Dakota 576 Crash Site Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Dakota 576 Crash Site Trail is a 4.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.2 km
153 m
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


trail running




historic site

This 2km trail takes you to a 1945 Dakota plane crash site. The trail is a bit overgrown and rather rough with mud year-round, and also a couple of rope sections. Park at the Bear Cove Boat Launch parking lot and walk down the road toward the ferry about 100m and the trail will be the paved road heading uphill on your right. Near the top of the paved road section, the pavement heads right, but the trail heads LEFT. From there the trail is fairly obvious. The road/gravel road section makes up about half the trail, then the trail turns right where you're looking out over Hardy Bay, then heads into the rugged North Island bush.

7 days ago

This was a great hike! Definitely some thick brush and steep parts, but well worth it in the end. I wouldn't take kids or dogs not used to backcountry hiking.

27 days ago

Tight brush in the summer. Best taken in the fall/winter. A few steep slopes with ropes.

3 months ago

9 months ago