Forbidden Plateau Ski Area Trails is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cumberland, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.7 miElevation gain1,866 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsSkiingRunningDog friendlyRiverSnow
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Kevin Beattie
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Wes Modin
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Hiking

This trail is decent for a workout and some forest exposure, but there aren’t really any good views of the elevation you gain. The end of the trail is very unremarkable, as it ends near a section at the top of Forbidden Plateau Rd, but it is nowhere near the Wood Mountain parking lot for hikers wanting to do a traverse to Mount Becher and Strathcona Park. I can think of many other hikes to do than this, and if you’re looking for extraordinary scenery this isn’t it

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Sophie A
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We chose this trail to hike because we wanted something long and with a good climb, and whilst it did fulfil both of these criteria it wasn’t the most exciting day of hiking. It starts with the Bear Bait trail which is a fairly unremarkable passage through secondary growth forest (the nearby River Trail is much prettier). Then the trail starts to ascend after a mile or two and in places gets pretty steep. We managed this fine with a 9 month old baby in a sling but it was quite a climb. The trail then leaves the cover of the forest to proceed over mossy rocks with wild strawberries and blueberries and at this point is quite attractive, but soon it opens out into swathes of freshly logged mountainside and we had to pick our way across piles of fallen trees which was a shame. To add to this you would expect good views from such an elevation but we only got glimpses of the ocean every now and then. The trails that go up the mountain are mountain bike trails but we only saw two couples with bikes all day, it was super quiet for a sunny Friday afternoon. Take a proper map either printed or downloaded, although if you take the wrong trail you’ll find many of them end up in the same place. Be aware that there are new logging roads that aren’t on any maps, you can see they look quite new and are relatively easy to spot. We wouldn’t bother with this trail again, the forest was quite plain, the logging too extensive, the views rubbish, and we were expecting some sort of plateau at the top which never materialised. If all you want is a ten mile hike up a steep mountain for the sake of fitness then fine, otherwise there are much better walks in Cumberland Forest. Hope this helps!

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Ray Fonger
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Cody K
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Graham Woodward
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Great setting. I recommend taking the all trails app, or a copy of the map, and taking the smaller side trails as much as you can.

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Sam Patterson
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Parked by the airstrip and hiked from the bear bait trail. There was only snow at the top and it was may 4th that we went up. We went off the main trail map that the app provides for a bit but everything connects back together so it's not a big deal if you go off path. Not many old trail markers left for a lot of the trails though so make sure you have an idea of where you're going.

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Karl Charest
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Snowshoeing

Awesome spot to escape the rain from comox often need 4x4 to make the last 1/2 km in the winter or a set of chains. take the family sledding for the day in the snow. Rain at sea level is normally snow there in the winter. Bring some fire wood or a portable BBQ, all kinds of sledding stuff and spend the day outdoor with the family. Promise of a great night sleep after

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Kyke Lawrence
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One of the best downhill around 3.5 hr down hill and 1.5 he to the dam. And theirs a fm hidden rope swing down by the water once you hit the service road

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Trish Beattie
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Alli Jones
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Wayne Watson
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Patrick CEEESSS
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Tyler Wood
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Krista Csuk
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Greg MacDonald
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Megann Sanderson
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Megann Sanderson
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Jenna Wiese
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Don Johnny
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