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End of June 2018.
Incredible! The elevation was great, the trail well marked (once we figured out to follow the road all the way) and the views were outstanding!
There was still some snow but very manageable even without poles.

We completed Nitnaht narrows North to Bamfield which is considered the easiest half of this challenging trail. Beautiful views and challenging ladders. Great campsites with plentiful fresh water.

Tough but awesome hike. Bring lots of water.

Hard hike but the view is worth it, just watch your steps when walking on dry dirt, could be very slippery. still little patches of snow when we hiked 2 days ago.

Very demanding at some points as it goes very vertical, but the panorama from the top was great and it has still some snow remains in July!

16 days ago

Very steep trail, including a scrambled for the last ~100m elevation, but well worth the view. Bring plenty of water.

Did it june 28-july 3. Absolutely amazing trail and experience. south to north is the way to go for sure. absolute essentials to never forget for this trail would be hiking poles, well worn in WATERPROOF boots, and gaiters.

trail running
21 days ago

July 25th. A buddy and I went and took us 3.5 hours up and 2.25 hours down. Amazing scenery once you hit the top peak. Bring lots of water. Bugs were a pest such as mosquitos, flies and horseflies ( I think ) it was all worth it!

Brunswick Mountain might be the most amazing peak in the Howe Sound. Its a consistant verticle haul with a good runable trail, perfect for training those mountain legs. Once you break past the tree line every step is immensly rewarded. From the top you can litterally see every monumental peak in the area from the Black Tusk to Mt Baker and everyone in between. Definitely a must do if you live anywhere close to the area. This will be another annual peak for me no doubt.

25 days ago

Hard but so worth it. Make sure you go all the way to the top for a sweet 360 view! took me ~5 hours from the car to the top and back to the car but it was my first hike of the year so I was pretty out of shape. Boots are a must, the loose gravel can be slippery. I brought 2L of water and drank all of it.

Black flies were brutal, still some snow up there but doable in runners - bring an extra pair of socks! Bring more water than you think you’ll need, it was a hot summer day when we did it. Waterfalls were gorgeous, view was amazing.

It’s a 75km temple.

July 7-8, 2018: This was a difficult hike but well worth the gorgeous view at the top. The sunrises and sunsets from here are stunning. The incline is steep for 85% of the hike and requires some scrambling once you begin ascending the summit from the forest. With 40lbs+ backpacks, we hiked up in 4.5 hours and a gruelling 4hours down. There are very limited camping spots at the top, we were the only ones there overnight so we were able to choose the least rocky and flattest spot... maybe 5 tents max. Be very careful when climbing to the highest points, they call it a "no fall zone" for good reason!

This was my 2nd time backpacking, and the only time prior was an overnight trip with a 25lb pack. First time with a pack that weighed 50lbs. So, viewpoint from a complete novice. This was a spectacular, gruelling experience, completed in exactly 5 days/nights. It has sparked what I hope will be a life long love affair of the outdoors and backpacking.

Absolutely plan to do the WCT again as soon as possible. Will be better prepared physically (knees were killing me by the last day, had to take a bunch of Advil to make it across the finish line), and will do it in 6-7 nights instead of 5 simply to spend more time enjoying the surroundings. It’s supposed to be a vacation! Also, will pack a lighter bag, 40-45lb would be ideal.

Epic 360 view!

1 month ago

I just want to ask how was the trail from those who hiked couple of days ago. Planning to go on Sunday and hesitating if our group should go. Any suggestions? Hoping for a reply and will be very appreciated. Thank you!

Good view and great spot to have lunch at the top.
IG: transmutable

Still lots of snow around the last 1k, did June 23rd.

best multinight ocean side trail on the island. not for the inexperienced

Just completed the west coast trail a few days ago. 4 nights! Definitely nice to get the hard part over first. Gordon river to Walbarn was the harder section. Mud! Lots of mud but remarkable experience

Awesome trail! Some grueling moments but definitely worth it. We hiked South to North and would recommend it. The south section is quite a bit more rugged. Spent one whole day at the falls and it was excellent. Hiked the trail in 5 nights 6 days (including our day off at the falls).

Just did it in 5 days. The weather was good, once it is rainy it will be muddy in some spots. Being the first thru it was not a issue till I met up with the people from Bamfield. Challenging especially on a solo trip. Definitely recommend it! Definitely do it from south to north as south is hard the first day budget 1.5 hrs per km. I had to stay at Campers Cove as the other campground was shut down. Day 1 was 9 hrs. Highly recommend doing the beach as you can get a lot covered in a day. The longest day I had was 28 km in 12 hrs. That was mostly beach. Look at your tide tables they give you. Bring socks for each day you are hiking! Bring cash if you want to have snacks along the way.

What a great trail

So beautiful! Did this trail in 6 nights, 7 days. Appropriate time for an average hiker. We did the trail end of September. It got a bit chilly at night but with layers it was fine.
Also did the trail starting from Port Refrenew. Highly recommend this, the trail is hardest to easiest. Might as well get the hard part over with!

Once in a lifetime experience! Mainly because it takes so much planning and logistics to get out on this trail! But also because of the amazing isolation of the wilderness you're immersed in. Saw sea lions, seals, whales, and a bear. Hiking on the beach is magical. Tip: bring your own bear cans, as the bear lockers set up at each campsite get crammed with everyone's leftover food and were a little bit of a mess, I was glad I didn't have to store my food in a heap with everyone else's. When I was there, a small cardboard sign on the trail directed us out to the beach, where a native was cooking fresh caught fish and baked potatoes on a fire. Paid her $20 cash and she cooked us a meal right there. Lots of hidden gems like this to be had- so keep your eyes open!

W.C.T. Is a rewarding and challenging trek that you'll never forget. Live your life around your tide-tables and you won't be forced to stay inland. Walk the beach, catch some whales playing in the distance and enjoy the sometimes desolate but always humbling beauty of western Canada's most famous backpacking gem. Oh, I almost forgot, TAKE MORE TIME than you think. Some folks only get to do this once in a lifetime. Tack on an extra day or two to your plan if you can spare the time. You'll enjoy the whole trip infinitely more when there's no rush and all the time in the world for pictures and trail-side stops. Remember to look up and around. Due to this trail's degree of difficulty, one can get into the habit of always looking at where you'll step next, missing out on everything that's cool. Hike with caution but try to break the habit of always staring at your feet early-on in the hike, get on out there, and make some life changing memories.

Can't say enough about this trail. While it is arguably not perfectly maintained, that adds to the excitement and challenge. The physical challenge of this trail is insane, ranging from pulling your boots out of knee-deep mud, to climbing a set of 5 ladders in a row -- all in the same km of hiking! The views have to be some of the most amazing coastal views in the the world. DO IT! It changed me as a person -- I did this trail and now I can do anything!

Did it in September. Very steep and hard with our big backpacks for camping under the top. There are good camping spots up there, but no source of water so do not fotget to carry enough. View breathtaking. Definitely worths our effort.

A great hike but definitely challenging at the top. The climb to the peak is steep on loose material and once at the top be careful, its narrow with and you don't want to fall. The view is worth the trek

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