McKay, Crystal and Timberland Lakes

MODERATE 3 reviews

McKay, Crystal, and Timberland Lakes is a 16.6 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nanaimo C, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 16.6 km Elevation Gain: 398 m Route Type: Loop

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This route as described is not worth the time and effort. The white pine trail is part of the Trans Canada trail and it is OK, it has some blowdown near the beginning that needs to be cleared still. However the other half of the loop is a hodge podge of equestrian, quad trails, overgrown logging roads, and a few sections that were straight up bushwhacking. McKay and Crystal lakes are nothing special and there is lots of trash including a burned out SUV. I heard a bear crashing through brush just off the trail between the two lakes. I doubled the length of the hike by going all the way to next trailhead off of timberland road. This would be a better place to start a loop hike. You cross haslam creek over the suspension bridge and can turn around at the pleasant Timberland Lake.

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1 month ago

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