West Coast Trail (North to South)

HARD 19 reviews
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West Coast Trail (North to South) is a 75.6 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and backpacking.

DISTANCE
75.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1789 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

hiking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

5 hours ago

great hike

3 days ago

Amazing life experience! A dream ❤️

backpacking
26 days ago

What an amazing and unique hike! We completed this in August 2013. It was not so much physically challenging as it was mentally challenging. Prepare for the worst rain and mud ever so that when (and if) the sunshine comes you can soak it up and dry off. Otherwise just enjoy the amazing views of the coastlines and rain forests and the crab!

Campsites that we stayed at were all really well maintained. Lots of driftwood for campfires, ample bear boxes, standard privies.

hiking
1 month ago

Spent 7 days on this trail - blew me away. Saw a black bear, heard a cougar (yikes), saw some wolf tracks, and had a couple seals following me and my friend from the ocean 100 meters away - popping their heads out between waves. Unreal.

It's regulated to keep the traffic manageable, and the trail is maintained by local first nations groups. Be prepared (physically, mentally) to spend long periods of time with wet feet and gear.

This is a challenging and rewarding trail. Enjoy and safe adventures!

6 months ago

Best Trail in Canada! Completed this one in September 2016. lucked out with only one day of torrential rain and the rest sun.

backpacking
6 months ago

Likely one of the top multi day hikes on the planet - we saw black bears, orca whales, eagles, otters, deer, swam in waterfall filled pools, slept next to the roaring ocean, climb countless ladders, crossed rivers, counted stars ... if you love the outdoors, overnight hikes, and adventure - plan ahead, book in advance, and do this hike! Bring friends, or a loved one, it’s a long haul! Eat the crab at the river crossing and the burger on the beach!

The terrain and mud make this one of the most technical while relatively flat hikes you’ll encounter.

7 months ago

Amazing trail full of varied terrain with challenges from a walk in the forest to climbing over giant borders to ladders of all sizes and navigating tide tables. amazing views and people. We took 5 nights and 6 days. Think twice about every pound you carry...you will feel it.

8 months ago

Loved every minute of this hike

backpacking
8 months ago

This trail kickstarted my love for hiking and camping. My buddy and I did it in 4 nights, but if I do it again I would go for 5 nights and make sure I spend a night at Tsusiat Falls. It's hard but doable, as long as you're prepared. Rained hard on the last day, so make sure all your gear is waterproof. And don't forget gaiters!

backpacking
10 months ago

Best trip to get back into backpacking! Not quite as hard as I expected it to be but I had great weather

backpacking
10 months ago

Wooooowwww!!!!

backpacking
11 months ago

It was everything I thought it would be and more. I would recommend it. It's been a few years since I did the trail

hiking
11 months ago

So beautiful. I can't wait to do it again and spend more time in certain spots. Follow the Gray Whale migration north in the summer months! Many birds and intertidal wonders! Some trail sections are poorly maintained after flooding and high traffic. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. On a final note, be prepared - You better learn to like ladders!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Loved it!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

best hiking experience ever, so beautiful

backpacking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

An epically beautiful trail but a gut check for sure.

backpacking
4 months ago

6 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago