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Hiking Trails

The following information only touches on some of the wonderful hiking available in our area. We recommend that you consult more expert sources on trail information and always be prepared and aware of safety when using the backcountry and coming across wildlife. It is always good practice to let someone know where you are going before heading out on a trek. Also, please remember to tread lightly and pack out everything you take in.

Easy Hikes 

Canyon View Trail (6 km, 2 hours)

The Canyon View Trail is a well maintained loop trail that winds along the banks of the Campbell River. some of the highlights are an 80 foot suspension walkway that spans the canyon and offers spectacular views of the pristine waters below, some whitewater rapids and spawning salmon in the fall.

The trailhead is at the John Hart Generating Station off Highway 28, only about 10 minutes outside of Campbell River. The signs will indicate the turnoff on the right.

Lady Falls (< 1 km, 20 minutes)

This is an easy 20 minute round trip walk to the falls with some incline. At the end of the path is a viewing platform directly across from the falls, that receives some mist from the falls.

Travel on Highway 28 to Gold River. Ten minutes past the Buttle Lake campground, make a left into the parking area. Only about 30-40 minutes from Campbell River.

Lower Myra Falls (1 km, 1 hour)

Several beautiful cascading waterfalls are the reward at the end of this short hike. You can walk/climb up and down the falls and swim in some of the calmer pools. The trail to the falls is a steep trail.

Travel Highway 28 and take Westmin Road south to the Lower Myra Falls parking lot.

Lupin Falls (1 km, 1 hour)

Lupin Falls Nature Walk is located in Strathcona Provincial Park. An easy and short walk through an old growth forest with a bit of steepness. Lupin Falls is an impressive little waterfall that is covered with ferns and other rainforest vegetation.

Travel on highway 28 outside of Campbell River. The trailhead is on south on Westmin Road, about 8 km south of Buttle Lake bridge. Follow the signs to the parking lot.

Miracle Beach (4 km, 4 hours)

This park offers excellent family recreation. There are washrooms and a change facility in the picnic area. Besides the broad sandy beach that is rich with tidal pools for exploring during low tide, there are over 2 km of walking trails through some second-growth and old growth forest.

Miracle Beach Provincial Park is located 22 km south of Campbell River off Hwy 19a. From Hwy 19 take exit #144 (Hamm Road) to Hwy 19 (the Oceanside Route). Head north a short distance to Miracle Beach Drive, then drive 2 km into the park.

Quinsam River Trail (2 km, 1 hour)

Elk Falls Trail is located just north of Campbell River. The trail is flat and forested and follows the Quinsam River upstream to the Quinsam Salmon Hatchery.

The trail starts at the playground area in the Elk Falls campground and follows the Quinsam River upstream. The Quinsam Salmon Hatchery is approximately 2 km from the campground.

Upper Myra Falls (6 km, 2 hours)

This easy trail starts out as a gravel road before passing through old growth forest that leads to a viewing platform of a nice waterfall. The trail is well maintained with boardwalks and bridges.

Follow highway 28 to Gold River. Pass the turnoff to cross Buttle Lake and continue to head south to Westmin Mines. Go through the mine and park on the right where the trailhead information is.

Wild Ginger (< 1 km, 20 minutes)

This short loop trail begins near the Ralph River campbground and passed through some old growth and patches of wild ginger and flowers. Nice river stroll.

Travel along Highway 28 to Gold River then take Westmin Road south to the Wild Ginger parking lot.

Moderate Hikes 

Bedwell Lake Trail (about 4 hours)

Bedwell Lake Trail is located in Strathcona Provincial Park and is a day-use trail. Elevation gain is 600 metres. It ascends through a steep forested valley with some stairs and bridge crossings. At the top, it is a subalpine area with two lakes. Beware of the presence of black bears in this area. Campfires are not allowed (camp stoves are essential) and camping is restricted to specific sites.

Access the trailhead from the south end of Buttle lake. Leave the Buttle Lake Parkway at Jim Mitchell Lake road on the left just after Thelwood Creek Bridge and follow the signs for about 6.8 km up the dirt road. There is an information shelter and parking at the trailhead.

Crest Mountain Trail (10 km, 5 hours)

This physically demanding and well marked trail is steep (elevation change of 1300 meters) but the views of Kings Peak, Elkhorn Mountain and others are fantastic. From bottom to top it will take about 3 hours, and most of that is steep grunt through old growth forest. The last half hour is flatter to the peak. Hike includes a wooden bridge and a single log crossing over a creek (last water source before the peak). Hiking poles may be useful.

To get to the trailhead follow highway 28 to Gold River. About 20 minutes past Buttle Lake campground on the right, you will see the signs for Crest Mountain.

Ripple Rock (8 km, 3 hours)

The trail starts off in a field, crosses over a suspension bridge, winds through the forest along sheltered Menzies Bay, and up rock bluffs leading to some scenic view points of Seymour Narrows and Maud Island. The trail ends at the powerlines that extend over Seymour Narrows, the site of the infamous Ripple Rock and the Ripple Rock explosion of 1958. The explosion destroyed the marine hazard that lurked just nine feet beneath the surface at low tide. The Narrows is less than a kilometer wide and the tides are very powerful through this area. A lot of marine life and boat traffic go through here including cruise ships. It a great spot to picnic and watch the marine traffic. This trail is not recommended for small children.

The trail is located about 19 km north of Campbell River. Look for the signage and the parking lot on your right. Leave valuables at home or take them with you. There have been some breakins reported at this lot over the years.

Difficult Hikes 

Elk River Trail (about 5 hours)

Elk River Trail is a very popular family trail through a forested valley. The trail is essentially an old elk path that has been cleared over the years to the gravel flats at Landslide Lake and upper river flats. A couple river crossings are on sturdy bridges. Beware, there have been numerous bear sightings in the area.

Travel Highway 28 to Gold River. From the bridge at Buttle Narrows, drive about 23 km. You will find a sign to Elk River Trail just before Drum Lakes. Driving time from Campbell River is about 1 hour. Follow the signs to the start of the trailhead.

Flower Ridge Trail (12 km, 6 hours)

This is a steep grinding trail with an elevation gain of 1,040 metres. It passes through some old growth forest offering glimpses of snow capped mountains until you reach the top. The top provides spectacular panoramic views including Mt. Myra

Take Highway 28, then Westmin Road south until you get to the Flower Ridge Trail parking lot. The trailhead has an information board.

King's Peak (15 km, 10 hours)

The King's Peak trail is a day long hike with an elevation gain of 1800 meters. It features some fastastic views from the top, steeps, stairs and switchbacks in the lower portoins, waterfalls, stream crossing, rock cairns, some scrambles on some scree/rocks and up a gully. There is a water source at the upper bowl area on a hot day.

Take highway 28 to Gold River. Just past Lady Falls Picnic site, you will notice a sign on the left a sign for King's Peak. The trail head is 1 km up the dirt road.

Extreme Hikes 

Kusam Klimb Bills Trail (23 km, 8 hours)

This is a difficult trail with some rope assisted steeps, cliffs, old growth forest and possibility of year-round snow so be alert to hazards. Black bears have been sighted in the area. Always travel in the backcountry well prepared and be sure to let someone know your plans and when you are expected back. If you don't wish to do the complete circuit, a nice viewpoint is 3.7 km from the start of the trail.

The trail starts and finishes at Heritage Hall, located on Sayward Road (75km north of Campbell River). It is 3 km from the Sayward Junction on the left side of the road. Turn right at Sabre Road to the top of the hill as the road turns left. Turn left onto the gravel road. The Trail head is marked about 200 meters in off the road.


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