San Josef Bay is a 8.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Waddington B, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
197 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is the most popular hike in Cape Scott Provincial Park. It is a casual 45 minute walk over a wide gravel path to a most spectacular West Coast beach that feels all your own most days of the year (long weekends are busy, spring through fall). Suitable for most able-bodied people of all ages. The trail arrives at First Beach. Second beach is 1km to the west (right when facing ocean). It can be reached along the shoreline when tides are 6.5' or lower. There is also a high tide route but note that it is rather steep to get up to and a steep decent on return, and can be quite muddy - not suitable for children or if you are carrying anything in your hands. Second beach has a stream to get drinking water from (treat all water in the park) as well as lots of beach firewood that is almost non-existent at First Beach. Both beaches have food caches and outhouse toilets. Be sure to check out the tidal pools when the tide is out - they are filled with all sorts of interesting creatures. Overhead there are eagles, ravens, and hawks. Sometimes deer, wolves, and bears are sighted on the road to the park, at the beach or along the trail. The trail ditches also hosts giant salamander eggs in the spring. Overnight camping is permitted but fees apply - check with the park website.

1 month ago

Saw sea otter, loons, bald eagle, all on an easy hike.

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