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Brande from Delta writes:

WOW! This trail is hard work but well worth it when you see the view.

You will need good boots, lots of water, a bit of bug spray and your camera. I am an avid hiker but a take my time and I was up and down in 5.5 hours and that included about 30 minutes at the top soaking in a view that amazed me. The near vertical trail for at least a km is tedious to climb but not technical - and quite a bit tougher coming down.

There are people on the island with the new Hostel and Campground and the Village but it is still pretty lonely on the trail - I only say 8 people on beautiful Saturday. So perhaps don't hike alone if it can be avoided. It is $10 to hike it, payable to the local First Nations community at their kiosk at the trail head or the hostel. So worth it!

There black bears, wolves, puma and cougar on the island but all I saw were some squirrels (phew!).

I have heard this hike compared to the Chief and the Grind - I would say it was much harder than either of those (or perhaps those two hikes combined).

Jamie's Whaling Station and my captain Dennis for the water taxi across were awesome. About $40 per person, minimum 2 people.

    Posted: August 24, 2015 03:18:29 PM PST


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