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4 months ago

Completed this trail August 2017. Great trail, plenty of boardwalk and mud if it's wet. Not a simple walk in, plenty of up and over roots and rock etc.

A must hike if you are into fossils and also beautiful scenery. This hike starts around the Takakkaw Falls and pretty much follows the Iceline Trail until little Yoho Lake. From there you have another couple of hours until you reach the Walcott Quarry. This is a guided hike only as the area is restricted and monitored being a UNESCO world heritage site for one of the best hard & soft body parts fossil preservation of Cambrian marine animals from 540 million years ago. Our guide was a geo-physicist from the Burgess Shale Geo-Foundation ( they organise the hikes) and her wealth of knowledge was unbelieveable. It is a long hike (22km) and a long day. We had snow, sun,showers, wind etc so be prepared and extra layers of clothing + good hiking shoes are recommended.

6 months ago

What a beautiful spot on North Vancouver Island. Trails are easy as long as it is dry,but as I have been told they are usually not. We lucked out with a nice dry trip only finding a few mud pits to get round. The trail was also variable in terms of what you were walking on. Boardwalk, roots, rocks, mud, old boardwalk and gravel sections make up the trails.

We did 4 nights, the first at San Josef Bay, second and third nights at Nels bight. 3rd day we hiked out to the light house and down a very rough trail to the water from the helicopter pad. When we asked the lighthouse keeper about the trail down he called it "interesting". Trees down and steep path with rope to assist but it was worth the trek down. 4th night was spent at Eric lake so we could make a quick exit in the morning on the last day.

Good trail from those new to backpacking however you must be 100% self sufficient.

Nice easy access road with numerous trails branching off.