Dakota 576 Crash Site Trail

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Port Hardy, British Columbia

Dakota 576 Crash Site Trail is a 2.6 mile 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.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 501 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

running

forest

muddy

scramble

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.

hiking
over grown
5 hours ago

overgrown but still easy enough to stay on trail a little muddy in some spots

3 months ago

Fun hike. Easy start from an access road that narrows down to a trail. About half way it tapers down to single track with some trickier rocky and root laden sections. Some beautiful views and a large variety of vegetation. Great hike overall :)

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Fun trail ... took us 45 min in and 40 min out .... plane is very interesting

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
8 months ago

Bit muddy but enough tree roots to walk on that you can stay pretty clean. Nice short hike.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
scramble
9 months ago

So much fun! Well worth the mud and overgrown bushes. Bring waterproof pants...

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Pre muddy, pre overgrown solid stroll in the park

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

The path is clearly visible although overgrown with Salal. Some areas to climb up and down but very short and there is strong rope provided. The pay off a.k.a. plane crash was absolutely breathtaking!

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

Great moderate hike with a lot of variation from easy to technical with some mud and rope assisted hills. Some parts of the trail are quite overgrown and narrow. Wear long sleeves and pants! Shorter hike totally worth the views and history of the crash site.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

A variable trail not, to hard but steep in some spots and you’ll need to watch the tree roots. Good hike!

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
11 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

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