Cape Scott is a hike-in park, located at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. Easy hiking now. We saw one bear but few insects, birds, and squirrels. But weather changes fast. IMG_3973. Turn left and continue through the old-growth cedar forest. The trail to San Josef Bay heads left and your route to Cape Scott turns right. I’ve seen whales, sea lions, mink, seals, and eagles. If you continue straight, you’ll reach Nissen Bight in 1.9km. Cape Scott is home to a large black bear population. San Josef Bay is an easy 1.7km hike to the left, while the Cape Scott Trail continues on the right. Crossing the new bridge over Fisherman River, Distance: 3.8km | Elevation Loss: 60m | Time: 1.5 hours. The path follows an old Danish settlers’ road. The trail is level and well maintained. The other one, marked Second Dyke, deadends beside the tree-covered dyke. Cape Scott Cost: $10/person/night for camping. the the picket camp at the entrance to the road. Emerge on the beach at San Josef Bay. Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail is the first comprehensive guidebook about one of Vancouver Island's most iconic destinations. There are actually two beaches here. more, Recommended experiences in and around Vancouver Island. A popular backpacking trip is to hike the 16.8 km (10.4 mi) Cape Scott Trail to Nels Bight, which typically requires 4–7 hours each way and is rated as easy/moderate in difficulty. Follow it through a grassy area and into heavy trees to find an old tractor wedged between two trees. Cape Scott has a large wolf population. Going left will lead you down to the shore of Eric Lake and a small gravel beach that is a great place to take a break. It was the first motorized machine used at the Cape Scott settlement. If you want to check out some history, there are several graves near here. Nissen Bight is 15km from the trailhead. If you must build a fire, do it in the metal fire pit instead of building your own. The muddy and slippery trail over the old corduroy road in between the trailhead and Eric Lake. If you need help planning your trip, as always, ask me in the comments. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Apparently, a bear broke in to eat the dog food stored inside. This is the most popular campground on the Cape Scott Trail, and arguably the most beautiful. If you don’t want to hike the Cape Scott trail, but would like a excellent day adventure from the Port Hard area, this is a most. How was camping space at Nels Bight and space in the food lockers? Build your campfire in an existing fire ring or make one below the high tide line. Campsites: Unlimited space on the beach above the high tide line | Toilet: Three outhouses – one where the trail meets the beach, one just past the ranger station, and one on the other side of the creek | Water: Collect from the creek on the west side of the beach. Cape Scott Provincial Park features some excellent examples of old-growth forest, including Sitka Spruce in excess of 3 meters in diameter, and Western Red Cedar of similar sizes. Walking the overland trail between Nel’s Bight and Bowen Beach. There are several shorter trails that split off from the main trail. You start off on a very rough bumpy gravel road and will continue on for about 1.5 to 2 hours.. be mindful of the logging trucks and fast flying vehicles! A section of the old homesteaders corduroy road. It looks barren as did your previous post. Temperatures between June and September are usually 8-15°C (46-59°F). Don’t smother your fire with sand. They are usually fine for 2WD vehicles but they can be bumpy, dusty, and muddy. It is smaller than Nel’s Bight and sees far fewer visitors. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. We thought being out so far there would Print out the Cape Scott tide table and carry it with you. | Food Storage: Food locker near the outhouse. However, the best way to protect your dog from wolves is to leave him or her at home. The Kwakwaka’wakw call this tidal lagoon Wachlalis, which means “river on the beach in the bay”. I do not think the road is designed for tourists but for logging trucks and so the road condition should not be a surprise. A few minutes past the blowdown, a signed trail on the left descends a short distance to a gravel beach with some beautiful sea stacks. Upgrading your browser will ensure the best possible experience on our web site: Things to do near Cape Scott Provincial Park, Commonly searched for in Vancouver Island. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. The Cape Scott trail begins at the main parking lot, west of Port Hardy via Holberg. Watch for wildlife in the lagoon. Turn left to continue to Cape Scott. During my most recent trip to Cape Scott, a 12-year-old boy had to be evacuated by helicopter after he burned his foot by stepping in embers from an old campfire! If you continue straight, you’ll reach a viewpoint at the southern end of Eric Lake. Eat and drink your way through historic Victoria on a gourmet walking tour that explores the city’s key sites. There is parking space at the trailhead. When I hiked the north coast trail we saw a LOT of bears. There are two picnic tables where you can take a break. A few steps down the trail, a yurt hidden behind some trees serves as a ranger station. Looking across the dunes towards Experiment Bight. Day one involves a 16.8 km hike from the trailhead to Nels Bight. Look for a trail heading into the forest, marked with a hanging buoy. You can follow three different rough trails to see them. Cape Scott Lighthouse Trail Heading north from the trailhead, it is 17 km to Nels Bight, where nearly 2 km of flat white sand and pounding surf awaits you. Look for a faint trail heading north (right) into the forest. It’s gorgeous! Amazing. However, it can be a good place to stay if you need to break up the long hike to Nel’s Bight or Nissen Bight into two days. The Cape Scott Trail starts sedately, with a wide flat gravel path leading away from the parking lot and into the old growth forest. Marine Services. You can also spot lots of other wildlife at Cape Scott. At Nissen Bight, the trail connects with the older Cape Scott Trail to exit at San Josef Bay, making the entire hike 58 kilometres. Watch for hanging buoys and follow them back into the forest. Watch for old telegraph wires strung along the trail. Go left to continue to Cape Scott. Look carefully to spot evidence of Danish settlers logging. The only parking lot within the park, located near the southeast corner, provides easy access to … It has been closed for several decades now. This post includes: Hey there: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase. We thought being out so far there would. Where’s the wildlife ? I love to help. There were a LOT of tents at Nel’s but it’s such a big beach so there was still lots of space. The trail ends at Nissen Bight, and from there, hikers follow the Cape Scott trail out to the trailhead. Unfortunately, it can also attract partiers. I hadn’t been to Cape Scott in a few years, and we did visit over the Canada Day holiday, so it did seem a bit busier than I remember. A huge collection of buoys mark the trail at Nel’s Bight. Follow signs into the forest to pools in the creek. The Kwakwaka’wakw call it Yichaledaz (where the canoes run ashore in heavy swell). About 1 minute before the junction, an unmarked trail heads slightly uphill into the forest on the east (right) side of the trail. This is the end of the trail. From there, you can continue onwards to the Cape. The real trail begins! The bear was feeding on the beach, blocking our route back to the trail, and walking towards us. I used this book on my most recent trip to Cape Scott to find lots of off-the-beaten-path stuff. I went camping a day after the Labour Day weekend and almost had a whole beach to myself. Hiker, adventure traveller, Leave No Trace trainer and connoisseur of alpine meadows. June, July, and August are the driest months, but you can still expect lots of rain and fog. It's 2.5 km from parking lot to the first beach so you have to carry in everything with you, including water. The next kilometre of trail features of lots of boardwalk that can be VERY slippery. A VITA volunteer – Alan Philip of Cowichan – has recently completed (July, 2019) the compilation of a series of 7 topographic mapsthat cover the entire Trail from Victoria to Cape Scott. I’ve got some Cape Scott specific tips below, but for general advice, head on over to my coastal hiking tips post. The settlers would land boats full of supplies there, then haul them up this road to their homesteads near Hansen Lagoon. Print out a copy of your permit or save a screenshot on your phone as the rangers will ask to see it. On one trip we saw a car with part of its rear quarter panel ripped off. After less than 600m, there’s a divide. Watch for the famous Shoe Tree – people have been leaving old shoes here since the 1970s! The first beach is right where the trail hits the sand. Here are the main places to find water along the trail and at the campgrounds. The North Coast Trail is a 43.1km extension to the original Cape Scott trail. We noticed that you're using an outdated browser. It’s a lot quieter than Nel’s Bight. In the first minute, look for some huge old-growth cedar trees on the north (right) side of the trail. There is also lots of historical garbage strewn around including parts of an old stove. Cross the creek where it flows out onto the sand and follow the shoreline for a minute or so. The VI Trail is currently more t… Step out of the trees on the sand. If you are there at low tide you may be able to get to another beach and a fresh water source but I wasn't so lucky. Hiking in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Hi, Thanks for sharing your trip experience. Two trails marked with wooden signs on your left lead to the edge of Hansen Lagoon. The main attractions in the park are the trail to Cape Scott at the northwest tip of the park, and the North Coast Trail, a challenging 5-day backpacking trip. If you want to fill your bottles, there’s a signed tap for hikers on the backside of the building on the far left as you approach the lighthouse complex. The Cape Scott Trail: This is the original trail that runs from San Josef Bay to the cape for a total distance of 23.6 km. The Eric Lake campground has boardwalk paths to several tent platforms. / distance estimates seem to have been made either by straight line or by exuberant and extremely fit 25 year olds. Looking down at the lighthouse keeper’s house from the Lighthouse. Walk through the campground and cross a bridge. They like to forage for food along the beaches and in the estuaries. We just did a day trip and it was worth it. Cape Scott Trail is a 29.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Waddington B, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Like Like. The first trail leaves from the signboard at Hansen Lagoon just before the bridge. At just 2.5km from the trailhead, San Josef Bay is a popular spot for families and beginners. The total hiking distance is approximately 59.5km. Almost immediately the lush rainforest around Fisherman River fades away and you emerge into a coastal bog. The hike begins at the Cape Scott Provincial Park parking lot and follows a well-used path for 900 meters, then takes a left turn before heading toward the beach. (Although it’s definitely not pavement so use caution as there are some bumps and steeper bits). From the trailhead, follow the trail nearly 1km to a junction. In wet weather, the trail can be very muddy and slippery. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links. If you go past, We did the North Coast Trail reverse of most- start at Cape Scott Trail head and only went as far as Cape Sutil, leaving the last 16km overland mud stog off. See the rules and tips section below for detailed rules about dogs and campfires. Distance: 3km | Elevation Gain: 75m | Time: 1 hour. The Cape Scott area is the unceded traditional territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. Just be sure to put your tent well above the high tide line. Turn left into Cape Scott Park and reach the gravel parking lot a few minutes later. Thanks, we’re heading out there Aug 9 so it’s great to get your feedback. Cape Scott Park offers some of the best hikes on Vancouver Island, BC. Go slow around blind corners. There’s a ranger on staff here in the summer, stationed in a cabin at the east end of the beach. The vegetation changes from lush old-growth forest to spindly trees in a more open and boggy forest. They had a seasonal village at Experiment Bight and a permanent winter village at Cape Sutil. Bring lots of water and wear a hat, it was hot out! The trail to Cape Scott isn't especially technical but it's not easy. From the highway turnoff, follow Holberg Road for 29km passing Kains Lake and Nahwitti Lake on your right. Never camp or linger near a dead animal. Buoys in the grass mark the exit from Guise Bay beach. So you may want to skip the campfire entirely. All of the main junctions on the logging roads have signs with info about how to get to Cape Scott, so navigation is pretty easy. After Nahwitti Lake take the left fork onto NE 60 Road. In can be very muddy through here, with lots of puddles. We spooked a black bear on my last visit and saw over a dozen eagles feeding. Continue along the trail, following boardwalk for a few more minutes. About 2km from Guise Bay the old plank road turns into a rough gravel road that the lighthouse keepers drive their tractor on. Trails: The 24 km trail traverses this wilderness park to the tip of Cape Scott. Cape Scott is located near Port Hardy, at the northern tip of the island. Cape Scott Provincial Park is a truly magnificent area of rugged coastal wilderness that is located at the north-western tip of Vancouver Island, 563 kilometers from Victoria. | Food Storage: Food lockers where the trail meets the beach, next to the outhouse near the ranger station, and on the west side of the beach before you cross the creek. We drove from Port Hardy to the trail head in about 1 hour, 30 minutes with a rental that you must be careful. Some maps show trails branching off this trail to the south, but I couldn’t find them. There are also lots of wolves at Cape Scott. It is about eight hours, depending on the amount of mud and water on the trail, which can be substantial. The main reason to pay attention to the tides at Cape Scott is to pick a good campsite well above the high tide mark. They don't translate directly into long slow hiking. Two lighthouse keepers live here full time, so respect their privacy. Other pocket beaches on the trail can also be great campsites. I think the North Coast Trail was more popular this year due to the WCT being closed, but we didn’t hike that trail so I can’t comment on it. This trail that leads to Experiment Bight, Guise Bay and the cape, follows an old jeep road that dates back to World War Two, when a radar station operated in this area. Continue on this road, following signs for Cape Scott at all forks for another 19km. Campsites: Unlimited space on the beach above the high tide line | Toilet: Outhouse on a spur trail to the left of the main trail | Water: Collect from the creek at the southeast end of the beach. There are quite a few camping spots inside the treeline. From Victoria Public Market to the Parliament Buildings, make stops to sample craft beer, chocolate, cheese, tea, and other local treats. It is an intense wilderness hike. Please choose a different date. Distance: 2.5km | Elevation Gain/Loss: none | Time: 45 minutes. It’s a great place to base yourself for a day hike to the cape. Crossing the open fields near Hansen Lagoon. Just before the trail reaches the beach, a side trail heads right to Fisherman’s Bay. Campsites: 11 wooden tent pads connected by boardwalk | Toilet: outhouse on the left side of the trail towards Cape Scott | Water: collect from the stream running through the centre of the campground or from Eric Lake | Food Storage: Food lockers on the left of the trail in the centre of the campground. It was a misty morning but quite often that was 'burned off' by mid day. A few years ago we had a wolf run right up to our campfire at Nel’s Bight. I stayed here on one of my trips to Cape Scott, and it was definitely more chill than Nel’s Bight. At the far end of the beach (before the big rocks) clamber over driftwood towards buoys marking the trail. You’ll pass another cluster of tent platforms on your right, then the trail to the outhouse on your left. Pull over to let faster vehicles pass. Suitable for most able-bodied people of all ages. This is the fork to turn off to the parking lot or turn south to San Josef Bay. Pick up time: 1 p.m. For detailed information about booking the North Coast Trail Shuttle, please contact us by phone or email. Day hiking is free. Follow the trail for another kilometer until you reach a fork; turn right, soon after you will cross a bridge that brings you within view of a part of the beach. What a view! Carry bear spray. The trail arrives at First Beach. The bridge here is made of a huge fallen log, with some railings for safety. From Guise Bay, it’s a short and easy hike to Cape Scott or to explore the nearby dunes and Experiment Bight. The trail starts easy, flat and wide. Cape Scott Provincial Park is at the very northern tip of Vancouver Island. On my most recent trip, we had an uncomfortable encounter with a bear on the sea stack beach on the way to Cape Scott. Cape Scott Park & The North Coast Trail Parking Lot Ranger Yurt Ranger Station Boat Launch Campsite Cable Car Lighthouse San Josef Trail Cape Scott Trail North Coast Trail Park Boundary e CCaCapee Sutuil Caapeppee SScS otttt n R e i v e r WilWllialm LLakLakke BriBrnk Lakakke EriEr c Lake i t i r TRATRTRATRAILIILLLHELHHEHEADD a c Q u e e n C h a r CAPPE SCOOTT PARRK … It’s a 23.6km hike from the trailhead to the lighthouse at Cape Scott, so most visitors do it as a backpacking trip, staying at one of the campsites along the way. There are a few drainage ditches to cross, which can be challenging. You can also climb the metal stairs up to the light for a great view. To find some of the historical items in the park, use this Cape Scott Park brochure. As the bog ends and you reenter the forest, you’ll reach another junction. I have an older version of this map and it has some good info about history and points of interest. Be prepared. Use my simple backpacking checklist to get your gear prepped for the hike. Cross the fancy new bridge (built on top of a massive log). (The North Coast trail deserves its own guide, so I won’t go into details on it in this post.). They each have an outhouse and food locker. It’s a broad sandy beach that gets amazing sunsets. What a journey to get there. At first, you’ll walk through old-growth forest. The pickets were not troublesome and we drove by easily but it is a little unnerving. Would you recommend this place or activity to a friend looking for an, Is this a place or activity you would suggest for, Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for, Is this a must-do if you are travelling with a, Are the prices for this place or activity, I visited San Josef bay and camped there overnight. The trip takes approximately 60 minutes and drops you right into the wilderness. I’ve also seen bears in Hansen Lagoon. The parking lot was full and people were parking on the narrow road. ©Taryn Eyton 2014-2020 All Rights Reserved, Other Trails in Cape Scott Provincial Park, Quatse River Regional Park and Campground, Backcountry Permits section of BC Parks’ Discover Camping portal, Leave No Trace practices for going to the bathroom, Your Guide to the West Coast Trail in British Columbia, Kayaking in the Johnstone Strait: Everything You Need to Know, Wild Side Trail: Hiking and Camping Guide, Sunshine on the Edge of the World: Nootka Trail Trip Report, The Ultimate Guide to the Pacific Marine Circle Route on Vancouver Island, How to Visit Avatar Grove, Big Lonely Doug and Other Big Trees on Vancouver Island, 20+ Beautiful Weekend Getaways from Vancouver, how to get to Cape Scott Provincial Park, including driving directions and where to stay nearby, how much it costs to hike and camp at Cape Scott, a detailed trail description of the hike from the trailhead to Cape Scott lighthouse, other hikes in the area including San Josef Bay, where to camp in Cape Scott Provincial Park, tips for making your Cape Scott trip a success, Western Forest Products San Josef River Rec Site (Near the trailhead), San Josef Heritage Park (Near the trailhead). It can run dry in late summer. Whether you are looking for a two-hour scenic trail, a rustic-long weekend adventure on the Cape Scott Trail, or one of the most challenging hikes in Canada on the North Coast Trail, CSP has some of … When you are done, use water to douse your fire to make sure it is completely out. The minimum recommended one way hiking time is 5 days; although, it is more commonly completed in 6 to 8 days. The remaining 1.7km to Nel’s Bight is flat and fairly easy. If you have a low profile car or truck or you have a nice vehicle, don’t bring it! Never camp or linger near a dead animal. I also recently stayed at the indigenous-owned Kwa’lilas Hotel in Port Hardy. You’ve finally made it to the beach campground at Nel’s Bight! To get to the Cape Scott Trailhead, start by driving the Island Highway (Highway 19) north. The nearest places to stay in a hotel are Port Hardy. The trail also changes into a long straight section of old settler corduroy road. If you’re hiking the North Coast Trail or want a more detailed map, pick up a copy of the North Coast Trail Waterproof Map (which includes the Cape Scott Trail). Follow this sandy beach southwest for close to a kilometre. Follow the trail over the dunes from the west end of Guise Bay to the sandy beach of Experiment Bight. Random wilderness camping is allowed throughout the park. What a journey to get there. There are also two trails to Hansen Lagoon on the south side of the trail just before Nel’s Bight. Shushartie Bay, Nahwitti Beach, Cape Sutil & More… LEARN MORE. The trail parallels Eric Lake, but you can’t really see it through the trees. Bring a spare tire and know how to change it as flats are common. Cape Scott is a hike-in park, located at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. Immediately after the junction, the trail becomes much rougher. The famous shoe tree near Nahwitti Lake on the drive to Cape Scott. I suspect they are very overgrown and boggy. The outhouse at the parking lot was so disgusting, one look in and I said no way. We were. Turn right and head west across Guise Bay. just some of the services we can offer. Cape Scott Provincial Park is located at the very northern tip of Vancouver Island. Beautiful. There are six wilderness campsites along the North Coast Trail: Shushartie Bay, Skinner Creek, Nahwitti River, Cape Sutil, Irony Creek (Shuttleworth Bight) and Laura Creek. If you see a cougar, follow the same tips for wolves above. It’s made of crushed gravel and boardwalk that is smooth enough to push a wheelchair or a stroller. Read my tips for bear safety. It includes all the places I mention in this post. Hiking times are estimated for the average hiker in good physical condition in optimal weather conditions. Unlike other popular coastal hikes like the West Coast Trail, hiking to Cape Scott is cheap and easy. On the way, hikers can camp at Eric Lake (3 km) or near a hiker’s shelter at 11 km. If you have a low profile car or truck or you have a nice vehicle, don’t bring it! I do not know how long the dispute has been going on or if it continues. On the other side, it heads back into the forest through a particularly muddy patch. Description | Reviews (4) Advertisements. The remaining 60+km is on gravel logging roads. I also made a custom Google map for you. If you use a filter, consider straining the water through a clean bandana or coffee filter first to get some of the silt and tannins out. Just after the 6km mark, the trail gets a lot rougher. The only place dogs are allowed is at San Josef Bay, and they must be on a leash at all times. I’ve also heard good things about John Baldwin’s North Coast Trail map, but I haven’t used it. About 2km from Nel’s Bight, the trail emerges from the forest onto Bowen Beach. You can also pay in cash at the trailhead. Try to time your visit for low tide. Plan to collect water at low tide or pack in water from the trailhead. Wow! Did you find it busier this year with the West Coast Trail closed for the season? Both trails wind through the woods for a minute before dead-ending in boggy areas. Pristine sandy beaches and surf, sea stacks and (depending on when you go) very quiet. Wolves are very territorial and will attack dogs since they see them as a threat. A faint trail continues straight through the long grass towards Hansen Lagoon. Cape Scott is in the Coastal Region.). The final leg runs the length of the sound and through Quatsino Narrows to end at Coal Harbour, a location conveniently near the starting point. Less adventurous hikers can leave the backpack at home and still get a taste of Cape Scott’s unique terrain and spectacular Pacific O… This is the most popular hike in Cape Scott Provincial Park. If you are hiking Vancouver Island, find your bliss on a guided hiking adventure in Canada's premiere wilderness areas. If you look up, you may also see old power poles high above you. Abandoned tractor hidden off to the side of the trail. The North Coast Trail map outlines the logistics, features, hurdles and attractions along the entire length. After the info board, the trail crosses a wooden bridge over Hansen Creek. (Believe me, I’ve seen some nasty falls through here.). 5191 says: September 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm. The maps also show roads that access the Trail (including gated roads) and campsites. It’s one of the steepest bits of trail on the entire hike. Each year, thousands of backpackers and nature lovers head to the northern limits of Vancouver Island, bound for the jewel of the region: Cape Scott Provincial Park and the recently completed North Coast Trail. In many hours of walking, we only saw one bit of human litter. At about 2.7km from the trailhead, descend some stairs and cross a creek. If you don’t have your own car, you can also book a spot on the North Coast Trail Shuttle. A short trail on the left leads out to a small beach. It’s a good place to stay if you got a late start on the trail. South heads to San Josef Bay. On my last visit, I saw lots of wolf tracks, but no actually wolves. I knew Cape Scott was a relatively flat hike, which I was glad for. Continue for another 16km to the small forestry town of Holberg. be maybe 10 vehicles, wrong, at least 70 to 80! Cape Scott Provincial Park is at the very northern tip of Vancouver Island. A good method is to hike to Nels Bight to camp there the first night, hike to Cape Scott in the second day and return the third. From there, the trail follows the coast, sometimes through upland mud bogs, sometimes on rocky beaches. Examples of these trees can be found throughout the park, including on the easy hike to San Josef Beach. depending how fast you walk. The Cape Scott Marine Trail adds to the adventurous nature of the landscape by adding a designated water route that snakes the coastline, then turns back inland at Quatsino Sound. 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