing the Juan de Fuca the bathrooms had hand sanitizer and bathroom paper. There isn’t any bathroom paper on the West Coast Path,bear in mind to pack your personal.

Bears on the West Coast Path

The West Coast path is in bear nation, it’s primarily black bears that reside on this space. Bears hibernate in winter and from mid March by means of summer time they depart their dens to seek out meals. There may be a variety of pair scat on the path and you’ve got a great probability of seeing them, for many vacationers that is an thrilling prospect! I solely bumped into one black bear on the path, it was on the seashore and I needed to wait about 20 minutes for the bear to return into the forest. I’ve typically heard {that a} mother with cubs is harmful, statistics nonetheless proves this principle handed as reality fallacious, solitary males are liable for the most important portion of the few of bear assaults that happen. Off beam these animals might be harmful, however there has solely been a handful of bear assaults in BC during the last 20 years. You could have a a lot larger probability of getting killed in a automotive accident on the way in which to the hike. Put your meals and rubbish in a bear proof container (bear cache) on the campsite. Don’t depart your rubbish there, you might be suppose to hold it with you.

What to do in case you see a bear (regional parks) – keep calm, communicate to the bear in a relaxed voice, again away slowly, don’t run – the bear is quicker than you, take out bear spray and know tips on how to use it, if attacked use bear spray and combat again! 

Meals on the path

Packing meals for this path was a pleasure since we had entry to mountain climbing retailer promoting superior dehydrated tenting meals in Vancouver, a bit extra expensive, however mild, filling and scrumptious! all the pieces you need from tenting meals.

  • Breakfast – 2 packs of prompt oats, espresso
  • Lunch – a protein bar (68 grams)
  • Dinner – Dehydrated meals x4 – A dehydrated meal (2 servings) every is an effective meal for one individual after an extended day of mountain climbing. X1 noodles and tuna. 

I’m a critical espresso junkie and made superior espresso twice a day with my trusty aeropress.

To boil water for espresso and put together meals I carried slightly fuel range and one 450 gram propane canister. 

Food for 6 days, 5 nights on the West Coast trail.
Meals – Three meals per day for six days, 5 nights on the West Coast path.

Consuming Water on the West Coast Path

There are various water sources alongside the way in which and carrying one water bottle per individual ought to be enough. Each camp had a river or at the least little creek with working water near the tenting space. It’s endorsed by the official authorities web site that ingesting water is boiled, handled or filtered earlier than ingesting, do that if you wish to be secure. I carried a Lifestraw filter bottle, good options is an MSR filtration pump, I used this on some hikes and located it a variety of work to filter water. The gravitation filter baggage is an effective choice taking a little bit of time, however it’s simple and lightweight and small to pack. Chlorine tablets is a simple choice, that is cheaper however tastes horrible. My opinion is that the water is sweet high quality, working water with slight discoloration as a result of tannins from foliage. The official website says sterilize the water, so to be secure that is in all probability the way in which to go. Don’t get ingesting water instantly downstream of a busy campsite.


There are many lodging choices to fit your funds in Port Renfrew and Victoria.


Port Renfrew

 West Coast Path Value

The West Coast Path will not be an affordable enterprise costing me a complete of $CAD517 ($391) for the 6 day/5 night time hike.

  • Registration – $CAD184 (payable upon registration)
    • Break up West Coast Path In a single day Use Payment: $127.50 and two ferry crossing charges, Gordon River: $16 and Nitinat Slim: $16, reservation payment is $24.50
  • Pacific Rim Park Allow – $CAD 39 payable on the orientation
  • Meals – $CAD17 per day pp – $102
  • Transport – $CAD55 + $CAD110 = 165 – 20% low cost = $CAD132
  • Bear spray – $CAD50
  • Range Gasoline – $CAD10

West Coast Path Itinerary

Day Zero – Vancouver to Victoria

Take a ferry from Vancouver (Tsawwassen Ferry terminal) to Victoria (Swartz Bay Ferry terminal). Take a public bus from Swartz Bay to Victoria. In a single day in Victoria.

Day One

Thrasher Cove to Camper Bay

Port Renfrew, Gordon River Entry, Thrasher Cove

West Coast Path Map – Day 1 Gordon River to Thrasher Cove
  • Place to begin – Gordon River Trailhead
  • Ending level – Thrasher Cove
  • Path Marker 75km to 70km
  • GPS Distance – 6.Eight km
  • Forrest stroll
  • Whole Time – 2 h 55 min
  • Transferring Time – 2h
  • Whole ascent – 405 m
  • Whole descent – 416 m

Highlights of the Day

  • Beginning the path and climbing that first ladder.
  • Arriving on the seashore at Thraser Cove and going for a swim (yip it’s chilly).
Elevation Profile Day 1

At about 9am I arrived on the West Coast Path Data Heart with the
West Coast Path Categorical from Victoria. The knowledge middle is positioned on the Pacheedaht Campground 5km after passing by means of the city Port Renfrew. If you’re driving from Victoria it’s simple to seek out, simply observe the freeway indicators to Sooke and/or Port Renfrew, from there are clear indicators marking West Coast Path.

Necessary – orientations are held at 10:00 and 14:00 day by day and you aren’t allowed to start out with out attending this one hour orientation. It was useful, with a number of helpful data. Following the orientation  make your approach over to the ferry that leaves at 8:45, 11:30 (to tie in with morning orientation), 13:30, 14:30 and final ferry at 15:30. I nearly missed the 11:30 ferry doing who is aware of what, after the orientation stroll to the ferry!   🙂

The path kicks off with a ladder adopted by a forested part with no ocean views till you get to Thrasher Cove. It’s a good heat up and you’ll get an thought of what the subsequent three days goes to be like. This half was not too muddy. The final km to the camp was a steep downhill. Thrasher Cove is a pleasant campsite on the seashore, first day to get some sand in my tent. The location was busy with campers heading north and south, it was good speaking to hikers on their final day! The campsite was a bit packed, however I managed to squeeze my tent in. It’s a quick day to Thrasher Cove, however the subsequent 9km to Camper Bay is sort of robust and sluggish. Persevering with on the forest path is feasible, however you’ll miss out on the caves on the seashore at Owen Level. The ocean caves can solely be walked at low tide. If you’ll skip strolling to Owen Level on the seashore and proceed to Camper Bay within the forest, I believe strolling this 15km on day one is to not onerous.

Day Two

Thrasher Cove to Cullite Cove

Thrasher Cove, Owen Level, Camper Bay, Cullite Cove

West Coast Path Map Day 2 – Thraser Cove to Culite Cove
  • Place to begin – Thrasher Cove
  • Ending level – Cullite Cove
  • Path Marker 70km to 57km
  • GPS Distance – 16.90km
  • Seashore stroll – 7km
  • Whole Time – 7 h 30 min
  • Transferring Time – 4h 38m
  • Whole ascent – 323 m
  • Whole descent – 324 m

Highlights of the Day

  • The ocean caves at Owen Level
  • Orcas very near the rocks
  • Longest stretch of ladders up and down with Cullite within the center!
Elevation Profile Day 2

Thrasher Cove to Cullite Cove (16.9 km). This was the hardest day for me, the primary Four km to Owen Level and the ocean caves took Four hours. It’s slippery and difficult climbing over large boulders, logs and strolling over rocks lined in seaweed, barnacles and mussels. After leaving the ocean caves there was a pleasant flat stretch subsequent to the ocean on the rocks. I noticed a pod of orcas right here, they have been very near the rocks I might clearly see their faces and even hear the water thrilling their blowholes! Sadly getting my digicam out took a bit lengthy! The remaining 9 km or so to Cullite Cove was additionally sluggish in thick mud strolling on a wet day with a few ladders. I need to admit within the final 5km as much as Cullite Cove I did suppose a few times ‘I want I ended at Camper Creek’. There’s a handful of ladders that takes some time to climb right down to Cullite. This was a small campsite and my least favourite. Thrasher to Cullite was an extended day taking 7 hours, there have been a pair extra hikers doing this similar stage so it is rather doable. I arrived a bit late at Cullite and didn’t discover a good spot to pitch my tent, the small website was packed, the seashore right here is roofed in large rocks, not nice for tenting, it was simply very full. In the event you arrive early sufficient to choose a spot there are some spots with good views. I might suggest that you simply take the seashore approach, not the forest to Owen Level, the ocean caves and orcas I noticed on this route was a particular spotlight on the West Coast Path!

Day Three

Cullite Cove to Cribs Creek

Cullite Cove, Walbran Creek, Bonilla Level, Cribs Creek

West Coast Path Map – Day Three Culite Cove to Cribs Creek
  • Place to begin – Cullite Cove
  • Ending level – Cribs Creek
  • Path Marker 57km to 42km
  • GPS Distance – 19.6km
  • Seashore stroll – 10km
  • Whole Time – 6 h 37 min
  • Transferring Time – 4h 57m
  • Whole ascent – 351 m
  • Whole descent – 266 m

Highlights of the Day

  • Lengthy seashore stroll
  • Good waterfall at Bonilla Level
  • First cable automotive crossing
Elevation Profile Day 3

It was an extended day that began robust and messy, however with a variety of seashore strolling, the solar popping out and a few nice views was an important day! Getting out of Cullite Cove campsite kicked off with a steep climb, 6 ladders. There’s a cable automotive at the beginning of the day, however I didn’t use it, the water was shallow and I managed to leap from rock to rock throughout.  It was a wet day for me and one other robust first six kilometers with swimming pools of mud, from Walbran Creek on I used to be a really comfortable, the solar got here out and about 10km most of it strolling on the seashore to Cribs Creek. About 5km from Walbran Creek at Bonilla Level there was a really good waterfall, this can be a good campsite and was an important place to cease for lunch. I used my first cable automotive at Carmanha Creek, I bumped into a woman that crossed with me and we had some assist from different hikers, the cable automobiles are enjoyable when they’re flying right down to the center, from there it’s onerous work to tug your self throughout and far simpler when you have assist from one other group! Once you depart Carmanha Creek there’s a spot referred to as Chez Moniques round km44 that sells burgers and beer, it was sadly closed after we handed right here. I needed to do some bit extra by means of the forest and handed the Canadian Coast Guard Lightstation Carmanah Level. Cribs Creek will not be a really properly rated campsite, however I preferred it with tender sand, a number of area and it’s the final campsite earlier than the ferry crossing and the crab shack.

Day 4

Cribs Creek to Tsusiat Falls

Cribs Creek, Dare Level, Nitinaht Narrows (ferry crossing),Tsusiat Falls

West Coast Path Map – Day Four Cribs Creek to Tsusiat Falls
  • Place to begin – Cribs Creek
  • Ending level – Tsusiat Falls
  • Path Marker 42km to 25km
  • GPS Distance – 19.9km
  • Seashore stroll – 11km
  • Whole Time – 5 h 51 min
  • Transferring Time – 4h 51m
  • Whole ascent – 318 m
  • Whole descent – 336 m

Highlights of the Day

  • Lengthy stroll on good, agency sand
  • Otters
  • Whales
  • Greatest Seashore campsite
  • Nice Waterfall for swimming
Day Four Elevation profile

My longest day, however nice hike! I walked for 11km on good agency sand and the 8km within the forest was not too muddy. In the present day’s stroll was actually stunning on the rocks and the sand, we noticed a few whales and noticed 5 sea otters from very shut. At Nitinaht narrows I ended on the crab shack for a beer and lunch. The ferry service is from 09:30 to 16:30 and is included within the registration payment. Lunch and a beer will not be and it’s expensive! A crab goes for $CAD25, a beer $CAD8 and a melted cheese for $CAD8, I didn’t care to a lot. The campsite at Tsusiat Falls is a favourite for good reason, there may be a variety of area on the seashore and the waterfall is wonderful, the water was not freezing and made for the most effective swim on the path! Tsusiat Level is just pasable at tides beneath 2.7m, be sure about this on the seashore stroll, we nearly missed the cut-off and have been scrambling over the rocks with a rising tide!

Day 5

Tsusiat Falls to Michigan Creek

Tsusiat Falls, Tsocowis Creek, Darling River, Michigan Creek

West Coast Path Map – Day 5 Tsusiat Falls to Michigan Creek
  • Place to begin – Tsusiat Falls
  • Ending level – Michigan Creek
  • Path Marker 25km to 12km
  • GPS Distance – 13.3km
  • Seashore stroll – 8km
  • Whole Time – Three h 50 min
  • Transferring Time – 3h 20m
  • Whole ascent – 160 m
  • Whole descent – 190 m

Highlights of the Day

  • Black Bear on the seashore
  • Orcas
  • Humpback Whale
  • Lengthy cable automotive experience
  • Walked many of the day on the seashore
Elevation Profile Day 5

This was a brief day and a very nice one. 8km of the 13km was on the seashore and I noticed quite a lot of animals. A black bear made me look forward to about 20 minutes on the seashore whereas it was scavenging, it was an important probability to take a seat and watch it. I assumed Michigan is a superb campsite, you possibly can camp on the seashore or within the forest, however nonetheless with a pleasant seashore view.

I had an extended cable automotive experience that was enjoyable, see the video beneath. I camped within the forest, since I attempted to get the minimal sand in my tent on the final night time. The view from our camp was nice and we noticed orcas and whales. We made an enormous bonfire on the seashore. I obtained to Michigan early, it turned busy later since it’s the final campsite earlier than the Pachena Bay trailhead.

The cable automobiles have been attention-grabbing, you’ve a enjoyable experience throughout the river till about half approach while you come to a cease pull your self throughout. That is onerous in case you are alone. If you’re two groups serving to one another to tug the cable automotive throughout makes it a lot simpler! There are Four cable automobiles on the path, I solely used two, the water stage was low sufficient to skip throughout the river on rocks with the opposite two rivers

Day Six

Michigan Creek to Pachena Bay

Michigan Creek, Pachena Bay

West Coast Path Map – Day 6 Michigan Creek to Pahena Bay
  • Place to begin – Michigan Creek
  • Ending level – Pachena Bay
  • Path Marker 12km to km zero
  • GPS Distance – 11.76km
  • Whole Time – 2 h 40 min
  • Transferring Time – 2h 30m
  • Whole ascent -356 m
  • Whole descent – 346 m

Highlights of the Day

  • Getting a taxi to Bamfield
  • Hamburger and a chilly beer
Elevation Profile Day 6

Some  mud and obstacles, however general simple day, everyone was now simply strolling to complete. Pachena Seashore is a wonderful place to finish, 5km from the city Bamfield. You possibly can stroll or ask on the parks workplace that they name a taxi to take you to Bamfield. The Trailbus stops at each Pachena Bay and Bamfield, however I completed greater than Three hours earlier than the bus got here and it was nice to take a seat and wait in a restaurant!

West Coast path or Juan de Fuca Path?

The West Coast path and Juan de Fuca path are two multi day coastal mountain climbing trails beginning very shut to 1 one other outdoors the city of Port Renfrew and working in reverse instructions on the west coast of Vancouver island, British Columbia, Canada. Because the two trails are so shut to one another on the identical coast I assumed they’d be nearly equivalent, they don’t seem to be.

The 2 trails each has one finish near the city of Port Renfrew, however don’t share a trailhead. The West Coast path begins on the Gordon River trailhead outdoors Port Renfrew on it’s southern finish stretching north for 75km to the city of Bamfield. The Juan de Fuca path begins on the Botanical Seashore trailhead outdoors Port Renfrew making its approach south for 47km subsequent to the coast to the China Seashore trailhead.

I hiked the 2 trails per week aside, each provided spectacular surroundings.

  • An extended path with loads of obstacles the West Coast path was rather more difficult than the Juan de Fuca. Be sure to are bodily in good condition and mentally ready for per week of mud and rain, it is rather attainable.
  • The West Coast path provides much more strolling on the seashore than the Juan de Fuca. The Juan de Fuca we walked 5.2 km on the seashore 11% of the path, in comparison with the West Coast path with 48% strolling on the seashore, 38km out of 75km complete.
  • Extra animals on the West Coast path than Juan de Fuca, I noticed black bears, orcas, whales, sea otters and deer on the West Coast, we didn’t see any of those on the Juan de Fuca, it’s nonetheless attainable to see them on each trails.
  • Juan de Fuca is a mixture of forest and seashore campsites, the West Coast path you possibly can camp on the seashore each night time.
  • The Juan de Fuca is less expensive at a complete value of $CAD150 in comparison with the West Coast path at $CAD517
  • The Juan de Fuca path is open all 12 months, whereas the West Coast path is just open in season.
  • The West Coast path needs to be booked lengthy prematurely with restricted areas, the Juan de Fuca no reserving is important.
  • Not like the West Coast path which has a set distance and trailheads, there are lots of beginning and ending choices for the Juan de Fuca, planning a path that suites you.

Packing Checklist for the West Coast Path

For long run journey and critical mountain climbing the Osprey Aeather 70L AG Rucksack or Ariel 65 ladies’s model is and wonderful backpack.

Climbing boots/footwear – be sure your footwear are;

  • waterproof
  • respiration
  • have good grip – generally you stroll on muddy or rocky terrain
  • match good – you’ve some area to wiggle your toes
  • good high quality

Must you hike in boots or footwear? this can be a quite common debate, the necessity for ankle assist is a private choice, however with all of the mud on the path I’ll strongly suggest that you simply put on boots and shut them up with some gaiters.   Sporting merino wool socks in waterproof mountain climbing footwear is the way in which to go and I’ll positively add gaiters whether it is wet.

I used waterproof footwear since I simply got here from mountain climbing in Spain and that is what I had with me, it was okay however my toes would have been dry longer in boots – Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof or Salomon X Extremely Prime are good choice for low minimize footwear; sturdy, waterproof, comfy, have good grip. For boot minimize – KEEN Targhee II Waterproof or extra funds choice – Columbia Granite Ridge.are good footwear.

For women – Alya prefers a extra ‘girly’ choice to leather-based boots – footwear like KEEN Targhee II,  Salomon Ellipse 2 or Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof. She has walked about 3000km in her Merrel Moab2’s ! In the event you’re searching for one thing cheaper Columbia Dakota Drifter is an effective choice. For women that choose a boot minimize Columbia Ladies’s Newton Ridge Plus Climbing Boot, is a wonderful alternative.

A water-resistant jacket girls or (males’s mannequin) with hood in case of sturdy wind or rain is a should on this path.

Trekking pants – One or two pairs of sunshine quick dry mountain climbing pants, for ladies I’d recommend to pack trekking pants and yoga pants. Alya at all times take each and like carrying yoga pants – they stretch simple and are extra comfy. 

Fleece vest- very mild to pack,  a fleece vest is good for further warmth layering, girls.

Climbing shirt – Don’t pack cotton, in case you sweat below your jacket you may be moist and chilly beneath. Alya prefers mountain climbing in breathable, moisture wicking, quik dry T-shirts, packing an extended sleeve shirt and one quick sleeve T-shirt. I really like mountain climbing in Columbia shirts, they don’t take in water so dry shortly and protects me from the solar if I take my jacket off. Fast dry if I get importunity at hand wash on the way in which. 

Sport bras – they’re nice for mountain climbing and outdoor, Alya says that she prefers sport bras over regular bras. 

Underwear – take two-three pairs with relying on a hike length.

Merino wool socks – a will need to have particularly for lengthy hikes. Prior to now we didn’t pay a lot consideration to socks – purchased any random low-cost socks and used to have blisters. We’ve heard so much from different hikers about merino wool socks and eventually determined to present it a go. They do work nice, now we at all times put on them for mountain climbing. Some benefits of merino wool socks; don’t take in odors, defend your toes, dry fast and really sturdy. For much more comfy stroll verify Darn Powerful mountain climbing socks they’re well-known for nice foot assist and blister safety. Alya likes their girls’ fashions; colourful and funky.

Cap/hat – a will need to have within the mountains for solar safety. Alya prefers carrying a cap, I normally takes a hat on hikes. 

Sun shades – convey sun shades for mountain climbing within the mountains with excessive UV safety and polarized lenses.  

Pack a BUFF Multifunctional Headwear – protects your neck and face from solar burn, wind and climate. Get a cool one, mine is a South African flag, superior for photographs!

Gaiters – Waterproof Windproof Heat Footwear Cowl. On this hike gaitors are crucial to maintain mud out of your footwear!

Trekking Poles – very useful within the mud, in case you don’t have a pair get a stick early on, helped us so much. TrailBuddy Climbing Sticks, TrailBuddy Climbing Sticks very properly rated, good worth for cash, aluminium trekking poles. Aluminium is robust and a bit heavier than carbon, my recommendation is avoid wasting cash, go for these guys! Prime of the road Black Diamond Path Professional Shock Trekking Pole, 68-140cm.

Microfibre towels take nearly no area, are mild and dry simple in order that they gained’t get moldy and begin smelling.   Lively Roots Microfiber Journey Towel

Journey moist wipes are very helpful to switch a bathe, we now have been sitting in our tent ‘washing’ with these on numerous hikes.

Hand cleaner simpler than discovering a faucet and cleaning soap to scrub your palms if you wish to eat.

First Assist Package

  • ache killers paracetemol/aspirin/ibuprofen
  • imodium for an upset abdomen
  • rehydrate (isotonic drink) for if you end up dehydrated and helps with cramping
  • Plasters – be sure to have sufficient you would possibly get blisters  Tip! When you have spots in your toes the place you normally get blisters attempt to forestall them by first placing some vaseline on it after which plaster. If you have already got blister you should utilize Compeed – a particular plaster that you would be able to placed on blisters, it reduces the ache and protects towards rubbing. There are particular blister prevention patches for footwear as properly. We’ve by no means used them however the evaluations are fairly good.
  • Antiseptic/iodine.


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