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Westcoast Trail Hike 2011
Posted January 18th, 2011 - 4:01 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey!

So we have the idea of doing the Westcoast Trail somewhen after the 13th of May.
If my information is right they only allow hikers with reservations if the start is after the second half of June because they only allow 60 hikers to start daily. Groups shall not exceed 10 peeps. That means it could be interesting to do it earlier because it is less crowded.
Late May/early June sounds interesting to me. Need to sort out a flight back to Germany, but that should work.

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 5:43 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
im stoked! hopefully people will see this event and be encouraged! :)

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 6:42 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Interested. But I'd rather do it in the shoulder season after the peak summer time (i.e. mid or late September) for condition, weather reasons.

Posted January 22nd, 2011 - 2:46 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
But the moskitos in this time of the year?! That would be a lot less in the end of May e.g., no:-)

Posted February 1st, 2011 - 11:17 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Would the mosquito situation a lot better by the water? I'll have to ask some experienced people...

Posted February 3rd, 2011 - 3:47 am by from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (Permalink)
Another hike you could do without paying any fee or without the need of reserving in advance is the Juan the Fuca Trail. It is 47km and just south of the West Coast Trail. You can start and end it at different beaches. I did it last year around Victoria day. I did it in 2.5 days what's kind of crazy but we haven't had more time. I would plan at least 3-4 days to really enjoy it. But this trail is a great alternative to the really expensive and kind of touristy West Coast Trail.

Another one I've heard about is the really new North Coast trail around Cape Scott on Vancouver Island. This is supposed to be a really challenging one but with less people.

Posted February 6th, 2011 - 5:05 pm by from Bellevue, United States (Permalink)
how long would you plan to walk the trail for, and schedule time to get out there and back (if you were enjoying walking and not running!)?
Just trying to work out how much leave i have....

Posted February 7th, 2011 - 4:41 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Awesome, this seems to be going somewhere! Thanks Cathleen for the hints!

http://www.westcoasttrailbc.com/trail_guidebook_map.htm#logistics

The Westcoasttrail is expected to take 6 to 8 days.


The Northcoast Trail sounds incredibly tempting to me, is a little tricky to get to and away from, which makes it even more interesting, from my point of view.

http://www.vancouverisland.com/trails/?id=54


Posted February 7th, 2011 - 4:53 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
More hints on the WCT about costs:

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/visit/tarifs_fees_e.asp?park=21
(scroll drown almost to the end)


More hints about the NCT being closed due to washed out cable cars:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cape_scott/

Posted February 7th, 2011 - 6:34 am by from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (Permalink)
No problem Isabel.

So I have no experiences about the North Coast Trail but I would definitely prefer it over the expensive and touristy WCT.

So if we could manage something before July I would be in for sure. We just have to figure out how the conditions are and how to get there.

I have a car that fits 5, so this might be a start

Posted February 8th, 2011 - 4:34 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
We should have a beer over this idea:-)