Day 5 on the West Coast TrailDay 5 on the West Coast Trail is a stunning, very difficult and tremendously enjoyable day of hiking. Walbran Creek is gorgeous campsite to wake up to. Your tent will open up to a sweeping view of Juan de Fuca Strait, with the ocean just a dozen metres away. Waking up at Walbran is particularly nice as it exhibits so many great features of the West Coast Trail.

  • West Coast Trail ProWalbran Creek is a very scenic campsite
  • West Coast Trail ProInteresting beach to explore at Walbran
  • West Coast Trail ProWalbran Creek is nice to swim in
  • West Coast Trail ProSmall sea caves across the creek to see
  • West Coast Trail ProVery hard section of trail, but rewarding
  • West Coast Trail ProThe Logan Creek crossing is extraordinary!
  • West Coast Trail ProCable car crossing to finish your day
  • West Coast Trail ProCullite Creek is great to swim in
  • West Coast Trail ProCullite Cove is frequently deserted
  • West Coast Trail ConBrutally challenging section of the WCT

Hike the West Coast Trail

  Shipwreck on the West Coast TrailPrologue Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail1: The West Coast Trail Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail2: When to Hike & Fees Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail3: Trailheads Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail4: Getting There Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail5: Considerations Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail6: Campsites Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail7: Shipwrecks Shipwreck on the West Coast Trail8: Routes Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 1 Pachena to Darling Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 2 Darling to Tsusiat Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 4 Carmanah to Walbran Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 5 Walbran to Cullite Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 6 Cullite to Camper Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 7 Camper to Thrasher Michigan Creek at 12k Darling River at 14k Orange Juice Creek at 15k Tsocowis Creek at 16.5k Klanawa River at 23k Tsusiat Falls at 25k Cribs Creek at 42k Carmanah Creek at 46k Bonilla Creek at 48k Walbran Creek at 53k Cullite Cove at 58k Camper Bay at 62k Thrasher Cove at 70k

Ever present ocean views, big and wide body of water flowing from the forest, cliffs with sea caves to explore, nice relaxing beach, fun cable car crossing and challenging, yet exhilarating hiking terrain in both directions. The West Coast Trail is so amazing, because it is so difficult. Long ladders, narrow bridges and steep terrain ensure that you don't get bored while hiking. You have to focus on every step or you may sink into mud up to your knees, or slip on a tree root that topples you into the mud. You must be aware of every ladder rung, as some are missing and they are always slippery. It never escapes your mind that one misstep could send you crashing down hard. The kilometre markers on the West Coast Trail indicate that the hiking distance, Walbran Creek to Cullite Cove is 5 kilometres. Normal hiking speed on a nice, flat beach is about 5 kilometres per hour. You will be lucky to cover the distance today at a speed faster than 1 kilometre per hour. The trail is constantly up and down, zig-zagging left and right. All the time through a thick tangled rainforest with sections of trail destroyed by giant, fallen trees from the previous winter. This section of the West Coast Trail used to have you crossing an extraordinarily elaborate network of ladders and a narrow bridge to get you past Logan Creek. Though the creek is an average creek size, the gorge that surrounds it is enormous. In 2021 the Logan Ladders were replaced by a spectacular new suspension bridge.

Logan Ladders Replaced in 2021

Day 5: Walbran Creek to Cullite Cove on the West Coast Trail

Cullite Creek Cable Car Crossing on the West Coast TrailTwo kilometres of very arduous trail gets you to to yet another extraordinary cable car crossing. Very long, it spans the gorge with Cullite Cove flowing underneath. Almost all West Coast Trail hikers don't bother with the 15 minute hike down the network of ladders that takes you to Cullite Cove. There are two good reasons for this. First the West Coast Trail in both directions is some of the toughest kilometres you will encounter on the entire length. Taking a detour down a bunch of ladders to sightsee when you are exhausted is an easy thing to talk yourself out of. The other reason is the location of campsites. Owing to its location along the West Coast Trail, everyone camps at Camper Bay, just 4 kilometres away. When hiking from the south, hikers always underestimate the difficulty of the trail and overestimate their endurance. Camping after just 4 kilometres of hiking on your second day on the trail barely registers as an option for most. Such a shame. But great for you if you visit or camp at Cullite Cove because it is one of the nicest campsites on the West Coast Trail. If there was ever a section of the trail to take your time and enjoy, it is this stretch.

West Coast Trail Day 5 Walbran to Cullite

Logan Creek Crossing at 56km

The old Logan Creek network of ladders was a wonderful feature of the West Coast Trail and certainly one of the top highlights of the trail. A narrow 10 inch wide wooden platform bridge in between the ladders on both sides of the chasm made it all the more dramatic. Even the bravest hikers tended to grasp the side cables the entire length. The ladders on either side were equally marvelous. As you look back after climbing the last ladder, you stare in amazement. The memorable moments on the West Coast Trail number in the hundreds, but this moment surely rests near the top of that list. Though the Logan Creek ladder network will be missed, the new bridge built in 2021 is pretty impressive.

Logan Creek Ladders

 

Incredible Logan Creek Ladders

 

The Old Logan Creek Crossing

 

The Old Logan Creek Bridge

 

Logan Creek View

 

The Old Logan Creek Ladders

 

The Old Logan Creek Ladders

 

The Old Logan Creek Ladders

Finally Flat Terrain at 57km 

Flat Terrain at 57km

More Huge Ladders Down to Cullite Cove

Boardwalk Ends at Steep Ladders Down

 Ladders Down to Cullite Cove

Cullite Cove Campsite at 58km

9 Rating IconCullite Cove is a wonderful campsite on the West Coast Trail at the 58 kilometre mark. One of the nicest campsites you will find on the West Coast Trail. It has everything, a lovely wooded area with clearings for tents and campfires. Stunning views all around. A terrific, rocky beach, beautifully hemmed in by towering cliffs on either side. Cullite Creek pours into the cove, making for a stunning, albeit freezing swim into the surf. Cullite Cove is a close to perfect as a campsite can get.  Cullite Creek is beautiful, crystal clear green, big and slow moving into Cullite Cove, a picture perfect beach hemmed in by majestic cliffs on both sides.  Just off the beach, several campsites are laid out, hidden in the trees.  Your first thought on seeing this site is to want to stay for a week.  The campsite here is often very quiet as everybody seems to camp at Camper Bay just 4 kilometres away and doesn't even drop down the short detour off the main trail to Cullite Cove

Cullite Cove Map v8

Cullite Cove Campsite

Cullite Cove Campfire West Coast Trail

 

Cullite Cove Beach

 

Cullite Cove Beach Looking Right

 

Cullite Creek West Coast Trail

 

Cullite Creek West Coast Trail

 

Cullite Creek Campsite West Coast Trail

Duchess of Argyle Shipwreck at 58k

The Duchess of Argyle Shipwreck - West Coast Trail Graveyard of the PacificThe Duchess of Argyle met her end at the mouth of Cullite Cove at the 58 kilometre mark of the West Coast Trail. She was a huge, four masted barque with an iron hull and watertight bulkheads. She was sailing in ballast from San Francisco on October 13th, 1887, bound for Vancouver. She would pick up lumber and sail for Melbourne, Australia. Sailing up the coast from San Francisco, the good weather turned bad on October 16th. For almost two weeks a powerful gale hammered the Duchess of Argyle. When the storm finally let up, Cape Flattery was sighted about 20 miles away. The ship, unable to find wind, floated with the current, inching towards Juan de Fuca Strait. Soon a small tug boat arrived to assist the enormous becalmed ship through the strait. They lowered sails and got the hawser aboard to connect the ships. The captain of the tug quickly realized that his vessel was too small to manage such a huge ship rolling in the seas. Cape Flattery was still about 14 miles distant and concealed by fog much of the time. The Duchess of Argyle wallowed in the current until midnight when a strong eastward gale gripped the ship once more. They sailed for Cape Flattery until the wind died again and on November 1st the fog lifted revealing Cape Flattery just 3 miles away. Suddenly the fog returned again, thicker than ever. They crawled forward slowly hoping for the fog to lift again. The fog didn't let up and at 315pm on November 3rd, breakers were heard...

Duchess of Argyle Map West Coast Trail

 

Day 6 Cullite to Camper Map v7

West Coast Trail - Day 6 Cullite to Camper

Hike the West Coast Trail

  Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 1 Pachena to Darling Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 2 Darling to Tsusiat Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 4 Carmanah to Walbran Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 5 Walbran to Cullite Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 6 Cullite to Camper Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 7 Camper to Thrasher

Cribs Creek at 42k of the West Coast Trail is a beautiful, clean, and surprisingly emerald coloured creek that flows through the messy, beach campsite. The pretty creek is about the only nice part about this campsite. The beach is not great, it smells of ageing seaweed, ...
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Just a kilometre past the Darling River campsite you will come to another beach campsite at Orange Juice Creek. Orange Juice Creek is not terribly pretty and gets its name from the intensely, orange juice coloured water that crashes through a tangled morass of ...
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Walbran Creek at 53k is home to possibly the best, and most unappreciated campsites on the West Coast Trail. The Walbran Creek campsite encapsulates so much that makes the West Coast Trail truly wonderful. The expansive beach which seems purpose built for ...
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The Bonilla Creek campsite at 48km on the West Coast Trail is easy to miss, as it looks very unassuming from the beach. Most hikers pass by Bonilla Falls, which is nestled against a small cliff at the edge of a suddenly deep forest. And the forest hides a nice ...
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The Alaskan was a small, wooden hulled steamship of 150 tons built in Oregon in 1886. She was owned by a Vancouver freight company and was on route to Kildonan in Barkley Sound with 100 tons of box ...
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At about 29 kilometres on the West Coast Trail you will pass the Vesta shipwreck. This 3 masted schooner of 286 tons was wrecked here on November 10th, 1897. This 128 foot long sailing ship was ...
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The Varsity was a fishing boat of 90 tons, returning to Puget Sound from California on February 5th, 1940. In bad weather and stormy seas, she abruptly struck the shore, just a kilometre past, what is ...
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Less than a kilometre past the John Marshall shipwreck you will pass the William Tell shipwreck. Considerably larger than the John Marshall, the William Tell was a 1153 ton, 3 masted ship that ...
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At about 47 kilometres along the West Coast Trail you will pass the final resting place of the Lizzie Marshall. On February 7th, 1884, this 434 ton American ship headed out of San Francisco to an ...
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When shipping in and out of Juan de Fuca Strait rapidly increased in the mid 1800's and an alarming and costly number of ships were lost, the need for a inland trail was realized. It would take decades, and many more brutal and costly shipwrecks in the waters leading to
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The West Coast Trail is incredible. Everything about it is amazing. From the wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to endless jaw dropping views. And it's tough.  Very tough.  It is a trail that shouldn't exist. Hiking trails always form out of the easiest route worn ...
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The West Coast Trail hiking season is confined to just five months due to the dangerously stormy weather during the winter months. In the winter the days are short, tides are high and heavy rain and strong winds are frequent. Hiking the trail in the summer is tough ...
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There are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. The two main entry points are at Pachena Bay in the north(Bamfield) and Gordon River in the south(Port ...
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There are lots of options to getting to the West Coast Trail. The trail is linear so you have to arrange to get to the trailhead as well as from your exit trailhead. Most West Coast Trail hikers drive to one trailhead then bus to the other and hike back to their car. ...
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The West Coast Trail is a very tough hike. About one out of one hundred hikers don't make it, they need to be rescued. That's why there are so many fees. By the time you are done preparing and registering, you laugh at how hiking got so expensive. Isn't hiking usually ...
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