- Distance 3.8km
- Elevation Gain 284 stairs
- Camping No
As the longest hiking trail in Pacific Rim National Park, the 3.8-kilometre Nuu Chah Nulth Trail follows a path of raised wooden boardwalks through the dense rainforest towards Florence Beach.
Formerly known as the Wickaninnish Trail, the Nuu Chah Nulth Trail begins along the South Beach Trail. At the junction next to the map, walk up the wooden steps onto the boardwalk and follow the trail as it makes a steep climb before reaching a viewpoint that overlooks Long Beach. As you move along the raised boardwalk, the trail remains fairly level with just a few steps moving up and down before reaching a short set of stairs that slope down. Continue on the boardwalk path as it weaves you through the thick forest, and you'll soon hear the waves of the Pacific Ocean as they crash onto the rocks in the distance.
The trail eventually reaches a Wetland, where the boardwalk trail temporarily comes to an end. Step off the last wooden plank of the boardwalk and carefully make your way across several tree roots. The boardwalk path then continues on the other side of the Wetland, where you climb a short distance before leveling off and continuing south in a straight line. After a short while, the boardwalk path turns into a dirt trail that threads you through the lush forest.
The trail soon reaches a junction with a parking lot located not too far on the left. Go right and walk along the gravel trail as it heads towards Florence Beach. Then, climb down the steep set of wooden stairs and step onto the beach area.
How to get to Nuu Chah Nulth Trail
The Nuu Chah Nulth Trail begins half way along the South Beach Trail and ends at Florence Beach. Park next to the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre and walk along the South Beach trail until you reach a sign on your left marking the start of the Nuu Chah Nulth Trail.
From Tofino, drive south along Highway #4, entering the Pacific Rim National Park, and watch for signs to the Wickaninnish Beach Road. Turn right onto the Wickaninnish Beach Road and drive straight until you reach a sign with the option of turn left or right. Turn left and park in the parking lot.
From Ucluelet, drive north along Highway #4, past the highway junction and into the Pacific Rim National Park. Watch for sign to Wickaninnish Beach Road, turning left onto the road and continuing until the end where a set of signs direct traffic left or right. Turn left and park in the parking lot.