Port Hardy RV Resort & Log CabinsWebsite: porthardyrvresort.comPhone: 1-250-949-811 or toll-free 1-855-949-8118Email: [email protected], Quarterdeck Inn and Marina ResortWebsite: www.quarterdeckresort.netPhone: 1-250-902-0455 or toll-free 1-877-902-0459Email: [email protected], Glen Lyon InnWebsite: www.glenlyoninn.comPhone: 1-250-949-7115 or toll-free 1-877-949-7115Email: [email protected], Pier Side LandingWebsite: piersidelanding.caPhone: 1-250-949-7437 or toll-free 1-866-902-7437Email: [email protected], North Coast Trail Backpacker’s HostelWebsite: www.northcoasttrailhostel.comPhone: 1-250-949-9441 or toll-free 1-866-448-6303Email: [email protected], Kwa’lilas HotelWebsite: kwalilashotel.caPhone: 1-250-949-9441 or toll-free 1-855-949-8525Email: [email protected]. There are great tide pools here…once we saw a massive pool filled with trapped jellyfish! Distance: 13.3 kmDuration: 6 h 54 minPeak: 71 mGain: 200 m. Today was an important accomplishment as our team finished the official 43.1 km length of the North Coast Trail! The grip of mental focus released as we transitioned into recovery mode. Distance: 7.7 kmDuration: 5 h 52 minPeak: 34 mGain: 120 m. Pocket beaches dominated our day, with shorter overland sections to navigate. Access to the reserve is restricted, so please refrain from visiting the Cape. With spring fever being over, we heard fewer birds on this trip than earlier in the season. View updated tide tables for your trip dates: The North Coast Trail is a challenging and strenuous coastal experience. Otherwise we heard our coastal bird friends: Pacific wrens, hermit thrushes, ravens, and eagles. This spot marked the end of the official North Coast Trail. Sutil Bight is a fine place to swim and wash off the rainforest mud. It’s a mixture of the physical and mental…both how my body will feel in new terrain and the emotions the wild place will generate. There is a tide problem between the two camps, so take this into consideration when trip planning. By 2100 h, the temperature was back to 10 C and the pressure dropped slightly to 1019 hPa. Port Hardy is the staging area for the North Coast Trail. Sometimes they foraged in the same areas at the same time. The Surespan bridge replacement affected hiker access from the Cape Scott Trail Parking Lot during the weeks of Jun 3-7 and 10-14. I defer to this book for descriptive trail details. The big tree that fell years ago across the trail was still there…a project low on the BC Parks maintenance list! The sky was clear and we enjoyed a spectacular sunset after dinner, slow and orange. Low tide revealed a bubbly boulder field and a globe-rock encrusted with barnacles, mussels, sea stars, and chitons. The highlight of today was the gorgeous, expansive, emerald upland bog we traversed through. There are over 336 kilometers of trail to explore. Many signs of their historic presence are evident in the park. Here are some tips to help you move more efficiently through the terrain: There are seven designated campsites and some primitive campsites on the official North Coast Trail. Our team was strong and worked together well. The pavment has set and the paint stripes are dry the North Coast Inland Trail is OPEN for riders from Clyde to Elmore Ohio. After we pitched our tents, a little splotchy gray whale swam close to shore, quietly spouting. Today was all about being transported from the urban to the wilderness. He has done a great job annotating this water-resistant map with North Coast Trail highlights including terrain features, campsites, and even whales! The most challenging obstacle was the roller coaster overland section near Cape Sutil. We enjoyed our final descent through the forest, watching the trees for breaks and views of the beach. Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route. The trail got steeper as we hiked up to our main objective: the Cape Scott Lighthouse. Birds dominated the wildlife scene as usual and we were always glad to see so many of them. Our team arrived to Cape Sutil at 0758 h. Two hikers from Holland were waiting for the water taxi to take them back to Port Hardy. Hikers may extend their North Coast Trail hike with side trips in the Cape Scott Trail core area. North Coast Trail is a 74 m lift other trail located near Port Hardy British Columbia. Some of us hiked up and down the entire length of the sand, watching the whales and the sandpipers. Access gates will be OPEN … Our favourite paper map for navigation is John Baldwin’s North Coast Trail 1:50,000. Reservations are recommended. Eagles were always present along the way, with some ducks paddling in the pocket beaches. The highlight of today’s overland track was a brilliant open bogland with thousands of pink sundew plants. Many beach sections can be traversed at low tide, but look for the adjacent inland routes during high waters. To skip to a specific topic of interest, use the quick links below for easier navigation. There’s a reason some groups manage only 1km (.6mi) / hour on some sections." Irony Creek (Shuttleworth Bight) Campsite to Laura Creek Campsite: 11.8km – 4 to 7 hours. Waikato River Trail 4. The minimum recommended one way hiking time is 5 days; although, it is more commonly completed in 6 to 8 days. The experience felt challenging, rugged, free, spontaneous, and wild…remote, but not lonely. North Coast Trail Shuttle rents VHF marine radios too ($50+tax). The shuttle trip from the trailhead to Port Hardy takes just under 2 hours, including a stop for lunch. After explorations, the group shared a late picnic lunch on the logs while a raven watched from the trees above. Irony Creek is an excellent water source. Look for signs of the old corduroy settler’s road on the west side of the cable car. Just make sure you have your shuttle booked ahead of time! Other marine mammals included sea lions and harbour seals. It meant that harder hiking was behind us and we could enjoy more open and scenic sections. There is only one significant tide problem along the North Coast Coast Trail involving a rocky cliff cut-off. Our black bear viewing occurred early in the morning at Nels Bight, on our day-trip to the Cape Scott Light Station. I agree to get exclusive offseason deals in newsletter. 2013. The estuary is a great place to watch for birds and other wildlife. Be prepared for all kinds of weather! We usually set up camp on the west end to be close to the “facilities” and make a trip for water afterwards. A black bear foraged in the estuary at Shushartie Bay on our first day. Cape Sutil is the most northern point on Vancouver Island and a culturally important area for First Nations. Keep your pack weight as light as possible. Mountain to Sea trail 9. You will feel it again soon on our next trip. Obtaining drinking water was a small adventure. We study the weather before our trip using a few different resources. Pack water from Nahwitti River or Irony Creek (depending on direction of travel). A long beach march took us towards Irony Creek Camp. A cool wind accompanied our approach. 1. There are always pockets of solitude at these designated campsites. It is a gloomy forest site about 50 metres from the trailhead with tent pads. When the tide came in, we jumped into the cold ocean again, refreshing our bodies in the waves. Harbour Publishing. Our strolling happiness was short-lived as we scrambled up a rope into the dense jungle. Pickup time in the parking lot is at 1300h. Look for trail markers to identify the path. Do not wear caulk boots in the yurt, and use the food caches located behind the structure. Shuttleworth Bight was so lovely that we decided to spend a sunny rest day here. The crowds got thicker as we closed in on popular San Josef Bay. Hikers usually only camp here if they have hiked eastbound and are getting picked up by the Cape Scott Water Taxi in the morning. Our 2018 North Coast Trail trip was excellent in a number of ways. Sighting and encounters are common in the park, so visitors should use precaution.Cape Scott Provincial Park is rich with First Nations history. We took an extra long snack break there to prepare for the long coastal section to Laura Creek Camp. Camping is possible along the pocket beaches northwest of the cable car but no facilities are provided. Trailhead transportation for the North Coast Trail must be reserved in advance. We watched the wolf wait for the deer to return to shore, but the deer was smarter. The weather was perfect the entire week, with only a few showers on the first day. The beach sections contain: logs, deep sand, wet sand, pea gravel, pebbles, sloped surfaces, seaweed, algae, boulders, creeks, rocky headlands, tide problems, and tidal rivers. There are only ephemeral water sources along this section of trail. Eventually, we descended to glittering Nissen Bight (32 km)…another beautiful sandy long beach. The zone is a gorgeous beach about 1 km in length. Stone P. Coastal Hikes: A Guide to West Coast Hiking in British Columbia and Washington State. The trail section went on for hours, with obstacles such as slippery logs, staircases, thick bushes, slick roots, broken boardwalks, and deep mud to keep things interesting. We sighted our second lone wolf at Shuttleworth Bight. Our first step off the Sea Legend 1 was onto a slippery, kelp-covered rock. All passengers must have their own face covering and hand sanitizer before entering office and water taxi. Increased prices for the 2020 season. Three tent pads, a food cache, and a pit toilet are located on the hillside above the trailhead at Shushartie Bay; however, there is no water source at Shushartie Bay. It is very slippery and unsafe. Our first welcome sight was John Tidbury and the famous North Coast Trail Shuttle. As we keep going on trips together, that feeling will be with you all the time.” All the beauty and wonder of the week crystallized for me in that moment. We had a nice snack break in the hot sun at Eric Lake and chatted with some day-hikers. We saw a pod of four brightly coloured kayakers paddling west, braving the rolling seas. Our walk was nice and easy, with sandy beaches, plank roads, and wide trail. Experiment Bight was a highlight with the best wolf track examples of the whole trip! Purple fireweed near the east end of Shuttleworth Bight was our beacon. We completed the official BC Parks North Coast Trail PLUS the Cape Scott Trail system with the historic Lighthouse as an extension…almost 84 km in total! The cable car will be in sight. You will probably have Guise Bay Camp all to yourself if you decide to stay here. The skunk cabbage carpeted the swampy parts with impossibly massive wet green leaves. Soon we saw the blue and fog appear through the trees. Eric Lake Camp is a reasonably large forest site with 11 tent pads and boardwalk connections. Distance: 83.6 kmDuration: 7 daysPeak: 245 mGain: 1289 mMap: CalTopo. Nahwitti or Cape Sutil). For those wanting to take their backcountry hike to the next level, The North Coast Trail provides a highly challenging and unbelievably rewarding adventure. There is a creek immediately west of the Irony Creek campsite. Keep your eyes open for floats and buoys hanging near inland trail access points. Now that the trail is also part of the England Coast Path, and with a stunning new view of Staithes open to walkers, there’s a chance we could claim all top 4 spots! Cape Sutil Camp (6 km) was located on a beautiful sandy beach. UPDATE: 11/25/20 - The Kalalau Trail is OPEN.. 9/10/20 - The Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park including the Kalalau Trail is OPEN Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing protocols. You will disembark from the bow of the bobbing Sea Legend 1 onto slippery rocks or drop onto a pebble beach while the motor is still running. Fresh water is difficult to obtain here, so water should be packed in. A pair of mating loons laughed when we were there! Beach camping is possible on the entire length of Nissen Bight. Bremner M. Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail: Hiking Vancouver Island’s Wildest Coast. There are no tent platforms but beach camping is possible.Skinner Creek is the only good water source along this section of trail. The extensive boardwalks of Laughing Loon Lake made a perfect spot for a long lunch. BEST TREKKING GUIDEBOOKS: Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail by Maria Bremner (2015) HIKING TRAILS 3 – Northern Vancouver Island (9 pages) – $31. We happily retreated to the sheltered Irony Creek tent pads for the night. The fascinating history of the area is well-researched. The wind made the sea green and choppy, but once the boat was up the river a little, everything was calm. Location: North Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Park: Cape Scott Provincial Park First Nations: Tlatlasikwala, Nakumgilisala, Yutlinuk Distance: Then official North Coast Trail is 43 km (Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight) plus a mandatory 15 km exit on the Cape Scott Trail (Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Trailhead). North Coast Trail: A topographic route map for hiking the North Coast and Cape Scott Trails on Vancouver Island. At this time, both segments have a stone or crushed stone surface. All designated sites have food lockers and outhouses. Here are some tips to enhance your camping experience: Our third and final North Coast Trail and Cape Scott Trails trip of the season was another spectacular experience. Beautiful areas included Bowen’s Beach, Experiment Bight, and the sand dunes of Guise Bay. Artifacts near Fisherman Bay included the remains of an old wharf where the Danes tried (and failed) to ship supplies. Watch for whales and other marine mammals. Gallery We enjoyed our final dinner together and evening activities included walking the bight, reading, or stretching our bodies. The trail is unsafe to hike the remainder of the year due to heavy storms. Less hikers on Cape Scott Water Taxi for each trip due to social distancing. The sun came out at last so we could dry our bodies and gear. Shushartie Bay (water taxi ride from Port Hardy). Officially opened in May of 2008, the North Coast Trail is a 46 kilometre wilderness adventure composed of a Class 3 trail and several environmentally-sensitive BC Parks campgrounds. The trail becomes progressively easier in the east to west direction. The trail runs along the northern end of Vancouver Island spanning Cape Scott Provincial Park. Mike experienced the trail during the exact same week in 2014, and noted how dry this year was in comparison (sorry Calgarian team). If you are hiking from Skinner Creek, fill up your water bottles there.There is a designated campsite at Skinner Creek with a pit toilet and food cache. Forest entrances and campsites are marked with hanging floats. There are three significant creek crossings along this section. Skinner Creek Camp was busy in the core zone, but our group set up camp east of the creek. Our first cable car adventure occurred at wide, tidal Nahwitti River. 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