However, the North Coast Trail and the trail to Lowrie Bay do have tidal obstacles. The vertical mini sea stacks looks more like giant tufa mounds than ocean eroded rocks. You may not even notice the fork since it will seem like you stay on the same main road. It includes all the places I mention in this post. When not working to advance sustainability at Camosun College she can be found riding her bike, gardening or walking in the woods with her family. Hike to Cape Scott from Nels takes about 2 hours and is a great hike and well worth it. If you visit in the winter, you can stay in the cabin! There are actually two beaches here. Follow this sandy beach southwest for close to a kilometre. The lighthouse keepers collect rainwater that tastes and looks much better than what you’ll find in the streams. The famous shoe tree near Nahwitti Lake on the drive to Cape Scott. Other pocket beaches on the trail can also be great campsites. However, it can be a good place to stay if you need to break up the long hike to Nel’s Bight or Nissen Bight into two days. I love to help. A huge collection of buoys mark the trail at Nel’s Bight. | Food Storage: Food lockers at both beaches. The logging road to the trail head is a bit rough to, but if taken slowly any car can do it. There are also lots of cute cabins on Airbnb. Easy hiking now. Most hikers take the water taxi to the Shushartie Bay trailhead and hike westbound. They often use hiking trails as travel routes. It has been closed for several decades now. Campsites: Unlimited space on both beaches above the high tide line | Toilet: One outhouse at each beach | Water: Collect from the creek at the end of the second beach. The trail also changes into a long straight section of old settler corduroy road. Crossing the new bridge over Fisherman River, Distance: 3.8km | Elevation Loss: 60m | Time: 1.5 hours. Pick up time: 1 p.m. For detailed information about booking the North Coast Trail Shuttle, please contact us by phone or email. A VITA volunteer – Alan Philip of Cowichan – has recently completed (July, 2019) the compilation of a series of 7 topographic mapsthat cover the entire Trail from Victoria to Cape Scott. The trail runs along the northern end of Vancouver Island spanning Cape Scott Provincial Park. I camped at Nels Bight and hiked to the other beaches over… All of the freshwater in the park has a dark tea colour from the tannins in the soil. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. When backpacking the Cape Scott Trail be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Cape Scott Cost: $10/person/night for camping. When I hiked the north coast trail we saw a LOT of bears. There used to be a trail out to the end of the cape, but it had some dangerous bridges and boardwalks. Visitors to the 21 849-hectare park can expect to find little development except trails. Print out the Cape Scott tide table and carry it with you. 3 Reviews of Cape Scott "It is a long drive from the Nanaimo ferry to the Cape Scott trail head. After Nahwitti Lake take the left fork onto NE 60 Road. Length 29.8 miElevation gain 3438 ftRoute type Out & back Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail is the first comprehensive guidebook about one of Vancouver Island's most iconic destinations. Further Resources: Check the Cape Scott Provincial Park website before you go for trail updates and advisories. We drove from Port Hardy to the trail head in about 1 hour, 30 minutes with a rental that you must be careful. The trail to Cape Scott is 23.6km long from the trailhead to the lighthouse. Cable cars help you across rivers and boardwalks keep you out of some (but not most) of the mud. Yet, when combined with a round trip to/from the Cape Scott Ligthouse, and the trip south to the San Josef staging area, the trip totals nearly 80 km. The vegetation changes from lush old-growth forest to spindly trees in a more open and boggy forest. I’ve got some Cape Scott specific tips below, but for general advice, head on over to my coastal hiking tips post. Their dykes and fences survive today. It’s gorgeous! It is smaller than Nel’s Bight and sees far fewer visitors. To get to the Cape Scott Trailhead, start by driving the Island Highway (Highway 19) north. You can also climb the metal stairs up to the light for a great view. Some sections of the trail have easy to navigate boardwalks and some areas are more difficult. To arrive at the trailhead, hikers must first drive along 67 kilometres of rubber-piercing logging roads. These are all up-dated as of July, 2020. Bring a spare tire and know how to change it as flats are common. At Nissen Bight, the trail connects with the older Cape Scott Trail to exit at San Josef Bay, making the entire hike 58 kilometres. The trail offers hikers a glimpse into wild, west coast ecosystems. Distance: 2.9km | Elevation Loss: m | Time: 1 hour. Zoom in and click around to see everything. The trail dead-ends behind the dyke. From Guise Bay, it’s a short and easy hike to Cape Scott or to explore the nearby dunes and Experiment Bight. Cape Scott Rules: No drones. However, they are often happy to come out and chat. The North Coast Trail was completed in May 2008 after inclusion of the Nahwitti-Shushartie area into Cape Scott Provincial Park. Shushartie Bay, Nahwitti Beach, Cape Sutil & More… LEARN MORE If you’re on a budget, the North Coast Trail Backpackers Hostel gets good reviews. The North Coast Trail is a 43.1 km extension to the original Cape Scott trail. However, in dry weather, there may not be any water for hikers. ⛺️ Cape Scott Trail is a popular route for the older kids. On the south (left) side of the trail, you will see the remains of a collapsed building. It’s a 23.6km hike from the trailhead to the lighthouse at Cape Scott, so most visitors do it as a backpacking trip, staying at one of the campsites along the way. Part trail map, part field guide, part regional history, Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail is the first comprehensive guidebook about one of Vancouver Island's most iconic destinations. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. Lots of people I know have done it. For most hikers, the basic Cape Scott Provincial Park map is all you’ll need. 10 passenger Chevy van will pick you up from the Cape Scott Parking lot when your hike is complete. We put our kitchen set up back in the grass to be sure we’d be up above the tide. From the Nel’s/Nissen Junction, it’s an easy downhill hike to Nissen Bight. Hourly; 36 Hours; Weekend; 7 Days; 14 Days; Day; Night; Feels like: Night: Day: POP: 24 Hr Rain: Wind: Hrs of Sun: Sun Dec 6. The main attractions in the park are the trail to Cape Scott at the northwest tip of the park, and the North Coast Trail, a challenging 5-day backpacking trip. 6 hours later upon arriving home I realized I had left my GoPro at the picnic shelter. Essential trip planning information and detailed trail descriptions are at the core of the book. Watch for hanging buoys and follow them back into the forest. Random wilderness camping is allowed throughout the park. Most people camp near the forest on the far side. Use my simple backpacking checklist to get your gear prepped for the hike. Wolves are very territorial and will attack dogs since they see them as a threat. | Food Storage: Food locker near the outhouse. If you are planning on hiking the West Coast Trail, consider a warm up on another BC hike in Cape Scott Provincial Park as well. The Cape Scott Trail is a classic trek and offers beginner and intermediate level hikers a chance to experience the remote beauty of the park. caroline1-trail-pre-ericlake20140715_3729. Cross the creek where it flows out onto the sand and follow the shoreline for a minute or so. It makes for a tiring hike. The nearest places to stay in a hotel are Port Hardy. As the bog ends and you reenter the forest, you’ll reach another junction. For more information about the park, either purchase the guidebook, or visit the links provided here. On my most recent trip, we had an uncomfortable encounter with a bear on the sea stack beach on the way to Cape Scott. However, there are a few deep mud holes in between boardwalks that you will need to navigate around. If you are hiking the North Coast Trail, you need to take a water taxi to the start of the trail at Shushartie Bay. The beautiful white sand of Guise Bay is 20.7km from the trailhead. The team drank lots of water at camp and during rest periods. The Kwakwaka’wakw call this beach Kechegwis, which means “wood drifted on beach”. Cape Scott is a Mecca for hiking enthusiasts, and hikers should be prepared and knowledgeable for coastal hiking. If a wolf attacks, fight back. They like to forage for food along the beaches and in the estuaries. There are no reservations – everything is first-come, first served. In the first minute, look for some huge old-growth cedar trees on the north (right) side of the trail. From the highway turnoff, follow Holberg Road for 29km passing Kains Lake and Nahwitti Lake on your right. It’s a remote but beautiful place: old-growth rainforest, coastal bog, gorgeous white sand beaches, and lots of historical sites. Cape Scott Provincial Park is a truly magnificent area of rugged coastal wilderness that is located at the north-western tip of Vancouver Island, 563 kilometers from Victoria. A chapter on the plants and animals of the North Coast will also help hikers appreciate the incredibly rich wildlife of the area. Most of the trail is in thick coastal rainforest. The terrain around Cape Scott is coastal bog, which means that freshwater can be hard to find, especially late in the summer and in periods of dry weather. About the North Coast Trail: The North Coast Trail is a 43.1-km extension to the Cape Scott Trail that officially opened in May 2008. It starts at the east end of Cape Scott Provincial park with a water taxi drop off at Shushartie Bay. There were a LOT of tents at Nel’s but it’s such a big beach so there was still lots of space. Coastal hiking and backpacking is a lot different than hiking in the forest or mountains. Looking down at the lighthouse keeper’s house from the Lighthouse. (Believe me, I’ve seen some nasty falls through here.). 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