The West Coast Trail is the classic coastal hiking trip. Travel through breathtaking coastal temperate rainforest on sandstone sea shelf and through woody trail. The 75 km West Coast Trail is part of the ancient paths and paddling routes used for trade and travel by First Nations.
Exploring the tide pools and hiking the beaches can make the trip unforgettable, but sighting the whales and other wildlife living in this area is the gravy on top.
The West Coast Trail is full of wonderful surprises from the burger stand in the middle of the trek to the two Canadian Coast Guard lighthouses right off the trail. You will be fed with experiences that leave you full and happy. Once you start hiking, you will quickly come to understand why hikers travel from all over the world to undertake the West Coast Trail.
- Highlights: Old growth forest of trees, mysterious rock formations, spectacular waterfalls
- Near: Vancouver, BC
- Distance: 47 miles (75km) one way
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 ft
- Hike Time: 5 to 7 days
- Difficulty: 9/10
- Trail Condition: well maintained trail – lots of obstacles(ladders, mud, stream crossings, cable cars)
- Backcountry Wilderness Permits – >>CLICK HERE<<
- Maximum Group Size: 10
- Best Season: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
- Dog Friendly: No
- Kid Friendly: No
- GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
Getting to the Trailhead:
This is an example of one way to get to the trail head. There might be easier and cheaper alternatives depending on your starting point.
Shuttle from Seattle Airport to Ferry – round trip ($50) – >>LINK<<
Ferry from Seattle to Victoria – round trip ($150) – >>LINK<<
Bus from Victoria to Pachena Bay – ($100) – >>LINK<<
Bus from Port Renfrew to Vicoria – ($60) – >>LINK<<
Trail Access – ($85 per person) – >>LINK<<
Trail Detail Map