The trail has been "civilised" to some extent. Almost all major obstacles and roped sections have been fitted with ladders, boardwalks or cablecars. Prepared food, soft and hard drinks can be otained at two locations. Souvenirs and some limited pieces of equipment can be obtained at one location on the trail. There still is no shortage of mud.
I had a most excellent time, with good weather (20 minutes of rain) and fair winds. The people I met along the trail made the hike a rewarding experience. Time on the trail 7 nights and 8 days starting August 31,2004.
DAY 1, Thrasher Cove 5km
Arrived at Port Renfrew mid morning with about 20 or so enthusiastic and happy campers via West Coast Trail Bus only to find that Parks Canada staff were on strike. Oooopps, forgot to check on that issue. The biggest problem was getting hold of a current tide table. After about an hour or so we got squared away, paid $15.00 each and were boarding the ferry for a 5 minute ride.
With the sun high in the sky and a partially overcast day a eager, chatty and laughing group of 20 or so happy campers walked, stumbled and fell along the trail as we all began to slowly realise that the going was not to get any easier. Each of us began to fall into our own pace, and with determined resolve I headed for Thrasher Cove my first layover point. I had done my research (http://www.i-needtoknow.com/wct) and came prepared with a 8-day itinerary. After about 3-4 hours of stunningly lush and dense forest, an abandon donkey engine, numerous makeshift bridges,... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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