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Great 360 degrees view at the summit!

Bring a good group of friends and the proper hiking gear for an amazing hike. Theres nothing quite like sleeping in the forest or on one of these beaches. The views alone are well worth it.

Great trail but could mark the trails better.

Great hike/experience! A friend and I hiked this from August 10 to 13th, 2018. Definitely a hike you can take your time in doing and spend time relaxing on the beach and taking in breathtaking views. We however only had 4 days off to do it.

Starting at noon on the 10th we hiked to Cullite, got in late (~8:30 am)
Next day we started late (~12:30 pm) and hiked to Cribs arriving at ~9 pm after spending time hanging out at Chez Monique's and on the beach before the campsite.
Next day we left at ~10:30 am and got into Tscowis after spending all day going slow and swimming/eating dinner at Tsusiat Falls
Final day we hiked from Tscowis (starting at ~7:00 am) to the trailhead by ~12:30 pm

This is definitely a difficult hike, but doable in 3 days (2 full days, 2 half days) if you have time restrictions. I don't know why this hike is tagged buggy. It's only buggy at one or two spots on the hike but otherwise I didn't get any bites.

The only drawbacks to doing this hike is the cost -- the permit fees are high and you have to pay a park fee, parking, and for two ferry crossings. It's about $270 CDN for just the hike/permits/parking/ferries on the trail.

You should book early (Jan 8th) if you want to pick your dates. That said, I booked 2 weeks before heading out on the trail as cancellations happen and if your party size is small you can find some openings.

Great 360° views

hiking
1 month ago

hard trail , but worth the effort GORGEOUS views . Went with my 13 yr old son and our 2 dogs :-)

This is ‘my church’, where I go to soothe my soul and my soles. It’s a perfect combination of hills and flat. Excellent for training. If you are not a dog person, it should be avoided.

Nice easy short hike. Took just over an hour at a brisk walk.

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.

easy must do. perfect views of Victoria n Sannich.

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.

easy, pretty, nice little informational placards, nice beaches. good for families with small kids

it was ok for a short walk. easy going. but not very interesting. the picknick area not great either.

It’s a 75km temple.

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.

Challenging but not too long. Just right for a few hours. Great views!

Was a really pretty quick hike. Gets challenging in parts, but a good work out and views. Took us an hour to do the 2.5 mile loop to the summit and back.

Amazing beauty and lots of wildlife. Whales, sea lions, bears, sea otters and tons of marine life. It’s great to fall asleep to the sound of waves hitting the beach. My favorite backpacking trail.

hiking
3 months ago

quick workout, often do this as multiples

Great 360° views of Victoria

pretty hike, usually make it a round trip by circling back on the road

walking
3 months ago

pretty walk around a couple of lakes, high traffic

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

Not sure why this is getting such great reviews. Maybe cause this is as nice as it gets for the island? I live on the mainland and lots of the hikes I’ve done are spectacular. Anyways, this wasn’t hard imo, pup and me got to the top pretty quick but the view wasn’t too impressive so we didn’t spend any time at the top.

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).

Good hiking trails for all levels.If you feel energetic just take a tougher trail.Less energetic then go for an easier one.Good range of trails.

Its very challenging and its a great workout. Also offers beautiful view.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. not much of a challenge but amazing views.

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.

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